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Little aths shine at national championships

TEN rising track and field stars from the Clarence Little Athletics Centre have represented Tasmania at School Sports Australia’s (SSA) 10-12 Years Track and Field Championships, held in Melbourne last month.

Lila Phillips (100m, 200m), Jessica Smith (800m, 1500m), Jessica Bray (shot put, discus, long jump), Davina Cox (shot put), Archie Devine (shot put, discus), Hugh McCallum (800m, 1500m), Isaac Dixon (200m, long jump), Luke Palmer (800m, 1500m), Jarvis Breen (800m, 1500m) and Darcy Noonan (shot put, discus, long jump) all competed.

Lila also formed part of Tasmania’s record-breaking 12-year-old relay medley team.

An eleventh member of the Clarence club, William Robertson, was also selected to represent the state at the Athletics Australia All School Track and Field Championships in Cairns from 7-9 December, competing in the Under 16 Men’s 3000m Walk event.

The athletes were selected for interstate honours after producing medal-winning performances at this year’s Tasmanian All School Championships.

Hosted by Athletics Tasmania at the Domain Athletic Centre on 27-28 October, the Tasmanian All Schools Championships is open to all students aged 10 years and over.

Clarence Little Athletic Centre president Shane Cox said it was fantastic to see so many of the club’s Little Athletes step up to represent the state.

“Clarence has had a long history of producing successful athletes who go on to represent the state and Australia in a wide range of sporting events,” he said.

“The SSA Championship is a great experience for our athletes to be competing against some of Australia’s best.”

Athletes who were successful recipients of the Clarence City Council Quick Response Grant wish to thank Clarence City Council for the financial support.

Caption: Clarence Little Athletic Centre members at the recent School Sports Australia 10-12 Years Track and Field Championships.