Massive medal haul at state

PERSONAL BEST: Eliza Ward leapt her way to a silver medal at the NSW All Schools last week.
PERSONAL BEST: Eliza Ward leapt her way to a silver medal at the NSW All Schools last week.

Armidale Athletics coach Jay Stone rated it as the best performance at NSW All Schools he’s been involved in and it’s hard to disagree when you add up the number of medals our local athletes brought home. 

Finishing at the top of the podium was Duval’s Stuart Geddes in the 17 years 2000 metre steeplechase, Armidale High’s Henry Sindel in the 16 years equivalent and Duval’s Andre Cooper with a 200m and 100m double gold in the 12 years. 

The Armidale School’s Eliza Ward snagged silver and a personal best in the 15-year-old high jump, Duval’s Will Vince-Moin earned one in the 16-19 years para 800m while O’Connor’s Lawson Fittler impressed in the 16’s 800m. 

Rounding out the results, Sam Jones finished with bronze in the 15 years 2000m steeplechase. 

Stone praised the efforts of all the athletes with many making the finals and said it was pleasing to claim medals across a multitude of events. 

“We have been successful in the past in events like steeplechase but to have some medals coming from sprints and from field events, it just shows we are expanding and we are having success in all different areas,” he said. 

While making it to that level is impressive, Stone highlighted Fittler’s run in the 800m as the best at the carnival.

“Looking at performances, even though he only won a silver medal, Lawson Fittler's 800 metres was just amazing,” he said. 

“The time that he ran, I think it is the fastest time anyone in the region has run since 1989, that's anyone of any age and for him to do that was just phenomonal.”

“The amount of tenacity and mental strength and will to push himself was just amazing.”