Deni athletes qualify for state

February 27, 2018

Oscar Wren with one of his state bronze medals

Deniliquin Little Athletics competitors Bede Orr, Jessica Dover, Shelby Nevinson, Oscar Wren, Georgia Barnett and James Barnett

Deniliquin Athletic Club had six talented athletes compete at Regional Championships in Wollongong on February 17 and 18.

Bede Orr, Jessica Dover, Shelby Nevinson, Oscar Wren, Georgia Barnett and James Barnett all competed strongly, representing Deniliquin proudly.

Jessica Dover and Bede Orr had a tremendous championship with top two finishes automatically qualifying them for the NSW State Championship in Sydney to be held from March from 23 to 25.

Jessica won the under 11 girls shot put and Bede won the under 11 boys discus and javelin and finished second in shot put.

In an impressive effort, Bede threw the javelin 26.58m which was just 1m short of the regional record.

Jessica came fifth in triple jump, had a great run in the 200m and finished fourth in discus which she hopes may still be good enough to qualify for State Championships.

For Oscar Wren in the under 8 boys this carnival was his chance to receive a state medal as this age group does not progress to the State Championship.

Oscar received a bronze medal in long jump and discus and came fourth in the 60m hurdles.

Other great results were achieved by Shelby Nevinson in under 12 girls with fourth in the javelin, eighth in discus and fifth in shot put.

In the under 11 girls Georgia Barnett finished fourth in shot put, eighth in discus and ninth in triple jump.

James Barnett competed in the under 9 boys coming seventh in shot put and 10th in discus.

Deniliquin Athletic Club president Leanne Mulham said she was quite proud of her athletes’ performances.

‘‘Just gaining selection was a credit to our athletes who had to finish in top three at our Zone carnival held in Leeton in December,’’ she said.

‘‘Since then they have been training regularly and it was great to see their efforts rewarded with all our athletes achieving new PBs and top eight finishes.

‘‘The club is very proud of everyone’s efforts with a big thanks extended to the parents for taking part in the weekend and proudly representing our club.

‘‘This weekend our club has three athletes competing in the state multi event that is being held in Wagga Wagga.

‘‘Then we will have Bede and Jess heading off to the State Championships.’’

The Deniliquin Athletic Club will be holding a general meeting on Monday, March 12 at 7pm upstairs at the Deni RSL Club.

The Athletics Club encourages members to come along as a preview before the Annual General Meeting in April, where a number of executive positions need to be filled so the club can start planning for the 2018/2019 season.

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