Little athletes shine at States

Ruby Morris and Brianna Pickering.
Ruby Morris and Brianna Pickering.

TWELVE athletes from Lismore Little Athletics Centre qualified for the 2010 NSW State championships at Homebush in Sydney.

The athletes had to progress through the Northern Rivers zone championships and the Region 4 championships by being in the top three of their events.

The team returned from the State titles with one gold medal, one silver and one bronze.

Ruby Morris won the Under-17 girls shot put with a distance of 11.96 metres using a 4kg shot.

Ruby for the past three to four years has been in the top three in this event at State level. She also finished seventh in the discus.

Amanda Kerr took silver in the Under-15 girls high jump with a clearance of 1.68 metres.

Amanda is from Iluka and does not get the same level of competition as many track and field athletes due to the long distances she has to travel.

She also competed in the shot put and triple jump but finished well down the field.

Brianna Pickering received a bronze medal for her perform-ance in the Under-12 girls shot put with a distance of 11.45 metres using a 2kg shot.

Brianna also achieved a personal best in the discus with a throw of 28.64 metres to finish fifth.

Other good performances came from Charlie Morris in the Under-14 boys javelin and Nirvana Makings in the Under-14 girls high jump. Both finished fourth.

The Little Athletics season has wound up. Registrations for 2010-11 will be held in August.