The Shepparton squad at the Northern Country Region Track and Field Championships at Bendigo has come home with an amazing 83 medals.By Marc McGowan
An extraordinary 33 athletes contributed to Shepparton’s 83-strong medal haul at the Northern Country Region Track and Field Championships at Bendigo at the weekend.
Seven individuals claimed four medals, with Kiara Catania winning gold in the under-15 girls’ 200
The other five were Gretel Holmes, Holly Kirby, Ella and Jade Downie and Rhys Damon.
Kasey Boschetti, Blake Damon, Ruby Ryan, Hannah, Harry and Aiden Smith, Jordan O’Brien, Joshua Rachele, Bridget and Adele Catania, Olivia Kirby, Emily and Liam Schreck, Gabriella Hill, Lachlan Abbott and Xavier Stevens also collected multiple medals.
Long also rewrote Northern Country Region records in the 60
Shepparton team manager Rebecca Catania said the club’s 48 entrants performed really well.
‘‘We normally do quite well (at this championships), but I’d say we’re up a little bit higher than normal,’’ Catania said. ‘‘I think it was just hard work and determination and there are a lot of talented kids.’’
Fifteen Shepparton competitors have already progressed to the Victorian Track and Field Championships at the same venue on March 23 and 24 courtesy of first-place finishes and more could join them. Those through so far are Rachele, Harry and Aiden Smith, Rhys Damon, Brenton O’Brien, Liam and Emily Schreck, Stevens, Holmes, Holly and Olivia Kirby, Ella and Jade Downie, Long and Kiara Catania.
Shepparton president Aileen Zanelli said her club would not be able to host the championships unless a synthetic track replaced its current grass surface.
Zanelli said a feasibility study was being undertaken and club officials were likely to find out in April whether they were going to get a synthetic track.
‘‘We used to be at Princess Park before here and we used to hold region championships there,’’ Zanelli said.
‘‘But once (Bendigo and Albury) got synthetic tracks they host it now.
‘‘We get region relays. The region votes where to hold these things and we always get relays, but next year we probably won’t because it needs to be on a synthetic track.’’
Shepparton’s Matthew Jordan, Oscar Ryan, Jordan Wiggins, Xavier Lewis, Charli Boschetti, Alicia Laffy, Larissa Watts, Andrew Fyfe and O’Brien also won medals.
Goulburn Valley Health’s renal patients have seven new hand-sewn quilts to call their own.
The winning form continued for the Mulwala seniors against Deniliquin at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility, part of Goulburn Valley Health, held its annual June Hospital Collection and Open Day on Sunday with a small crowd in attendance.
Murray and Campaspe shire have decided to withdraw membership from Committee for Echuca-Moama.
Rochester Motorsport Complex will host the third round of the Golden Power Series karting championships on the weekend.
Kyabram’s first tourism booklet is to be launched in late September.
Seymour College P-4 students delight in their new surroundings.
Berrigan and Jerilderie Shires will be in separate state electorates if boundary redistributions announced on Monday come in to effect.
Heathcote Health is finalising its service plan.
Barooga Sports Club chief executive officer Greg Ryan recently celebrated 30 years of service surrounded by friends, family and past and present staff.
Former AFL player Heath Black sent an inspiring message to Deniliquin youths last week.
Goulburn Valley fruit growers may face a battle against pests and diseases this season as growers hit by SPC Ardmona’s fruit cutbacks abandon their orchards or can’t find money to properly maintain them.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.