MEDALS, medals and more medals – it’s safe to say it was a successful season for the Whakatane Athletics and Harriers Club junior members.
All the athletes who competed did incredibly well with signs pointing to a positive future for many.
Katrina Anderson, who manages the junior athletes, said it was a fantastic season.
“We just have to keep trying to carry on the good work that we have been doing.
“Making sure that we don’t lose what we have done.’’
She said there were so many talented athletes coming through and there was plenty of quality coaching to help guide them through.
“The Colgate Games in New Plymouth was awesome and all the athletes did so well and likewise with the Waikato Bay of Plenty in Tauranga, where we came home with a heap of medals.’’
Anderson said her role was just to make sure the children had fun and enjoyed themselves while at training.
“We wanted to increase the numbers at junior level and we have seen that, so we just want to carry that on for the coming seasons.’’
Junior coach Peter Blackwood said there were many highlights throughout the season.
“There’s so many talented up-and-coming athletes at the club, they are all doing so well.
“Everyone did incredibly well at some stage during the season.
“We’re about making the children enjoy the trainings and just have fun.’
“The best thing is they’re all so keen and enthused about doing well.”
Blackwood said performances at the Colgate Games in Taranaki were exceptionally pleasing, with some athletes exceeding expectations, and the Waikato Bay of Plenty champs in Tauranga was a fitting way to end the season.
“They were probably two of the better meets for our children and they did exceedingly well.
All up with those two events we claimed over 40 medals.
“It was the biggest representation the club had taken to those events for some time and it bodes well for the future.’’
A number of athletes shone through the season but two who stood out were Ariana Dawson and Lily Anderson, two of the club’s junior speed demons, while Jesse Humberstone Kara, Odin Herrick, Finn Anderson and Jack Dawson also starred as did a number of the under-13 and under-14 competitors.