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The Rock-itt : November 2009
With Damien O'Brien Season 2009/10 New season, new athletes and new records as Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen is once again brought to life with the reverberation of young athletes carving up the track at the start of season 2009/10. What a season it has already been with bumper membership numbers, bundles of records being broken across all age groups and all this before the representative season has even begun. Based on the start the centre has experienced, it is not hard to imagine that 2009/10 is going to be a huge year. As always, the values of Family, Fun and Fitness are at the core of Little Athletics. Manly Warringah has always been a strong proponent of these values and believe that participation, development and enjoyment far outweigh any tangible rewards that can achieved in the sport. The centre would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome all athletes and families to Manly Warringah Little Athletics for season 2009/10. They trust it will be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. No Rest for the Quickest While most athletes were resting up in the off-season, a select few were competing in many school, state and even national competitions. One of the most consistent performers over the regular season in 2008/09 was Amity Delaney (under-15) who was duly rewarded with the MWLAC Senior Female Athlete of the Year award. Amity followed that success with selection in the NSW team to compete at the 2009 Australia Cross Country Championship s, recently held in Nowra. Athletes like Amity represent a very strong contingent of senior athletes that lead the way and inspire up-and- coming Manly Warringah athletes. Some of these younger athletes stepped up to the mark at the recent 2009 NSW Cross Country Championships. Notable performances included Kieran Gorman: 4th under-7 800m, Gabby Mastroianni: 3rd under-10 1500m, Ryan Jones: 5th under-11 2000m, Luke Gorman: 7th under-11 2000m, Ellyanne Slennett: 7th under-11 -- 2000m, and Amelia Gorman: 12th under-13 3km. Congratulations to everyone. No stranger to high achievements, Jackson Lowe (under-17) was another local athlete whose state medal-winning form carried into off- season competition. Jackson took out the under-16 400m title at Athletics Australia's State Championships: the family narrowly missing a quinella with brother Harry coming home third. Following his accomplishments, Jackson was then involved in the NSW Institute of Sport "Fast Track 400" team. The program is designed to increase the success of NSW athletes in 400m events at a national and international level with the ultimate goal of producing Olympic results in 2016. Continuing a long and hugely successful tradition in race-walking for Manly Warringah athletes, Emma Bettiol and Tayla-Paige Billington both brought home gold at the NSW Little Athletics 2009 State Road Walks. Tayla strutted home first in the under-12 1500m while Emma did the same in the grueling 2000m under-15 event. The girls proving once more, that the Peninsula is a superb breeding ground for one of the most demanding and exhausting events outside the marathon. Bring on the Rep Season November sees the running of the first representative carnival for the season and a chance for many athletes to don the maroon and white in one of the most enjoyable and team-focused events on the calendar. The State Relay Championships is the largest event for LAANSW. The carnival is comprised entirely of relay events ranging from traditional track relays over 100, 400 and 800m as well as field relays across long jump, high jump, shot put and discus. The beauty of this carnival is that more athletes get the chance to represent Manly Warringah than would at individual representative carnivals. This season's competition is to be held on the weekend of November 28 & 29, with juniors (U8 to U11) competing on the Saturday and seniors (U12 to U17) on the Sunday. This season also welcomes the Championships back to Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Homebush. BRING ON 2009/10!!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL ATHLETES & ENJOY YOUR SEASON Damien O'Brien Publicity Officer Manly Warringah Little Athletics 9905 8984 / 0438 058 984 publicity@manlywarrin Amity Delaney -- Cross Country Success