NSW Polding Athletics Carnival 2017

Over 800 athletes gathered at the Hunter Sports Centre in Glendale on Friday 8 September for the annual NSW Polding Athletics Championships.

Hosted by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, the event attracted families and schools from as far as Lismore, Armidale, Bathurst, Wilcannia-Forbes and Broken Bay.

On a near perfect carnival day for athletics, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle performed very well with 30 students qualifying for the Polding squad to compete at the NSWPSSA Athletics Championships at Homebush on 18 & 19 October. 

Some outstanding track results:

  • Anita Olie from St Joseph’s East Maitland running in the 8yrs 100m with a speedy time of 14.95 to break the Polding record in the girls 11yrs long jump.
  • Darcy Taaffe from St Joseph’s Merriwa finished 2nd in the junior girls 800m.
  • Oliver Schumacher from St Mary’s Scone finished 3rd in the senior 800m.
  • Poppy Doran from St Joseph’s Charlestown and Eve Keeling from St Columba’s Adamstown nearly took out a quinella in the 11yrs 100m final with Poppy winning and Eve coming 3rd. Eve also won the 11yrs 200m event.
  • Logan Aoake finished 3rd in the final of the 12yrs 100m.
  • Jasmine Roberts from St Joseph’s Kilaben Bay placed 1st in the 13yrs 100m.
  • Amali Fitzhenry from St Columba’s Adamstown came 2nd in the 13yrs 100m.
  • Kiya Shorter from St James’ Muswellbrook and Sam Paterson from St Columban’s Mayfield finished 2nd & 3rd respectively in the boys 13yrs 100m.
  • William Hogan from St Joseph’s Taree finished a credible 3rd in the senior boys 200m.

The diocese also performed strongly in field events with the following results:

  • William Scanes from St Aloysius winning gold in the 11ys high jump.
  • Alix O’Bryan from St Catherine’s Singleton came 2nd in the senior high jump.
  • Darcy Radburn from St Joseph’s Taree claimed bronze in the junior high jump.
  • Karlia Bramble from St Therese’s New Lambton came 2nd in long jump.
  • Bella Linton from St Paul’s Rutherford came 3rd in long jump.
  • Anthony Shultz from St Joseph’s Gloucester came 3rd in senior shotput.
  • Hannah Chicken & Bagrielle Monoghan from St Joseph’s Taree came 2nd and 3rd in the 11yrs shotput.
  • Luke Marko from St James’ Muswellbrook came 2nd in 11yrs shotput.
  • Grace Doyle from St Joseph’s Merewether received bronze in the senior discus.

Our multi-class athletes shone with Jessie Forbes from Our Lady of Victories Shortland winning her division in the 100m, 200m, long jump and shot put; Jasmine Ferguson from St Aloysius Chisholm came 2nd in the 100m; Matthew Reeves Roach from Gloucester won the junior 100m & 200m and Alexander Brown from St James’ Kotara South won the 100m & 200m in his division.

St Joseph’s Primary School, Bulahdelah, was the only diocesan school to qualify for a relay event at NSWPSSA, coming second in the PP5 division.

Huge congratulations to all competing athletics for their effort and enthusiasm on the day.

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