Whitby’s Oceania-focused athletics squad to compete in Perth more

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Eight-year-old Bonny Dean jumps into the sandpit at the Geraldton athletics field.
Camera IconEight-year-old Bonny Dean jumps into the sandpit at the Geraldton athletics field. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Athletics coach Jacko Whitby says his Oceania-focused Kaliah Dreaming squad will be heading to Perth more frequently to compete at the highest level possible.

He said under-11s competitor Alyssa Bergsma and under-14s athlete Taylah Dean were two who would be heading to metro competitions to take the sport as far as they could.

Geraldton junior athletes with, left to right in the back row, junior world athletics champion and Tokyo Olympics hopeful Sasha Zhoya, elite runner Nixon Hamlet, Olympian and national 800m champion Peter Bol, and Australian and South Sudan national 200m champion Mangar Chuot. In the centre in the middle row, with black T-shirt, is elite athlete Sahara Clarke.
Camera IconGeraldton junior athletes with, left to right in the back row, junior world athletics champion and Tokyo Olympics hopeful Sasha Zhoya, elite runner Nixon Hamlet, Olympian and national 800m champion Peter Bol, and Australian and South Sudan national 200m champion Mangar Chuot. In the centre in the middle row, with black T-shirt, is elite athlete Sahara Clarke. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

“As they venture further into their athletics dreams, this will become so much more a part of their lives,” he said.

“Every time these athletes compete at these top-level competitions they achieve personal bests.

“The athletes are training with world-best practices and have fantastic mentors.”

He said he had been impressed by the athletes’ performances at the recent State competition in Perth and was looking forward to tomorrow’s local meet.

Taylah set personal bests of 4.57m in the long jump, 14.14sec. in the 80m hurdles and 10.16m in the triple jump.

Alyssa ran a personal best of 14.76sec. in the 100m, 15.45sec. in the 80m hurdles and 29.64sec. in a heat in the 200m sprint, before running 29.94sec. in the 200m final.

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