Last week state primary and high schools attended the South Coast regional cross-country championships at the Willandra course, Nowra.
Competition was very tight as there are a number of competitive groups, clubs and school within the region. results for Athletics Wollongong athletes competing through their schools are as follows:
Maeve Bradbury 13G 3rd place.
Olivia Sivills 15G 6th place.
Patrice Sivills 15B 6th place.
Lara Check 15G 10th place.
Eleanor Tozer 15G 15th place.
Young Jake Babian 14B was eligible to compete, but such is the tightness of sporting calendars these days that he couldn't compete due to another sporting commitment.
The Smith's Hill 15 Girls team came 1st in the teams event. Unfortunately NSWCHS stopped having a team's event in 2018 so the team won't progress to state, only those individuals finishing in the first 10 places are eligible to compete.
Team spirit quite often brings out the best in people. Olivia is the natural distance runner. Eleanor Tozer is more enthusiastic doing specialised jumps or sprints rather than slogging it out over a 4km course. The result was a great win for Smith's Hill High School
The NSWCHS cross-country will be held at the Eastern Creek Raceway Course on June 26. We wish Maeve, Olivia, Patrice and Lara all the best at the state carnival
The Combined Independent Schools will have their state cross-country at Eastern Creek on June 13 and the Combined Catholic Colleges will have their carnival at the same venue on June 14.
Athletics NSW will be running a leg of their Waratah Series Cross-Country Challenge at the Nowra Willandra Course on June 22. This run will incorporate the 122nd open men's and 41st open women's NSW Cross Country Championships. Entry for this event is now open online on the ANSW website.
ANSW is also running a winter athletics series. The first leg of which was held last Sunday at the Bankstown track. Our only representative for the first round was James Gorham who scored a lofty 4.05 metres in the pole vault which is a pleasing lead up to his campaign in the Oceania Championships being held in Townsville on June 25-28.
The second leg of the Winter Championships will be held at the Campbelltown track June 23 from 12pm to 3pm. Interested runners need to resister online via the ANSW website.
On the same day in Wollongong the Illawarra Blue Stars Club will be hosting a winter track and field event at Beaton Park. It will feature the following events, 60m, 200m, 800m, discus, walks, high jump and the 3km.
Parkrun NSW runs a number of cross-country runs at various venues throughout NSW. Locally there are three runs organised for each Saturday and they are run at North Wollongong, Sandon Point and Shellharbour. Entry is free via their website. Below is a link to the North Wollongong series https://www.parkrun.com.au/northwollongong/
Congratulations to Donna Hiscox the current Australian Masters Association Secretary for the wonderful write-up their magazine gave on her.
Donna is a well-loved member of Athletics Wollongong and it is great to see her get some due recognition for all the hard work she does for Australian Masters Athletics. Further details are in the Athletics Wollongong Facebook page.