Taieri College athlete Hamish Mears prepares to hurl the discus during the Otago secondary schools championships at the Caledonian Ground last weekend. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
What a coincidence.
Hamish Mears, of Taieri College, won the boys under-14 discus
title with a record throw of 40.35m at the Otago secondary
school athletics championships.
The old record was set by Taieri and Otago rugby player
Kieran Moffat (St Kevin's College) in 2003.
Moffat, a promising thrower in his school days, was coached
by Raylene Bates, a life member of the Taieri Athletics Club.
Mears is coached by Megan Gibbons and Joan Merrilees at the
Bradley Tarleton (Taieri College) smashed the senior boys
hammer throw record by a massive 4.51m with his winning throw
He is now second on the national youth ranking list. Other
athletes from the Taieri club, coached by the mother and
daughter combination of Merrilees and Gibbons, also set
records and won titles.
In the girls under-15 long jump, Leonie Palmer (St Hilda's)
was second but broke the record because she had a legal wind
reading with her jump of 4.84m. Palmer also won the 100m
(13.08sec) and the 200m (26.78sec).
Felix McDonald (Kings) broke the boys under-16 400m record
with his time of 52.23sec and won the 100m hurdles in
13.60sec. Sam Gouverneur won the title and broke the record
in the boys under-14 400m (54.79sec) and won the 800m (2min
Christina Ashton (Queens) won senior girls titles in the 100m
(12.98sec), 200m (26.68sec) and 100m hurdles (14.84sec).
Sam Kirk (Taieri College) won the Roberts Cup for winning the
senior boys high jump with a leap of 1.75m.
Other Taieri College athletes to win titles were Rory Findlay
in the boys under-14 long jump (4.89m) and Hannah Ashton in
girls under-14 long jump (4.35m) and high jump (1.45m).