Sunraysia Academy of Sport athletes excel at Athletics SA State Championships with a haul of medals.
A large contingent of athletes from Mildura travelled to Adelaide to compete at the 2015 Athletics South Australian State Championships, which were held on the 11-15 March 2015. Altogether Sunraysia Academy of Sport athletes picked up five gold medals, 9 silver medals and 5 bronze medals. The medallist were as follows:
Taylor Hand â€“ Gold Open Womenâ€™s 400m Hurdles, Bronze U20 400m
Rinaldo Pender â€“ Gold U16M 2000m Steeplechase, Silver U16M 800m, Bronze U16M 1500m, Bronze U16M 400m
Brodie Jackson â€“ Gold U18M 100m, Silver U18M Long Jump
Asare Amoafo â€“ Gold U18M 400m, Silver U18M 200m, Bronze U18M 100m
Jordan Stainer â€“ Gold U14M Pole Vault
Jayden Curtis â€“ Silver U16M 2000m Steeplechase, Silver U16M Triple Jump, Bronze U16M 800m
Maddy Williams â€“ Silver U15W 90m Hurdles
Mebal Kadian â€“ Silver U17W Shot Put, Silver U17W Javelin, Silver U17W Discus
Former Sunraysia Academy of Sport athletes also did very well, picking up an additional one gold, one silver and four bronze medals. They were as follows:
Robert Broadhead â€“ Gold Open Menâ€™s 400m Hurdles, Bronze U20M 400m
Sarah Broadhead â€“ Silver U20W Hammer Throw, Bronze U20W Discus, Bronze Open Women Hammer Throw
Kelly Rayner â€“ Bronze U18M 800m
Coach, Chris Van Dijk, was thrilled with the results over the weekend and would like to congratulate all the Sunraysia participants who did so well at the State Championships.Â It was particularly pleasing to see some athletes record personal bests; some with a small margin, eg Taylor Hand took 1.5 seconds off her personal best in the 400m and others with a very large improvement, eg Jordan Stainer took a whopping 10 seconds off his Personal Best time in the 800m.
To have six State Champions;Â Rinaldo Pender, Brodie Jackson, Asare Amoafo, Jordan Stainer, Robert Broadhead and Taylor Hand from Mildura is testament to the strength of the program and the support received from Simon Moran, President of Salisbury Athletics Club.
The Academy congratulates all athletes who competed at Athletics SA State Championships and wishes Asare Amoafo, Rinaldo Pender, Taylor Hand and Robert Broadhead all the best when they compete for South Australia in the upcoming Australian Junior Championships at Sydney Olympic Park from 11-15th March.