Bound for the State finals in Sydney. Image: contributed

Grafton Physie girls through to State finals

Three Junior members of the Grafton Physical Culture Club will represent their zone at the State Championships in Sydney on Sunday November 22; 10 year old Tara Commerford, 12 year old Shanae Crispin and 14 year old Bree Hunter all placed in the top five at the Zone Championships held in Grafton in October and therefore progress to the state finals.

This will be Tara’s first time after placing 5th at Zone. Shanae placed 2nd in the 12yrs and Bree was the Zone Champion of the 14years. Shanae and Bree have made it to Nationals six times previously. Two other Junior members placed at our Zone Championships in the 5 years section Romey Wilson 4th and Maizie Diver 5th who unfortunately will have to wait until next year and hope they are able to get a place again to go to Nationals as you have to be 6 to compete at State or National level. Normally this would be the National titles but due to Covid-19 this year Nationals were cancelled and instead each state were running state finals instead with lots of restrictions in place.

Unfortunately this year due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no parents allowed to watch their daughters. This year it will only be teachers allowed in to watch. All girls have worked extremely hard this year under very different circumstances. From lessons online via Zoom and then moving to outdoor classes at the Junction Hill Tennis Courts it has been a very different year.

On the Seniors and Ladies weekend Cheryl Ingram and Tracy Avery placed 2nd and 3rd Respectively in their section, Alyssa Hayes was 6th in her section and Justine Crispin was 2nd in her section at the Ladies Zone Championships. All ladies have decided not to go on to compete in the State finals in Sydney this year due to work commitments and the restrictions being in place with Covid-19.

15 year old Tanika Crispin travelled to Sydney last weekend to compete in the Seniors State finals and reached the semi finals. This is a great effort.

Tara, Shanae and Bree have continued to train hard for this very special moment. Tara is very excited being her first time. The club would like to wish the girls the best of luck for Sunday and they all thoroughly deserve it and are great representatives for Grafton and the North Coast.

Justine Crispin