Three state records toppled in Little Athletics return to Barden Park
Three separate state records have been smashed by the junior athletes competing at the Little Athletics Region 3 Championships.
Region 3 Zone Co-Ordinator Matthew Andrews said the achievements displayed at Barden Park were easily worth a record of their own, noting that state records being broken is an incredible rare event even at the most competitive championships.
“We’ve had three state records broken today, in the last couple of years, we’ve had maybe one total and state records are extremely hard to beat, because obviously they include everyone and they’ve stood for a very long time,” Andrews said.
“The three we’ve had broken today have been in the throwing events, which is excellent, unfortunately, not many of the track and field events records are likely to be broken given the heat we’re experiencing, but everyone’s been doing an excellent job, given the conditions.”
Those temperatures, getting up to 42 degrees at the weekend’s peak, were intimidating, but Andrews assured that all aspects of the NSW Athletics’ heat policy were being observed.
“We have to operate under Athletics NSW’s heat policy, which we’ve had for the last couple of years, a few years ago it got up to 45 and that was extreme, once those standards are met and observed, we have to actually stop competing,” Andrews said.
“At that point, we have to take steps like making changes to the program, getting rid of certain finals and moving events up until it’s cooler so that we give the longer distance competitors the ability to avoid running in this sort of heat, we supply plenty of water as well,” Andrews said.
“Last night we had to cancel our 3000m races and postpone them until the night time, so we got a chance to use the night time lights and have an event under those conditions when it was a bit cooler and everyone loved it, the kids were stoked.”
The strong run of results, and the strong competition hosted at recent events in Dubbo have given organisers reason to believe that the region’s athletic competition is getting stronger and stronger.
“They love coming out here, they make a big weekend out of it and make a big social event out of it, given the difficult circumstances in some of the country towns, getting away from what might be happening at home or on the property is a great thing,” Andrews said.
“We’ve had about 870 athletes this weekend, in terms of visitors that means about 2200 people in total and of course we have a huge number of officials who come from Sydney and the metro areas to help out and they get a kick out of visiting as well.”