Credence Donoghue, 12, Natasha Simpkins, 12, Mackenzie Sweeney, 12, and Sarah Champley, 11. All went to state and got gold in the medley relay.
Credence Donoghue, 12, Natasha Simpkins, 12, Mackenzie Sweeney, 12, and Sarah Champley, 11. All went to state and got gold in the medley relay. Blainey Woodham

Big results for little athletes

THE cream of the Twin Towns Little Athletics crop proved too quick, strong and spritely for those north of the border at the Queensland State Relay Championships in Brisbane last month.

However while all performed well, there was none better than young Dayne Nicholls.

The champion athlete combined with three other under-15 boys to achieve a gold medal in high jump alongside Kieran Baker, a silver medal in discus with Daniel Lesslie, and a bronze medal in long jump partnering Cooper Black.

In what was for many of the athletes their first teams carnival – where two athletes compete and their scores are tallied together – the Tweed-based troops surpassed all president Karen Baker’s expectations.

“This was the only time the athletes at the club could come together and compete as a team in what is usually a very individual sport,” Baker said.

“All our athletes did the club proud.

“They ran, jumped and threw so well that the club walked away with a mix of gold, silver and bronze medals and many personal bests.”

Not to be outdone, the under-12 girls relay team comprising Sarah Champley, Mackenzie Sweeney, Credence Donoghue and Natasha Simpkins, claimed a gold medal in the medley relay, narrowly missing out on the state record.

Other impressive results on the day included silver in the under-13 girls’ shot put and under-17 girls’ long jump, and a bronze in the under-9 girls’ 4 x 100m relay.



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