Athletes throw for Games glory

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10 November 2008, By Vera Bertola

CAMPBELLTOWN UWS Collegians Athletics Club throws coach David Prior set his athletes a formidable but achievable task when he dangled the Pacific School Games in front of them and challenged them to qualify. They didn’t disappoint him. Prior will take 11 throwers to Canberra after they excelled at the recent NSW All Schools Athletics Championships, which doubled as the Games trials. The youngsters, ranging in age from 11 to 19, claimed six gold medals, two silver and a bronze between themselves to qualify for the Canberra meet.

The Pacific School Games, from November 30 to December 6, is expected to draw up to 3000 primary and secondary student competitors from around Australia and Pacific nations. Prior said he was pleased with his athletes’ efforts, and more so since then as they continued to build on reaching their peak in Canberra. “They are coming along quite well. It’s a large squad and 11 qualified for the Games, most with PBs as well,” he said. “For sure, they are stars of the future.” Prior said the Pacific School Games was “another level up” but he was confident his throwers could lift and meet the challenge. * Qualifiers: Monique Pieplenbosh, Antonio Inzitari, Vivian Wilton, Melissa Prior, Melissa Hilder, Codi Mumberson, Teal Vella, Abby Moroney, Edward Pickering, Nicole Fassolis and Taylor-Jane Villis.