State Cross Country Championships for Students with an Intellectual Disability

Serious start !

The annual ‘State Cross Country Championships for Students with an Intellectual Disability’ were held at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve, Murrumbeena on Wednesday 23rd October. Although windy and wet weather passed over the venue, this did not stop the 20 schools from across the Victorian state merging onto the competition course. Despite the conditions 250 students competed in the 8 age group events over either the 1.4km course, or the 2.8km for the older athletes.

The State Cross Country Championships are conducted annually in partnership with Glenhuntly Athletic Club, coordinated by club Olympian Trevor Vincent. Trevor said “The kids are amazing in that they are so easy to get along with & are most undemanding. They just love being involved”

Sam Ditty, the Schools representative, said “This event relies heavily of the support and commitment of many volunteers from Glenhuntly Athletic Club from the course set up, to conducting events and results recording. This club provides a positive sporting experience for our students from special schools all over the Victoria.”

Winners:

U12 Boys-Rowan Smith (Vermont South Special School)

U12 Girls- Tahila Abrehart (Emerson School)

U14 Boys- Nathaniel (Port Phillip Specialist School)

U14 Girls- Kayla Zielke (Swan Hill Specialist School)

U16 Boys- Eddia Eaiva (Swan Hill Specialist School)

U16 Girls- Georgie Pownine (Ashwood School)

U21 Boys- Kyle Keane (Naranga School)

U21 Girls-Katie Zonneveld (Heatherwood School)

The Mayor of the City of Glen Eira, Cr Jamie Hyams, attended the Championships & presented medals to the top 3 placegetters in each event

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One thought on “State Cross Country Championships for Students with an Intellectual Disability

  1. Congratulations on this great venture.

    It makes me proud to be a Glenhuntly AAC member

    John Zeleznikow

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