Athletes take on Aussies

Louise Makin and Ava Jane-Rashleigh

Ava Jane-Rashleigh, 10, and Louise Makin, 11, took on some of the best young athletes of Australia at the Trans-Tasman Challenge at Mount Smart Stadium last month.

The girls were selected to be part of the New Zealand team after trialling last November alongside more than 150 other competitors.

Jane-Rashleigh, of Port Albert, picked up a bronze medal in field relay, came eighth in discus and 10th in shot put.

Makin, of Kaipara Flats, came 12th in long jump and 17th in high jump.

The girls first competed with the Warkworth and Wellsford clubs, but now train at the North Harbour Bays Club where they hope to compete at a higher level.

Makin’s strengths are in sprinting, long jump and high jump, while Jane-Rashleigh competes in shot put and discus.

Nearly 190 athletes competed at the challenge.


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