Shoalhaven little athletes meet a hero at state

PROUD: Shoalhaven athletes (back) Victoria Kennedy, Clare Dobson, Jade Mustapic, Cameron Musgrove, Hugh Dobson, (front) Alisha Mustapic, Leah Dobson, Alec Dobson and Jesse Buckham at the Little Athletics NSW 2014 State Cross Country and Road Walks on Sunday.

PROUD: Shoalhaven athletes (back) Victoria Kennedy, Clare Dobson, Jade Mustapic, Cameron Musgrove, Hugh Dobson, (front) Alisha Mustapic, Leah Dobson, Alec Dobson and Jesse Buckham at the Little Athletics NSW 2014 State Cross Country and Road Walks on Sunday.

THE Little Athletics NSW 2014 State Cross Country and Road Walks was held on Sunday at the Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park in West Dapto.

Nine Shoalhaven athletes competed in the cross country events with great running by everyone involved.

In the under 13s Jade Mustapic took home bronze after a last minute sprint to the line.

She missed out on second by milliseconds.

Victoria Kennedy finished a commendable 16th in the same race.

Another bronze medal was taken by Hugh Dobson in the boy’s under 13s.

Hugh ran a strong race to earn a well deserved podium finish.

Jesse Buckham also finished seventh in the under 13s.

This was a great effort to have two athletes from a country club finish in the top eight in the same race.

The competition from Sydney based clubs was fierce, the event attracting some of the best cross country athletes.

The boys were both presented with a certificate on the day from Australian Olympian Youcef Abdi for a top eight finish.

Other results included Alisha Mustapic in the u7s who finished 16th.

Alec Dobson in the u9s secured himself a top eight finish with seventh place while sisters Leah Dobson finished 21st in the u12s and Clare Dobson finished 11th in the u15s.

Cameron Musgrove ran a personal best to place 10th in the boy’s u15s.

Shoalhaven Little Athletics season will start in September.

Registration days will be held over three sessions on Saturday, August 23 from 9.30am to noon, on Tuesday, August 26 from 5pm to 6.30pm and on Saturday, August 30 from 9.30am to noon.

Please keep an eye on the Facebook page for reminders and details of costs for the 2014/15 season.

For any inquiries please email shoalhavenlac@yahoo.com.au

PODIUM MOMENT: Shoalhaven athletes Hugh Dobson and Jesse Buckham join the top eight finishers in the under 13s with Olympian Youcef Abdi.

PODIUM MOMENT: Shoalhaven athletes Hugh Dobson and Jesse Buckham join the top eight finishers in the under 13s with Olympian Youcef Abdi.

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