Col­leges cheer on lo­cal ath­letes

Joondalup Times - - WAFL -

SA­CRED Heart Col­lege has Com­mon­wealth Games fever.

Year 7 stu­dent An­naliese Har­ley was glued to the staff room tele­vi­sion screens on Thurs­day morn­ing to watch her brother Ge­orge swim in the sec­ond men’s 200m breaststroke heat.

Har­ley, who grad­u­ated from the Sor­rento school in 2016, fin­ished fifth in his heat with a time of 2:11.62 and went on to bet­ter that time in the fi­nal, tak­ing fifth place at 2:10.04.

Sa­cred Heart 2008 grad­u­ate Blair Evans took bronze in the women’s in­di­vid­ual med­ley on Thurs­day with a time of 4:38.23.

Mater Dei Col­lege in Edgewater is also cel­e­brat­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games with Year 10 stu­dent Rhi­an­non Clarke com­pet­ing as one of three 15-year-olds in the Aus­tralian ath­let­ics team.

Clarke will race in the women’s T38 100m fi­nal at 6.05pm on April 12.

T38 is for ath­letes with dis­abil­ity such as cere­bral palsy or co-or­di­na­tion im­pair­ments such as hy­per­to­nia, ataxia and atheto­sis.

The Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games is host­ing 300 para-ath­letes and 38 medal events across seven sports, which is 45 per cent more ath­letes and 73 per cent more medals com­pared to the pre­vi­ous Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow in 2014.

Above: Ge­orge Har­ley (third) and Blair Evans (fourth) with fel­low Aus­tralian swim­mers. Right: Rhi­an­non Clarke.

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