Fin­ley ath­letes qual­ify for re­gional carnival

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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.

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