Five do us proud
FIVE young stars from across the Tweed have brought home medals from this year's NSW Primary School Athletics titles in Sydney recently.
Murwillumbah East's Harley Chapman, Kingscliff duo Caleb Ziebell and Fenella Barnes, Kristyn Baker, from St James, and Mt St Patrick's Lincoln Booth were among the state's very best athletes.
Harley won gold in the 12-13 years standing shotput AWD division with a throw of 8.65m. He threw 8.72m at the North Coast titles to qualify for Sydney. Harley now has a matching pair after winning gold in the 10-11-years division last year with a throw of 8.53m.
Kingscliff duo Fenella Barnes and Caleb Ziebell both grabbed silver in Sydney.
Fenella finished second in the 200m, 11-years girls' division, in a time of 27.55 seconds. She was fifth in the 100m, 15th in the 800m, eighth in the shotput and 10th in the discus. She won five gold and a silver at regional to clinch her age title and took all of her events at school and district level. She won three gold at zone with an injury preventing her from competing in more events. Fenella was a national medal winner last year.
Caleb Ziebell finished second in the junior boys' discus at state, throwing 34.87m and made the shotput final finishing fifth. He broke the school, Tweed District, Far North Coast and North Coast records in both sports along the way. Mt St Patrick's student Lincoln Booth, coached by Hughie Small, was third in the 11-years boys' 100m in a time of 13.22. He won his heat and then finished third in the semi. Kristyn Baker finished third in the eight-years 100m. She overcame an ankle injury just to qualify. The brave young athlete fell in the semi-final, but still managed to recover and make the final where she did a PB of 15.20 seconds.