National glory for star pair

WODONGA athletes have shone at the national championships in Melbourne, with Jackson Whiley and Dennis Ramsay winning gold medals.

Whiley, 13, won his second Australian title in the under-15 men’s heptathlon — 100-metre hurdles, high jump, shotput, 200 metres, long jump, javelin and 1500 metres.

Whiley amassed an impressive 3644 points and six personal bests in his victory.

Ramsay, a double amputee, won gold medals in the sec-ured shotput and javelin and bronze in the secured discus.

Coach Greg Simpson said it was a huge performance.

“Dennis had to adapt to the rule changes which came into effect in January and meant he had to be strapped into his chair to throw,” he said.

“It was a whole new learning experience after four years competing and training under different rules.”

Brooke Wilson was fourth in her under-14 heptathlon, and Ben Cook was 14th in a strong field in the Oceania and Australian Decathlon Championship, a Commonwealth Games selection event.

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