Finley athletes qualify for regional carnival
Finley Athletics Club had considerable success at the Little Athletics Western Riverina Zone carnival in Deniliquin this month.
There were about 170 junior athletes in attendance, with Deniliquin, Finley, Hay, Corowa, Narrandera, Leeton, Griffith and Moulamein represented.
The athletes aged from under-8 and above competed for a chance to qualify for the Regional Carnival in Wagga Wagga on February 11 and 12 next year.
The first three place-getters at the zone carnival automatically get to represent the Western Riverina at the ‘regionals’.
Club president Pat Kelly said it was a great day for the club with 36 out of its 38 eligible athletes qualifying for the Wagga carnival.
‘‘It’s only a little club so to have 36 kids representing our town is good,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s something that the town and the kids should be proud of.
‘‘To have that number of athletes qualify is a bonus because it’s all about personal bests and achieving individual goals.
‘‘We started back in August and finish up our season in March so I’m sure we will continue to have kids improving their PB’s.’’
The club also sent three U-7 athletes with Matilda Burton, Tehya Kelly and Jordan Munro all winning state medals at the event.
The athletes who qualified were as follows:
Jasmine Ackers, Lyle Ackers, Ally Barlow, Jasmine Burke, Sienna Burke. Tiarna Burke, Hugh Burton, Addison Clarke, Bailey Coombs, Jemma Coombs, Josie Coombs, Lenny Dattoli, Brianna Doohan, Hayley Doohan, Jacob Doohan, Allan Gardiner, Jessica Hanmer, Sarah Hanmer, Jarred Hislop, Kelsey Hislop, Shelby-Lea Hislop, Isabella Kelly, Charlie Magill, Charlotte Mason, Chelsea Mason, Holly McCullough, Karla Nicholls, Erica Nichols, Kaitlin Percy, Reece Simmons, Lucy Simpson, Alicia Smith, Kayla Smith, Leia Varley, Eloise Warenycia, Chelsea Winn.
‘‘I’d like to thank the Deniliquin Athletics Club and all the volunteers for hosting the event,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘They did a great job in what is a difficult task.
‘‘A lot of hard work goes into hosting a carnival so it’s great to see the small town communities getting involved and helping out to ensure these events run smoothly.’’
Kayla Smith competing in the Under 15 girls long jump with a distance of 4.95m. Kayla finished first in all three of her events for the day.