It's been an action packed day at the 2019 National Australian Athletics Championships. Our athletes have been training so hard in the offseason, and competing their hearts out at various meets and competitions in Queensland, and all across Australia.
Nationals is the grand finale, the crescendo, the point of critical mass where our Tigers shed blood, sweat and tears. Why do the Tigers do this you wonder? I think it boils down a love/hate relationship with Athletics. Mostly love I'd say, though at times we are tested (looking at you 400m hell laps). Day 1 was a spectacular day of Athletics, with many of our Tigers yielding great results.
Ashley Wong easily cruised to the 100m final, taking the championship title for the U16 boys age group, with a time of 11.27 seconds. What a man and an absolutely tantalising race to be sure. Rumour is, Ash is a champion off the field as well, and I for one am not going to argue with the facts. Bravo to this young man, and we look forward to his upcoming race in the 200m. Sure to be another cracker.
Javelin yielded some great results for our Tigers as well, with Oscar Sullivan shining in the U20 boys, releasing a whopper throw of 71.35m, to finish first in his age group. Neil Janse, meanwhile also excelled, attaining a 3m PB of 70.37m, coming in a close second to Oscar. Solid effort boys. Christmas is so many months away, yet here we are with some spectacular gifts.
Meanwhile, Demi Wynard put it all out on the track, claiming fifth place in the U20 Women's Long Jump, with a distance of 5.92m. What a lady! She certainly performed in that dreaded sand pit, showing us the true stripes of a determined Tiger!
Other notable mentions include Samuel McArthur (PB: 10.91) and Travis Isles (PB: 10.86), who ran their hearts out in the 100m preliminaries. These boys have achieved some great things this season, and put in a solid effort to finish off this summer. We can only speculate as to the jaw dropping feats these boys will pull off in the near future.
All in all, this was a great first day for the season and day 2 can't come soon enough.
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Thanks for reading! Been an absolute pleasure.