The 2018 Australian All Schools Championships delivered great results for Team WA, who faced wet and windy weather throughout the three-day competition in Cairns.
The first day of competition saw some events delayed due to torrential rain, but that didn’t stop Tom Ferreira claiming gold in the U16 Boys 2000m Steeplechase in a time of 6:20.20.
Despite the wet conditions, training partners Etienne Rousseau and Jackson Hamilton were on fire all weekend. Rousseau claimed a full suite of medals, with gold in the U16 Boys Discus, silver in the U16 Boys Shot Put and bronze in the U16 B Javelin, with a fifth-place finish in the Hammer Throw. Hamilton showed why he was one to watch in the U16 Boys Para Discus and Shot Put, claiming gold in both, but arguable his stand out performance came in the U16 Boys Discus. Competing against the able-bodied field, Hamilton threw a huge personal best to place second to Rousseau and break his own Australian Para Record.
Continuing Team WA’s success in the throwing events, Tiana Pavlovich produced a huge 43.58m to win the U14 Girls Javelin, whilst Thomas Hilditch secured the gold medal with 56.01m in the U18 Boys Javelin.
Our pole vault contingent added to WA’s strong history in the event, with Mikayla Scerri and Indiana West placing first and third respectively in the U14 Girl’s Pole Vault. It was a bronze occasion for Sasha Zhoya (U18 Boys Pole Vault) and Amelia McDonald (U16 Girls Pole Vault) as the tumultuous weather conditions continued.
There were no surprises in the Under 18 short hurdles, with race favourite Sasha Zhoya winning in a time of 13.33 (-2.5) - narrowly missing his own Australian U18 110m Hurdles Record by only 0.09 despite trying conditions. Sophie White rounded out an incredible year on the track with a win in the U18 Girls 100m Hurdles, before backing up to win the Under 18 Girls 200m in 24.57. Dubbed ‘the Greek God’, Jacob Hristianopoulos showed his class U16 Boys 100m Hurdles to win silver in 13.36.
The Championships were capped off with a stellar run by the Under 18 Boys 4x100m team, consisting of Esteban Cerda, Seth Norman, Cooper Anderton and Liam Di Girolami, who delivered the baton across the finish line to win bronze.
Congratulations to all of our Team WA athletes and their coaches and support teams for a successful weekend in Cairns. With many finalists, personal and season’s best performances and plenty of team spirit over the course of the three-day championships, our athletes will return home having represented the State with pride.
For a replay of over 150 events At the All Schools Championships, please visit Aths TV. For full results, please visit Athletics Australia's Results page.
TEAM WA MEDAL TALLY
Mikayla Scerri U14 G Pole Vault 2.70m
Tom Ferreira U16 B 2000m Steeplechase 6:20.20
Jackson Hamilton U16 Shot Put Para 14.52m
Jackson Hamilton U16 Discus Para 57.47m
Etienne Rousseau U16 B Discus Throw 65.15m
Sophie White U18 G 100m Hurdles 13.91 (-1.4)
Sophie White U18 G 200m 24.57 (-0.8)
Sasha Zhoya U18 B 110m Hurdles 13.33 (-2.5)
Tiana Pavlovich U14 G Javelin 43.58m
Thomas Hilditch U18 B Javelin 56.01m
Jackson Hamilton U16 Discus Throw 60.94m (Australian Para Record)
Etienne Rousseau U16 B Shot Put 17.16m
Jacob Hristianopoulos U16 B 100m Hurdles 13.36 (-0.8)
Indiana West U14 G Pole Vault 2.70m
Sasha Zhoya U18 B Pole Vault 4.35m
Amelia McDonald U16 G Pole Vault 3.40m
Etienne Rousseau U16 B Javelin 51.08m
U18 Boys 4x100m Relay (Esteban Cerda, Seth Norman, Cooper Anderton, Liam Di Girolami) 45.10