Trio shine on Malaysia trip

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - David Sal­vaire

Three young Rock­ing­ham ath­letes have re­cently re­turned from Malaysia af­ter rep­re­sent­ing WA at the 25th In­ter­na­tional Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

The young guns qual­i­fied for the event af­ter the re­cent State Cham­pi­onships and made the jour­ney to Gam­bang this month to spend nine days com­pet­ing and tak­ing in the sights. Thomas Mil­lard, 15, Han­nah Ire­land, 14, and Sa­van­nah Ahearn, 15, trained hard in the lead-up to the event.

Han­nah took home gold in the 1500m walk, fin­ish­ing in a time of 7min.38sec., just one sec­ond ahead of her team­mate.

Sa­van­nah picked up bronze in the un­der-15s dis­cus with a throw of 29.5m and also came fifth in the un­der-15 javelin.

De­spite fall­ing ill on the day, Thomas still man­aged fourth in the un­der-15s 1500m walk, fin­ish­ing in 7:51.

But it was not all ath­let­ics for the nine days, with the trio re­leas­ing tur­tles in the Malaysian man­groves and vis­it­ing Gam­bang Water Park.

Sa­van­nah’s mother, Amanda Ahearne, said the young­sters had worked hard to make it to the cham­pi­onships.

“Over there they had 5am starts to beat the heat be­cause the hu­mid­ity was ob­vi­ously pretty in­tense,” she said. “It was a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence for them and the tour­na­ment was well or­gan­ised.”

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Thomas Mil­lard, 15, with Han­nah Ire­land, 14, and Sa­van­nah Ahearn, 15.

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