Raymond Terrace Little Athletics achieve in Zone, Country and State Championships

LA Port Hunter Zone Championships - U7 medal winner Olivia Mackaway, record breakers – Keira McGregor, Duncan Akerman, Thomas Jenkinson, Belle Leonard and Nathan Morrissey. Not pictured – Victoria Allen.
LA Port Hunter Zone Championships – U7 medal winner Olivia Mackaway, record breakers – Keira McGregor, Duncan Akerman, Thomas Jenkinson, Belle Leonard and Nathan Morrissey. Not pictured – Victoria Allen.

 

ATHLETES from Raymond Terrace Athletics Centre have turned in some commendable results at three of the season’s recent competitions against athletes from the Zone and around the State.

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At the Little Athletics Port Hunter Zone Championships held at Salamander just before Christmas, 49 Raymond Terrace athletes took on athletes from the ten other athletics centres from the Zone.

Under seven athletes are awarded medals as they do not progress to Region; and Olivia Mackaway was the centre’s U7 medal winner with Bronze in the 50m and Discus.

There were many commendable performances with personal bests; and a total of 45 athletes have qualified to compete in 131 events at the Regional Championships at Mingara, Central Coast, next weekend.

Record breakers were Under 11 Nathan Morrissey in javelin, Under 12 Keira McGregor in the 100m, 200m and long jump, Under 17 Belle Leonard in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles, Victoria Allen who also broke the existing 100m hurdle record, Duncan Akerman in shot put and discus; and Thomas Jenkinson who also equaled the existing shot put record. .

Over the Australia Day long weekend, seven Raymond Terrace athletes competed at the NSW Country Championships held in Wollongong.

They won a total of 12 medals, eight Gold, three Silver and one Bronze.

Under 12 Sienna Newton won Gold in long jump, 100m and 200m, and her sister Under 14 Ebony, finished with Gold in the 100m, 200m and 200m hurdles; and Silver in the 80m hurdles.

Under 16 Jack Kenny won Gold in the javelin with a throw of 48.32 which was an incredible 16.16m ahead of second place.

Under 17 Ellen Ditton won Silver in the 100m hurdles, Under 18 Duncan Akerman finished with a Silver in shot put; and 17 year old Belle Leonard, in the Under 20’s won Gold in the 100m hurdles and Bronze in the 400m hurdles.

Homebush was the venue for recent annual Athletics New South Wales Junior Championships where competition was of its expected high standard.

Four RTAC athletes competed against other talented athletes from around the State, with three of them narrowly missing medals.

Competing again in the Under 20 100m hurdles, seventeen year old Belle Leonard, turned in a Gold medal winning performance.

Athletics is approaching the end of the current season, but the Under 7 to Under 17 athletes especially will be trying to finish with their best performances at the three remaining meets at their Centre – the Little Athletics Regional Championships and concluding with the Little Athletics State Championships.

 

NSW Country Championships medal winners - Belle Leonard, Ebony Newton, Sienna Newton, Duncan Akerman.
NSW Country Championships medal winners – Belle Leonard, Ebony Newton, Sienna Newton, Duncan Akerman.

 

ANSW Junior Championships – Gold medal winner Belle Leonard.
ANSW Junior Championships – Gold medal winner Belle Leonard.

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