FIVE Tamworth athletes have returned from the NSW Country Championships in Woolongong with a combined eight medals including three gold.
It was the usual suspects from the Wally Warner school of athletics bringing the medals home, with Leah Mills and Ella Heeney doing well.
It was a full family affair for the Heeneys, with Ella grabbing a gold in the 1500m and a silver in the 800m and, with middle distance running in the blood, sister Sophie taking a bronze in the 1500m as well.
Even mum and dad, Jodie and Anthony Heeney, had a run over both distances.
Unfortunately Anthony was the only family member not to bring a medal home, with Jodie getting a silver and a bronze for her efforts.
Mills was once again the star of the show, taking gold in the 200m and 400m, and silver in the 100m and 800m.
Sprinter Emily Sheppard took the bronze in the 100m, before just missing out on the medals with a fourth place in the 400m.
Alexandra Reed qualified for the final for the first time in the 100m, and came seventh, before getting a fifth in the long jump.
Warner had the girls straight back on the track training this week, as the NSW State finals are being held on February 7-10 at Homebush.
All of the girls have qualified for events at State, except Reed who is concentrating on the upcoming McCarthy school carnival.
Warner, who is in his 48th year of coaching, was ecstatic with the girls’ efforts.
“I was that thrilled when the girls rang up and told me how they went,” Warner said.
“And to bring back eight medals is a fantastic effort.
“They make me so proud and keep me going at my age.”
Warner trains about 50 local athletes and is out on the track five days a week, 50 weeks a year.