South Coast Athletics Club has over 102 registered athletes | The temperature


The South Coast Athletics Club wrapped up their highly successful season at the Victor Harbor Yacht Club by hosting a pitch party.

With 102 athletes registered, it was noticed that only around 60 athletes on average showed up for the weekly competition, with many taking turns in isolation.

The South Coast Little Athletics spokesperson said even with COVID it was amazing to see the athletes producing over 1,000 personal bests (PBs) for the season.

“That’s the fantastic thing about athletics, you compete against each other every week, rather than other athletes and the points for trophies are calculated on the number of PBs achieved throughout the season, as well as on points for each event an athlete participates in,” the spokesperson said.

“That means an athlete of any age and ability group has the chance to be the top male or female athlete of the season.”

The winners and runners-up for the 2021/2022 season were – U6 Mixed Bridie Moore (252pts), Riley Lewis (203pts), U7 Girls Chloe J Barry (253pts), Kenzi Scott (207pts), U7 Boys Henry Shearer (243pts) and William Jagger (214pts), U8 Mixed George Swan and Nathan Foote (280pts), Grace Shearer (277pts), U9 Boys Mo Kulinicz (260pts), Felix Leane (232pts), U9/10 Girls Charlotte Barry (267pts), Zoe McLaren (253pts ), U10 Boys Brian Leane (221pts), Lachlan Shearer (215pts), U11 Girls Jade McLaren (271pts), Kiiana Reiffel (247pts), U11 Boys Bailey Leech (282pts), James Paech (238pts), U12/13 Girls Matilda Moore (245pts) ), Kate Rogers (233pts), U12/13 Boys Liam Boyce (246pts), Calen Lewis (219pts), U14-17 Grace Rogers (264pts), Katrina Toop (244pts).

The top female track athlete was Charlotte Barry and the top male track athlete was Mo Kulinicz.

The track events are hurdles, sprints (100m, 200m and 400m), long distances (800m and 1500m) and marches.

The top female athlete on the court was Jade McLaren and the top male athlete on the court was George Swan. Field events included long jump, high jump, triple jump, discus, shot put, javelin/vortex.

Our overall winners were U11 Boys Bailey Leech (Top Male Athlete) and U8 Girls Grace Shearer (Top Female Athlete).

Gold: South Coast Athletics Club athlete Charlie Ellis won two gold medals and a silver in the state track and field event at SANTOS Stadium in April.

The Trevor Mayhew Most Promising Athlete Award went to Grace Rogers for her accomplishments this year at Little Athletics and Athletics SA.

The Most Dedicated Person to the Club was awarded to Steve Rogers for his continued defense of the club and his continued help in scoring athletics as well as the repairer of the club.

It’s been 40 years since the club began, starting in 1981 on the Victor Harbor Oval, before finally moving to its current home at Victor Harbor Elementary School.

Throughout this time, only three people have been recognized as Life Members – Brenda Williams, Laura Gane and Julie Brehin, so with this special year the committee has decided to begin the process of recognizing some former members.

“It was by chance that Kym and Ann Basham asked to come to the presentation party as they have fond memories of their time at the club,” the spokesperson said.

“Their children Naomi, Jason and Simon were athletes for many years and were on national and Australian teams. Kym was on the committee and was also a technical and competition adviser. Ann was a lifeguard for almost 10 years and was the publicity manager for not only the club, but also the state.

“Both were state level officials and Kym has coached many athletes to state records including Jagan Hames who won the 1998 Commonwealth gold medal in the decathlon. It was a fantastic surprise for Kym and Ann that they have been inducted as Life Members and rightly so.”

Their daughter Naomi Basham (now Hames) and her partner Jagan Hames were also inducted as Life Members, but were unable to attend due to their isolation.

“There are many more families and athletes to recognize for their service and long membership in the club and the committee is dedicated to recognizing these wonderful families and athletes in the years to come,” the spokesperson said.

A talented athlete in the club is Charlie Ellis.

Charlie’s accomplishments at the SALA State Individual Championships, held April 3-4 at SANTOS Stadium, were incredible, winning two gold medals and one silver.

Charlie won gold in 4:51:70 in the 1500m against 11 athletes, gold in the 800m against 14 athletes, in a time of 2:22:93 and silver in the 400m against eight athletes in one time from 1:03:29 a.m.

It was his first time competing in the 400m at the championships.

Charlie now enjoys playing football with Southern Breakers and will be competing in the Cross Country Championships towards the end of the winter season.


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