Youngsters show of athletic skill at 2022 WA Little Athletics State Championships

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Brooklyn, 11, and Sienna Bennett, 14
Camera IconBrooklyn, 11, and Sienna Bennett, 14 Credit: Supplied/Thomas Bennett

Two Port Hedland youngsters showcased their athletic ability against the best in the State at this year’s Little Athletics State Championships.

Sienna and Brooklyn Bennett, travelled to Perth earlier this month to compete at the 2022 WA Little Athletics State Championships which was held at the WA Athletics Stadium.

Sienna, 14, took part in the triple jump and long jump events while her brother Brooklyn, 11, competed in the 100m, 200m and 400m track events as well as the triple jump.

Sienna showcased her skills setting personal bests in both her events with a final score of 9.02m in the triple jump and an impressive 4.15m in the long jump.

The youngster said she beat her previous PBs by a metre in each event.

“That was my main goal going down so I was happy,” she said.

“It’s a good experience. That was my second time going.

“So I knew what was happening. It’s always a good experience to go and see everyone.”

Sienna said the pair had been training at the local ovals in Hedland.

“We were just working on take-offs and making sure the run up was good, I had no false jump, so it’s good,” she said.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn took out the 100m event with a time of 12.87 seconds.

He also won the 200m event, finishing in 26.01 and the 400m race in a time of 1min. 0.16sec.

The youngster finished third in triple jump with 9.70m.

He said he had been hoping to win one of the events.

“I was hoping; that was my goal to get at least one first because last year I didn’t get one, I just missed out,” he said.

He said by winning the events he was meant to qualify for nationals but was unsure if he was old enough to take part.

Sienna said the pair performing as well as they did showed the talent in Hedland.

“They know Hedland is there because of Brooklyn,” she said.

“We had parents walk by and go ‘Oh hi Brooklyn’, like they know him now.”

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