Year of ath­letes’ tri­umphs

Af­ter a bumper 2017 for sport, we look at high­lights from the first half of the year.

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - July to De­cem­ber high­lights will be in next week’s Tele­graph.

JAN­UARY Top craft bat­tle at an­nual re­gatta

Cock­burn Sound was abuzz with ac­tiv­ity when Rock­ing­ham and The Cruis­ing Yacht Club hosted the 59th an­nual Cock­burn Sound Re­gatta. About 220 peo­ple with 47 craft of all styles took part in the event, with com­peti­tors from clubs across Perth tak­ing part.

Elite cen­tre to end tal­ent drain

Swim­ming WA’s an­nounce­ment that the Aqua Jetty in Warn­bro will host the State’s third high-per­for­mance train­ing cen­tre is mu­sic to the ears of Rock­ing­ham Swim­ming Club head coach Will Scott. He told the Tele­graph the HPTC would go a long way in help­ing de­velop ath­letes at the elite level.

FE­BRU­ARY Bull­dogs win ti­tle on the buzzer

Trail­ing by two points in a grand fi­nal, with just three sec­onds left on the clock in over­time, the Rock­ing­ham Bull­dogs ju­nior bas­ket­ball stunned their older op­po­nents, Leon­gatha Light­ning, as Saxon Matenga’s game-win­ning buzzer­beater sent the crowd into rap­tures. The fi­nal score was 45-44, af­ter the Rock­ing­ham side re­versed a 23-point deficit at half-time.

MARCH Grace on the podium

Kolbe Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Grace Aber­hart stole the show at the Surf Life Saving WA State Cham­pi­onships at Trigg on the Labour Day long week­end, com­ing home with a haul of medals. The 13-year-old took out gold in the un­der-14 and un­der-15 board re­lay, sil­ver in the un­der-14 iron­woman and un­der-14 team swim, bronze in the un­der-14 swim and board res­cue, as well as fourth in the board.

APRIL Quar­tet fly flag for WA in Syd­ney

Four bud­ding ath­letes from Rock­ing­ham Dis­tricts Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cen­tre took to the big stage to rep­re­sent WA at the na­tional ti­tles. Jack Ahearn, Jorga Milling­ton, Makayla Chap­ple and Zahli Jolly im­pressed WA se­lec­tors at the State cham­pi­onships and trav­elled to Syd­ney Olympic Park for the 2017 ASICS Aus­tralian Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

Bar­ratt earns world berth

Rock­ing­ham Swim­ming Club’s finest ath­letes shone at the 2017 Han­cock Prospect­ing Aus­tralian Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships, with Holly Bar­ratt and Tommy Su­cipto both picking up medals dur­ing the meet. Bar­ratt made his­tory and se­cured her place on the World Cham­pi­onship team as she took sil­ver in the 100m back­stroke, sil­ver in the 50m but­ter­fly and gold in the 50m back­stroke.

MAY Debu­tant grabs three ti­tles

Af­ter stun­ning the Perth fit­ness scene dur­ing his de­but per­for­mance at the ICN Perth Clas­sic on May 13, Rock­ing­ham’s Nathaniel Smiler tested his met­tle against some of Aus­tralia’s best body builders at the ICN Na­tion­als in Syd­ney. The 24-year-old Cross­Fit en­thu­si­ast, who only de­cided to en­ter his first body­build­ing show eight weeks be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion, won the first-time fit­ness, novice fit­ness and all-rounder fit­ness physique cat­e­gories.

JUNE In­jus­tice seek global games glory

Rock­ing­ham’s In­jus­tice Cross­fit re­turned from the Pa­cific Re­gion­als in style, se­cur­ing their place in the World Cross­Fit Games af­ter be­ing crowned the fittest in Aus­tralia and No.2 in Asia. A team of six ath­letes — in­clud­ing Quinn Te kahu, Marine Becker, Carly Menzies, Ryan Woodall, Caine Hayes and Ngarimu Ahipene — com­peted at the Pa­cific re­gion­als in Wol­lon­gong in sev­eral events, in­clud­ing rope climbs, pull-ups, hand­stand push-ups and a chal­leng­ing team event called “the worm”.

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Rock­ing­ham Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cen­tre’s Zahli Jolly, 15, Jack Ahearn, 12, and Jorga Milling­ton, 15, rep­re­sent WA in Syd­ney.

Pic­ture: Colleen Do­ran

Grace Aber­hart col­lected six medals at the SLSWA State cham­pi­onships at Trigg.

Pic­ture: In­jus­tice Cross­fit

In­jus­tice Cross­fit’s Ryan Woodall, Caine Hayes and Ngarimu Ahipene.

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