Over the weekend 16 athletes represented the Bacchus Marsh Centre at the State Little Athletics Championships held at Lakeside Stadium. Bacchus Marsh had a sensational weekend winning 6 Gold medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
In very warm conditions on Day 1 of competition Nelson Banigo won 2 Gold medals. In the Under 9 70 metres final, Nelson crossed the finish line first in a time of 9.98 seconds. After a dominating 28.57 secs performance in his 200m heat, Nelson returned to the track for his final and claimed his second Gold medal for the day. Both these performances are pending Victorian Records. Luatangi Haunga threw a massive PB in the Under 9 Discus and claimed a Gold medal with a winning performance of 24.97 metres. Old brother Matai Haunga also threw a PB in the Discus and won the Silver medal in the Boys Under 11 event.
Day 2 of competition saw conditions a little cooler but quite blustery. Nelson Banigo was once again outstanding on the track and claimed another 2 Gold medals for the Championships. Nelson stormed home in his 100 metre heat in a time of 13.80 seconds and returned for the 100m final later in the morning to record another outstanding performance and pending State Record. After the lunch break Nelson ran his 400 metre heat cruising to victory. In the final race of the day, Nelson lined up for his 400 metre final and 8th race for the weekend, although extremely exhausted Nelson backed up and won his fourth State Title. In the Under 9 Shot Put Luantangi Haungi lead for the entire competition and claimed his second Gold medal and State Title with a PB performance of 8.29 metres. Alex Lloyd jumped a PB in the Under 10 High Jump to win back to back State Bronze medals with a leap of 1.30 metres.
Our athletes recorded some amazing results and should be extremely proud of their performances at this level of competition. Whilst some athletes participated in their first State Championships, we had 5 athletes; Solomon Miesen, Kirsty Bresnan, Kayla Downes, Olivia Way and Eliza Schembri, compete in their final Little Athletics State Champs. Good luck kids.
A big thank you to all parents who filled their duties requirements over the weekend. A massive thank you to all those who supported our athletes – it was great to see so many grandparents also coming along to cheer on their grandchildren.
Well done everyone – Go Marsh!