Kialla wonder-walker Zoë Boldiston is hoping her gold medal at the weekend’s Australia All Schools Track and Field Championships is not her only success this week.By Damen Francis
Kialla wonder-walker Zoe Boldiston is hoping her gold medal at the weekend’s Australia All Schools Track and Field Championships is not her only success this week.
With the Australian team for the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival set to be named later this week, Boldiston, 15, put her best foot forward for selection, with first place in the under-18 girls’ 5000
In Sydney next month, the festival is a multi-sport event for teenage Olympic aspirants from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and combined Oceania and China.
A total of 15 girls will be selected, with 18 events on the schedule and Boldiston is hopeful her most recent performance will earn her a place in the team.
‘‘I’m really hoping to make that team,’’ Boldiston said.
‘‘It would be really good because it would be the first time I get to compete for Australia.’’
In blustery conditions at the Domain Athletics Track in Hobart, Boldiston scooted away from the field to win in a time of 25 minutes and one second, 48
Shepparton race walker and friend Amanda Heard was seventh in 26:43.69 — a time good enough for first place among those born in 1995.
It was Boldiston’s fifth Australian race walking title and second since returning from a three-month lay-off due to a stress reaction in her spine.
Given the conditions, Boldiston was happy with the time, even though it was not a personal best.
‘‘It was a pretty fast start and we went out pretty hard, so I sat behind a couple of girls and then probably around the middle of the race I took the front and just increased the gap,’’ she said.
‘‘(My tactics) change every race depending on the conditions and the distance, but that race I was happy to because it was extremely windy, because the athletics track was on top of a mountain.’’
Kyabram’s Emily Lawson was also among the medals, picking up a gold and a bronze in the relays.
Lawson was part of the Victorian teams that won the under-18 girls’ 4
Individually, she placed sixth in the final of the 400
Fellow Kyabram product Carlie Whitford crossed the line in sixth place in the under-18 girls’ 100
Michaela Duncan of Shepparton was 11th in the same event, with a jump of 10.64
Shepparton’s Liam Schreck was sixth in the under-14 boys’ triple jump with 11.18
Benalla’s Rachel Waters finished sixth in heat one of the under-16 girls’ 400
Waters’ older sister, Sarah, just missed out on a medal in the under-18 girls’ 3000
Elmore-based Teleah Hayes earned 11th place in the under-16 girls’ 3000
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It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Moama's Shirley Durrant has been wowing district pudding eaters for the past 23 years with her Christmas delights.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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