Mildura Weekly : February 21 2014 Vol 8 No 16
www.milduraweekly.com.au 76 Mildura Weekly – 21/02/14 Hookin2Hockey set for new season By ADAM LUITJES SIGNING autographs for South Australian Little Athletics kids was a surreal moment for Mildura ath- lete Robert Broadhead. A year after finishing his Sun- raysia Little Athletics career, Rob- ert, 18, was flocked by young fans after his open men’s 400m race at the Adelaide Track Classic last weekend. “I couldn’t believe it,” Robert said. “We were coming off the track and there were kids wanting our autographs. “I was with the high profile athletes, so I’m sure they didn’t know who I was, but I happily signed. “It wasn’t that long ago I was one of those kids, so it was a bi- zarre feeling.” Having been nominated by Athletics Australia for the presti- gious event, Robert described the race as an amazing experience. “It was a massive surprise,” he said. “Mum let me know last Thurs- day when I was at school, and I was that excited I told everyone. “Because I am only 18 I didn’t expect to be selected, so it came out of the blue. “In the marshalling area I was rubbing shoulders with the best 400m runners in Australia, and I just kept pinching myself... it didn’t seem real.” Running in lane nine in front of 3000 spectators, Robert fin- ished a credible seventh, in a per- sonal best time of 49.55 seconds. “I was happy with how I ran,” he said. “I wanted to break the 50 sec- ond barrier and not finish last, and I ended up doing that. “Going against guys like Dylan Grant (former Olympian) I had to change tactics so I wouldn’t blow up after 200m and embarrass my- self. “I was the youngest competi- tor by four years, and after the race all the older guys made an effort to shake my hand, which is something I’ll never forget.” With the Australian Junior Athletics Championships next month, Robert is looking to con- tinue his recent success in his pet event, the 400m hurdles. “I want to try for a medal,” he said. “I’m competing in the Under 20’s so I’ll have tough competi- tion, but I’m feeling confident af- ter last weekend. “My long term goal is to rep- resent Australia, so I look at these events as opportunities to impress national selectors. “I’m travelling to Adelaide ev- ery two weeks, and although it’s hard juggling Year 12 studies and training, I know the sacrifices will be worth it.” After last weekend, the Sun- raysia Academy of Sport athlete is now ranked first in Under 20’s and third in the open men’s 400m for South Australia. Robert’s running on time • RUNNING MAN: Robert Broadhead recorded a personal best time for the 400m at the Adelaide Track Classic last weekend, where he ran with former Olympian Dylan Grant, ABOVE. That’s Robert in action TOP and BELOW. Photos: DARREN SEILER SUNRAYSIA Hockey has thrown open its doors to local young- sters through its ‘Hookin- 2Hockey’ program. Backed by ambassadors Madonna Blyth – the Austra- lian Hockeyroos captain – and Kookaburras Olympic gold medallist Liam De Young, Hookin2Hockey is a dedicated national program that gives children aged five to 10 a fun and hands-on introduction to hockey. Every child taking part in Hookin2Hockey in the region will receive an equipment pack containing a hockey stick, ball, Australia top, shin guards, mouthguard and more. Each session is run in a safe and enjoyable environment by club members who will teach participants the basics of hock- ey. Last year saw 10,000 young people take part in the pro- gram, which this year will run on Wednesdays from 6pm. More information, registra- tion, is available by contacting Jodie Morvell via email; jmor- firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 0409 835 470.
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