Medals galore for Nowra High School's athletics stars

STATE HONOURS: Nowra High School's Mikayla Check, Karlee Symonds and Lara Check, who all won NSW CHS medals. Photo: COURTNEY WARD
STATE HONOURS: Nowra High School's Mikayla Check, Karlee Symonds and Lara Check, who all won NSW CHS medals. Photo: COURTNEY WARD

SIX Nowra High School students have returned from the recent NSW Combined High Schools Secondary Athletics State Championships at Sydney Olympic Park with silverware.

Sisters Mikayla and Lara Check, Alistair Clark and Karlee Symonds, all trained by AZ Athletics, all finished on the podium, at the September 5-7 meet.

Symonds, 16, was exceptional, winning gold in both the girls 200m and 100m multi class 16-19 year races – both in Australian and CHS record times.

She finished the 200m in a personal best time of 32.93, which also broke the Oceania record, while clocking a 15.19, also a personal best, in the 100m.

Lara Check, 14, finished with a gold medal in the girls 15 years high jump (1.66m), just four centimetres short of her personal best, won silver in the 17+ girls pentathlon and performed strongly in shot put and 800m pentathlon events too.

Unfortunately, she sustained a strained quadricep while anchoring her relay team, forcing her to withdraw from the long jump, which was disappointing for Lara, as we won the South Coast title earlier in the year.

Lara’s sister Mikayla made it a successful meet for the family, by claiming a bronze medal in the girls 17+ 100m hurdles (15.74).

Siwa Harvey-Aziz and Amelia Anderson.

Siwa Harvey-Aziz and Amelia Anderson.

The final member of their training squad, Clark brought home a silver medal in the boys 17+ 400m hurdles (55.81), which was another personal best time.

Not to be outdone were school colleagues Amelia Anderson and Siwa Harvey-Aziz.

Anderson claimed a silver medal in the 4x400m 15 years race, with team mates Ashleigh Goncalves, Ruby-Lee Patterson and Alyssa Parks, while Harvey-Aziz finished with the silver medal in the 17+ boys discus event, where he threw more than 51 metres.

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