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Talented athletes to fly Port Stephens flag on world stage


Three talented athletes will fly the Port Stephens flag at several upcoming international meetings.

Medowie’s Dixie Conlon and St Philip’s Salamander Bay student Shari Hurdman are expected to don the “green and gold” at the Oceania Athletics Championships next month, while former Medowie Little Athletics member Jack Deguara represents Australia at the World Athletics Junior Championships.

It’s a phenomenal effort by the gifted trio.

Conlon gained her love of the sport at Medowie Little Athletics before joining the Raymond Terrace Athletics Club.

The Catherine McAuley Catholic College pupil, and current under-17 long jump and triple jump state champion, will contest the under-18 triple jump at the upcoming tournament in Suva, Fiji, in June.

Also heading to the championships is Hurdman.

The Macquarie Hunter Athletics Club representative will tackle the 200m and 400m double following some excellent form at “home”.

A Fingal Bay youngster, Hurdman won gold in the national under-18 400m sprint.

At the same event, she collected silver in the 200m, bronze in the 100m and gold in the 4x400m relay.

Deguara is heading to Peru in August to face rivals in the 400m.

The Maitland Senior Athletics Club affiliate snared bronze in the 400m and silver in the 4x400m relay at the Australian championships.

He’ll participate in training camps on the Gold Coast with the Australian team to prepare, as well as spend two weeks in Peru to acclimatise.

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington was quick to praise the trio.

“The talent and dedication of Dixie, Shari and Jack is so impressive,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to see that their years of persistence and training have paid off.

 “Having gained their love of athletics in Port Stephens, these youngsters are no doubt inspiring the next generation of aspiring athletes.

“Their amazing results are testament to their own efforts, together with the commitment of local athletics club volunteers who give young people the opportunity to make dreams come true.

“I know I speak for everyone in Port Stephens in congratulating Dixie, Shari and Jack on their success so far.

“We’ll all be cheering them on as they run and jump in the green and gold.”

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