Region Championships Highlights – Feb 23, 24 and 25

What am amazing three days for Terrigal-Wamberal at Mingara Athletics Centre! Nearly 50 club members participated – 3 automatically qualifying for the State Championships, an another 6 receiving bronze medals and still in high contention for a place at the State Championships, an another 8 placing just outside the medals but with impressive results that could see them in contention for a spot at the State Championships. In addition, most athletes achieved PBs and the rest gave their all and enjoyed a fun weekend with friends and family.

To put this in perspective, two years ago we had only 2 athletes progress to the State Championships and last year we had 5. Our club continues to excel through a program which emphasizes fun and commits to development through our weekly training sessions. Our success is in large part due to a dedicated and growing committee of volunteers, ongoing education/training of our club members and volunteers and the commitment of our club members and parents. Go Terrigal-Wamberal!

Congratulations to our automatic State Championships Qualifiers:

Triple silver medallist Ava Simos (U12G): 60m hurdles, 100m, 200m
Silver medallist Annie Lowbridge (U11G): 200m
Silver medallist Jimmy Johnston (U9B): Long Jump

Congratulations to our Bronze medalists who have an excellent chance at continuing on to the State Championships as additional qualifiers:

Double bronze medallist Jimmy Johnston (U9B): 100m, 200m
Bronze medallist India-Rose Barnett (U13G): High Jump
Bronze medallist Liliya Tatarinoff (U12G): 400M
Bronze medallist Tilly Young (U11G):
Bronze medallist Olivia Falconi (U10G): 800M
Bronze medallist Layla Pace (U9G): 400M

And we also had many fourth and fifth place finishes which also could result in a spot at the State Championships:

Amelia Heron Little (U15G): 400M
Charlotte Dillon (U15G): Shot Put
Imogen Ryan (U12G): Shot Put
Harley Dimech (U12B): Triple Jump
Annie Lowbridge (U11G): 100M, Long Jump
Jahriah Ugri (U11B): 800M
Layla Pace (U9G): 100M, 200M
Nate Beatty (U9B): 800M

Please stay tuned for more information as the finalists for the State Championships are announced.

We also have a couple special mentions:

· Top of the list is Nia Donnelly – this U9G powerhouse qualified first in her heat for the 60M hurdles but a protest by another athlete over qualifications for the 8th place spot in the finals resulted in the heats being re-run. In the re-run, Nia hit a hurdle and as a result did not qualify for the “new” final. Our club protested this unjust result to the top levels to no avail. The system failed and Nia was a casualty – we stand behind her and are committed to her future success. We love you Nia and admire your “mature beyond your years” acceptance of this very unfortunate situation. Watch out for Nia in the 2019 60M hurdles!
· And not far behind is the Junior Girls relay – who trained for weeks and then had to cope with a last minute substitution due to an ill athlete yet still managed to come within milliseconds of a bronze medal – Layla, Felicity and Ava of the original relay and super-sub Annie – you did a fantastic job and our club is so proud of your efforts!

Any wrap up of this event would not be complete without mention of all the parent volunteers – as usual most were so generous of their time and we managed to yet again cover all our duties without a hitch. To those who stayed late and assisted with pack up in the cold and the rain – you are all superstars!

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