Jessica launches a new record

MOUNT Carmel College student Jessica Bray has dominated the Southern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SSATIS) athletics carnival, winning three gold medals and breaking the under 13 girls javelin record with a throw of 32.95 metres.

On 10 September, 14 southern Tasmanian independent schools fought it out for school shields and individual records, with participants participating in a range of events.

Year seven student Jessica Bray from Mount Carmel College was one of the standout competitors, winning the discus, long jump and javelin in her age group, along with the girls junior shield for her school.

“I had a goal in place to get the javelin record, which I’m very relieved that I got it, and as to the results in all my events, it was great for all those months of hard work to pay off,” Jessica said.

Jessica, who joined Clarence Little Athletics Centre as an under 11 athlete at the end of 2016, said she had a strong desire to continue improving in all disciplines.

“My favourite part of athletics is the opportunity it has brought me to learn new skills and to meet some great fellow athletes at state and national events,” she said.

“Mainly I do it because it’s plainly just fun, enjoyable and keeps me fit.”

Jessica said athletics had increased her confidence, teamwork, leadership and friendship skills.

“Time management is another big one, as I still have plenty of schoolwork to do on top of lots of training,” she said.

Training up to four days a week, Jessica’s main goal in athletics is to place top three in Australia for javelin or be a heptathlete.

“If you haven’t tried Little Athletics yet I recommend you do, it’s a lot of fun, you learn lots of new skills, keep fit and you meet lots of new friends,” Jessica said.


Shield results for the SSATIS athletics carnival were as follows:

  • Girls senior shield – St Michael’s Collegiate.
  • Girls junior shield – Mount Carmel College.
  • Girls aggregate shield – St Marys College.
  • Boys senior shield – Guilford Young College.
  • Boys junior shield – St Virgil’s College.
  • Boys aggregate shield – The Hutchins school.
  • Co-ed senior shield – Guilford Young College.
  • Co-ed junior shield – The Friends School.
  • Co-ed aggregate shield – The Friends School.

Caption: Mount Carmel College student Jessica Bray broke a record in the Javelin at the Southern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools athletics carnival. Photo credit: Broughton Photography.

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