Deni athletes qualify for Regional Carnival

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin Little Athletics Club hosted the 44th Riverina and District Branch carnival at Hardinge St Oval on Saturday.

More than 100 visiting athletes travelled to Deniliquin to compete alongside the local club members.

For many it was further practices leading into this week’s Regional Carnival to be held in Griffith tomorrow and Sunday.

There will be more than 500 athletes from across the region that extends from Deniliquin to Wollongong all hoping to qualify for the NSW State Athletic Carnival to be held in Sydney in March.

Deniliquin Little Athletics team heading to Griffith will be represented by Jaycob Clarke, Georgia Barnett, James Barnett, Remi Baulch, Alvin Cooper, Jemika Cooper, Shelia Cooper, Jessica Dover, Oscar Marshall, Bede Orr, Amy Weir, Connor Wilson and Dottie Wilson with another seven athletes qualifying but unable to compete.

These athletes have been training during the holidays with the assistance of Sarah Young as well as Rick Gardiner and Ken Gardiner, who travelled from Finley to assist local athletes.

Saturday’s hot conditions tested athletes but still a number of Branch records were broken including two by Deniliquin athletes.

James Barnett broke the Under 11 boys javelin record, previously 17.73m, with an 18.32m throw.

Elena Mulham now also holds the Under 14 girls shot put record, throwing 10.50m to beat the previous record of 10.37m.

Deniliquin Athletic Club president Leanne Mulham said the highlight of the day was ‘‘the great sportsmanship demonstrated by all the athletes as they congratulated each other after each event’’.

‘‘I’d like to give a huge thank you to all the parents and dedicated members of the community that helped set up, ran events, measured, picked up equipment, organised the canteen and ensured everyone had water, food and zooper doopers in the heat.’’

Eighteen of the Deniliquin athletes scored Personal Bests at the carnival with Under 12s Jessica Dover achieving an astounding seven PBs.

The following athletes broke their PBs:

James Barnett (four PBs); Remi Baulch (four); Cameron Busby (three); Luke Busby (four); Mark Busby (five); Alvin Cooper (one); Jemika Cooper (two); Shaleah Cooper (one); Lily Donald (three); Jessica Dover (seven); Katelyn Eddy (two); Matilda Eddy (three); Gabrielle Jansen (three); Cody Lynch (one); Antwon Morgan (three); Adrian Mulham (three); Connor Wilson (one); Dottie Wilson (one).