Year of athletes’ triumphs
After a bumper 2017 for sport, we look at highlights from the first half of the year.
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”.
Rockingham Little Athletics Centre’s Zahli Jolly, 15, Jack Ahearn, 12, and Jorga Millington, 15, represent WA in Sydney.
Grace Aberhart collected six medals at the SLSWA State championships at Trigg.
Injustice Crossfit’s Ryan Woodall, Caine Hayes and Ngarimu Ahipene.