TALENT TIME: Kyogle athletes Veronika Kosmider, James McPaul, Sam Walters, Mikailah Piggot, Shania Porter, Carletta Owen and Tegan Graham.
TALENT TIME: Kyogle athletes Veronika Kosmider, James McPaul, Sam Walters, Mikailah Piggot, Shania Porter, Carletta Owen and Tegan Graham. Larry Condon

Kyogle athletes reach state CHS Championships in Sydney

HARD training and determination have paid off handsomely for a talented group of athletes from Kyogle.

Together they have trained and prepared for the NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) athletics season.

Their efforts and dedication have produced outstanding results.

Succeeded in many events

After competing at school, Richmond Zone and the North Coast Regional Athletics, they reached the State CHS Athletic Championships in Sydney in 14 individual events and the 16-years girls' relay.

As a group at the recent State CHS Athletics, they earned two gold, three silver and a bronze medal in their various events.

  • Veronika Kosmider was placed sixth in her 17 years long jump.
  • James McPaul won the 16 years 400m in the outstanding time of 49.91 sec and came second in the 100m.

Overstepping a track lane line cost him a further silver medal through a disqualification.

  • Sam Walters won gold the 15 years discus with a throw of 50.91m and a silver medal in the shot putt.
  • Mikailah Piggott, in only her third race over the hurdles, came sixth in the 16 years 100m hurdles.

She began training in the discipline only this year and had never raced over the barriers until the North Coast Regional Athletics carnival, so making a state final was exceptional.

  • Shania Porter competed in the 15 years 200m and the 400m. She won silver in 2014 but missed out in 2015.
  • Carletta Owen won a silver medal in the 16 years in the 16 years high jump with a jump of 1.59m.

Her miss at 1.62m to remain in contention for the gold was "Oh so close".

  • Tegan Graham started the 16 years relay and with Mikailah, Shania and Carletta, made the final.
  • Missing from the photograph of the Kyogle High School athletes is Juliarah O'Donahue. Although living in Kyogle, she attends Casino High School.

She competed in four events at the state championships, the 16 years 100m, 200m, long jump and the high jump.

She came fourth in the high jump and won a bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 5.16m.

  • James McPaul from Kyogle High School was the only one who elected to compete in the New South Wales All Schools Championships.

He won gold in the 400m in a great time of 49.07 and came third in the 200m, recording a time of 22.08. Programming did not allow him to compete in the 100m as there was only 20 minutes between the 100m and 400m events.



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