NSW Juniors Championships Results

24 Feb 2019

Over 1200 Junior athletes converged on Sydney Olympic Park to contest the 2019 State Championships.  A crack squad of 23 Athletics Wollongong members jumped into the fray and made an impact far larger than their moderate size warranted.  Full results from our members are available HERE, but the team brought home a collective tally of 11 gold, 7 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Our medal winners:

Delta Amidzovski had a remarkable Championships with victory in the U14 High (1.68m) and Long Jump (5.50m) as well as the 80m Hurdles (12.18s) and 200m Hurdles (30.13s).  She rounded out her incredible collection with silver in the Triple Jump (11.02m) and a bronze in the 100m (12.45s).

Karlee Symonds not only won 3 gold in the U20 Para Ambulant 100m (14.46s), 200m (31.45s) and 400m (1'15.11), but she also broke the Australian and Oceania T11 Records while doing so!

Chelsea Ezeoke was a clear victor in the U14 200m (25.51s) and 400m (57.40s) races, while also collecting a silver in the Shot Put (11.10m).

Rosie Tozer pulled double duty, not only taking out her own U18 High Jump (1.75m) but also contesting the open-age Sydney Track Classic, held during the Championships.  Up against Gold Coast Commonwealth bronze medallist Nicola McDermott, Rosie jumped a new Personal Best of 1.82m: the fourth highest clearance by any Australian female this year.

Speaking of Personal Bests, James Gorham soared to new heights in the U18 Pole Vault, winning gold in a PB 4.30m.

Tierney Dunne scored a silver double, finishing second in both the U18 100m (12.14s) and 200m (24.98s).

Charlize Colwell marked her debut with Athletics Wollongong with two medals in the Para Ambulant U16 throwing events.  Her javelin performance (6.09m) in the F37 category was good enough for silver and she also earned bronze in discus (9.42m).

Lara Check chimed in with a silver in the U17 High Jump (1.60m), while Jackie Lenartowicz did the same in the U16 Hammer (37.61m).

Rounding out our Club's medal winners was another debutante, Liam Halloran who marked his first performance in an Athletics Wollongong uniform with a bronze medal in the U14 High Jump (1.50m).

In addition to the medals, a total of 44 qualifying performances were made for the National Championships, to be held in Sydney from the 31st March.   Aside from the placegetters noted above, also eligible to participate at Nationals are: Chelsey-Rose Jackson, Emer Spiers, Gabriel Bickel, Jessica Quilter-Jones, Kailee Moore, Kirra Lockett, Rebecca Mills and Teagan Berry.


President's Message

The 2019 NSW Junior Championships aren't just about medals and National Qualifiers.  Certainly there were people who entered these Championships with every intent to end up on the dais, but there were others who were there simply to see how well they could do, or to experience something new.  Success doesn't always mean a medal.  I hope that everyone who participated at Juniors had the experience they were hoping for.  For those who have qualified for Nationals we all obviously wish you the best of luck.  To those who were hoping to do so but may have fallen a little short: there are still a couple of events you're able to qualify at this season - if it doesn't work out, I trust you take it as inspiration, rather than a crushing disappointment.

Lastly, to anyone who's only joined senior athletics these past couple of seasons: the above results are NOT NORMAL.  Our members are having a freakish amount of success.  I hope that the sheer number of placings at State hasn't overwhelmed each athlete's individual achievements.  To the coaches and parents who have helped make it all happen: I trust that you feel all your hard work and sacrifices have paid off.  To all our competing athletes: you blow my mind. I don't think there's been any point of our Club's history which has had such a broad number of Juniors doing so well.  Thanks for being part of Athletics Wollongong!