Athletics Wollongong punches above its weight

Our club recently fielded a small team of athletes at the recent NSW Country Championships held in Dubbo. Despite their small size, the group punched well and truly above their weight.

One of the most prolific performers at the meet was Anthony Howlett in the 50-59 class, who scored in the following, 800m: 1st - 2min 31.44sec, 400m hurdles: 1st - 1.13.75, long jump: 1st - 4.44m, high jump: 1st - 1.50, triple jump: 1st - 9.40m, discus: 1st - 32.72m, hammer: 1st - 27.32m, 100m hurdles: 1st - 19.89, 400m: 2nd - 1.04.93s, javelin: 1st - 40.45m and shot put: 1st - 9.11m.

Anthony's exhausting 11-event program for the weekend earned him 10 Gold medals and one silver. An outstanding effort.

Gary Hampton (50-59), Pole Vault: 1st - 1.80m, Shot Put: 2nd - 8.73m and Javelin: 2nd - 31.21m, Long Jump: 2nd - 3.95m, Triple Jump: 2nd - 7.00m, Discus: 3rd - 26.68m, an outstanding effort seeing he was up against Hurricane Howlett.

Montse Ros (40-49) Pole Vault: 1st - 2.90m, Triple Jump: 1st - 8.57m, High Jump: 1st - 1.25m. Long Jump: 1st - 4.41m. An excellent performance from the pocket rocket.

William Tyler (60-69) pole vault: 1st - 3.10m.

Emily Yorkston (Open Women) discus: 4th - 33.96m.

Janna Hadaya (U20) 100m: 5th - 13.27s, 200m: 5th - 27.22s.

Kailee Moore (U17) 100m Prelims: 1st Qual - 12.60s (a national qualifier), Long Jump: 1st - 5.26m, 100m Final: 1st - 12.69s, Triple Jump: 2nd - 10.20m, 100m Hurdles: 1st - 14.85s (a national qualifying time).

Rodney Tebbutt (40-49) 100m: 4th - 13.40s, 200m: 4th - 27.43s, Javelin: 1st - 38.50m.

Isabelle Hampton. Javelin: result NA.

Janna Hadaya (U20), 400m - 3rd: 1'04.78, Shot Put: 3rd - 7.99m, Javelin: 3rd - NA.

An excellent job, team.

Our heartfelt congratulations are extended to young Karlee Symonds who was a recent recipient of the Shoalhaven City Council Junior Sports Award recipient.

Karlee has an International Paralympic Classification of T11 for vision impairment, which requires the assistance of a guide runner when competing.

Karlee has represented NSW in national carnivals well as engaging in community service programs such as undertaking a training and mentoring role with Guide Dogs NSW. She has also represented others with vision impairment in local media promotions.

In the recent NSW state combined event championships young Lara Check managed to bravely compete in all events with a tear in her left quad. She battled through pain to claim the title of U/18 State Champion. She also managed as well to be the highest scoring heptathlete of all age groups including opens. Her score was a personal best of 4789 points (874 points ahead of 2nd).

In the same event Eleanor Tozer was a strong third with 3879 points.

Other team members were James Belcher who came second in the Open Men's Decathlon with 4260 points, Thomas Noakes who won gold in the U18 Decathlon with 5681 points, Christine Shaw, women's outdoor pentathlon 3412 points and Anthony Howlett who was first in the men's 50 + heptathlon with 2812 points.

Athletics Wollongong caters for athletes of all ages and abilities who enjoy friendly competition in a relaxed environment. Club members can choose to compete at club level only, or participate in Inter-club, Country, State, National or International events.