The Thunderbird JD Team had a great weekend at the JD Championships in Richmond over the past weekend. In all Tbirds athletes won 13 Gold, 10 Silver, and 5 Bronze medals, and achieved 37 personal best performances; an amazing stat given that the team was comprised of 18 athletes.
Hella-Marie won the grade 9 girls 60m hurdles and long jump, finished second in the 100m and high jump and earned a bronze medal in the shot put behind Isabelle Forsyth’s winning throw of 6.50m. Isabelle also earned a bronze in the high jump. Heather Gadalla took second place in the 800m race walk despite a sore back and a first place participant who was clearly running but not disqualified. Lena and Rachel Horowitz competed well establishing new PB’s in all the events they participated in, as did Charlie Ford and Devann Paterson in 600m and 200m events respectively. Danielle Miller had a strong day establishing PB’s in all but one of the five events she contested. Shaunika Suriya showed her versatility with PB’s in the 60m, 100m, and 1000m., while Sophie Morris achieved PB’s in all but one of her five events. Marie Louise Forsyth took home a gold (triple jump) and silver (discus throw) and teamed up with Devann, Danielle and Maddie Pringle to earn a silver in the Medley Relay. In the final event of the meet Lena, Hella Marie, Catherine and Isabelle earned a silver in the 4*100m relay.
For the boys, Luka Dolman took home three gold and a silver medal in the 60m hurdles, 200m, high jump and 100m respectively; being beaten out of a fourth gold in the 100m by teammate Max Marshall, Max earning a bronze in long jump also. Paul Fisher earned a bronze in the 80m hurdles, then completed his sweep of long jump competitions this season and then ran an excellent tactical race to with the 800m. Paul and Ben Paetzel competed well in their respective events and Andrew Genner although unable to compete in the 100m, showed that he is ready to excel in the triple jump. Xavier Kristen took home two gold medals in the 60m and 600m events and three silver medals in the 1000m, 100m, and 60m hurdles, and achieved PB’s in his other two events. Finally, despite the majority of the team running up one or two years, the boy’s medley relay team finished a creditable fourth.
While medals and PB’s are obviously nice to see, the most pleasing part of the weekend was how well each athlete focussed on doing well and how they supported each other.
Thank you to all of the parents who helped out with officiating and with ensuring the athletes were where they needed to be on time.