GOOD SPORTS: Southern Cross Primary School students Jake Topper, 12 and Daykin Stanger, 12 are off to Adelaide.
GOOD SPORTS: Southern Cross Primary School students Jake Topper, 12 and Daykin Stanger, 12 are off to Adelaide. Samantha Elley

Southern Cross students off to Pacific Games

TWO students from Southern Cross Primary School in Ballina are taking part in the Pacific School Games starting this weekend in Adelaide.

Daykin Stanger, 12, and Jake Topper, 12, both in Year 6, will be heading over to represent New South Wales in their respective sports.

Daykin plays hockey and has done so since he was just five years of age.

"I play for Ballina Hockey Club and have been playing for seven years,” he said.

He is excited about heading down to Adelaide, as he's never been there before.

"The way it works is you go through three different stages (to get to the Pacific Games),” he said.

"First you are playing for the Far North Coast, then North Coast and then, finally, New South Wales.”

Daykin said he was looking forward to the opening ceremony of the Pacific School Games, which would see young people from across Australia and the Pacific region competing in a range of sports.

Jake is a sprinter and will be competing in a number of events, despite having injured his knee while on a trampoline.

"I'll be running the 100m, then in the NSW team for the 4x100m relay, the 8x100m relay and the 4x200m relay,” he said.

The pair's athletic achievements were also recognised at the North Coast Schools Sports Association annual awards in Yamba on Monday.

"(The awards) are for people doing extraordinarily well in their sport,” Daykin said.



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