The Illawarra’s top athletes will be eyeing off state medals after a successful Region Championships in Griffith on the weekend.
The youngsters were forced to battle through tough conditions in the state’s southwest, however they were able to come out the other side, with athletes from numerous clubs recording impressive results.
Wollongong City Little Athletics Club coach Chris McCabe said the club was celebrating a successful weekend, with all of the athletes enjoying their time in Griffith.
“It was a really good weekend for our club, all the kids enjoyed themselves, they participated in good spirits and displayed good sportsmanship,” McCabe said.
“The club had some extremely good results, there were a lot of first places, a lot of medals, we would have been one of the most successful clubs at the region."
Delta Amidzovski and Grace Adams led the charge for the Wollongong club, with Amidzovski setting new region records in the under 13 girls high jump and long jump.
The youngster, who took out last week’s inaugural 200 metre Zoom, also won gold in the 200m hurdles and 80m hurdles, and claimed silver medals in the 100m sprint, behind Albion Park’s Chelsea Ezeoke, and 4x100m relay.
The 100m wasn’t Ezeoke’s only victory, with the junior taking out the under 13 girls 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay and shot put events and winning silver in the discus.
Like Amidzovski, Adams is a proficient hurdler and she expressed her talent on the weekend, breaking the under 17 girls 300m hurdles record by more than a second. Kiama’s Georgia Richards finished in second place, in a time that also eclipsed the previous record.
“Delta and Grace both had impressive results. The track was running quite slow, so it takes some good running to break region records.
“I think we’ll see some good results at state and we might take home a couple of medals. We’ve got some really good competitors, including the two that broke records.”
The NSW Championships will be held on March 16-17.