Rhiannah Woods and Alyssa Luland are off to the NSWPSSA Track and Field Championships in Sydney. Alyssa has also been recognised for her cricketing skills. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Rhiannah Woods and Alyssa Luland are off to the NSWPSSA Track and Field Championships in Sydney. Alyssa has also been recognised for her cricketing skills. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Sports stars heading for Olympic venue

WHEN Rhiannah Woods' dad heard news his daughter had made it to state level for discus and shot put, he went and bought himself a GPS.

"When I got first at regionals, mum rang dad and told him that I was through to state," Rhiannah said.

"The state championships are held at the Sydney Olympic Centre, so dad went down the street and bought a GPS straight away, so he could find out how to get there."

Rhiannah and Alyssa Luland will travel to Sydney this week for the NSWPSSA Track and Field Championships.

Alyssa competes in discus while Rhiannah will take on her two field events.

"I've been training three times a week with my coach, Tom Hancock," Alyssa said.

"My dad is my coach... when we go training, he stands on the 26m mark and tells me to try and throw it (the discus) far enough to hit him," Rhiannah laughed.

The two girls attend Maclean Public School, and though they said they were nervous about coming up against their city counterparts, they were really looking forward to their trip away. "I'm just looking forward to seeing the stadium and having a good go," Alyssa said.

Rhiannah is in year 5 at school, and her personal best with a 500g discus is 26.23m.

Alyssa is in year 6 and her personal best with a 750g discus is 24.9m.

"We'd like to say thank you to our school, parents and coaches, and everyone else who supported us," she said.



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