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Koesha becomes state running champion!


Koesha Morris at the NSW Primary Schools Athletics Championships at Homebush. Photo contributed

Lucy Tiffen represented St Ignatius Schhol and Bourke in the shotput. Photo contributed

“Our whole school community is incredibly proud of Koesha and were cheering her on here in Brewarrina as she ran her race.”

This was the statement from Brewarrina Central School Executive Principal Shaun Graham when Koesha Morris, a year 6 student ran her way in to the record books at the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association (NSWPSSA) state championships at Sydney’s Olympic Park last week.

A rising star of track and field, Koesha ran an impressive 13.94 seconds over 100 metres in the regional Athletics Championships in Dubbo earlier this year – a record for the Western region, an effort that set her on her path to Sydney.

Multi-talented, Koesha also competed in the 200 metres, high jump and 800 metres at Dubbo.

But, in Sydney, it was all about her specialty, the 100-metre sprint in the 13-year section.

Described by the sports commentator as “a tenacious competitor”, Koesha finished her semi-final with a time of 14.19 and convincingly won the final race well ahead of her opposing runners, with a time of 14.25.

As she crossed the finish line, Koesha appeared to be at least 10 metres ahead of her nearest rival.

Teaching staff at Brewarrina Central School broadcast her run over social media and are justifiably proud of her efforts.

Assistant Principal Romana Moylan-McGuirk said Koesha has always been very focused on how to achieve her sporting goals.

“It was amazing to watch her win on Thursday,” Ms Moylan-McGuirk said.

Primary Sport Coordinator Jessika Murphy agreed with the sentiments of other staff.

“Koesha is not only an amazing athlete, but a positive role model to her peers,” she said.

Who knows what’s next for this talented young athlete? Well done, Koesha!

Another young local track and field star on the rise is Lucy Tiffen, a year 5 student from St Ignatius Primary School at Bourke.

Last week, Lucy made her way to the the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association state championships as a shotput competitor and according to the St Ignatius School Principal, Una Taylor, had a challenging pathway to the event.

“Lucy navigated her way through our local school sports carnival, the cluster carnival in Nyngan, the Diocesan carnival in Parkes and then the Polding event in Sydney before competing in the PSSA Championship,” Mrs Taylor said.

Mrs Taylor said she wanted to acknowledge the support that Lucy received.

“It’s a long pathway to the championships in Sydney,” Mrs Taylor said. “The support of parents and teachers is really valuable.”

Lucy came 20th out of 37 in her shotput event, and threw a personal best record.

“We are very proud of Lucy here at St Ignatius, Ms Taylor said.

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