Jimboomba athletes win medals at Combined Events Championship

JIMBOOMBA athlete Lilly Pearce was declared the 2019 State Champion for under 18 women at the Queensland Combined Events championship over the weekend.

Pearce was one of five Jimboomba athletes to win medals at the multi-event competition at the State Athletics Facility, Nathan, on January 12-13.

The combined events consisted of a series of grueling tests of all-round track and field ability including hurdles, sprints, jumps and throws.

The championship finished with an 800m girls sprint event and 1500m boys sprint.

Boys under 16 competed in seven event heptathlons while older competitors contested the decathlon.

Girls of all ages completed the heptathlon.

Specialist pole vaulter, Maddison Aitkin, finished in fourth place after an impressive performance in events which were outside her comfort zone.

Sam Emblen achieved personal best results in his 10 events and was runner up in the Under 20 mens decathlon.

This did not come easy for Emblen who was in third place until he secured an upset victory in the final 1500m sprint event, pushing him up the ladder to win silver.

Two Jimboomba under 17 athletes secured a place on the podium in the mens decathlon event.

Sam Windsor won silver and Fletcher Pearce claimed bronze in their first decathlon competition.

Rising Jimboomba athlete Bailey Brettell placed third in his first heptathlon and won two out of seven events.

The five medal winners have qualified to compete at the National Combined Events Championships later in 2019.

Jimboomba has produced a series of award winning multi-event champions and is home to the current world under 20 decathlon world champion Ashley Moloney.

Camryn Newton-Smith also represented Australia at the world Under 20 Championships at Finland in 2018.

Neither athlete competed at the Combined state championship due to injury and sports scholarship commitments.

The two day championship was held at the same time as the Glynis Nunn Shield competition, which is a Queensland Athletics Club Championship Series initiative.

Jimboomba finished third in the event, and moved to fifth overall in the series despite many of the club’s best performers being unavailable due to state championship commitments.

Athletes Zoe Brisbane, Holly Cavanagh and Kelsie Willoughby achieved personal best scores at the Glynis Nunn Shield Competition.

Erin Gallagher, Taylah Lenz, Jesica Draper, Georgia Grimsey, Felila Kia and Motootua Kia all scored points for Jimboomba.