WINNING PLACE: Eliza Blunn of Woodburn stands tall on the podium in first place after winning her discus event.
WINNING PLACE: Eliza Blunn of Woodburn stands tall on the podium in first place after winning her discus event. Contributed

Little Eliza throws herself into sport

TALENT is never too far away in the Lower Richmond, and Eliza Blunn, of Woodburn, is a perfect example.

The eight-year-old St Joseph's School, Woodburn, student competed in the Little Athletics Zone Championships in Lismore in December and came first in discus and shot put.

From there she competed at the Regional Championships in Taree earlier this month. As a member of the Evans Head Little Athletics Club, Eliza was the only representative to make it to that level.

"Eliza started Little Athletics in Tots age group, and has been taking part for four years," mum, June said.

And her developing talent shows. As recently as two weeks ago, Eliza again competed in the Under-8 girls' discus and threw 12m 89cm and came first, receiving a gold State medal.

As this is the first year Under-8s compete at regionals, they do not go on to State championships but receive State medals.

"Her closest competitor, who gained a silver, threw 8m 57cm," June said.

Eliza also won her shot put event, receiving another gold State medal with a throw of 4m 80cm.

Other Evans Head Little Athletes to do well at the zone championships included Jasmine McClure (Under-12 girls) achieving fourth in discus and a third in javelin, and Hannah McClure (Under-9 girls), who achieved third in the 400m run.

Eliza is the first athlete to represent Evans Head Little Athletics at Regional Championships and win State medals.



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