Polding Athletics Carnival

Last Friday, 4 September, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle hosted over 800 athletes participating in the NSW Polding Athletics Championships at the Hunter Sports Centre Glendale.

Families travelled from as far as Lismore, Armidale, Bathurst, Wilcannia-Forbes and Broken Bay. In wet and windy conditions, students from Maitland-Newcastle performed exceptionally well, with 35 students qualifying  for the Polding squad to compete at the NSWPSSA Athletics Championships at Homebush on 14 & 15 October.

Some outstanding results:

  • Charlie Thompson from St Mary’s Warners Bay winning the 12yrs 100m event;
  • Jacob Cook from St Therese’s New Lambton, Colin Donne from St James’ Kotara South and Ethan McLoughlin from St Catherine’s Singleton placing 3rd in their age group in the 100m event;
  • Madeline Ferry from St Mary’s Warners Bay and Torrie Lewis from St Paul’s Gateshead ran extremely fast to win silver in their age divisions in the 100m event; Torrie also came 2nd in the junior 200m and long jump.
  • Eve Keeling from St Columba’s Adamstown and Tyla Brown from St Mary’s Scone won bronze in their age group in the 100m event;
  • Mercedes McNabb from St John the Baptist Maitland ran 3rd in junior 200m;
  • Grace Hewitt from Nelson Bay ran 3rd in the senior 200m. Grace also came 3rd in senior long jump;
  • Ethan McLoughlin flew home to win the senior 200m as did Oscar Roberts from Raymond Terrace to win the junior 800m;
  • Alix O’Bryan from Singleton won the junior girls high jump;
  • Mariah Radburn from Forster came 2nd in junior shot;
  • Paris Flanagan Schneider came 3rd in senior shot;
  • Travis Petersen from Kotara South won the senior discus;
  • Luff Cooper from Nelson Bay came 3rd in senior shot;
  • Charlie Thompson came 2nd in senior long jump.

Our para-athletes shone with Sophia Forde from St Dominic’s Mayfield winning the junior 100m, 200m, long jump & shot put; Monica Moore from Bulahdelah coming 1st in the 200m & 800m and 2nd in senior 100m & shot; Zoey Kinch from Mayfield won the senior shot; Edward Hollingsworth from St Joseph’s Gloucester won the junior 100m, 800m & 2nd in the 200m; Matthew Reeves Roach from Gloucester came 2nd in junior 100m and won the 200m; Darby Nichols from Mayfield won the senior shot, ran 2nd in senior 100m & 3rd in the long jump.

The diocese is in with a great chance to take home a medal at PSSA in the relay events with some exceptionally fast talent entered. St Mary’s Warners Bay won the senior boys and St James Kotara came second. For the girls,St Therese’s New Lambton won the junior division and in the seniors,  St Michael’s Nelson Bay came 2nd.

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