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The Rock-itt : March 2010
Zone Championships The track at Narrabeen has witnessed yet another dominant display from Manly Warringah athletes who competed at the first individual representative carnival of the season, the North East Metropolitan Zone Championships. Zone is the first step on the road to the NSW State Championships and local athletes were certainly 'in the zone' with a huge collection of widespread and comprehensive performances. So successful was the Manly Warringah centre that mentioning every athlete who either won an event or progressed to Regionals would take up an entire document. Worth special note though are a select group of athletes who simply outshone all others in winning multiple events. Overall, of the 261 athletes that represented the centre at Zone, 153 have progressed to Regionals. We will hear about their feats in the next issue. Young Guns at Zone Among the most successful age groups to represent Manly Warringah at the Zone Championships were the magnificent under-7 boys. Under-7 athletes do not progress to Regionals however that didn't stop these little tackers from bagging a haul of medals and wiping out their opposition. These young superstars competed across eight events over the carnival. So dominant were their efforts that they won six of those events. This team of talented boys stole the show with their sparkling performances and they also got a string of minor placings with four silver and eight bronze adding to their tally of 20 medals. Jai Lagios led the way with three gold and silver followed closely by Luke Baluta who took home a medal of every colour. Sam Heaton won the battle of the strong arms with a massive throw of 6.16m to take gold in the Shot Put. Then it was Tyler Sully's turn to impress when he thrilled the large crowd with his late burst to win the 500m. He followed this effort with a silver in Long Jump and bronze in the 200m. Other athletes who performed exceptionally well over the weekend were Sam Ortlipp, Carl Watson and Ben Rathborne. Such success is made possible with the strong week to week competition offered from the likes of other young stars in the age group including Jake Ferreira, Ben MacKinlay, Daniel Morley, Kyle Ramsay, Liam George Wiseman and Saxon Youngman. Many of these boys are the babies in their age group and can look forward to more personal successes in the future. Well done young guns. NSW Junior and Youth Championships For many of our elite athletes, the path to improving and excelling means competing against the best the state and nation has to offer. NSW Athletics has initiated a number of carnivals to meet this demand and in turn hopefully develop up-and-coming athletes for international competition in the future. Recently, Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre hosted the NSW Junior and Youth Championships for under-14 to under-20 athletes. A strong local contingent took part at these championships that saw some of the best athletes in NSW turn up to show their worth.