Athletes Thrive Against Australia's Best

Several Geelong College students have competed against the best young athletes in the country, coming away with three medals and plenty of fine performances.

Runner Nick O'Brien starred in his two events at the Australian Athletics Championships last week, coming first in the heat of the Under-15 800m in 2:01.60 then improving on that time in the final to win silver in 2:01.41 in the pouring rain (0.65 seconds behind the first-placed competitor). Nick backed it up with a bronze in the U15 400m, where less than a second separated the top three.

Cassidy Bradshaw's efforts in the U15 Pole Vault were another highlight for the College. She did a fantastic job in coming third with a height of 3.00m.

Hamish Poulter also came close in his U15 100m Hurdles final, finishing the race at 15.13 seconds in a tight finish between third and sixth places.

Congratulations to everyone who competed at the championships, representing their state and College at the top level with pride!

Libby Falkiner (Year 11)

  • 4th in U17 100m Hurdles heat - 15.31s (0.69s from qualifying)

Ruby Pekin-Schlicht (Year 11)

  • 5th in U18 400m Hurdles heat – 66.79s (0.68s from qualifying)

Cassidy Bradshaw (Year 8)

  • 3rd in U15 Pole Vault – 3.00m 

Will Jarman (Year 8)

  • 7th in U15 Pole Vault – 2.60m 

Nick O’Brien (Year 8)

  • 2nd in U15 800m – 2:01.41s
  • 3rd in U15 400m – 52.52s

Hamish Poulter (Year 8)

  • 7th in U15 Long Jump – 5.68m
  • 5th in U15 100m Hurdles – 15.13s

Skye Ellis (Year 8)

  • 14th in U15 1500m – 4:50.88
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