The departure of the club duo will be felt hard on the athletics scene

Palmerston North Athletic and Harrier Club have suffered a significant loss as they bid farewell to club captains Jordan Peters and Pavinee Watson, who have moved to Hawke’s Bay for work.

Their contribution to the club has been immense on and off the track.

Coach Ann Thomson summed it up nicely: “A big thank you to Pavinee for the countless times you set up the pit and helped with the officiating.

“And when, as a competitive athlete, your training efforts never wavered. You also achieved very good results.

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“Jordan has been a real rock with his contribution and my appreciation cannot be expressed in words.”

Jordan is one of the country’s top athletes, having won 11 medals at the New Zealand Championships

In the long jump, he won the senior title in 2015, 2018 and 2019 and was a runner-up in 2016.

He also won the silver medal of the M16 rank in 2011.

As a high jumper, he won the U16 title in 2011 and was a runner-up in the under-20 competition in 2013 and the senior event in 2014.

His first medal was also in the high jump, a bronze medal in the U16 category in 2010.

He was also a medalist in the triple jump with a bronze medal in 2012 and a gold medal in 2013 in the U20 category.

He also represented New Zealand at the Oceania Championships, winning the high jump in 2017 and was a runner-up in the long jump in 2019.

His personal best long jump of 7.61m puts him 16th on New Zealand’s all-time list.

Unfortunately, a serious knee injury suffered during a social game of netball, which required surgery, has limited his competition in recent seasons as he recovers.

This disturbance had not interrupted his contribution, as he became involved in the refereeing, demonstrating great expertise in the operation of the electronic timing system.

He, along with Pavinee, was responsible for putting systems in place to ensure the club adhered to various Covid-19 protocols, which allowed it to continue operating.

Watson had also been responsible for the club’s publicity, including running the club’s website.

They were going to be missed, leaving a big void for the club to fill.

♦ Congratulations to Angus Lyver, Courtney Trow and Alice Taylor for receiving the Massey University Blues Awards for their athletic prowess, their great achievements in their freshman year.

♦ The next major event on the international sports program is the World Athletics Diamond League Grand Final in Zurich on September 7-8.

The results of previous rounds will determine who is invited to compete.

Only the top six in field events, the top eight in races from 100m to 800m and the top 10 in longer races will be invited.

Hamish Kerr’s fourth-place finish at this week’s World Athletics Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland earned him enough points to be invited.

Once again, a failure on his first competitive jump proved costly for Hamish. Although he cleared the same height as the winner of the event, the countdown resulted in him being relegated to fourth place.

The men’s shot put continued to attract attention, with world champion Ryan Crouser eclipsed by Joe Kovac, Jacko Gill taking third, earning a rare win over fifth-placed Tom Walsh.

They have a new competition this week in Brussels, which will determine the final invitation list.

Unfortunately for Gill, his limited participation in the series will prevent him from accumulating enough points to receive an invite.

♦ he Athletic New Zealand road racing championships are contested at Trentham on Sunday.

Manawatū-Whanganui athletics has good representation with the main contender being Sally Gibb in the women’s masters.

Lucas Martin is the only participant in the U20 march, but is likely to be a top contender alongside the senior men.

Ari Bennett is one of two competitors registered for the U16 march.

Luke Scott and Damien Lardner will compete in the senior men’s event, with Ellen Schaef and Stephanie Walker our hopes in the senior women’s race.

Nelson Doolan will represent the center in a small U20 field.

We have good prospects in Under-16 racing, with Alec Ball and Courtney Fitzgibbon expected to be competitive.

♦ The final round of the winter track series will take place at Palmerston North on Sunday September 11th.

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