I am sure there are many of us out there who have been living, eating and breathing relays for the past few weeks. Dreaming about relays, working out different athlete combinations in your sleep and spending copious amounts of time checking this year’s race times and results from last year. Weighing up the dilemma of speed versus a perfect baton change in a serious competition such as the Northern Metropolitan Relay championships and how much of a difference it will make in the race.
That my friend is the life of a relay coach, and has been since the beginning of the relay season. It has been a massive effort by our volunteers. We have had 10 coaches involved this year, all who have volunteered their time to make Saturday’s event such a success. I would like to thank the following coaches – Anandu (boys Under 9), Helen Vassillou (girls under 9), Shane Parton (Boys under 10), Anthony Galang (Girls Under 10), Steve Scodella (Under 11’s), Allison Shackle & Glenn Walsh (Under12’s), Tim Golder (Under 13’s & under 15’s), Russell Cram (Boys under 14) and Meli Ratu (Girls under 14).
Thank you to all those who played a part in making the day a success and there were lots of you, from athletes, coaches, parents, exec members (past and present) and officials. We had 106 athletes compete on the day which is a fantastic number of kids. It was great to be amongst the crowd and watch our athletes perform like the champs we know they are. And what a great result achieved!!! 2nd place overall – that is just brilliant. A fantastic result to all involved and a testament to all the hard work and training put in by our coaches and athletes. I was so excited when it got down to announcing the final 3…..then Essendon was announced as the third placed winners and I nearly peed my pants……2nd place TEAM KEILOR!!!! YAY!!!!
It was great to see our athletes hanging together and enjoying the day. I know we attend these events as the kids are running and competing in events, buts it’s the hanging out together and the friendships that I like to see. It’s the friendships formed amongst the kids (and the parents as well), a day spent hanging out with your friends and the endless supply of nibbles and food.
What a great effort from all of our athletes. There were lots of successes on the day with many medals won at Camp Keilor. Whilst it wasn’t a podium finish to everyone, it was a brilliant effort by all and I am just so proud to be a part of it. Congratulations athletes – you did good!
Progressions to the State Relay Championships will be published soon. Stay tuned for more information. Big thanks to everyone involved in making Saturday such a success. Best wishes to Gail and Javiah, we are thinking of you xxx.
Team Keilor – 2nd PLACE!!!! Amazing effort!!!