Record athletes take on NSW

A RECORD number of over 400 keen little athletes registered this season, has seen Revesby Little Athletics Club members break 25 centre records, with 18 athletes automatically qualifying to compete at the Hart Sport State Track & Field Championships in March.

With athletes ranging from five to under 17 years, the season – which is three-quarters of the way through – has been successful in many ways.
Some of the records broken were longstanding, including Charlotte O’Leary who broke the U6 Girls Long Jump record that had stood since 1987, with a jump of 2.97m and Shea Cassilles who broke the U14 Boys 1500m record that had stood since 1990, with a blistering time of 4m 50.40s.
In December, 106 athletes compete at the Southern Metropolitan Zone Championships at Barden Ridge over three days, with 81 qualifying to then compete at the Region Championships in February – the club’s most successful Region Championships on record. Club spokesperson Stuart McGraw said the athletes achieved 25 gold medals, nine silver medals and 15 bronze medals.
“These results are a credit to our athletes and to our centre coaches, who volunteer their time to provide training opportunities for our athletes across the range of athletics events,” he said.
“A notable achievement from the Region Championships was the performance of Noah Samways, who won three gold medals in the U10 Boys 70m, 100m and 200m sprint events. “Not only did Noah win those events, he also broke the Region record in the 70m event and the 100m event, records which had previously stood for 11 years and 14 years respectively.”
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