Ath­let­ics club tops off mem­o­rable sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club took to Hamil­ton Is­land to of­fi­cially wrap-up its 2014 sea­son at the week­end.

Fam­i­lies en­joyed mini-golf, kayak­ing, face-paint­ing and jumping cas­tles on Satur­day, while guest ath­lete and Com­mon­wealth Games high jumper Bran­don Starc proved a hit, de­light­ing crowds with his jumps.

Over­all it was a suc­cess­ful year for the club, which saw the Hamil­ton Is­land branch rise to 52 mem­bers, on top of the main­land’s 77.

Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club spokesper­son Steve Jack­son said the pres­ence of Starc would en­able the club to grow fur­ther. “Starc spoke of how he be­gan in ath­let­ics at age five, but failed to ex­cel or spe­cialise un­til he was 15, but within a year he was a Youth Olympics sil­ver medal­list in high jump,” Jack­son said.

“Starc demon­strated some of his skills and an­swered ques­tions from the cu­ri­ous on­look­ers on ev­ery­thing from tech­nique to what he has for break­fast.” Starc also aided the pre­sen­ta­tions, while life mem­ber paid trib­ute to firstyear pres­i­dent Nathan Sains­bury for his ef­forts.

Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club days will re­sume in April 2015.

ATH­LET­ICS AWARDS: Sahra Don­nelly, right, re­ceives her award from Com­mon­wealth Games ath­lete Bran­don Starc at the week­end on Hamil­ton Is­land.

PRE­SEN­TA­TION DAY: Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club life mem­bers Jane Well­bourne and Lee-Ann Hin­schen (right) with Com­mon­wealth Games ath­lete Bran­don Starc at the week­end dur­ing the club's pre­sen­ta­tion day and break-up.

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