All 170 Big V athletes came together in Adelaide before the afternoon session started at Santos Stadium to hear from Commonwealth Games athlete Margaret Gayen on the transition from school/junior competition to competing at major international meets.
Along with a track awareness session, team briefing and the Big V team photo Nathan Percy and Kathryn Brooks were named team captains.
Xavier College athlete James Joycey kicked off Victoria’s medal telly with silver in the men under 16 hammer with a throw of 60.19m at the 2014 Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide.
After being named one of the Victorian team captains, Ringwood Secondary College distance runner Percy secured the gold medal in the men under 18 2000m with a time of 5:54.89.
Percy’s outstanding run came close to Martin Dent’s 1995 meet record of 5:54.80.
Crusoe athlete Cooper Saunders kept the Big V gold medal tally moving after claiming first place in the men under 14 pole vault with a height of 3.00m.
Fellow Victorian from Eltham College, Rhys Rigoni joined Saunders on the podium in second with a vault of 2.80m.
Seymour College multi athlete Blake Chisholm (F20) at his first school championships claimed bronze in the men under 18 para shot-put.
Fellow para athletes Liam Richardson (F35) from Griton Grammar School and St Helena Secondary College athlete Jaryd Clifford (T12) impressed in the men under 16 800m.
On count back to the world record percentage Richardson took gold with a time of 3:22.73 and Clifford continued his strong progression at the middle distance events to claim silver in 2:04:60.
More gold came courtesy of Seymour College’s Maxine Paholek in the women under 16 2000m steeplechase with a time of 7:02.62.
It was a good sign of things to come with Big V athletes posting 18 personal best’s from 26 events on day one.
For full 2014 Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships results click here