SEVEN South Coast athletes competed at the Australian Athletics Track and Field National Championships in Sydney from the March 26 to April 2. The Junior and Open competition was held together over the week’s competition this year, which was an opportunity for the junior athletes to witness where their athletics journey can take them.
The Nationals was a first-time experience for five of South Coast’s junior athletes, experiencing the step up in competition and performances.
To achieve the qualification to be eligible to compete at nationals is a massive effort in itself by all the athletes.
South Coast athletes competed to the best of their ability, with a number of personal bests being attained by the girls who all finished their season on a high note.
Eleanor Patterson won her fifth consecutive National Open title in a tight competition hampered by soggy weather.
Eleanor survived a jump off in heavy rain to take the gold medal with a gutsy win.
South Coast is very fortunate to have coaches who prepare their athletes for the national titles, and David Green and Geoff Russell are thanked for their tireless dedication to the athletes over the season to get them to the prestigious level of Nationals.
South Coast Athletics congratulates all athletes and coaches for their commendable efforts during the last week and over the whole of the athletics season.
The club looks forward to seeing you all at the Presentation Day on Sunday April 9, starting at 11.30am at the Inverloch Angling Club.
National championships results:
Elly Radford – Under 18 High Jump 6th 1.63m
Georgia Burns – Under 14 400m 8th 60.85, 800m 15th 2.26.33, High jump 9th 1.46m.
Alarna Gibson-Williamson – Under 14 80m Hurdles 10th 14.85, High jump 6th 1.49m.
Vu Montgomery – Under 14 Javelin 8th 31.33, 80m Hurdles 8th 16.68.
Jasmine Woods – Under 15 Triple Jump 14th 10.33m.
Nicola Slade – Under 15 Pole Vault 10th 2.40m.
Eleanor Patterson – Open High Jump 1st 1.83m.
Patterson shines at Nationals