Taylor Hand wins a Silver Medal at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships.

Seven athletes from Mildura travelled to Townsville to compete at the 2013 Australian All Schools Athletics Championships, which were held on the 6-8th December 2013. For most athletes it was their first experience at competing at a National level. For others, such as Sarah and Robert Broadhead they have represented South Australia on numerous occasions and were rewarded with Robert Broadhead announced as the boys team captain and Sarah Broadhead the girls vice-captain. Local Mildura coach, Emily McClelland, travelled with the athletes to Townsville to provide support and encouragement.

Athletes competed for South Australia with a team of over 90 athletes sent from that state alone. Athletes were not only competing individually for medals but also points were awarded depending on their performance towards the team title. At the end of the meet, these points were calculated and South Australia won the Small States Cup.

Taylor Hand was the only Sunraysia athlete to receive a medal, winning a silver medal in the U16 girls 4 x 100m relay. Taylor ran the third leg in the relay and ran a brilliant race to put the team into medal contention going in to the final leg.

Individually, Robert Broadhead was the stand out performer coming 4th in the U18 boys 400m Hurdles with a personal best time of 55.30 sec. Unfortunately Robert missed a medal by 0.1 of a second.

Other results included:

Taylor Hand – 11th U18 Girls 400m Hurdles (70.54sec), 14th U18 girls 100m (13.02sec)

Sarah Broadhead – 7th U18 Girls Hammer Throw (43.37m), 9th U18 Girls Discus (29.22m), 12th U18 Girls Shot Put (11.21m)

Robert Broadhead – 5th U18 Boys 1000 Sprint Medley Swedish Relay, 7th U18 Boys 110m Hurdles (14.87sec), 10th U18 Boys 400m (51.40sec)

Nicholas Sleep – 8th U18 Boys Hammer Throw (31.60m), 10th U18 Boys Shot Put (11.84m), 13th U18 Boys Discus (33.74m)

Asare Amoafo –  7th U16 Boys 4 x 100m Relay, 12th U16 Boys 200m (23.84sec), 14th Boys U16 400m (55.20sec)

Lochie O’Brien – 5th U16 Boys 1000 Sprint Medley Swedish Relay, 9th U16 Boys  400m (52.19sec)

Kelly Rayner – 12th U16 Boys 800m (2.07.39min)

The Academy congratulates all athletes who competed at the 2013 Australian All Schools Athletics Championships. It was fantastic to see many athletes achieve personal best performances.

Thank you to local coaches; Emily McClelland and Jag Singh for your dedication to coaching our local talented athletes in the SAS Athletics program. Also to Salisbury Athletics Club and in particular Simon Moran for your guidance and support towards the SAS Athletics program.

The focus for many of these athletes will be now to qualify for the Australian Junior Championships to be held in Sydney in March next year.

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