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Taverners help out young athletes

Marlie (left) and Brianna Campton, Tait Jenkins and Jared Seiffert, who have thanked the Lord’s Taverners Northern NSW branch for its assistance.
Marlie (left) and Brianna Campton, Tait Jenkins and Jared Seiffert, who have thanked the Lord’s Taverners Northern NSW branch for its assistance. Contributed

FOUR local athletes thanked a meeting of the Lord's Taverners Northern NSW branch in Lismore on Monday night for financial assistance they have received.

The money allowed runners Marlie and Brianna Campton, boccia player Tait Jenkins and cricketer Jared Seiffert to compete outside the region last year.

Marlie and Brianna are distance runners.

They competed interstate and at Coffs Harbour and on the Gold Coast in 800m, 1500m and cross-country.

In March, Marlie won the Under-14 800m and came fourth in the Under-14 1500m at the Australian junior championships.

A week later in Brisbane at the Queensland State Little Athelticss championships, she won both events, setting a record in the 800m.

At the Australian All Schools Championships she won the 800m and finished second in the 1500m.

Brianna was the regional age champion in cross-country and in the 100m, 200m and 800m on the track.

She represented NSW at the School Sport Australia Championships for cross-country in Canberra, finishing sixth, before taking bronze in the 800m in Darwin.

Because of spinal muscular atrophy, Tait plays boccia, a sport similar to bocce, but for athletes with a physical disability.

In only his second time playing the sport, he contested the State championships at the Hall of Fame at Sydney Olympic Park , finishing third in a field of 26.

Jared, a Lismore cricketer, thanked the committee for the opportunity to spend five months playing in England.

"I toured with various clubs, but perhaps my greatest moment was walking on to the hallowed turf at Lord's," he said.

In 50 matches Jared took 85 wickets, including a haul of 6-31, and scored about 800 runs with a highest score of 84.

Lord's Taverners, through fundraising and sponsorship, especially from Southern Cross University, gives young people, particularly those with special needs or who are socio-economically disadvantaged, the opportunity to participate in sport.

Inquiries to Stan Gilchrist on 0412-664617.

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