Athletics Wollongong juniors shine at nationals

Rising star: Eleven-year-old Chelsea Ezeoke won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the Pacific Schools Games. Her win in the 200m was a record.

Rising star: Eleven-year-old Chelsea Ezeoke won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the Pacific Schools Games. Her win in the 200m was a record.

A number of brave juniors contested the recent NSW club championships at SOPAC. 

State reps: Athletics Wollongong members Rosie Tozer and Jackie Lernartowicz were NSW representatives at the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide.

State reps: Athletics Wollongong members Rosie Tozer and Jackie Lernartowicz were NSW representatives at the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide.

Nowra's Cooper Thompson contested the gruelling decathlon in the under 18 division.

This very talented young athlete came third in the 100m in 11.83sec, 3rd in long jump 5.39m, second in shot put 10.36m, 2nd high jump 1.73m, 1st 400m 54.40 sec, 110m hurdles 2nd 16.24 sec, discus 1st 38.53m, pole vault with a PB 1st 3.50m, javelin 1st 41.87m and the 1500m 2nd in 4.57.16 to earn him an overall score of 5711 points.

The Sivills twins competed in the U14 1500m event with Patrice coming 4th in 4min 59.75sec and sister Olivia coming 5th in 5min 09.00sec.

Helensburgh's Tierney Dunne blew away a large field in the U16 Girls 100m winning gold with a 12.33 sec run.

There have been two national events recently following the Australian Little Athletics championships.

The City of Churches played host to the Australian Primary Schools Championships which covered a number of sports combined with the Pacific Schools Games in which a number of Pacific and South East Asian states compete.

Also in Adelaide was the Australian All Schools Championships for high school aged athletes.

 At the Pacific Schools Games,  11-year-old Chelsea Ezeoke blitzed the 100m final with a sizzling win in 13.16 seconds.

She then set a new championships record in the 200m in 26,03 seconds which was even faster than the 12 girls winner’s time.

She then combined with three other speedsters from NSW Ellen Murphy, Alexis Brunt and Keira McGregor to set a new PSG and SSA record in the 4X100m relay with a time of 50.40 seconds.

She was also fourth in the shot put with 12.32m.

A massive congratulations goes to Rosie Tozer and Jackie Lernartowicz, who were NSW representatives at the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide.

They did Athletics Wollongong proud both finishing 4th in their respective events. 

Jackie threw an impressive 34.65m in the U14 girls hammer and Rosie jumped 1.690m in the U16 girls high jump.

Wonderful work by all the above athletes.

This week sees the second running of the handicapped 110m Wollongong Gift generously sponsored by Bump Products here in Wollongong.  Results will be posted in our next report.

Athletics Wollongong caters for ages from 8 to 88+ and for athletes of all abilities.  The emphasis is on the whole family enjoying athletics: there are few avenues where everyone can get together and compete at the same time.