Youngsters rewarded

March 23, 2018

Members of Benalla Little Athletics Centre with their awards

Benalla Little Athletic Centre (BLAC) held its presentation night on March 14, 2008.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a life membership to Mardi Folletta for 18 years of service to BLAC.

Mardi has been a valuable member and leader of athletics in Benalla and will be sadly missed by the committee of management and the athletes in Benalla.

This season an amazing 16 record cards were also presented to athletes who broke or equalled records.

Talent recognised

Benalla College’s Julia Oakley received state recognition for her numerous swimming achievements, as one of the recipients of the 14th annual Victorian School Sports Awards.

Julia said she was surprised when she received a letter late last year notifying her of the accolade.

Nominated by her school principal, Cathy Pienta, the Benalla College student said she did not even realise she had been nominated.

‘‘It was totally unexpected,’’ she said.

The Benalla student’s many achievements include her swimming success at school, state and national levels.

Among her accomplishments the local swimmer gained a silver medal at the Victorian State Sprint Championships in February and broke the Country Short Courses record for 16 to 17-year-old females by more than a second in the 100-metre butterfly last September.

Julia swam her personal best time of 1.05.66 in this race; a record she said might have assisted in her recent state honour.

Benalla Bowls Club win B3 Premiership-

On Saturday the Benalla Bowls B3 Pennant team won the Premiership in the Ovens and Murray B3 Pennant Competition.

They layed St James in the grand final at Corowa with the green running at 16 seconds.

St James had only lost one game for the season while Benalla only made the finals after playing the last of their home and away games.

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