Fruitful Canberra trip

Ballarat Racewalking Club enjoyed an impressive trip to Canberra for the Australian Federation Racewalking Cup.

Six members of the tight-knit club took the long trip, but showed it was a worthwhile venture with some quality results.

Jemma Peart, 15, won the under-16 girls three kilometre race and a number of team-race gold medals, family members Alanna and Scott also enjoyed top three finishes in their respective races. Jorja Tallent came third in the handicap under-10 girls one kilometre walk, while Brodie Tallent and Keelan Perry competed but did not get a podium finish.

“They all usually do quite well, for such a small group, they perform really well up against all the others from around Australia,” Ballarat Racewalking Club’s Kerrie Peart said.

“When you get to those national comps, they’re from all over Australia, it’s pretty tough competition so you can’t take it easy.”

Jemma Peart has recently been selected in the under-17 Athletics Australia Development Squad. While Alanna has been selected for racewalking in the 2017 Little Athletics Australian National under-15 training camp.

Both will get to attend Australian Institute of Sport camps later this year – a huge boost for their future aspirations.

“It’s very exciting for them to start to get some national advice, at least you’re on the radar. That’s where they start to watch the talent, through the junior groups. They can keep an eye on the prospective kids to go onto to the world titles.”

Results

Jorja Tallent 3rd Handicap under-10 girls 1km in 7:04 (7 minutes 04 seconds); Brodie Tallent and Keelan Perry both competed but did not place; Scott Peart 2nd Victorian under-12 team - 2km 11:43; Scott Peart 3rd Victorian under-14 team – 2km 11:54; Alanna Peart 2nd under-14 Girls 2km in 9:33 and Silver for Victorian under-14 team – 2km; Alanna Peart 2nd under-16 girls 3km in 15:22 and Jemma took out the Gold for Victorian under-16 team 3km; Jemma Peart 1st under-16 girls 3km in 14:41 with Alanna in the team took Gold for Victorian under-16 team - 3km; Jemma Peart 2nd Open women 5km in 26:12 and Gold for Victorian Open Women team

GREAT EFFORT: Ballarat Racewalkers Jorja Tallent, Scott Peart, Brodie Tallent, Alanna Peart, Jemma Peart and Keelan Perry show-off their triumphs.

GREAT EFFORT: Ballarat Racewalkers Jorja Tallent, Scott Peart, Brodie Tallent, Alanna Peart, Jemma Peart and Keelan Perry show-off their triumphs.