The ‘Redbacks’ . . . Jack Gordon, Sam McCarthy, Liam Harland-Meek, Nick Fisher and Jesse McCarthy.
The ‘Redbacks’ . . . Jack Gordon, Sam McCarthy, Liam Harland-Meek, Nick Fisher and Jesse McCarthy.

‘Redbacks’ rock at state titles

The Eureka ‘Redbacks’ 4x100 sprint relay team put in a stellar performance at State Athletics Championships in Sydney.

The five boys – identical twins Jesse and Sam McCarthy, Jack Gordon, Liam Harland-Meek and Nick Fisher, went into the State carnival as the undefeated North Coast champions in the small schools category.

Although Eureka Primary School has only 30 students, it has a long and remarkable history of producing talented State athletes year after year.

The ‘Redbacks’ trained hard for more than two months, learning mental toughness, split-second timing and ultimate teamwork skills.

Their coach, Rick Knight, said their determination and self-motivation had been outstanding.

“They have learnt the valuable lesson that if each of them puts their mind to achieving a goal, however daunting, it really is achievable with hard work, determination and teamwork,” he said.

In front of a large crowd and supporters at Olympic Park in Sydney, the boys slashed a second and a half off their previous best race time in the senior preliminary heats and semi-final.

They are now ranked 11th overall in New South Wales.

 What makes their achievement truly remarkable is that the twins are only in Year 5 and Liam is in Year 4.

 These three boys will be in with a huge chance of winning State medals when they get a “second bite at the cherry” in the senior relays next year.

The whole Eureka school community has been right behind the boys and that certainly has been a factor in their amazing success.

The boys thanked their sponsor, Craig Watson Chemist, the school staff and all the friends, students and family who helped with fundraising to help to get them to Sydney.

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