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The IAS Athletes with a Disability (AWD) and BluescopeWIN Lonestars battled the torrential rain at the Athletics NSW Junior Championships to put on numerous phenomenal performances. The BluescopeWIN Lonestar athletes came away with five medals and the IAS AWD competitors secured an outstanding ten medals.

Telaya Blacksmith led the way for the AWD squad taking a clean sweep of the Women’s U17 Ambulant sprint events, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m, backing up with a silver in the Long Jump.

Fellow teammate and competitor, Charlize Colwell finished close behind in the U17 Ambulant events to take silver in the 400m, and bronze in the 100m and 200m.

Kynan Miller competed in the Boys U15 Ambulant category where he gained silver in the discus and shot put, and bronze in the 100m.

The BluescopeWIN Lonestars continued their dominance on the track, particularly in the middle-distance events.

William Willis threw an outstanding 52.76m for his final throw in the discus to take the win in the U16 boys.

Lonestar Captain, Tayissa Buchanan claimed silver in the U17 Girls 800m where she was just 0.03 off her PB and backed up with a PB in the 400m to take the bronze medal.

Grace Pomery qualified for Nationals when she ran a stunning 800m race to claim the U18 Girls Bronze medal.

Cate Giason overcame a fall in the U15 Girls 2000m Steeplechase to still take the bronze medal. She backed up with a solid 11th place in the 3000m.

Lucas Campbell narrowly missed out on the podium after finishing 4th in the U17 400m and 5th in the U17 100m. Emily Benefiel placed 4th in the U14 High Jump and 8th in the 80m Hurdles final.

Liam Halloran jumped to 6th place in the U17 High Jump and Ella Fennell placed 7th in the U16 3000m.

Ashlyn Adams ran some new PBs in the U20 100m Hurdles, 100m and 200m finishing in 10th, 15th and 17th respectively. Grace Costabile finished 13th in the U15 Long Jump.

Our track and field athletes now turn their focus to preparing for the Australian Track and Field Championships from 26 March to 3 April. Good luck!

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