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Excellent end to club season

North Canterbury junior athletes were making their way on to the podium again this weekend, at the final meeting of the Canterbury athletics club season. The Canterbury Children’s Athletics championships were held at Nga Puna Wai, and several of our local athletes were in hot form.

Recently crowned National U18 high jump champion, Jess Hendren, backed up that title with the Canterbury junior 14 girls title. She also finished 4th in the long jump, and 5th in the 80m hurdles, and shot put.

The youngest winner for the North Canterbury team, was 8 year old Farai Musesengwa, who won the 8 boys long jump, and also finished second in the 200m, third in the 100m and discus, and 5th in the 60m. Musesengwa was also crowned the top overall 8 year old boy.

Mya Phillips won the 13 girls Discus, was second in the shotput, third in the high jump, and 5th in the long jump. She also teamed up with Pippa Baker, Xanthe Jane, and Emelia Rayner, to win the 13 girls 4x100m relay. Phillips was the 4th overall 13 year old girl.

Jane found herself on the podium in two individual events too, finishing third in the 13 girls 800m and 1500m, along with 5th in the 200m, 400m, and high jump.

Siniva Ma’u picked up a third in the 14 girls discus, and Will Bint finished third in the 12 boys long jump, and 5th in the discus.

Athletes will now wait for the Inter-provincial team selections to be made, in the hopes of representing Canterbury.

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