Some of our Spartan Best recently competed in the Sally Pearson Shield Competition in Brisbane, recording some impressive results. In Somerset Equestrian, two students have competed well in recent events.


Grace Frawley and Zoe Perry both competed at the Nambour Pony Club Showjumping Equitation and Show Jumping competition recently. It was the first event for the pony club season and both girls were awarded reserve champions of their respective age groups in the jumping equitation on Saturday.

Both girls rode well in the show jumping on Sunday, to place in the top five for most of their rounds.

In one of Grace's rounds she forgot the last jump but her fellow competitors in her age group, brought it to her attention and pointed out which jump she missed in a heartening display of true sporting spirit. It was encouraging to see teenage girls supporting each other out and showing camaraderie, compassion and consideration.


We have four weeks until the Queensland Championships (11 to 14 March) where we will have a very strong group of athletes competing for Ignition (hopefully our own Somerset Club this time next year!). We also have quite a few more athletes who are currently preparing for the State Championships as well.

U20 - Felix Jackson-King – Long Jump (2nd) 7.20m - Diaz Henry – 100m (2nd) 12.14sec PB; Long Jump (2nd) 5.26m - Miku Adachi – 400m (4th) 1.02.44min U18 - Kade Reynoldson – Long Jump (3rd) 6.18m PB; 110mH (5th) 16.33sec PB; Javelin (2nd) 38.53m; 400m (2nd) 52.44sec PB - James Thompson – 100m (10th) 12.08sec (Pre-season Rugby is killing him at the moment!)- Lucy Twigg – 100m (2nd) 12.48sec PB - Britney Ingr – Long Jump (3rd) 5.57m - Sophie Clements – Long Jump (4th) 5.08m; 100m (12th) 13.75sec

Some excellent results above and I was very impressed with Diaz Henry in the 100m off minimal training. Felix hit a couple of big fouls and is very close to hitting the World Jnr Qualifying and Kade just keeps on improving with some very impressive results.

Also of interest:

Alex Beck ran 400m Open (1st) 45.96sec – his 3rd fastest of his career and a great lead in to this weekend’s ACT Champs in Canberra where he will race Steve Solomon the Australian Champion; Ryan Neale (former Somerset student) 110mH Open (2nd) 14.92sec; Tyson Bonney 400m u20 (2nd) 47.24sec World Jnr Qualifying time. ALL future Somerset Athletics Club members!

A couple of the girls will be competing this weekend at the 3km State Championships – Indie and Starr. Then we have two more Shield competitions leading into the State and National Championships.

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