ORANGE High School will send a record number of athletes to this year’s NSW Combined High Schools athletics championships.
Beginning today at Sydney Olympic Park, Orange High School will send 18 athletes with 17 of those competing in individual events over the course of the three-day event.
In all, OHS will be represented in 40 events.
A similar number of students is not out of the normal at these championships, however OHS athletics co-ordinator Lachlan Butt said it was a remarkable feat to have so many students competing as individuals.
The team of athletes shone at the Western trials in Bathurst and Butt was hopeful of a few starring at the next level.
“Joey Thorley won bronze in the 1500 metres last year, there’s a couple of kids who we’re hopeful can replicate that sort of feat,” Butt said.
“But certainly there’s a number of kids capable of making finals and a top-five finish from there is a great achievement.”
Set to compete at Homebush are Samual Allan, Joey Thorley, Haley Butcherine, Isabel Harris, Gerry Shea, Jack Saunders, Hayden Dillon, Kyle Ostini, Simon Duffield, Gil Anderson, Lachlan Duncan, Riley Elms, Lauren Kerwick, Cheynoah Merchant, Max Pierce, Eden Talanoa, Mack Blowes and Toby Westcott.
As Butt said, Thorley stood tall to pick up a medal at last year’s event - a fantastic result given the calibre of athlete at the championship.
“Some of the selective sports schools make it difficult [to come away with medals],” Butt said.
“We went really, really well at the Western trials in Bathurst and to be represented by 17 individuals is certainly a great achievement in itself.”