SHARI Hurdman is just one name that Port locals could get used to hearing when it comes to track and field, another is Lilly Mullane.
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At the Little Athletics State Championships both of these girls stood upon the Sydney 2000 track and field podium to receive their medals following in the footsteps of Australia’s greats of track and field Kathy Freeman and Tatiana Grigorieva.
Both Hurdman and Mullane cleaned up at the Little Athletics State Championships with two gold medals each.
While Shari Hurdman raced to the finish line taking out the 400m in just 63.58 seconds and the 200m sprint in 27.2 seconds, Lilly Mullane won gold on both the discus and shot put.
Anja Hurdman, Shari’s mother told News Of The Area, “Shari’s results at the Little Athletics State Championships were outstanding!”
Shari achieved 5 personal bests over the weekend and won 2 Gold medals in the Under 11 Girls 400m and 200m sprints.
“She qualified for the 100m final, winning her heat, but tripped at the start of the Final which she couldn’t recover from but she was happy with her personal best in the heat.”
In the 200m final Shari slashed more than a second off her previous personal best.
“She was considerably nervous before each event but once she started racing instinct kicked in and she was 100% focussed,” she said.
Shari’s family, including her brother Kelly were at the championships to cheer her on and her coach Bob was there to guide and prepare her physically and psychologically before each event.
Understandably Shari is very proud of her achievements on the track and is looking forward to the next event.
News Of The Area congratulates Shari, Lilly and the team Little Athletics Team that represented Port Stephens at the State Championships.
By Marian SAMPSON