LO­CAL SPORTS STAR

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

COCKBURN Lit­tle Ath­let­ics mem­bers are used to go­ing up against other lo­cal kids, but com­pet­ing against some of the best on the world stage was a whole dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence.

Phoenix Park Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club’s Conor Lar­ranaga Boyle and Jan­dakot Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club’s Lochlan Bloomer, Bran­don Hodges and Keanu Gil­bert all won medals at the re­cent State Cham­pi­onships, earn­ing them a place on the WA team com­pet­ing against the best un­der-15 boys from Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore.

A blis­ter­ing 51.6 sec­ond run in the 400m race saw Conor take out the gold medal by just 0.01 of a sec­ond, which he fol­lowed up the next day with a sil­ver in the 4x400m re­lay team.

Lochlan and Keanu both re­turned home with a bronze medal in the high jump and triple jump re­spec­tively, while Bran­don ran fifth in the 200m and fourth in the 4x100m re­lay team.

Keanu said given it was his first year do­ing ath­let­ics, he was “ex­tremely happy” with his medal. Lochlan said he was Conor Lar­ranaga Boyle, Lochlan Bloomer, Bran­don Hodges and Keanu Gil­bert. NAME: Conor Lar­ranaga Boyle, Lochlan Bloomer, Bran­don Hodges and Keanu Gil­bert AGE: 14 & 15 SPORT: Ath­let­ics CAT­E­GORY: Ju­nior Sports Star – Team

re­ally proud of his high jump ef­fort as he was just 2cm off his per­sonal best, while Bran­don said he was “very proud to have been able to com­pete in Malaysia and to rep­re­sent WA, Cockburn LAC, my club Jan­dakot and my­self”.

Conor said he was re­ally ex­cited when he found out he would be com­pet­ing in

Malaysia and it was a great sport for others to take up.

“I was over the moon with ex­cite­ment as a new op­por­tu­nity for me had arisen,” he said.

“Ath­let­ics of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to en­able each ath­lete to de­velop each in­di­vid­ual’s tal­ent, though the fact that the ath­letes re­main in the same groups for the re­main­der of ath­let­ics means they can build healthy and strong friend­ships with others.”

The four ath­letes were nom­i­nated for Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Stars com­pe­ti­tion in the Ju­nior Sports Star – Team cat­e­gory for their re­sults dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in Malaysia.

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