THERE’LL be no shortage of Tamworth athletes at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre this week.
Six students, who all train at the same oval, with varying degrees of experience will be out to do Tamworth proud.
Calrossy’s Emma Klasen, Sophie Hedley, Lydia Higgins and Mitchell Reading along with Carinya’s Annie Fotheringham and Farrer’s Mitchell Henderson will all make the trip to Sydney for the event which runs from October 12-16.
The students made it through to the NSW All Schools Championships following successful meetings at their respective school state carnivals.
The aim for all will be running a national qualifying time or achieving a first or second place.
Doing that, will see the kids qualify to compete in Adelaide at the All Schools national event in December.
STATE CARNIVAL RESULTS
First: 15 years 100m (new record), first: 15 years 200m (new record)
This will be Emma’s third NSW All Schools Championships. She has won gold in both the 100m and 200m in previous years and gone onto represent at nationals in 2014 and 2015 but pulled out last year due to an injury. Emma does correspondence coaching with Michael Dooley in Sydney and while has found the travel challenging has been enjoying the training regime and refining her running technique. She will be looking to maintain her current form and with her current times should be a medal contender.
Second: 15 years 90m hurdles
Sophie competed at last year’s all schools event and came seventh in the hurdles. She has been training under John Moore and Pete Henderson and has seen continual improvement. She will be looking to go a couple places better than last year and place in the top five at the 2017 event.
Fourth: 15 years 800m
This will be Lydia’s first all schools event. She has been running well at carnivals leading up to this event, continually cutting down her times and will aiming for a final spot and to run another personal best.
First: 16 years 100m, first: 16 years 200m
A relative newcomer to athletics, this will be Mitch’s second all schools event and his times indicate he is a final contender. His lead up to the carnival has been impressive and he has seen a significant improvement in times over the last 12 months. Mitchell has recently joined Emma and trains correspondence with Michael Dooley.
First: 18 years 400m, second: 18 years 800m, second: 18 years 1500m
Annie attended all schools as an under 16s competitor and placed in the top 10. Other commitments made it difficult for her to attend last year so she is hoping to go down and qualify for finals in her chosen events in the under 18 division. She has been training extremely hard and has qualified as one of the fastest in the distance events.
Second: 14 years 100m hurdles, fifth: 15 years 200m hurdles
Mitch medaled last year and has a chance to do so again. His times indicate he is a medal contender and he will be aiming to go one better this year. Mitch is a very talented sportsperson and has to find time to train between his football and cricket commitments.