The State Multi-Event Championships at Jubilee Park have been hailed a success with well over 500 athletes from close to 100 clubs involved in the Little Athletics NSW event.
Competitors earn points for performances in three track and three field events (four field events for 15s and 17s), making it a unique event.
“(It’s) always a fantastic carnival,” Little Athletics NSW chief executive Kerry O’Keefe said. “You see kids giving it their absolute all in events they’ve only ever competed in once or twice. They’ve got smiles on their faces the entire time which is what it’s all about!
“We were really happy with the attendance. Kids from 96 centres came along to compete which was fantastic to see.”
Locally, Kooringal-Wagga’s Gerard Okerenyang was a standout, finishing third overall in the under 14 boys. He scored 4207 points, after efforts including a second in shot put and third in discus.
But his brother Daniel (U10 boys) was the best-performing Riverina athlete in terms of points, amassing 4616 on his way to fourth. He was second in his 800m, and third in long jump, hurdles and 200m.
Temora’s Sophie Bowley finished fourth in the under 14 girls (3812 points) after winning her hurdles and finishing second in long jump and the 200m.
Grace Krause (U10 girls), also from Temora, was the pick of Riverina girls in terms of points, with 3930. She finished seventh overall, with a third in long jump her standout result.
Chelsea Ezeoke (U12 girls) from Wollongong, was the highest girls pointscorer on the day, with 5435. She won her shot put, long jump, hurdles, 200m and 800m events.
Ben James from Cessnock (U17 boys) was the highest pointscorer overall, with 5495. He won his four field events (discus, long jump, javelin, high jump) and was second in the 200m and 800m.
AGE CHAMPS (& top locals):
U7 Boys: Lucas Ajaka, Parramatta; (Xavier Wade, Wagga, 7th)
U7 Girls: Jessica Pulis, Manly Warringah; (Eleanor Ramsay, West Wyalong, 11th)
U8 Boys: Rian Connors, Ku-Ring-Gai; (Harry Wheatley, Wagga, 10th)
U8 Girls: Sienna Latanis, St George; (Scarlett Lee, Wagga, 25th)
U9 Boys: Germaine Wright, Albion Park; (Peter Ucin, Kooringal-Wagga, 14th)
U9 Girls: Keira Toohey, Sutherland; (Indiana Cole, Kooringal-Wagga, 19th)
U10 Boys: Bailey-Dean Latanis, St George; (Daniel Okerenyang, Kooringal-Wagga, 4th)
U10 Girls: Chelsy Wayne, Wollongong; (Grace Krause, Temora, 7th)
U11 Boys: Logan Toohey, Sutherland; (Kieran Molloy, Kooringal-Wagga, 10th)
U11 Girls: Sarah Baker, Northern Suburbs; (Grace Adlington, Griffith, 18th)
U12 Boys: Lachlan Herbert, Ku-Ring-Gai; (Jack Harris, Wagga, 15th)
U12 Girls: Chelsea Ezeoke, Wollongong City; (Charlotte Priest, Kooringal-Wagga, 11th)
U13 Boys: Ethan Oliver, Northern Districts; (Thomas Walker, Kooringal-Wagga, 5th)
U13 Girls: Brianna Worsfold, Ku-Ring-Gai; (Harriet Priest, Kooringal-Wagga, 12th)
U14 Boys: Jason Parmaxidis, Campbelltown Collegians; (Gerard Okerenyang, Kooringal-Wagga, 3rd)
U14 Girls: Grace Baker, Macquarie Hunter; (Sophie Bowley, Temora, 4th)
U15 Boys: Andrew Golschnik, Port Hacking
U15 Girls: Kirra Bennett-Smith, Wollondilly
U17 Boys: Ben James, Cessnock; (Kobe Priest, Kooringal-Wagga, 8th)
U17 Girls: Sundance Fuller, Penrith Valley