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During the recent school holidays, SPSC students competed in the Athletics Australia National Track and Field Championships (the Under 20 age group competed early April). In attendance were Australia’s best athletes competing across the diverse range of disciplines that Track and Field offers.

Seven SPSC athletes represented South Australia. In support of our athletes, four of our coaches attended the Championships, Lio Ferrante, Jess Pascoe, Rob Melin and Adam Didyk. One of our coaches, Fox Obst attended competing in the Open Shot Put.


Athlete Name Age Group Event/s Competed In
Orlando Grantham Under 13


Hammer Throw
4th place
3000m Walk
5th place
17:08:51 sec
51sec. Personal Best
Ethan Allison Under 17 Long Jump
Triple Jump
Stephen Lacroix-Sneyd Under 17


4th place 4:05:24sec
4th place
8:50:96 sec
Sandro Purugganan Under 17


Long Jump
7th place 6:53m
Triple Jump
7th place
Andrew Maenda Under 18


Silver Medal
Heat 10:68 sec
Final 10:69 sec
Bronze Medal
Heat 21:77 sec
Final 21:53 sec

4 x 100m Relay
Silver Medal
41:86 sec
Gman Paye Under 18


4th Place
Heat 49:32 sec
Final 48:97 sec
4 x 100m Relay
Silver Medal
41:86 sec
4 x 400m Relay
6th Place
3:29:94 sec
Jonathan Harris Under 20


4th Place
Heat 3:51:95 sec
Final 3:52:43 sec
4th Place
8:23:28 sec
6th Place from a field of 25
* Lawson Jones Qualified for Nationals but chose to forgo these Championships and instead travelled to the US for Track and Field competitions. On tour he achieved a new Personal Best Pole Vault jump of 4:10m.

* Please note some placings have been adjusted from the order across the finish line in recognition of participating international athletes.

Working their way through State Championships to qualify for these Championships was a challenge. For the boys to take the opportunity to travel and gain experience at National level is a great achievement. All seven are to be commended on their thorough preparation and how they conducted themselves once at the Championships.

Mr Tony Checker
Athletics Head Coach