A GROUP of talented youngsters have been handed a unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of illustrious Singleton sports stars such as Kevin Howarth, John Halter, Steve Merrick, David Vaughan and, more recently, Jake Hunter.
The 18 athletes, aged 12 to 15, were unveiled at the Singleton Youth Venue last week to represent Team Singleton at the 2014 International Children’s Games at Lake Macquarie between December 6 and 11.
It is the first time the event has been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere with 13 Australian cities, including Singleton, facing rivals from 30 countries.
Team Singleton head coach John Watson and Sue Sylvester will lead the athletics squad while Melisa Geale is overseeing the swimmers.
Singleton mayor John Martin admitted it was a great honour to be part of the 2014 International Children’s Games.
“Council is proud to support our local young athletes who will be representing our community,” he said.
“I congratulate them on earning their place on Team Singleton.
“We boast excellent facilities in town, which attract people from other areas.
“Singleton also has a strong affinity with sportspeople.
“Swimmer Kevin Howarth competed at the 1948 Olympic Games, John Halter and Steve Merrick made their marks in rugby union, David Vaughan excelled in weightlifting and, just last week, equestrian rider Jake Hunter
collected a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games.
“Who knows what could happen for these athletes?
“I know they’ll compete in our proud tradition of fair play and sportsmanship.
“Bring back as many medals as possible.”
Cr Martin encourages the community to show its support for Team Singleton over the coming months as they train for this exciting event.
To view full profiles of the athletes or to post a message of support, like the Team Singleton Facebook page at facebook南京夜网/SingletonTeam or visit www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/teamsingleton
TEAM SINGLETON: Back from left, Flynn Lefmann, Kristina O’Brien, coach Sue Sylvester, Adelaide Sylvester, coach Melisa Geale, Tess Orton, Singleton mayor John Martin, Isaac Barry, head coach John Watson, Tim Ryan, Tristan Muir, James Bradley, Nick Watson and, front from left, head of delegation Reina Stalker, Elliott Earnshaw, Harrison Geale, Sean Beverley, Noel Woods, Chantelle Smuts, Shanae Howard, Paige McHattie, Maddison Berry and Singleton Council general manager Lindy Hyam. Absent: Saffron Sylvester
TEAM SINGLETON – Swimming
Elliott Earnshaw – 400m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay
Harrison Geale – 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay
Noel Woods – 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay
Sean Beverley – 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay
Chantelle Smuts – 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay
Maddison Berry – 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay
Paige McHattie – 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay
Shanae Howard – 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay
TEAM SINGLETON – Athletics
Flynn Lefmann – 100m, long jump
Isaac Barry – 100m, boys relay
James Bradley – 1500m, boys relay
Nick Watson – long jump, boys relay
Tristan Muir – 1500m, boys relay
Tim Ryan – shot put
Adelaide Sylvester – 800m, girls relay
Kristina O’Brien – 800m, girls relay
Tess Orton – 100m, long jump, girls relay
Saffron Sylvester – 100m, long jump, girls relay
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