Mildura Weekly : Friday December 23 Vol 11 No 8
SPORT 55 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU SUNRAYSIA Academy of Sport athlete Chelsea Sy- mons has returned home with swag of medals from last weekend’s South Aus- tralian State Track Cham- pionships in Adelaide. Competing at Under 15 level, the 13-year-old won gold in the 2000m in- dividual pursuit and indi- vidual sprint, and bronze in the 500m time trial and 3000m team pursuit. The talented teenager also recorded a personal best time of two minutes and 55 seconds in the 2000m individual pursuit. “I have been training a lot for my 2000m indi- vidual pursuit, and when I recorded my personal best time I was so happy!” Chelsea said. “Last time I competed I only just reached the three minute mark, so I was pleased to break that.” Having spent months preparing for the presti- gious event, Chelsea said her recent result exceeded expectations. “I knew that I would do well in my individual pursuit, because I had done the training,” she said. “I was very surprised to get gold in the sprints, because I am not usually a sprinter.” With no indoor track in Mildura, Chelsea fre- quently travelled to Ad- elaide in preparation for the championships, and according to the ris- ing star, the sacrifice was worth it. Competing at her second State track event, Chelsea said she loved the experience. “It was pretty good, but it was a long week- end,” she said. “It was actually pretty fun, and I absolutely loved riding on the track.” Following a well-de- served break over Christ- mas, Chelsea will turn her attention to February’s National Championships, where she’ll represent South Australia. “I am actually re- ally excited, because the events I’ll be competing in are the ones I am good at,” she said. “They would be the endurance events, and they are my favou- rites.” Chelsea said her re- cent results wouldn’t have been possible without the support of her coaches and sponsors. Medals galore for star cyclist Chelsea • BIG HAUL: Sunraysia Academy of Sport athlete Chelsea Symons collected a swag of medals at last weekend’s South Australian State Track Championships in Adelaide. INSET: Chelsea in action at the prestigious event. Main Photo: PAUL MENSCH Pooncarie kids have an ace of a time at Mildura clinic MILDURA Lawn Tennis Club played host to the Poon- carie Outreach Centre last Friday, as part of the On Tour Tennis coach- ing program. Twenty-five children aged be- tween three and 12 attended the clinic, which was run by On Tour Tennis coach, Dean Kyle. Dean, who conducts clinics in Poonca- rie every fortnight, said the group enjoyed the special trip to Mildura. “The Pooncarie Out- reach Centre gives School of the Air kids that live remote- ly an opportunity to interact with each other, and this time they came to Mildu- ra,” Dean said. “De- pending on the age group, we work on teaching basic ball skills, while also get- ting the kids to listen and follow instruc- tions.” Having worked with many of the children for two years, Dean said he’d noticed a rapid im- provement in their tennis skills and confidence. Trevor 0407 632 160 08 8541 0200 | www.sprintfreight.com.au EXPRESS FREIGHT SERVICE SERVICING THE RIVERLAND ADELAIDE & THE SOUTH EAST OF SA • Arthroscopic and reconstruction surgery of the knee • Sporting injuries of the knee • Joint replacement for arthritis of the knee and hip TONY MENZ ORTHOPAEDICS “With over 25 years experience, I provide my patients with a personal and professional experience” Ontario Medical Clinic FOR ALL APPOINTMENTS PLEASE PHONE (08) 8267 1284 www.tonymenzorthopaedics.com.au CONSULTING IN MILDURA SINCE 2009 Dr Tony Menz and staff would like to wish all their valued patients and families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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