South Coast Little Athletes win medals at state championships

WINNING GOLD: South Coast athlete Leila Cleggett sprinting to victory and becoming state champion at the championships.
WINNING GOLD: South Coast athlete Leila Cleggett sprinting to victory and becoming state champion at the championships.

The South Coast Little Athletics Centre has experienced another magnificent season and just competed at end of season state athletic events.

The State Challenge is an exciting opportunity for athletes who have not quite qualified for the State Individual Championships to compete in a Championships styled competition at the state's premier athletics facility.

Elise Scott competes in the 1500m Race Walk winning a Bronze medal.

Elise Scott competes in the 1500m Race Walk winning a Bronze medal.

The event was held on Sunday, March 8 at the SA Athletics Stadium. Six athletes competed in 24 events, setting 10 new Personal Bests.

Highlights for the South Coast Little Athletics Club were many, as all performed so well and represented the club with distinction. Ailie Scott in the Under 9 Girls High Jump was a Silver medalist and in the Discus a Bronze medalist.

Katrina Toop - U13 Girls 80m hurdles - Gold medalist, 100m - Gold medalist, Javelin - Bronze medalist, 200m - Bronze medalist, Shot Put - Bronze medalist.

There was much more to come for the South Coast Little Athletics Centre as the following weekend 16 athletes competed in 60 events over the two days in a heroic effort.

Kai Iwao bringing home silver in the 800m.

Kai Iwao bringing home silver in the 800m.

The State Individual Championships are the pinnacle competition for many athletes in the Under 9 to Under 17 age groups and the athletes from the south coast rose to the occasion.

The event was held over the weekend of March 14 to 15 at SA Athletics Stadium. The South Coast Little Athletics Centre had finalists in 39 events and set 28 new Personal Bests across the weekend.

One of the key highlights for the club was the effort and performance of Leila Cleggett in the Under 10 Girls who was crowned the 200m Gold medalist and State Champion. Leila also won a Silver medal in the 100m and Silver in the 70m.

Other great achievements were Charlie Ellis - U10 Boys 1100m race walk - Bronze medalist, Elise Scott - U12 Girls 1500m race walk - Bronze medalist, Kai Iwao - U15 Boys 800m - Silver medalist and Javelin - Silver medalist and Neriah Milis - U17 Girls 90m hurdles - Bronze medalist and Shot Put - Bronze medalist.

A spokesperson for the centre said "the club was very proud of the performances".

Leila Cleggett in the podium collecting her silver from the 70m event.

Leila Cleggett in the podium collecting her silver from the 70m event.

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