Avenel Primary School was blessed with a beautiful afternoon for its school cross country recently.
Avenel principal Neil O’Sullivan said the cross country was his favourite of the school’s events, providing an opportunity to observe the tenacity and persistence of students.
‘‘The atmosphere in Stewart Park was truly special with a large gathering of parents and grandparents providing an enthusiastic cheer squad for our students as they wound their way around a challenging but picturesque course,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
‘‘Once again, our students displayed wonderful encouragement for every child and it was a beautiful thing to see students lift their pace towards the finish line as they heard their name being chanted from the sidelines.
‘‘As principal, it is also wonderful to see how fit and healthy our children are and to see them derive so much pleasure and sense of achievement from giving their very best in a challenging event,’’ he said.
Thirty-three students also recently competed at the district cross country event at Kings Park, Seymour.
The school had 10 students progress to the division cross country event, taking place in Yea, with Will Nash (nine-year-old boys) and Finbar O’Sullivan (12-year-old boys) named age champions for the district.
Charlotte Cotter was second in the district, with Blake Ezard, Kade Dean, Willow Harper and Ben Davies also finishing in the top five of their age division.
‘‘Our Avenel students are renowned for digging deep and yesterday was no exception, with all of our runners showing fabulous grit in trying conditions,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
‘‘Overall, our team put in a fabulous performance and can be proud of their effort and determination.’’