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A golden time for Varley

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.

DAMEN FRANCIS November 27, 2012 4:05am

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 38.55m to secure first place.

‘‘I had thrown over 38m in practice before, but never in competition,’’ Varley said.

‘‘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 10.47m was also good enough for fifth in the shot put.

In the multi event, Varley finished seventh, despite winning the shot put component with a throw 14cm further than her closest competitor.

Varley finished seventh in the 100m, eighth in long jump and 11th in the 800m, which she had to hold back in to conserve energy for her individual shot put event, which was run concurrently.

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 200m and finished 10th, with a time of 30.21sec, less than one second behind gold medallist Christiana Soares from NSW.

‘‘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 5.32m to earn a spot on the dais in the event where he finished fifth last year.

He also scored fourth place in the multi event, thanks largely to his performance in the long jump.

While his jump of 5.21m was shorter than his best in the individual event, it was good enough for second place in the multi event.

Beyond that it was his consistency across the board that almost earned him a medal, with fourth place in the 200m sprint, sixth in the shot put and ninth in the 800m.

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