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HUNDREDS of students from schools in Bass
Coast participated in the District Athletics, held at
Wonthaggi Secondary College, on Friday, May 5.
The sun was shining and students were clap-
ping, cheering on each other and yelling sup-
port for their classmates in the annual event.
Nine primary schools participated in the ath-
letics, including Cowes, Newhaven and Wont-
Students fought for places in hurdles, high
jump, shot put, discus and running events.
President of South Coast Primary Schools’
Sports Association, Jon McCormick, said stu-
dents were selected for the day from their indi-
vidual house athletics.
“We promote mass participation, we have
events that allow kids to progress to a higher
level, but we also have events that promote par-
ticipation across all year levels.
“Even though they’re individual events, the
students feel part of a team and they all get be-
hind each other.”
There were four age groups, under 12s, 11s, 10s
and 9s, but under 9s were only for participation.
Mr McCormick said all schools in the region
encourage physical education programs.
“There’s a noticeable difference in the class-
“Academic achievements correlate to having
elevated fitness levels as well.”
He said the District Athletics helps kids de-
velop friendships with students from other
schools and increases their confidence.
The event is held in conjunction with Wont-
haggi Secondary College, acting as an introduc-
tion for students to the college.
ORGANISING a school sports day in May is
fraught with danger, from a weather perspective,
but South Gippsland primary school athletic
sports officials need not have been concerned.
Although last Wednesday opened cool and
cloudy, the day soon fined up and was warm
and sunny by the time hit the ground running
at the Leongatha velodrome and nearby, on an
area set aside for some of the field events.
A huge number of school students were in-
volved and they attracted plenty of parents,
especially over lunchtime, as they enjoyed a
sandwich and the chance to support children
or grandchildren in the events.
The kids did well at a wide range of events,
even surviving the gut-busting 800 metre run,
doubled over at first it must be said, but ul-
timately coming up smiling as the endorphins
Inverloch won the shield for the most success-
ful school while St Laurence’s won the handicap
shield for results per student numbers.
THE weather gods smiled on Inverloch with
a sensational day for the 142nd Park Run last
Saturday. Following claims at an after-run event
recently that a kid could run the day, young
Charli Burns was given the reins and did a fan-
tastic job making sure the 95 finishers all re-
ceived their times, and ensuring the volunteers
all had a great day. Well done Charli.
Organisers finally got around to awarding the
March Park Runner of the Month awards and
congrats went to Ebony Knox completing 55
runs, 39 at Inverloch, and volunteering six times.
They also awarded Jacqui O’Connell her 25
Volunteer T-Shirt for volunteering 25 times.
Jacqui has run 119 times, so has volunteered
once every 5 runs; a great effort.
Did you know Park Run isn’t just for runners?
They welcome walkers, people with prams
and even people with a dog on a short leash.
So come out to Inverloch and see what it’s all
about – just register online at parkrun.com.au
first and bring your barcode, it’s all free.
Amongst this week’s stunning 18 PBs was
Cathy McKight. Cathy shaved 31 seconds off
her time on the day before her birthday. Happy
Birthday Cathy! It was only last month that she
registered a PB for the first time in almost two
years of running when she dropped to 26:38
but the time of 26:07 this week, at a grade rate
of 72.24 per cent was a real achievement.
This week’s parkrun was only possible due
to the following volunteer super heroes; Char-
li Burns, Pam Dalgleish, Wayne Davey, Amy
Dynes, Kirby Ireland, Ina Kelly, Donna Lancast-
er, Tony O’Connell, and Rick Whitehouse.
Glenn Sullivan (VM50-54) of Wonthaggi Road
Runners was first over the line in 19:15 fol-
lowed by Dave Seeds in 19:18. David Moloney
was third over the line in 20:15. In the women;
Georgia Burns of Little Athletics was first and
6th overall in 20:58, Rachel Tattersall was sec-
ond (9th overall) in 23:04 and Fiona Richard-
son was third in 24:20.
District’s best young athletes
Perfect for PBs at Invy Park Run
Young Inverloch Park Run Director, Charli
Burns congratulates Jacqui O’Connell on her
25th occasion of volunteering at the event.
Students from nine schools soaked up the sunshine last Friday at Wonthaggi Secondary
College for the District Athletics. Mm231917
In the triple jump event, Thomas scored an impressive result. Mm241917
Fine and sunny
for school sports
Age champions, back: Jude Fixter (Leongatha), Harper McLennan (Leongatha), Xavier
Bolge (Leongatha), Ashton Hewitson (Inverloch). Front: Pallas Lamers (Korumburra), Reuben
Gammon (St Laurence), Audrey McGannon (St Laurence), Clancy Snell (Mirboo North), Tyla
Peters (Mirboo North). Olivia Cumming and Ada Hill (St Laurence) were also age champions.
Rick Walters medal 1500m run winners-
Ada Hill (St Laurence) and Ashton Hewitson
Matisse Carmody of St Laurence O’Toole
Primary School in Leongatha gets set to let
fly with the discus during the inter-school
athletic sports last Wednesday. m061917
Leaders in the 800 metres Reuben Gam-
mon and Olivia Cumming of St Laurence’s
Primary School surge towards the finish
line in last Wednesday’s interschool athletic
Placegetters in the aged 10 and under discus were, from left, first Chloe Lawson of Mirboo
North with a throw of 14.80 metres, third Matisse Carmody of St Laurence’s with 14.19m
and Emily Bessell-Browne of Mirboo North with 14.73m. m071917
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