Grenfell athletes on way to Australian Youth Championships A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT 03 Mar, 2010 08:45 AM Gerard, Emily and Brigitta to compete at the Australian Youth Championships

Gerard Holland, Emily Crutcher and Brigitta Holland will represent New South Wales in March at the Australian Youth Championships. Each athlete secured a berth in the New South Wales team after competing at the New South Wales Youth Championships in February. Each athlete not only earned the qualification necessary to compete against Australia’s best, but they each picked up a medal at the NSW Championships.

Gerard earned the championship title in the Under 16 men’s Shot Put winning the event with a huge throw. He then went on to win a bronze medal in the under 16 men’s discus.

Emily who is 15, jumped into the Australian Championships winning a bronze medal in the under 18 women’s High jump.

Brigitta competed in both the Shot and the Discus. She was third in the under 14 Women’s Discus winning the Bronze. She finished the Shot put in 5th position.

Emily, Gerard and Brigitta are no strangers to this level of competition. Each has won state medals in the past; however these young athletes will be very proud to be members of the New South Wales team in March. For Emily this is her chance to qualify to represent Australia at the World Youth Games The Australian Youth and Junior Championships is conducted by Athletics Australia offering the top Athletes across Australia, from ages under 14 to 20, the chance to compete for an Australian Title. It is amazing that a small town such as Grenfell is able to produce three members of the NSW team. This shows the level of determination and the commitment to training that each athlete has.

(The following Comment is from the Grenfell Record Editor – Peter Soley)

The above result is even more fantastic given the fact that these three athletes have done all their training in Grenfell with the local Little Athletics club – The Grenfell Redbacks. The club, consisting of approximately forty members from a town with a population of under 2,500 - regularly competes against bigger clubs in the district from towns with populations well over the ten thousand mark and thus having a much larger pool of athletes to draw from. It is another case of Grenfell always having to punch above its weight when it comes to inter-town competition of any kind.

There are no fancy training facilities in Grenfell. The Redbacks Little Athletics do all their training on the Stan McCabe Oval (i.e. the local Henry Lawson High School oval) athletics track that circles the cricket and football pitches. It is a great facility for Grenfell but it has no artificial turf or any other athletic-friendly surfaces except grass and a lot of sweat and a lot of devotion from the family members who help with all the myriad chores that running any sporting group entails. They also do all the coaching.

So – for these three local athletes to have reached such heights and be appearing in the Australian finals with a possible place in an Australian team up for grabs is the stuff of legend.

To add to the story – some 11 other Grenfell Redbacks athletes have made it to the state Junior titles.

Another fantastic result for the club and their parents and coaches and illuminated the above story even further.

Congratulations are in order for all involved in this fantastic achievement for our tiny club. Win, Lose or Draw – the achievement will stand for many a year to come – no-one can ever take that away from them. Getting there in the first place is the greatest accolade – however winning is nice, especially when it is not the only thing. Congratulations to all involved – especially the athletes – I’m sure the whole town wishes you well on your fantastic journey that you are about to embark upon.) Print Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size