Strong contingent qualify for nationals
PHYSICAL CULTURE: The Clarence Valley is set to be well represented at the upcoming physical culture Junior National Championships hosted at the famed Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture in Sydney.
Six representatives from the Grafton Physical Culture Club will contest the Australian titles after advancing among the top five in their field at the recent Far North Coast Championships which were held at Coffs Harbour.
Eleven Clubs contested the regional Championships with Grafton, along with Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, being the three biggest clubs atending. Clubs from as far north as Ballina, south to Camden Haven and west to Tenterfield contested what turned out to be a very big weekend of very high standard performances.
Most sections had anywhere from 40 to 70 girls in their section, so getting a place was a great effort and reaching the final or semi-final also was not easy. But Grafton still managed to get six through the competition and these girls will continue to practice hard as they ready to represent Grafton and the Far North Coast/Mid North Coast at these titles.
Five-year-old Bridie McGrath reached the final of her age section and in the six years Paige Tilse also reached the final. Meanwhile in the seven years age group Mia Bathgate and Yuna Stavely-Alexander both did a great job getting through to the finals.
Eight-year-olds were outstanding with six of the girls reaching the finals. Shanae Crispin was second in this section and Andrea Thomson fourth with Mia Greive, Megan Wilcox, Cara Lomas and Amali McGrath all aquitting themselves well in the finals.
Grafton was also well represented in the nine years age group with Eliza Berrick and a very excited Jordyn Keefe making it through to the final of this section.
Bree Hunter was a deserving winner of the ten years and Mischa McGrath who is very new to physie also reached that final. The eleven year old winner for the third year in a row in her age group was Josie Bindon and an extremely excited Tanika Crispin placed fourth.
Though the judges were not too sure who was more excited for Tanika when her number was called - Josie who was jumping up and down with excitement on the stage or every other member of the Grafton Club. Abbey Daniels who would be glad she returned to physie during second term as she reached the final.
Twelve year old Georgia Salvestro made it through to finals of her division. Thirteen year old Maeve Dougherty once again won this age group and is making it very tough for the other girls in this section while Annabel Bindon reached the final.
A very nervous Ellee Hunter placed third in the 15yr section, Lily Steele made it through to the final and first year Seniors saw Mikayla O'Mahony reach the final.
In our Ladies Sections Rebecca Brien reached the final of the Novice Ladies, Alyssa Hayes was third in the Intermediate Ladies with Shannon Rothery making the Final. In one of the hardest finals of the day in the Open U33 Ladies Tiffany James was second and Samantha Duff reached the final. It was a great effort from Tiffany, who has only returned a few weeks ago after having a baby earlier in the year.
In the O33 Ladies Sarah Bathgate made the final and in the Open Ladies O40's Justine Crispin was second and Melissa Makings made the final.
Semi-Finalists for the weekend were 6yrs Riley Robinson and Tara Commerford; 7/8yrs Sienna Connell, Mylie Wall, Madeline Rothery, Millie Lloyd, Jessica Quirk, Lila Heyman; 9yrs Lily Tough; 10yrs Caitlin Blinman, Sophie Brown, Jessica Towns, Eliza-Rose Bullen; 11yrs Jessica Pattison, Shayna Elliott and Mikayla Mauler; 12yrs Lydia Breadsell and Molly Kenny and 14yrs Alanis O'Mahony.
Semi Finalists in the Ladies sections were Roxy Cameron, Emma Ingram, Kerrie McPherson and Judy Myers.
Shanae Crispin, Andrea Thomson, Bree Hunter, Josie Bindon, Tanika Crispin and Maeve Dougherty will now progress to the National Championships which take place on November 27 in the State's capitol. This will be a first time for Andrea and Tanika whereas Shanae, Josie, Bree and Maeve have been on several occasions before.
Well done to everyone, if you would like to join the classes in 2017 please phone Justine 0431 470 552