Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence Inductees
Three former Little Athletes from New South Wales were inducted into the Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence in Perth on Saturday evening.
Brandon Starc (Track & Field), Alanna Kennedy (Sportsperson) and Jacquelin Magnay (Achievers) received the honour due to stellar achievements in their respective fields.
A member of Parramatta LAC in Sydney for seven years from the 2004 to 2011, Brandon Starc was always a gifted jumper, setting a Little Athletics NSW U17 State Record in 2010. He won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and equalled the all-time Australian high jump record last season. Recently, Starc placed sixth at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
Alanna Kennedy is a member of the Australian women’s football team and has established herself as one of the world’s best central defenders. She trained at Ambarvale LAC from 1999 to 2007 and still holds Ambarvale LAC records in every age group from U7 to U12. Kennedy was also a key member of the Matildas’ 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.
Jacquelin Magnay is currently the European Correspondent for The Australian newspaper, based in London. Magnay was a member of St George LAC during the first few years of Little Athletics NSW from 1972 until 1976. In her final year, she was selected for the LANSW State Team that travelled to Adelaide for the 1976 Australian Little Athletics Championships and was name State Team Captain. Magney was awarded a prestigious Walkley Award for excellence in journalism, for a series of articles on a drugs scandal involving Australian Institute of Sport cyclists.