Georgie O?Meara.
Georgie O?Meara.

Georgie setting the pace for others to follow

ONE gold, three silver and three bronze was the booty won by Coffs Harbour district athletes competing at the New South Wales Secondary All Schools Championships at Homebush.

Heading the prize list was Bishop Druitt College Year 7 student Georgie O'Meara who collected the gold medal and a state title in the 1500 metre event, backing it up with silver in the 800 metres.

Mother Fiona said Georgie ran the race of her life to take her main event in the time of 4:50.49, a massive 20 seconds below her previous personal best.

"Georgie had a perfect race getting a good start and taking up a position with the leading pack," her mother said. "She sat on the pacesetter's shoulder until the final 100 metres before she overtook and sprinted away."

It was only a few weeks earlier the young runner took gold in the 1500m and 800m, and silver in the 400m at the Combined Independant Schools state titles.

No stranger to success, Georgie has won state bronze medals in 800m for primary schools in consecutive years and has represented the state at national titles for both cross country and athletics.

Georgie now qualifies to run in the Australian Schools Athletic titles at Homebush in December.

Meanwhile, Woolgoolga's Jordan Gusman declared his potential by picking up a brace of medals at the All Schools, while Orara's 'surprise packet' Wade O'Malley was runner-up in the 1500m.

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