It’s only early in 2017, but the signs are positive for a handful of Orange’s brightest athletes – big and small.
A band of the colour city’s best headed west for the annual Dubbo New Year Carnival and returned home with a swag full of medals.
Competing in the boys' 11 years, Angus Thompson won gold in the shot put with a throw of 9.86m, gold in the discus throw with 24.49m, while also placing in the long jump (second), 200m sprint (second), the 100m dash (second), the 400m sprint (second) and the triple jump (third).
Amber Rich won the women’s 20-29 800 metre dash in a time of two minutes, 39.05 seconds, while earning silver in the 3000m dash (12:16.29) and 1500m dash (5:21.66).
As expected, the Williamsons again dominated their respective fields, with Mitch earning gold in the men’s 30-34 age group’s 400m, 800m and 3000m runs.
Nicole won the 400m and 800m runs, while finishing second in her shot at the 3000m in the women’s 30-34 years age group.
Noah Tracey was another gold medalist, jumping 3.98m in the boys’ 11 years long jump and running the 100m in 14.83 seconds to claim first place in both.
Tracey was also third in the 200m dash and second in the triple jump with 8.16m.
Elizabeth Simpson finished second in her women’s 30-34 1500m dash in a time of 5.40.23, while Layla Thompson, in the girls’ eight years, ran an impressive 3:15.91 to place second in the 700m run.
She also made the podium in the 400m dash, landing in third with a time of 1:46.27.
Rounding out the Orange representation, Cleo Thompson, in the girls’ six years, competed in the discus throw, the 70 metre dash, the shot put, the 100m dash, 50m dash and the long jump.