South Canterbury athletes off to Sydney
Four very talented South Canterbury athletes are crossing the Tasman to compete in the Australian Junior Athletic Championships this week.
James Sandilands, Lauren Bruce, Leanna Ryan and Jonathon Lord will be in Sydney for the four-day championships.
The competition will be tough but with no New Zealand team named the quartet will be competing in their South Canterbury Athletics Club singlets.
Bruce, a 16-year-old Craighead student, will focus on the hammer competing in both the under-20 and 18 divisions.
With a best of well over 50m, Bruce should be in medal contention.
Timaru Boys' High School's Jonathon Lord will compete in the 10km track walk. He will be in very good company with Australia having two world class junior walkers, with one rated in the world's top 10.
Behind the pair the competition is wide open so a good performance could also see Lord fighting for a medal.
Roncalli's Sandilands will be focusing on his top event, the 110m hurdles, and will also be a medal contender, having competed at the world youth championships.He will also compete in the high jump.
Roncalli's Ryan will be the busiest of the quartet, competing in three events over the four days..
Ryan will contest the 100m, 100m hurdles and long jump and if she produces close to her best could also be in the mix for a medal.
Timaru Boys' High School sprinter Jacob Matson, who has been in excellent form, has bypassed the championships in favour of a short upcoming tour to the United States.
- The Timaru Herald