Shepparton athletes once again proved they have what it takes to compete at national level, with impressive results at the School Sport Australia 12 Years and Under Track and Field Championships.By Damen Francis
Shepparton athletes once again proved they have what it takes to compete at national level, with impressive results at the School Sport Australia 12 Years and Under Track and Field Championships.
Staged in Adelaide during the past four days, the championships attracted the best student athletes from across Australia, including three from Shepparton.
Goulburn Valley Grammar’s Leia Varley produced one of the highlights of the event by securing the gold medal with her last throw in the girls 10 years old discus.
Varley threw a competition-personal best 38.55
‘‘I had thrown over 38
‘‘I was excited, but the girls that came second and third still had to throw.
‘‘Luckily they didn’t throw it far enough to beat me.’’
Varley’s personal best throw of 10.47
In the multi event, Varley finished seventh, despite winning the shot put component with a throw 14
Varley finished seventh in the 100
Fellow 10-year-old competitor Jade Downie from Guthrie St Primary School finished fifth in the multi event, after setting personal bests in the shot put and long jump events.
Downie faced a strong field in the 200
‘‘It was really tough, I came 10th and unfortunately I didn’t get a PB, but it was really fun,’’ Downie said.
She was also part of the Victorian medley relay team that finished fourth, before it was disqualified for a runner entering another lane.
St Brendan’s Primary School student Nick Lees scored a terrific bronze medal in the boys 12 years old long jump.
Lees jumped a stellar 5.32
He also scored fourth place in the multi event, thanks largely to his performance in the long jump.
While his jump of 5.21
Beyond that it was his consistency across the board that almost earned him a medal, with fourth place in the 200
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