Records tumble at annual Deniliquin Athletics Carnival

By Jamie Lowe

Records once again fell like dominoes at the Deniliquin Athletic Club’s annual carnival on Saturday.

The day saw 47 carnival records broken despite the windy conditions.

A total of 235 athletes attended from 20 different clubs, with local athletes joined by competitors and their families who travelled from Hay, Finley, Kyabram, Nathalia, Maryborough, Swan Hill, Kerang,  Wagga Wagga, Leeton, Griffith, Albury, Wangaratta, Rochester, Echuca, Bendigo,  Cohuna,  Shepparton  Lavington and Barooga.

Club president Leanne Mulham was extremely happy with how the day went.

“The success of the event can only be achieved by the efforts of numerous volunteers pitching in and helping,” she said.

“We were fortunate to have many parents, ex-club members and members of our community officiate all day at events, setting up, recording, racking, collecting and serving in the canteen.

“It is all worth it when you see athletes cheering each other on and see the excited smiles when athletes improve their PB’s, receive their first medal or set a new carnival record. 

“While there were a lot of talented athletes in attendance and not everyone went home with a medal the carnival atmosphere ensured that all athletes went home with at least one new personal best result and hopefully a new friend.’’

Alvin Cooper launches himself during his long jump attempt. Photos courtesy Judith Harvey.

New record holders are as follows:
Aleria McCowan (Albury) Under 13 girls triple jump 9.35m; Alvin Cooper (Deniliquin) U15 boys high jump 1.65m; Arabella Bliss (Deniliquin) U11 girls 80m hurdles 18.24 secs; Ashleigh Carty (Wangaratta) U14 girls triple jump 10.08m, Bainli Galway (Kerang) U13 girls long jump 4.22m; Benjamin Rourke (Finley) U12 boys 80m hurdles 16.91; Connor Wilson (Deniliquin) U11 boys discus 27.50m; Elena Mulham (Deniliquin) U15 girls discus 26.59m, shot put 10.74m and javelin 26.59m; Emily Harvey (Deniliquin) U11 girls discus 25.01m; Hamish Sommerfield (Albury) U11/12 boys AWD discus 10.15m and AWD shot put 6.58m; Hunter Wells (Swan Hill) U12 boys javelin 25.54; Isabella Kelly (Finley) U17 girls discus 30.18m and 200m 29.92; Isabelle Barnett (Deniliquin) U7/8 girls AWD long jump 1.16m, AWD shot put 2.20m, AWD 100m 27.73 and AWD discus 5.58m; Jack Abbruzzese (Albury) U11 boys 100m 15.22 and 80m hurdles 14.83; Jasmine Burke (Finley) senior girls 1500m 5:59.16; Josie Offord (Lavington) U10 girls 70m 11.41, 200m  34.28 and long jump 3.52m; Kijana McCowan (Albury) U12 girls triple jump 9.44m and 80m hurdles 16.23; Lachlan Carty (Wangaratta) U17 boys 100m hurdles 16.42; Liam Shadbolt (Swan Hill) U13 boys high jump 1.56m and 80m hurdles 15.92; Lily Donald (Deniliquin) U13/14 girls AWD 200m 42.38; Malcolm Kimbell (Lockhart) Tiny Tot boys shot put 3.13m; Marlon Micalizzi (Echuca/Moama) U9 boys discus 18.69m and scissor kick high jump  1.15m; Nathaniel Clarke (Independent) senior boys 1500m 5:07.03; Phoebe White (Independent) open girls high jump 1.52m, long jump 4.61m and triple jump 9.18m; Sienna Burke (Finley) U14 girls javelin 32.39m, high jump 1.60m and 80m hurdles 15.45; Tori English (Albury) U13/14 girls AWD long jump 2.07m, AWD shot put 5.58m, AWD discus 15.77 and AWD 800m 4:43.87; Xavier Carmichael (Rochester) U10 boys discus 24.47m.

Deni athlete Alexis Bucholtz (left) and Rochester’s Indianna Carmichael competing in hurdles.

Raffle prize winners were Dottie Wilson, Payntten Cassidy and Ben Rourke.

“We thank the various businesses that supported our carnival along with the athletes and parents who ensured the continued success of this event,” Mulham said.

“Deniliquin Athletic Club has four more competition weeks before our final presentation on December 13, however there are plenty of carnivals in our area that our athletes can attend.

“This includes the zone carnival to be held in Griffith on Saturday December 7.

“Griffith also has a carnival on November 24 and Cohuna have their carnival on Sunday, December 1.”

Bede Orr sends the javelin flying through the air.