Brianna McCabe races away to win the 90m hurdles. Photo: TREVOR VEALE
Brianna McCabe races away to win the 90m hurdles. Photo: TREVOR VEALE

Fun weekend for Kate and co.



KATE Shaw was doing her best to contain her excitement after finishing her schedule of events at the North Coast Zone Little Athletics championships yesterday.

"I took part in four events and finished with a placing in the 1100m walk," she said.

"It's been a fun weekend with my friends."

The two-day carnival at Marshalls Estate was nine-year-old Kate's first big sporting trip away from her home in Ballina and she joined hundreds of youngsters from regions stretching from Kempsey to Lismore.

Along with her second placing in the walk, Kate competed in the shot put (4th), 100m sprint (7th) and long jump (7th).

"I've been in Little Athletics for the last two years but I don't do any more training than what's normal with the rest of the kids," she said.

"All the other sports I compete in like swimming, netball and touch football helped to get me ready to compete in this.

"My brother does a little bit of taekwondo but I'm the sporting one in the family."

Athletes had variable conditions to contend with across the weekend, with high temperatures on Saturday and the threat of rain on an overcast Sunday.

But strong winds toward the end of the meeting caused most difficulty with spectators battling to keep tents anchored in the strong gusts.



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