Maitland Newcastle student breaks record at Polding Athletics in Homebush

The 2023 Polding Athletics Championships took place in Sydney Olympic Park with over 100 Maitland Newcastle students representing our Diocese. Families travelled from as far as Lismore, Armidale, Bathurst, Wilcannia Forbes and Broken Bay.

Olive Wade from St Joseph’s, Charlestown was a standout on the day breaking a Polding record that has stood for over 10 years. Olive jumped 1.52m in the 12-13 years age category. Quin Neyland was another star at the Championships winning gold in three events. The Diocese topped the multiclass events with Sienna Compton winning gold in five events, Caleb Hyslop gold in four events and Sebastian Stace medalling in four events.

Overall, the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese performed very well with an exceptional 36 students qualifying for the Polding squad to compete at the NSWPSSA Athletics Championships in Homebush on October 25 and 26. A huge number also made it to the finals in most events.

The following students medalled on the day:

Maeva Clifford, Gateshead (2nd 8-10yrs 800m & 1500m)

Archie Doyle, Merewether (2nd 11yrs 800m)

Oliver Sciulli, Merewether (1st 10yrs 100m)

Annie Lidbury, Chisholm (3rd 12-13yrs 200m)

Quin Neyland, Singleton (1st 12yrs 100m, 200m & shot put)

Bobby McRae, Warners Bay (1st 8-10yrs 800m)

Levi Tupou, Lambton (2nd 8yrs 100m)

Benjamin Carney, New Lambton (3rd 9yrs 100m)

Evie Battle, Adamstown (3rd 11yrs 100m)

Evan Beacher, Merewether (1st 11yrs 100m & long jump)

Sofia Christie Lambton (2nd 12yrs 100m & long jump)

Taylor Jewell, Edgeworth (2nd 13yrs 100m)

Katie Uren, Lochinvar (3rd 13yrs 100m)

Olive Wade, Charlestown (1st 12-13yrs high jump)

Gemma Mooney, Shortland (3rd 11yrs long jump)

Damian Davey, Windale (2nd 12-13yrs shot put)

Xavier Hicks, Singleton (2nd 12-13yrs high jump)

Lochlan O’Brien, Charlestown (1st 8-10yrs discus)

Ruby Perrott, Scone (1st 8-10yrs shotput)

Sienna Compton, Chisholm (1st 8-10yrs multiclass 800m, 100m, 200m, shot put & long jump))

Caleb Hyslop, Chisholm (1st 11-13yrs multiclass 800m, 100m, 200m, long jump & 2nd shotput)

Sebastian Stace, East Maitland (1st 8-10yrs multiclass 800m & 100m, 2nd shotput & 3rd 200m)

Patrick Kelly, Raymond Terrace (3rd 8-10yrs multiclass 100m)


The St Patrick’s, Swansea junior girls relay team performed outstandingly winning both the prelim and final in the relay. They will be very competitive at NSWPSSA. The Singleton senior boys relay team was also very strong placing 3rd overall. Maitland-Newcastle dominated in the small school relay with St Joeph’s, Merriwa winning silver and St Pius, Windale winning bronze.

Many didn’t medal but they represented our Diocese with pride and honour.

Congratulations to all the students who attended.


For a full list of results and photos from the day please go to:


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