Members of Athletics Alexandra aim high

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Medals, personal bests and ambition are helping drive Alexandra athletes towards their next goal.

Among the athletes doing just that are Charlee Farquhar (8), Kahu Geary (11), Jessica Lake (13) and Pania Geary (12).

They each attended Otago Championships last Saturday and Sunday at Dunedin’s Caledonian Grounds, where they achieved good placings and personal bests.

They have their own personal goals in their chosen fields, which includes long jump, high jump and sprints, among other disciplines.

Kahu and Charlee most recently celebrated success after achieving gold and silver Mini-Multi medals, respectively.

Athletes earned points for each event they participated in during the Mini-Multi competition series.

Kahu and Charlee were also selected for the 7 to 11-year-old age group to represent Otago at the inter-provincials in Christchurch on March 23.

 

Pania and Jessica too will represent Otago when they attend the inter-provincials, taking place in Christchurch, from April 20 to 21.

That news follows on the heels of another personal best for Jessica who, just two weeks ago, broke a 40-year-old Waitaki High School record.

Jessica, who boards at the school, cleared a jump of 1.51m during the school’s recent athletics day.

The old record was set in 1978 by Joanne Paton who jumped 1.45m.

Jessica returned to Molyneux Park for Athletics Alexandra’s meet last Monday night.

She is one of about 80 registered members of the club.

Club president Norman Marsh was pleased with the number of athletes coming through and of the latest successes.

“It has been great. We’ve built those numbers up,” he said.

The club has one more competition night before the season wraps up and will start again in the first week of term four.

Up and over . . . Kahu Geary is among the Athletics Alexandra members celebrating a successful season. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON