Quartet make mark at country champs
Four of Broome’s young athletes have left an impression on the WA Little Athletics community after shining on the track and field.
Tex Comito, 7, Aida Groenenberg, 8, Spencer Groenenberg, 9, and Annabella Thomson, 10, travelled to Albany to compete in the WA Little Athletics Country Championships, which was held from Friday, January 18, to Sunday, January 20.
Despite having the smallest team in the competition, that did not stop the quartet from impressing in many athletic events.
Coached by Broome Little Athletics Club president Vicki Cobby, Stephen Carson and Steve Norman, the youngsters competed in sprints, hurdles, long jump, discus, javelin and shot put.
Aida Groenenberg, who competed in the most events out of the four, walked away with a bronze medal in the girls under-9 shot put, and competed in the division finals for the 70m sprint, long jump and 100m sprint.
Her brother, Spencer, competed in a number of division finals, including the boys’ under-10 70m sprint, long jump and shot put, as well as achieving a personal best in the javelin turbo.
Tex, the youngest in the Broome squad, also impressed on the track after walking away with a silver medal in the boys’ under-8 200m, a bronze medal in the 500m, and qualified for division finals in the 70m and 100m sprints.
Annabella finished with a bronze medal in the girls’ under-11 javelin, achieved a personal best in discus, and competed in her division’s shot put final.
The young athletes were also commended for their sportsmanship on and off the field throughout the meet.
Mrs Cobby said their performance in Albany showed their passion for athletics.
“For their parents to take them so far to compete against people who have better facilities and bigger clubs than us, it’s pretty brave of them to do that,” she said. “We’ve really got to thank the parents for taking the initiative and allowing them to go out and compete, letting them follow their passion.”
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