It was an incredibly successful meet including an unprecedented number of records for the 45 Raymond Terrace Athletics Centre members who competed at the recent Port Hunter Zone Championships.
The Raymond Terrace club also hosted the carnival, which attracted athletes from 10 other centres within the zone.
The club’s three under 7 athletes – Mila Clarke, Charleise Chivers and Boston Maloney – won a total of three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
Club publicity officer Deidre Hall said that the trio were awarded their medals at zone as the age group did not progress any further.
“The remaining 42 athletes have all qualified in a total of 132 events for the regional championships to be held at the Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale in February. This is the first time this club has had all athletes qualify, which is a tremendous effort,” she said.
“There were 22 new records set by 15 of our athletes, with the centre’s most successful age group being the under 17s, where six members were able to set record times.”
In the under 17s, the Terrace’s Nathan Swan had an outstanding meet, setting three individual records.
Mrs Hall said that for the first time, the four relay teams each finished top to qualify for the regionals.
“The centre also finished second overall and first in the handicap pointscore. There were also personal bests in every age group. The Raymond Terrace athletes are to be commended for their behaviour, sportsmanship and achievements.”
Terrace athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the NSW Country Championships to be held at Glendale on the Australia Day long weekend. It will also include the running of the Hunter Track Classic.
Anyone interested in registering with Raymond Terrace athletics, they are welcome to go along to the clubhouse at Vi Barnett Field from 8am any Saturday morning and complete a registration form.
Otherwise, families can register online by accessing the LAANSW website, where you are given two options in regards to the payment of the registration fees.
“You may choose to pay by credit card, then simply print off your registration form which will show paid and bring to the centre with your proof of age and you will be issued with a registration number. Or simply complete the online registration forms and bring the completed printout to the centre and pay by cheque or cash,” Hall said. “Athletes also have the option to train for two consecutive weeks to see whether or not they enjoy athletics for a fee of $5.”