Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Locals Vault To Nationals Success

Three local athletes from NQ Altitude Pole Vaulters Squad qualified for Australian Athletics Nationals recently held in Brisbane.

Kasey McMahon, Senior Cairns athlete currently attending CQU Mackay and current member of Mackay Athletics Club, qualified for Open Nationals from her winning performance at ANQ Championships in Townsville.

Junior Athletes Kayce Hoani-Vincent (Mackay Athletics) and Liana Harrington (North Mackay Athletics) both qualified from winning Queensland Athletics State Championships in March which saw both girls take home gold becoming Queensland State Champions 2023, Kayce for U17s Girls and Liana U14s Girls.

Kayce, aged 16 years, continued competition with a season and personal best height 2.80m to secure 3rd place podium finish for U17s Girls.

Liana, aged 12 years performed just below her season and personal best of 2.10m to place equal 3rd, podium finish U14s Girls.

As the south season ends the north Queensland season begins, with all three athletes now focusing on training for upcoming competition in Townsville the Festival of Athletics in June and NQ Championships which will be hosted in Mackay in September.

NQ Altitude Pole Vaulters Squad trains at the Mackay ARC on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Any interested athletes are welcome to come to the track and check us out.

Contributed by Kirsti Hoani

Kayce Hoani-Vincent, Kasey McMahon, Liana Harrington with Pole Vault Coach Paul Hallett

Kayce Hoani-Vincent

Liana Harrington. Photos supplied

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