Wollongong students shine at NSW All Schools Championships

A number of Wollongong athletes have starred at the recent NSW All Schools Athletics Championships. 

The event, which was held at Sydney Olympic Park across four days last weekend, featured the best runners, throwers and jumpers from across the state.

Wollongong students picked up medals of every variety, with James Seal from the Illawarra Grammar School leading the way. Seal won the boys 17 years 3000 metre event and finished in third place in the 1500m final.

Seal’s schoolmates James Gorham, Paige Wilson and James Healey also performed admirably, picking up medals in their respective events. Gorham collected a bronze medal in the 15 years pole vault while Healey finished third in the 14 years 800m final. 

Kiama High’s Jenna Bentley and Nathan Cowgill also collected medals, with Cowgill finishing second in the boys 17 years javelin with a throw of 59.71m. 

Competing in one of the toughest events on the track, Bentley claimed the bronze medal in the 16 years 400m hurdles. Bentley completed the arduous one-lap race in a time of 66.49 seconds.

Wollongong residents were also well represented in the hurdles events, with Figtree High’s Blake Barkley finishing third in the 16 years 110m hurdles and Albion Park’s Nicholas Horton finishing third in the 17 years 110m hurdles.

Warilla High was also well represented at the meet, with Erin Dalley, Rosemary Boyland and Finlay McPhillips all claiming medals across the weekend.

McPhillips finished third in a hotly contested boys 17 years 2000m steeplechase while Boyland claimed two gold medals in the shot put and discus events for athletes with a disability.