Over 90 Little Athletes from dozens of centres competed at the LANSW Road Walks Championships on Sunday at Chipping Norton.
Combining with the Athletics NSW Short Walks Championships, there were plenty of opportunities for the state’s best aspiring race walkers to shine, with 15 events taking place on the day.
Harry Dundon from Balmain LAC comfortably won the U15 Boys 3km Race Walk with a formidable time of 14:59, outperforming ALAC State Team representative Thomas Muir, who placed fourth.
Another ALAC State Team member, Milly Boughton from Randwick Botany LAC, defended her Road Walks title by placing first in the U14 Girls 2km Race Walk with a time of 9:44, beating Balmain LAC’s Jayda Stanley by just three seconds.
There was a thrilling end to the U14 Boys 2km Race Walk, with Hills District LAC’s Liam Roche and Glenbrook LAC’s Liam Murphy neck-and-neck as they approached the finish line – in the end, Roche claimed the gold medal, with Jai Horton placing third.
In the U13 Girls 2km Race Walk, Sienna Pitcher from Mingara LAC defeated second-placed Samantha Torrens from Winston Hills LAC by just four seconds, recording a time of 10:23.
Athletics NSW 2019 Junior Walks Athlete of the Year Oscar Tebbutt from Gosford Athletics Club claimed the U20 Mens 10km Race Walk, with an impressive time of 45:35.
There were 13 competitors in the U9 Girls 1.2km Race Walk – Sophie Polkinghorne from North Rocks LAC claimed first place with a commendable time of 7:07.
Congratulations to all the competitors on the day, and thanks as always to the volunteers, parents and staff who ensured the event was a success.