Little athletes at end of an era

Track and field: Throwers Jessica Stikovic and Sarah Ringrose at Craik Park, Austral. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Track and field: Throwers Jessica Stikovic and Sarah Ringrose at Craik Park, Austral. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

FRIENDS Jessica Stikovic and Sarah Ringrose have competed together for the final time with Western Blues Little Athletics Centre, marking an end of an era.

Jessica, of Prestons, has turned 17, and under little athletics rules, is now is too old to compete next season.

Sarah, 15, of Badgerys Creek, and Jessica have been medal winners with the club at Craik Park, Austral, for many years.

The track and field season is held from September to March on Friday nights.

"This was my last season as I am 17, next year I will be 18, and too old to compete," Jessica said.

"It is a bit sad but I will come along and watch Sarah compete next season.

"But we train together as we're members of Westfields Athletics Club."

Jessica, a hammer and discus thower, and Sarah, a hammer and shot put thrower, have both won a stack of medals throughout the season at state and national level.

Jessica's highlights includes a silver medal win in the under-18s hammer throwing event at the nationals.

The teenager also won a bronze in the discus throwing at the state little athletics titles.

Sarah's best achievements included a gold medal in the national under-16s hammer and bronze in the under-17s hammer events.

"I was happy to win the gold as I threw a personal best: 51.44 metres," Sarah said.

The Westfields Sports High School year 10 student also won a silver medal at the state little athletics titles this season for shot put.

Sarah can compete for another two years with Western Blues until she turns 17.

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