In the world of athletics events, nothing is as torturing or arduous as the multi-event disciplines such as the pentathlons, heptathlons and decathlons.
To complete up to 10 events over a number of hours, and days, it takes a special type of character and strength to drive an athlete to perform at their maximum over such an arduous program.
Three of Athletics Wollongong's talented multi-events athletes, Thomas Noakes Men U18, Lara Check Women's U18, and Eleanor Tozer, Women's U17, competed in the National Combined Events Championships held last weekend in Brisbane.
Thomas, a proficient pole vaulter in his own right, vaulted a massive 3.60m which saw him leap into second spot on 6027 points, winning him the national silver medal.
Lara Check, who has been battling injuries since her brilliant showing in the ACT, gallantly held onto 4th place in the women's U18 heptathlon with 4897 points, a personal best, just 141 points away from third.
Eleanor Tozer, 4167 points, also finished in 4th position, in the U17 women's heptathlon - just 131pts away from the medal dais.
Izzy Hampton is a highly motivated F12 para athlete. Izzy has been trying to qualify for the Paralympics this year in Tokyo. In the recent Melbourne Track Classic last weekend Izzy threw a 31.55m in the women's javelin, which was 10cm shorter than her throw at the Country Championships in Dubbo.
She needs to throw a 37.74m to achieve a B group qualifer or 41.54 for an A group qualifier. Fortunately she will have more chances to qualify, so we wish her all the best.
Last weekend was a busy one. Congrats to James Turner who in the Canberra Track Classic achieved a 3rd in the men's T36 class with a time of 11.32sec and also to Karen Clarke in the Open Women's javelin coming 8th with a massive throw of 42.23m.
Some of our club members did outstandingly well at the recent Little Athletics Region 4 Championships held at the Myimbarr track Flinders.
Best results were
Miki. Markovski 2nd in GU13 Javelin 23.63m. Discus 6th 21.89. Shot 5th 7.54.
Kailee Moore 4 gold, 2 silver and triple jump record 11.38.
William Willis BU13 gold Discus, bronze for Javelin and Shotput..
Tayissa Buchanan, gold in the 400m, 800m and the senior girls relay
Savannah Wiki 2nd 60m hurdles, 1st shot put and discus and junior relay.
Thomas Carleen BU11, 1st in the 100 and 200.
Grace Constable GU12 1st in the 100 and 200, 1st jnr relay.
Kaitlyn Williams GU12 2nd in the 100 and 200, 4th TJ, 5th Discus, 4th Jav.
Wollongong City Junior Boys and Girls relay teams were first, their senior Boys and Girls teams were second.
Kaylee Reid-O'Brien U15G 3rd Walks.
Chelsy Wayne 1st discus.
Jamaya Wayne 1st discus.
Callum Rann 1st 400m by 7 seconds, 3rd 200m, 100m and 2nd in the senior boys relay.
Liam Halloran B U14 1st 90m hurdles and 2nd high jump.
Tayla Wiki 2nd in shot put and javelin. 4th in discus.
Jack Johanson BU11 1st in LJ, 1st in TJ, 3rd HJ, 3rd 100, 1st jnr relay.
Josh Constable 6th LJ, 7th 400, 8th 200 in u10's.
Congrats to James McPaul who at our last local meet broke a 25-year standing record in the men's open 400m with a run of 50.36sec.
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