ATHLETES OF FUTURE: Dominique Bryant, 8, of Lismore, hits top speed during a sprint session
ATHLETES OF FUTURE: Dominique Bryant, 8, of Lismore, hits top speed during a sprint session

Regionals bring out best from Little As



LISMORE Little Athletic Centre's Georgina Wheatley recently took out two gold medals at the Region Four Championships in Newcastle.

Georgina won the Under 8 girls shot put and discus with throws of 5.2m and 15.05m, respectively. As this age group do not progress onto Sydney later this month this event is classed as a State Championship.

However, six athletes from the older age groups did qualify to represent the region at the NSW Little Athletics State Titles in Sydney in two weeks time.

These athletes are: Charlie Wheatley Under 9 Boys, Karly Potts Under 10 Girls, Mathew Payne Under 11 boys, Amanda Jennings Under 12 Girls, Amber Wheatley and Zoe Dundas Under 13 girls.

Lismore's strongest hope of a medal at these championships rests with Amanda Jennings who had a shot put throw of 11.87m at the Region 4 Championships. This was close to one metre less than the record she set at the Northern Rivers Zone Championships at Nambucca Heads in December, but was still good enough to be the best throw recorded at any of the Regional Championships in NSW for her age group.

Other big improvers out of the qualifiers were Mathew Payne in the Under 11 boys 800m and Zoe Dundas in the Under 13 Girls 1500m walk. Both have recorded the fifth fastest time in the State.

Overall there were 18 athletes from Lismore who attended the Region Four championships with most athletes making the top eight in the region in their chosen events.

The other athletes who competed at Newcastle were Ruby Wheatley, Tom Macanalley, Jacob Binney, Alana Potts, Madison Rilley, Stephen Horne, Lisa King, Tarni Green, Ryan Green, Michaela Boland, and Nicole Boland.

This Saturday sees the end of the 2004-2005 summer track season for the Lismore Little Athletics Centre.

The centre will take a short break and then start cross country after school holidays.



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