24 members of the Scots Athletics team competed over the weekend at the NSW Junior Athletics Championships. The Scots College is one of only a few schools in New South Wales who compete at these club championships and are up against some fierce competition in some of the biggest clubs in the state. The New South Wales Championships is the pathway to compete at the Australian Athletics Championships and ultimately represent the country in Athletics in international competition. The Scots College Athletics club is just a year old and is one of the smallest clubs in the state but is building a reputation for outstanding achievements leading the state in many events. The weekend produced three state champions. Matthew Scott who had one of the finest performances of the weekend running a personal best in a commanding win in the Under 18 1500m, Jordan Gates who was outstanding leading from start to finish in the Under 20 3000m Steeplechase and Jarrod Cullen who followed up a fine performance winning the bronze medal in the 400m with a new personal best in winning the 400m Hurdles. Athletes qualify to compete as part of the NSW Athletics team at the National Junior Athletics Championship by finishing top three in the NSW Championship or by achieving and Athletics Australia qualifying standard in previous competition. 13 boys from the college have been chosen to represent New South Wales at the National Junior Athletics Championship this year. Scots will be one of the most represented clubs in the state on this team and with fine performances this weekend look set to challenge for our first ever National Junior Champion.
New South Wales Athletics Team Members 2014
Max Freer – U14 1500m
Hayden Fleming – U14 800m
Campbell Pert – U14 High Jump
Ryan Lui – U15 1500m
Cameron Fleming – U15 2000m Steeplechase
Charlie Burgess-Hoar – U15 High Jump
Billy Ryan – U16 800m
Matthew Scott – U18 800m,1500m,3000m
Jarrod Cullen – U18 200m,400m,110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles
Harry Brink – U18 2000m Steeplechase
Jordan Gates – U20 3000m Steeplechase
Andrew Richardson – U20 3000m Steeplechase
Alexander Murrell – U20 Pole Vault
The weekend also saw a number of fine performances. In the sprint events Leonard King and Josh Zucchiatti were the standout performers. Leonard ran personal bests in both the 100m and 200m narrowly missing the qualifying time in both events. Josh Zucchiatti had a breakthrough performance in the 400m qualifying for his first state championship final in the 400m. In the distance events Oliver Lefebvre and Nicholas Spillane ran personal bests looking ready for the upcoming GPS Athletics and Cross Country season.
I would like to thank all of our coaches for their hard work in preparing our boys for this Championship and Lindsay Watson for his effort in making sure the boys were prepared for each of there events over the weekend.
I would also like to thank our parents for your continued support of the Athletics team. I am always impressed by the strong Scots parents presences and atmosphere at our competitions.
The twelve boys who have qualified for the National team will now move into a phase of specific preparation for this competition while our Athletics team prepares for the upcoming House Athletics competition on March 18th and the start of the GPS Athletics season on March 22nd.
Mr. Graham Pattison
Director of Athletics and Cross Country