Lower Hutt club athletes have completed their largest medal haul for five years at the 2012 Wellington junior athletics championships.
The championships, held over two weekends in March, brought together the leading athletes from around Wellington and the Wairarapa in grades 7 to 15 to complete the 2011/12 children's athletics season.
Overall, Lower Hutt athletes won 88 medals - 78 in individual events and 10 in relays. This was Lower Hutt's largest number of medals at a Wellington championships since 2007.
Leading the way for Lower Hutt was Genevieve Berry in the 9 girls grade. Genevieve showed her proficiency in all athletics disciplines, winning gold medals in sprints, jumps and throws events for an individual haul of 5 gold medals, plus a further relay gold. Genevieve won the 60m, 200m and discus on the first day, then added the 100m and long jump on day two.
Genevieve was just one of the Lower Hutt athletes making repeated trips to the medal rostrum.
Kate Plimmer (15 girls) had the largest individual haul of six medals including golds in the 100m, long jump and 80m hurdles. Kate also won medals in the 4 x 100m and medley relays for an individual tally of eight medals.
The 15 girls grade was dominated by Lower Hutt athletes, who won 20 out of a possible 33 medals.
Leticia Parsons (7) won the 200m, took silver in the 100m and third in the 60m and shot put.
In the 10 girls grade, in which three Lower Hutt athletes won medals, Lucy England won gold medals in the high jump and 800m, added a silver in the long jump and won bronze medals in the 400m and 1500m.
Wheeler sisters Courtney (15) and Nicola (13) each won two gold medals. Courtney won both the discus and shot put in her grade, while Nicola won the 100m and 200m double.
Among the boys, Cameron Tustin (9) won the 200m on the second day of competition after being narrowly beaten into second in both the 60m and 100m.
Tom England (14) won the high jump in his grade with a personal best 1.68m and added silver medals in the long jump, 200m, 400m and 800m, while Joel Carmen (12) won the 1000m steeplechase, was 2nd in the 1500m and 3rd in the 800m.
* Three Lower Hutt athletes won their grades in the season-long Wellington interclub championship. Athletes competed for points at interclubs throughout the season, with points tallied to declare overall winners. Lower Hutt's three winners were Leticia Parsons (7), Piripi Korent (9) and Tom England (14).
* Five Lower Hutt athletes have been named in the Wellington team to contest the grade 12 & 13 interprovincial tournament in Auckland at Easter. The event is held each year and brings together the leading athletes aged 12 and 13 from throughout New Zealand, competing for their province. Wellington has named a 44-strong team for the event, 11 in each grade. Lower Hutt's representatives are Franco Ashton (12), Eddie Korent (12), Bethany Versey (12), Terrelle Onesemo (12), Nicola Wheeler.
- Hutt News