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ABOVE: Some of the 7-8yrs who made the finals and placed in the Zone Championships. Image: Contributed.

Grafton Physical Culture at Far North Coast Championships

ABOVE: Some of the 7-8yrs who made the finals and placed in the Zone Championships. Image: Contributed.
ABOVE: Some of the 7-8yrs who made the finals and placed in the Zone Championships. Image: Contributed.


Members of the Grafton Physical Culture Club, recently competed at the Far North Coast Championships held at Coffs Harbour.
Eleven clubs contested the Championships. Clubs from as far north as Ballina, south to Camden Haven and west to Tenterfield, contested what turned out to be a very big weekend of very high standard performances.
Top five places in the individual sections move onto the Nationals at Homebush, in Sydney. These girls will represent Grafton and the Far North Coast/Mid North Coast at these titles.
Grafton Club has six members now moving through to the Junior National Championships at the end of November and two ladies competing at Nationals next week after their success at the weekend.
Most sections had anywhere from 40 to 70 girls, in their section, so getting a place was a great effort and reaching the final or semi-final also wasn’t easy.
Five year old Bridie McGrath reached the final in this section and in the six years, Paige Tilse also reached the final. Seven years saw Mia Bathgate and Yuna Stavely-Alexander both get through to the finals.
Eight year olds were outstanding with six of the girls reaching the finals.
Shanae Crispin was 2nd in this section and Andrea Thomson 4th. Mia Greive, Megan Wilcox, Cara Lomas and Amali McGrath reached the finals.
Nine year old Eliza Berrick and Jordyn Keefe made it through to the final of this section.
Bree Hunter was a deserving winner of the ten years and Mischa McGrath who is very new to physie also reached the final. The eleven year old winner for the third year in a row in her age group was Josie Bindon and Tanika Crispin placed 4th. Abbey Daniels who would be glad she returned to physie during second term reached the final.
Twelve year old Georgia Salvestro made it through to finals of her division. Thirteen year old Maeve Dougherty once again won this age group and Annabel Bindon reached the final. A very nervous Ellee Hunter placed 3rd in the 15yr section, Lily Steele made it through to the final and 1st year Seniors saw Mikayla O’Mahony reach the final.
In our ladies sections Rebecca Brien reached the final of the Novice Ladies, Alyssa Hayes was 3rd in the Intermediate Ladies with Shannon Rothery making the final. In one of the hardest finals of the day in the Open U33 Ladies Tiffany James was 2nd and Samantha Duff reached the final. Tiffany has only returned a few weeks ago after having a baby earlier in the year. In the O33 Ladies Sarah Bathgate made the final and in the Open Ladies O40’s Justine Crispin was 2nd and Melissa Makings made the final.
Semi finalists for the weekend were: 6yrs – Riley Robinson and Tara Commerford; 7/8yrs – Sienna Connell, Mylie Wall, Madeline Rothery, Millie Lloyd, Jessica Quirk, Lila Heyman; 9yrs – Lily Tough; 10yrs – Caitlin Blinman, Sophie Brown, Jessica Towns, Eliza-Rose Bullen; 11yrs – Jessica Pattison, Shayna Elliott and Mikayla Mauler; 12yrs – Lydia Breadsell and Molly Kenny; 14yrs – Alanis O’Mahony. Semi finalists in the ladies sections were Roxy Cameron, Emma Ingram, Kerrie McPherson and Judy Myers.
Shanae Crispin, Andrea Thomson, Bree Hunter, Josie Bindon, Tanika Crispin and Maeve Dougherty will now progress to the National Championships in Sydney in November and Alyssa Hayes and Tiffany James will contest the Ladies National finals also in November. This will be a first time for Andrea and Tanika. Shanae, Josie, Bree and Maeve have been on several occasions before. Candice Ingram, Mikayla O’Mahony and Ellee Hunter will compete at the Senior Titles in Sydney during November.
If you would like to join the classes in 2017 please phone Justine 0431 470 552.
Justine Crispin