Manning River Times-Iguana sportstar of the week: Athletic Emma’s big trip

Big throw: Emma Garland competed in the NSW CHS Athetics Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Wednesday September 9, where she came third in the 15yrs girls javelin, throwing a massive 33.4m.

Big throw: Emma Garland competed in the NSW CHS Athetics Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Wednesday September 9, where she came third in the 15yrs girls javelin, throwing a massive 33.4m.

They say there’s no rest for the wicked, but in Emma Garland’s case, there’s no rest for the athletic. 

The 15-year-old Chatham High School student recently came third in javelin at the NSW CHS Athletics Carnival, held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. 

She threw an impressive 33.4m in the 15 years girls javelin to claim bronze from the 20 other girls who competed in the event.

The Year 10 student competed there after she came first in javelin at regional level.

At zone Emma broke the record in javelin was named the 15 years Manning zone athletics champion.

Earlier this year the young athlete went on a 19 day trip to Canada and competed in two meets representing Australian Sports Travel. 

It was the second time she’s competed in Canada, with selection coming after she made the finals at last year’s State championships .

At the first meet, the Jack Brown Memorial, she was part of the 14/15 years 400 x 100 relay team which won.

She also took out silver in the long jump and triple jump and came sixth in javelin.

In the second event at Vancouver Emma came eighth in the 100 metre final, fourth in javelin, and sixth in long jump, meaning that over the two events she qualified for seven finals out of a potential 10. 

Emma’s efforts have earned her the title of the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.  

When the Times talked to Emma she was en-route to the NSW All Schools Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park where she was due to compete in five events in the 15 years girl category. 

Emma said she started athletics when she was about nine years old.

“I have enjoyed every single bit of it,” she said. 

Emma’s favourite event is javelin and she hopes to one day make it to the Olympics.

Little As underway

TAREE Little Athletics’ season is underway.

The club has held two competition sessions on Friday afternoons at Taree Recreation Centre near the Manning Hockey Complex.

Competition starts at 4.30 under the guidance of qualified coaches.

Young athletes have the opportunity to compete at regional and State level during the year.

Officials said numbers have been pleasing in the opening two sessions, however, there is still room for anyone who wants to join. Little As caters for 3 to 17-year-olds.

For further details contact Jody Rodgers on 0417 697 364.

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