KINGSCLIFF High School athletes Aiden Bingham, Jimmy Clifton and Fenella Barnes.
KINGSCLIFF High School athletes Aiden Bingham, Jimmy Clifton and Fenella Barnes. Crystal Spencer/ Tweed Daily News

Gold for Kingscliff athletes

DON'T count your chickens before they hatch!

With just one throw remaining in the under-15 boys shot-put at NSW Combined High Schools Championships, Jimmy Clifton could be forgiven for doing just that.

Having already taken out gold in the discus, the Kingscliff High School student led the shot-put from the start and looked a sure thing to make it a golden double.

However a personal best distance (by almost 1.5 metres) from a fellow competitor's final throw knocked Jimmy back into second with no chance of redemption.

Also impressing in Sydney was disabled athlete Aidan Bingham, who mirrored Jimmy's achievements with a gold and silver of his own.

The North Coast age champion (under-15 boys) never looked in doubt throughout his 800m final, jumping to the front, cruising through 600m and then pulling away with each stride on his way to victory.

Aidan then took to the long jump pit, and soared to an impressive 4.89m to secure second spot.

Ensuring the boys didn't have all the fun, exciting all-rounder Fenella Barnes put her best foot forward across four disciplines, placing top five in each.

Thirds in both the under-15 girls' discus and relay, coupled with two fifth-place finishes in the long jump and shot-put capped a successful meet for the Year 10 girl.

Fenella started Little Athletics at the Twin Towns club 11 years ago and loves everything about track and field.

All three now turn their attention to the NSW All Schools in Sydney at the end of the month in the hope of qualifying for nationals.



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