Young athletes bag medals at Pacific School Games

Young athletes bag medals at Pacific School Games
Posted on Fri 12 Jan 2018

Six young NSW athletes came home from the 2017 Pacific School Games with 15 medals between them – a brilliant result!

The medal winners included Mali Lovell who is pictured with former Olympian sprint star Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (left) and coach Kate Edwards at the Pacific School Games (PSG). The games were held in Adelaide and nearly 10,000 school students from around Australia and the wider Pacific region competed in a range of events in early December.

“The PSG is a truly international multi-sport event for junior and senior school children and it includes events such as diving, football, swimming, athletics and much more,” says Peter King, Manager Sport Development, Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

The PSG athletics competition includes multi-class events in which junior athletes with disabilities can compete if they have met the qualification times at their respective State titles. Six NSW athletes who attend various CPA sports camps and activities achieved qualification and proudly wore the light blue uniform to indicate they were representing NSW schools.

“Together this talented group won 15 medals and some of them set new PSG records,” says Peter. “The two senior school athletes, Mali Lovell and Jackson Love, may well be pushing for selection to the Australian Paralympic team for Tokyo in 2020.

“Both are highly talented athletes in a number of sports, and they’re supported by their families to balance training, competition and their school work.”

Take a look at the medal haul these youngsters scored:

Jackson Love, aged 11 from Warriewood won gold in the 100 and 200 metre sprints, scored a silver for the relay and was placed sixth in long jump.

Mali Lovell, 13, from Allambie Heights took home a bronze in both the 200 and 800 metre races.

Isla Gillespie, 14, from the Northern Beaches won silver in discus, bronze in the relay and came fourth in shot put.

Matt Engesser, 10, from Seven Hills was awarded gold for the relay, bronze for long jump and he came fourth in the 200 metres.

Sybella Warton, 10, from Allambie Heights won silver in the 800 metres, bronze for shot put and gold for the relay.  

Indiana Cooper, 11, from Gundagai won gold in the 800 metres, bronze for the 200 metres and a silver in the relay.

“Well done to each of these six kids. They are inspiring ambassadors for all children with cerebral palsy who get involved in sport,” Peter says.

To learn more about Cerebral Palsy Alliance sports programs, call Peter King on 0418 467 702 or email

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