Young athletes Canada bound

FOR those of you who don’t know Connor Griffiths and Lilly Bennett, they are first cousins aged 13 who have been selected to represent Australia for athletics in Canada next July.  Both Connor and Lilly have been involved in Athletics since they were very young. In the early stages both showed obvious signs of the natural talent that would carry them through to the outstanding achievements they have made throughout the year with both Narooma High School and Narooma Little Athletics.

Some of their results are:

Connor Griffiths

School District Carnival – Zone champion and now holds the record for the 100m. First in 100m and 200m. Second in long jump and fourth in shot put.

School Regional Carnival - First long jump and fourth in both the 100m and 200m

School State Championships at Homebush Stadium – fourth in long jump.

All Schools Championship at Homebush Stadium – fourth in long jump.

Little Athletics Southside Carnival – First in 100m, 200m and long jump. Second in hurdles. Thirrd discus and fourth in javelin.

Little Athletics State Championships at the AIS – First long jump. Third 100m, 200m and hurdles. Fifth discus and eighth in javelin.


From these results Connor was selected to represent the ACT team of just 12 boys and 12 girls at the ALAC National Championships. Connor competed in long jump, 100m, 400m and the 100m relay. The team had an amazing carnival winning a major award for the club.

Leading up to this event Connor trained weekly with the team travelling to Canberra each time. In the week before the Nationals Connor stayed at the AIS and trained and lived with his team mates for five days. It’s an experience he’ll never forget and one that’s helped him grow into the young man he now is. His standout personal best are: 100m 12.39sec and long jump 5.47m and holds records with both Narooma High School and Narooma Little Athletics. Connor’s other love is playing Rugby League for his beloved Narooma Devils. Playing up an age group this year the team were just edged out of a grand final spot. Given Connor pace it’s little wonder he scored in nearly every match he played.

Lilly Bennett

School Age Champion first in all events.

School District Carnival- Zone Champion, first 100m, 200m and high jump, shot put and second in long jump

School Regional Carnival- Regional Champion, 1st 100m, long jump, high jump and second hurdles, fourth shot put.

School State Carnival- second long jump with a personal best of 5.13m, fifth high jump.

All Schools Carnival at Homebush - competed in 100m, 200m, hurdles and long jump

Little Athletics Southside Carnival- 1st long jump, 100m, 200m and second in high jump.

Little athletics State Championships – fifth high jump, long jump and sixth 100m and 200m.

Lilly has had an incredible year this year with all sports she’s involved in. Lilly’s soccer team won their grand final with Lilly taking out the Redbacks Best and Fairest and also runner–up in the South Coast player of the year. Lilly played for the Narooma Devils girls Aus Tag team coming runner up in the grand final and also taking out the best and fairest. Another of Lilly’s loves is Nippers where she competes for Narooma Surf Life Saving Club.  She won under 13 Nippers champion for her club and then went on to become the under 13s South Coast Branch champion. She has represented her school and Narooma in many events throughout the year and is a successful young lady.

The Tour

This tour offers the opportunity to travel and compete internationally against other young athletes. Connor and Lilly will compete in the Canadian providence in British Columbia firstly at Jack Brow meet in Kelowna then the Trevor Crave meet in Vancouver. These kids have been chosen by achieving predetermined standards at various state championships.

Along with intense training and competition these kids will also get to experience Disneyland, San Diego zoo, Whistler Mountain, Hollywood boulevard and Grouse Mountain.

Narooma Little Athletics is asking local businesses to help us get the kids to Canada to represent Australia and their home town Narooma. The cost of this experience is $6825 for each child.

Sponsorship over $150 will be named on part of their uniform worn by Connor and Lilly.

If you would like to sponsor these athletes or make a donation please contact Little Athletics President Kylie Mclaren- 0427 764 940

Postal – 14 Gareth Ave, Narooma NSW 2546

Bank – IMB Acc. Narooma Little Athletics fundraising

BSB 641-800 Acc 200688171.

A note from the parents.

We would like to thank Kylie Mclaren and the committee for taking on the challenge to get our kids to Canada. They are an amazing group of hard working, selfless and committed people. Kylie has worked tirelessly on several fundraises and we are extremely grateful that she is working so hard for our kids. We’ve been extremely humbled by the support and determination you have all shown in helping our kids gain the experience of a lifetime. Also thanks to the community of Narooma for the support you have already shown in wanting to get them to compete in Canada. We have decided with your help to make it happen. Thank you.

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