Hitting the heights for Caitlin
IT has been a big 12 months for Lismore Heights Public School Year 6 student and Inclusion Athlete Caitlin Bargwanna.
Last December Caitlin was awarded the North Coast PSSA sports award for achieving a high level of performance, attitude and fair play in athletics as a para athlete.
She had taken the bronze medal in the 11 years girls discus (para athlete) at the national championships in Sydney.
The following month she was named Young Citizen of the Year for 2017 at the Lismore Australia Day awards ceremony.
This year Caitlin won all her events at the zone carnival, then in the regional carnival at Coffs Harbour she finished first or second in her five events, being named senior girls para athlete champion at both.
This month Caitlin competed in five events at the PSSA atheletics championships in Sydney, vying for a top-three finish so she could represent NSW at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.
These games are held only every three or four years. They are on this year due to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Caitlin was ecstatic when she made the team, throwing 15.67 metres in the senior girls multi-class discus, 20cm beyond the qualifying distance and taking the bronze medal.
She came seventh in the multi-class long jump, ninth in the shot put, 14th in the 100m and 13th in the 200m.
HELPING OUT ...
If you would like to help Caitlin get to Adelaide for the Pacific School Games, you can leave a donation at Lismore Heights Public School or deposit in
St George Bank BSB 1128879, acc 414073761.
Caitlin, her family and friends realise that many families and businesses in Lismore are still rebuilding and re-establishing after the April flood, but would be grateful for any support they can get.