Lake Macquarie’s Aphra Obrien-Slade on the beam at the Lake Macquarie Children’s Games in December last year. HUNTER School of the Performing Arts student Aphra O’Brien-Slade was named as the NSW Combined High Schools’ division A champion after her performance at the women’s artistic competition at Glendale last week.
Aphra won gold medals in the floor routine and the vault. She also finished with a silver medal on the beam and a bronze medal for the bars to give her a medal in each of the four disciplines to win the championship.
Jasmine Fishbeck (Lake Munmorah High) was second in the floor routine, third in the vault and placed sixth in the overall competition.
In division B, Whitebridge High’s Claire Beverley was the best-performed Hunter student, placing fifth in the competition. Her gold medal in the vault was an outstanding performance.
In division C, Belmont’s Tiffany Law won a silver medal on the floor routine and bronze on the vault to finish in fourth place overall.
The Hunter team finished fifth overall in the event.
In the rhythmic competition, the Hunter’s two competitors finished in the top 10 of division D.
Ashley Thomson (Great Lakes College, Tuncurry) was second overall, including a gold medal in the ball routine, while schoolmate Millie Chalker was sixth overall.
■ The Hunter secondary lawn bowls team went one better than last year and claimed the gold medal at the NSW CHS championships in Armidale last week.
Hunter met North Coast, who were the only team to defeat them, in the final.
Led by player of the tournament Kate Matthews, from Belmont, Hunter reversed the pool result to take the match 36 shots to 31.
Matthews and Mitch Bellingham, from Tomaree, gained places in the NSW CHS team that will take on the NSW junior lawn bowls side and ACT at Port Macquarie in September.
■ Some outstanding primary athletics talent has been selected for the NSWCPS Polding Carnival which Newcastle will host in September. These students were selected in three or more individual events: Tyla Brown (St Mary’s Scone), Fletcher Sharpe (St Patrick’s Cessnock), Jacob Cook (St Therese’s New Lambton), Matilda Jones (St Joseph’s Merewether), Torrie Lewis (St Paul’s Gateshead), Ethan McLoughlin (St Catherine’s Singleton), Oliver Schumaker (St Mary’s Scone) and Charlie Thompson (St Mary’s Warners Bay).
The Upper Hunter beat the Lakes region by just one point to take out the winning regional score.
■ Students from the 11 Catholic secondary schools will converge on Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale on Tuesday for the annual Diocesan athletics championships.
Students who are successful at these championships will compete at the NSWCCC championships at Homebush in September.
Long distance runners Rose Davies (St Pius X Adamstown) and Joseph O’Connor (All Saints College St Peter’s Maitland), who have had recent success in the All Schools cross-country championships, will be out to challenge records in the 1500m and 800m.
National champion Dakota Thomas (St Paul’s Booragul) is poised to break a number of long-standing records in short-distance track events.