Trio aim for new heights at championships
LISMORE Heights Public School had three of its athletes gain selection for the 2009 Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) national athletics championships later this month.
Shazney Kale Kale, Liam King and Zane King are Athletes With a Disability (AWD) and all successfully competed in the State PSSA championships in Sydney last month.
Shazney has been competing in shot put for three years for the school, generally using a 2kg shot.
This year, she began training with a 3kg shot and, at regionals, threw 7.17m. At the State titles, Shazney threw 7.35m in an event that abled 12- and 13-year-old athletes were throwing around 6.2 to 6.4m.
Liam will also compete in shot put, his favourite event. He set a record of 8.01m for the 11-13 years boys shot put AWD (classification Tf20) at State and is keen to better that.
Zane’s event is the 11-13 years boys 100m AWD. At State, he and his close rival, Robert Rose from The Risk Public School, finished with just 0.15 sec-onds separating them.
Unfortunately, they won’t be competing in this event at the nationals because of age restrictions.
Other local students competing are Joshua Denholm (Byron Bay Public School), Hana Mitchell (Pottsville), Majye Moreno (Fingal Head), Denae Nicholls (Kingscliff), Adam Potts (Holy Family Skennars Head) and, Jayden Stibbard (Rous).
The 2009 PSSA national athletics championships will be in Sydney from November 28 to December 2.