State Individual Championships, Launceston, March 8 and 9
With their families and friends along for support, 36 Hobart Districts athletes enjoyed a wonderful weekend of competition at the State Individual Championships in Launceston. No matter how experienced the athlete, all would have felt the tournament butterflies. Some went on to feel the joy of success, some just enjoyed being in the competition, and others lamented a poor performance or missed opportunity. Whatever the case, every single one of our athletes did themselves, their families, and Hobart Districts proud.Full meet results are posted under Current Season Results and a summary of results for Hobart Districts athletes is also available. A report of performances for just Hobart Districts athletes will be posted when they become available from the TLAA.
For people who like statistics, our 36 athletes returned with 30 gold, 36 silver, and 20 bronze. Once the results have been ratified by the TLAA we'll be able to give you a break-down of State Records, Centre Records, and PBs - and there will be quite a lot.
It is very difficult to highlight athletes when everybody did so well, but it would also be unfair to not mention the achievements of a couple of athletes. Nathaniel Sulzberger (u8 boys) and Max Brideson (u10 boys) won 9 gold medals and 7 gold medals respectively. Nathaniel bettered 4 State Records, one of which was 32 years old! A wonderful capstone to that performance was that Terry Plumbridge, who set that triple jump record in 1982, presented Nathanial with his gold medal (the Weekend Examiner documented it as well - photo and story on TLAA website).
Members of the Under 13 State Team and Under 15 State Multi-event Team were announced at the conclusion of the Championships. Congratulations to Jordan Cox (U13 Captain), Bradley Young, Kaela Beechey, and Fraser Rose (U15) on their selections. Congratulations also to Kaela Beechey on being runner-up in the Sportsmanship Award.
A successful Championships is not possible without the involement of all the parents who came to support their kids and complete tasks at event sites. A big thank you to our team managers, Susan McLeod and Judy Enright, who ensured everybody knew what, when, and where. A special thank you to the Allens who were not involved in competition but still came to support the team on both days. Moreover, Dave even took over officiating duties on a number of occasions so that parents could watch their kids compete. Little Athletics relies on volunteering for its success, but that level of selflessnees is above and beyond.
If you have any photos from the weekend, please contact Michael Brideson for details on how to upload them to the Hobart Districts SkyDrive photo album.
State Team Selections
Athletics Tasmania has announced the first group of athletes who will be representing the State at the 2014 Australian Junior and Age Athletics Championships to be held in Sydney, March 12-16.
A big congratulations to two of our athletes who have been named: Emily Canham (U16 & U18 Hammer Throw) and Patrick Kearney (U16 200m Hurdles).
IGA docket competition
IGA is a proud sponsor of Little Athletics throughout Australia. In Tasmania, IGA is running a docket competition in which prizes will be awarded to the Centre with the highest ratio of IGA dockets to athletes. Keep your receipts and hand them in at the next meet.
The Hill Street Grocer stores in New Town and West Hobart are the local IGA stores for our Centre. With your kids still in their HDLAC uniform, do your shopping on a Saturday and Hill Street will discount your grocery bill by 5%.