Over the weekend 23 Bacchus Marsh athletes represented the Centre at the 2018 Western Metro Region Track & Field Championships at Newport Athletics Track, Williamstown.

Bacchus Marsh Centre claimed 7 Gold, 6 Silver and 8 Bronze Medals for the Championships.

The highlight of the weekend was the outstanding performance of Under 9 athlete Nelson Banigo who not only won 4 gold medals but set 3 Victorian and Australian records*.  On Day 1 of competition Nelson ran 9.82 seconds in the final of the 70 metres (Vic Rec 10.09, Aust Rec 9.94) while in the afternoon Nelson ran 28.10 secs in his 200 metres heat (Vic Rec 29.24, Aust Rec 28.84). The Vic record has stood for 47 years whilst the Aust Rec has stood for 43 years. On Day 2 of the Championships Nelson then ran 13.64 secs for the 100 metres (Vic Rec 13.98, Aust Rec 13.64 eq).  After a busy schedule Nelson then finished off with a remarkable winning performance in the 400 metres.  *All records are still pending and require ratification from the Little Athletics Victorian and Australian Board of Management.

Under 9 athlete Luatangi Haunga won silver medals in the Shot Put and Discus while older brother Matai won gold in the Under 11 Shot Put.  Alex Lloyd claimed silver in the Under 10 High Jump after a count back on results and won a bronze medal in the Long Jump with a personal best performance.  In the Under 12 100 metre final, Ryan Lister won the bronze medal in a close finish.  Jack Flanagan ran a consistently paced 1500 metres to cross the line in 3rd place and take the bronze medal.

Temi Olaitan won silver in the Under 9 70 metre sprint and silver in the High Jump.  Bridie Shanahan threw 24.38 metres in the Under 12 Discus to win bronze.  The Under 15 girls in their final Regional Championship claimed 7 medals – Kirsty Bresnan won gold in the Triple Jump and bronze in the 300m hurdles while Olivia Way won the gold medal in the hurdles and bronze in the 200 metres.  Kayla Downes threw a PB in the Discus to also win bronze while Eliza Schrembri won silver in the Long Jump and bronze in the Javelin.

All athletes should be extremely proud of their achievements this weekend.  You were all amazing and represented our Centre with pride.  Well done!

Congratulations to Nelson Banigo, Matai Haunga, Kirsty Bresnan and Olivia Way who have qualified for the State Championships to be held on March 10 & 11 after winning their events.  Progressions will be available on Thursday.

Thank you to all parents who completed their duties over the weekend.  A special mention to Paul Miesen who was the Chief Official at Shot Put for the entire 2 days.  A massive thanks to all those who supported our athletes and sent messages of encouragement to our kids.   Thank you!