Gunnedah Little Athletics travelled to Tamworth for the Regional Athletics Carnival on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 37 children and teens from Gunnedah’s crew had qualified to compete in the under eight-years-old to under 17-years-old age categories at the regionals.

They joined the many other athletes who came from Port Macquarie, Grafton, Forster, Gloucester, Ballina, Inverell, Taree, Wauchope, Casino and Coffs Coast to be at the athletic centre.

The athletes may have brought too much heat to the competition as the Saturday events were sepended from 12.30pm until 6pm due to extreme temperatures but they still had to brave the heat and humidity that night.

There was plenty of sunscreen and great attitudes from athletes during the two days which had led to broken records, personal bests and podium finishes.

In the spotlight was Rivah McDonald, who had competed in the under eight-year-old boys division.

He racked up first places in four events and broke three of those records.

He is now the record holder for the 70 metre (10.94 seconds) and 100 metre event (15.42 seconds) and long jump (3.74 metres).

Rivah was not the only one from Gunnedah’s Little Athletics who made it to the podium.

Lacie Kleinschafer took first places in her age category for javelin and shot put. She also placed second and third in discus and senior relay respectively.

Cooper O’Neill placed in the shot put, 400 and 200 metre events while Flynn Royall placed in the 200 and 100 metre events, high jump and long jump.

The senior relay teams both secured third places.

Jack Johnston showed his skills by taking first place in javelin along with discus and second shot put.

The athletes were congratulated for displaying great sportsmanship despite the extreme heat.

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