Northern Rivers' little athletes in the Zone

NO RECORDS are safe when golden girl Natasha Wotherspoon and our budding athletics talent are fit and firing.

Broadwater contestant Natasha was among the region's juniors starring at the Northern Rivers Zone Track and Field Little Athletics Championships.

The Evans Head Little Athletics club member's haul included gold in her age group's shot put, discus and 1500m walk events.

A record-breaking successful performance in the javelin topped off a fabulous two days for the 12-year-old at the competition, which featured some of the best young athletes from across northern New South Wales.

"Events like this are pretty tough," Natasha, of Lismore's St John's College Woodlawn, said.

"I wasn't really expecting to do so well - there are a lot of good competitors here.

"I love the people and the events involved with Little Athletics. Everyone is pretty friendly.

"I am just happy and excited to have done so well."

Natasha's successful weekend included a new zone age group record of 15.26m in the javelin.

Her performance was part of an excellent display by her club, whose small 10-strong contingent brought home a host of silverware.

Evans Head club president June Blunn said she hoped the children would benefit from their experience of Little Athletics.

"I get tingly feelings watching them going well on the track," she said. "It is great seeing them do so well.

"Little Athletics is about personal bests - competing against yourself.

"It is also about encouraging the kids to do well.

"It's wonderful to see them with their medals and doing so well."

There were several other good performers at the event, which was held at the weekend at Lismore's Riverview Park.

More than 300 competitors from clubs across northern New South Wales featured in the event.

Children in age groups 7-17 took part in the various track and field disciplines.

Representatives from the region's clubs, including Lismore and Ballina, were also in action.

Good performances will book competitors in next year's regional titles, the next leg of the eventual journey to state.



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