Elderslie Public School students break record

Athlete who compete in shot put Lachlan Stanley, softball player Teina Leung and soccer player William Freney have made it to the national PSSA championships. Picture: Simon Bennett
Athlete who compete in shot put Lachlan Stanley, softball player Teina Leung and soccer player William Freney have made it to the national PSSA championships. Picture: Simon Bennett

Lachlan Stanley, Teina Leung and William Freney have made it into the Elderslie Public School record books.

The three year 6 students made it through to the PSSA National Championships, also known as the Pacific School Games, in their chosen sport.

It is the first time the school has had multiple students make it into the prestigious competition.

Lachlan plays rugby league and cricket but athletics is where he truly shines.

“I went to nationals for shot put,” he said.

“It felt great to make it to nationals because I knew that I was one of the best in Australia in my sport.

“I like [shot put] because I love the adrenaline rush when I compete and when I throw good.”

This was the second time Lachlan had made it to nationals in the event.

“I also made it last year so I knew that I was up for the challenge,” he said.

“I was not nervous because I knew everyone would be proud no matter what.”

Lachlan was also awarded the prestigious South West Sydney Primary Blue Award at Liverpool Catholic Club.

Teina Leung said she was surprised to make it onto the NSW softball team.

“At first I didn’t understand what I had achieved but as I soon as I realized my parents and I were very proud,” she said.

“I was more excited than nervous to compete because I have a lot of friends who made it into the NSW team too.”

Teina said she loved playing softball and urged other children to try it as well.

“I like it because it is really fun, you are in a team full of friends and there are a lot of different skills to learn,” she said.

“I would encourage others to play softball because you can make friends and enjoy a hobby.”

William Freney has tried his hand at AFL and swimming but he said soccer had always been his favourite.

He said he was excited to be chosen to play at nationals.

“It felt great – it was an unbelievable experience,” he said.

“I wasn’t nervous, I was excited and proud to represent the school.”

William said he hoped other children enjoyed playing sport.

“I would encourage other kids to play sports as it’s a good way to make new friends and to keep fit,” he said.

“I hope everyone gets to enjoy what they like doing as much as I do – I love football.”