Five athletes from Mildura have competed at the 2015 Australian Junior Athletics Championships held in Sydney from 11-15 March 2015.
Experienced athlete, Robert Broadhead, won a Bronze medal in his favourite event the Mens U20 400m hurdles. Rob, a past athlete in the Sunraysia Academy of Sport is continuing to put together fantastic performances when it counts. After the heats, Rob was ranked 5th, but put in a blistering performance in the final to win a Bronze medal. Rob has just moved to Adelaide this year for University studies and is hoping to continue to improve throughout the year, now living in the same city his coach is from.
Another former Sunraysia Academy of Sport athlete, Montana MacFarlane also did particularly well,coming 4th in the U18 Women’s 2000m steeplechase and 9th in the U20 Women’s 3000m.
Fellow competitor Taylor Hand who like Montana is coached by Adelaide based coach, Simon Moran came 10th in the U20 Women’s 400m Hurdles and 4th in the U20 Womens 4 x 400m Relay.
Asare Amoafo and Rinaldo Pender both performed well with Asare having a busy schedule competing in 3 events. He came 11th in the U18 Mens 400m and 5th in the U18 Mens 4 x 400m Relay and 4 x 100m Relay.
Rinaldo, the youngest of the Mildura athletes and competing in his first Australian Junior CHampionships came 15th in the U16 Mens 800m and 19th in the U16 Mens 400. He also competed for South Australia in the U16 Mens 4 x 200m Relay.
All these athletes have gained much experience in competing in the Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park, and will be better prepared when they compete at a National level in the future.
The Academy are very proud of the performances of all these athletes and attribute the success to a very successful SAS Athletics Program which is currently coached by Chris Van Dijk and supported by Salisbury Athletics Club Coach and State Team Manager, Simon Moran.