Last weekend a number of Hillview children took part in the Canterbury Athletic Championships and achieved some superb results….culminating in four children being named in Canterbury Athletic teams.
PJ Palamo has been named in the 7 years boys team for the Canterbury v. Tasman event and Winnie Palamo in the 10 years girls for the same event on March 22nd.
Luke Mitchell and Fia Lai-Kong have been named in the Canterbury IP (Inter-Provincial) team for the Inter-Provincial Athletics meeting against all provinces from NZ in Hamilton over Easter. This indeed is a sought after honour with many IP athletes going on to represent NZ at a later date.
Other Hillview children were involved at Timaru at the Canterbury Champs with Jemesa Landers winning her race walk, Zachary Landers taking a fine 3rd in his Shot Put and was member of the winning relay team and Michah Landers was 3rd in his race walk.
Secondary School Athletic Prelims
In cold conditions on Tuesday we had 13 athletes competing against the best in Canterbury at Rawhiti Domain. Our Junior (U15) and U14 relay teams ran very well to both break 60 seconds for the 4 x 100m. Fia Palamo has qualified for the finals on Saturday in the U14 girls Shot Put and Long Jump and Leah Blondell has qualified for the semi-finals in the 100m for Girls U15. Ruby Winter ran an excellent 800m in 2.47 and will still be in the U14 grade next year. Competing in straight finals on Saturday are Jemesa Landers in the open 2000m race walk and Xavier Marshall in the U14 Boys 3000m.
We had some excellent performances in the pool today at the South Zone Champs at Wharenui. Hillview won two of the four relays – 10 years (Oliver Graves, Sam Meecham, Maddie Morrow and Serena Morgan) and the 12 years (Luke Mitchell, James McRae, Sophie Onslow and Fia Lai-Kong). This is the first time we can remember that two Hillview teams have made it into the Canterbury Champs to be held on Monday 30th March at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston. Our other two relay teams were placed 2nd!
We had a number of other top individual placings and we will pass them on when the official results are out but both Oliver Graves (10 years) and James McRae (12 years) were outstanding in winning both their finals. Other winners in events were Maddie Morrow and Matthew Fairhall.
Hayley Buckley is competing at the National Division 2 Swimming Champs in Dunedin this week and tonight we received an update on how she is doing from her Dad, Chris…..“Just a wee update on Hayley, missed out on a placing in 200m Backstroke but achieved a 6 second PB. Gold in 400m Relay and silver in her individual 400m freestyle!!!!”