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Aiko sets sights on state competition

St Ignatius student, Aiko Rose, has been selected for a state athletics competition. PHOTO FACEBOOK

Nine-year-old St Ignatius School student, Aiko Rose, has been selected to compete in a state athletics competition, where students from public and Catholic schools from across NSW will line up.

To qualify for the state Primary Schools Athletic Association event next term, Aiko had to place in two qualifying events.

The first was the St Ignatius cross country race where she placed in the top six.

St Ignatius Acting Principal, Una Taylor, said that meant Aiko qualified to take part in the Catholic Diocesan athletics carnival. The event was held in Parkes and Aiko competed against young athletes from 18 other Catholic schools in the Diocesan competition who came from as far afield as Broken Hill, Forbes, and Deniliquin.

Mrs Taylor said from that Diocesan competition, the top six were then selected to compete in the Polding carnival, which includes athletes from Catholic schools from an area that covers almost half the state.

She said Aiko ran so well in that competition, placing fifth, that she has now qualified to compete in a state-wide, all schools athletics event next term.

“It’s a wonderful achievement for Aiko,” Mrs Taylor said.

“She is a little pocket rocket and has plenty of natural ability.

“To be selected to compete in the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association athletics carnival, is a big achievement for such a young athlete.”

Students at St Ignatius may not have the same facilities for training and competing as those at the larger metro schools, but that hasn’t hampered their achievements.

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