Raymond Terrace Little Athletics Centre members bagged a total of 22 medals at the annual NSW Country Championships conducted at the Hunter Sports Centre Glendale over the Australia Day long weekend.
Centre publicity officer Deidre Hall said that searing heat plagued the weekend with temperatures reaching 40 degrees and climbing much higher on the synthetic surface.
“With competitors travelling from all over country NSW, the 15 athletes from Raymond Terrace were tested to their limits,” Deidre said.
“But they should be congratulated for their efforts in overcoming the quality competition and horrendous temperatures to show amazing endurance and bring home 22 medals.”
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In the under 12 age division, Dixie Conlon claimed gold in both the long jump and 200m, and a silver in the 100m, while Cooper McKenna picked up a bronze in the long jump and 4th placing in the 200m.
The under 13s saw Amelia Said grab a bronze medal in the discus, and Max Haynes 6th in the 200m.
Keira McGregor secured a gold in the under 14s 100m, plus silver in the triple and long jumps, while Sienna Newton also won gold in the 80m hurdles, silver in long jump, and was 4th in the 100m, 200m and 400m track events.
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Ebony Newton won a gold medal in the under 15s 100m, 200m and 200m hurdles, while in the under 17s Nathan Swan took silver in the 400m hurdles, and Jack Kenny a gold in the javelin field event.
In the under 18s Benjamin Edstein finished with gold in the 3000m event, while Belle Leonard won silver in the under 20s 100m hurdles, and Gemma Hancock finished with bronze in the 400m hurdles.
The Terrace also competed in the masters (40-49 yrs) championships with Matthew Newton taking bronze in the 100m, and Morgan Clifford a silver in javelin. The masters (50-59yrs) saw David Pisch win silver in triple jump, and bronze in both the 100m hurdles and high jump events.
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The Raymond Terrace Centre began operating in 1976, offering competition from under 6s through to masters, featuring one of the best grass tracks in the region. The centre also had synthetic run-ups for long and triple jump. We are fortunate to have qualified and experienced coaches in sprints, middle distance, walks, hurdles, shot put, discus, javelin and jumps.