Will and Grace qualify for state champs

Local duo to take on the state’s best in Sydney

Narrabri Little Athletes Will Alexander and Grace Hardy.

Two local little athletes will travel to Sydney in March for the Little Athletics NSW State Track and Field Championships.

Will Alexander and Grace Hardy both won medals at the Region Championships in Tamworth on February 3 and 4.

The two Narrabri High School students qualified for the state champs after medaling in their respective javelin events.

Grace, the daughter of Tina and John Hardy, threw a 28.34m to win the gold medal.

That was a 10-metre personal best throw for the 13-year-old.

Will, the 16-year-old son of Pernelle and Robert Alexander, threw a 45m to claim the silver medal.

Will also scored a bronze medal in shotput, after throwing a 12m.

However only the top two athletes in each event qualify for state championships.

At the regional championships Grace competed in four events - the javelin, discus, shot put and 200m.

Grace has participated in Little Athletics since she was six years old, and has competed in the summer representative season for the past three years.

This year will her first outing at the Little Athletics NSW state event.

However, she has had experience competing in Sydney at a state level, having travelled to the state’s capital twice at a school level to compete in athletics.

Will competed in three events at the Regional Championships - javelin, shotput and discus.

He threw a 45m in the javelin event, and led for most of the event.

However the winner threw a 50m on his last throw to claim gold, which saw Will earn the silver medal.

When Will takes part in the 2018 state event it will be the fourth time he would have competed at the championships in Sydney.