DESPITE record heat waves this summer three young local athletes have beaten the odds at the New South Wales Country Athletics Championships.
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Held in Glendale over the January long weekend, the championships are open to all athletes nine years and over from registered country clubs throughout New South Wales.
Representing Raymond Terrace Athletics Club, Dixie Conlon, Cooper McKenna, and Keira McGregor were pushed to their limits.
Dixie’s mother, Samantha Conlon told News Of The Area, “The last couple of years the championships have been in Wagga and Wollongong so it was nice to have them close this year.”
The weather was far from favourable with action being suspended on several occasions over the weekend due to extreme track temperatures above forty-one degrees.
Half hourly temperature checks were conducted by the organisers until the temperature had returned to thirty-nine and conditions where deemed safe for the competitors.
Ms Conlon said, “They did get hoses out and spray the kids down to help keep them cool.”
“Some people even went to Kmart and bought blow up kiddie pools and filled them with ice.”
Ten year olds Dixie and Cooper competed in the under twelve events, while twelve year old Keira competed took on the under fourteen events.
Keira entered into both the Championships and the Hunter Track Classic which were run concurrently.
She won silver at the Hunter Track Classic under fifteen Fastest 100m.
Keira then backed it up at the championships winning gold in the under twelve 100m Sprint, and silver in Triple Jump and Long Jump.
Dixie entered in three events, returning home with gold in 200m Sprint and Long Jump, and silver in 100m Sprint.
Cooper won bronze in Long Jump.
The final tally saw the Raymond Athletics Club bring home a massive twenty-two medals.
Dixie told News Of The Area, “I enjoyed Country Championships but it was really really really hot!!”
By Kelly MAY