Nine Cherrybrook athletes, led by gold medal-winning duo Lani Khiroya and Teddy Hampton, are aiming to cover themselves in glory when they represent NSW at the Australian All Schools Championships from December 8-10 in Perth.
To qualify, athletes had to place either first or second at the NSW All Schools Championships which were held over the September school holidays. The events were held first for 16-19 years on September 23-25 and for ages 12-15 years on October 6-8.
Cherrybrook’s gold medallists at the NSW All Schools Championships: Teddy Hampton (Pennant Hills High School): 15 years male: Pole vault 3.20m; Lani Khiroya 47m (Carlingford High School) 15 years female: Triple jump 11.
Cherrybrook’s silver medallists at the NSW All Schools Championships: Caitlin Brennan (Santa Sabina College) 16 years female: 400m hurdles 1:06.61; Idris Burkhardt (Rouse Hill High School) 16 years male: 2000m steeplechase 6:25.74; Viktorija Calusic (Barker College) 17 years female: high jump 1.68m; Xavier Hennessey (Gilroy College) 16 years male: pole vault 3.20m; Sarah Koot (Cherrybrook Technology High School) 16 years female: 100m hurdles; Samuel Price (St Aloysius)14 years male: high jump 1.75m; discus 47.25m, and Nisini Rajapaksha Mudiyanselage (Cherrybrook Technology High School) 13 years female: pole vault 2.25m
Teddy, Viktorija, Xavier, Sarah, and Sam are returning for a second crack at the Australian All Schools Championships, having all also qualified for the event last season.
At last season’s Australian All Schools in Adelaide, Sarah impressed with a silver medal performance in 90m hurdles; Viktorija took home bronze in the high jump and Xavier lifted bronze in the pole vault. Teddy finished fourth in the pole vault and Sam, with a PB in the shot put, took seventh spot.
All are hoping to equal or better those results this year.
Nisini also won the silver in 12 years girls discus at last season’s NSW All Schools but that younger age group was not eligible to progress to Australian All Schools. Nisini will be out to prove that she is able to cut it with the best of Australian athletes at her age this time.
The Cherrybrook squad are part of a strong group in the Hills competing at one of the most prestigious school athletic events in the country.
The Australian All Schools Championships from December 8-10 in Perth. The events were held first for 16-19 years on September 23-25 and for ages 12-15 years on October 6-8.