JUNIOR athlete Monique Gavriliadis has achieved a rare feat, taking out a Little Athletics Victoria state championship at the weekend.
Gavriliadis led the local contingent with poise to claim the under-14 girls State Little Athletics Multi-Event Championship.
Competing over six events for the highest points total at Casey Fields Cranbourne, Gavriliadis took on the best all-round athletes in the state in boiling conditions.
A bronze medalist last year at the same event, she went two places better to take the gold medal.
Gavriliadis won the first event the shot put, before being placed fourth after her least favoured event, the 800 metres.
In first place in the 24 athlete field after the first event the shot put with a personal best 10.74 metres, Gavriliadis had her least favoured event next the 800 metres. After this event, she was 112 points behind in 4th place.
She achieved another personal best in the third event, the 80-metre hurdles, before she blitzed the high jump to take the over all lead.
With the field heaping the pressure on heading into the last two events, Gavriliadis stepped up to the plate and delivered a jump of 4.74m before bettering it to 5.08m and extending her advantage.
And in the 200m she showed her class again, despite not winning the event she did enough to hold onto gold.
Athletics Bendigo general manager Craig Green said her performance was outstanding.
“The event has amazing depth and these are the best all-round athletes in the state competing,” he said.
“To do three personal bests at a multi-event competition is unusual, as athletes fatigue quickly with such a short time to recover between each event.
“Not forgetting the conditions were scorching hot and to do this under the pressure of a state championship was a remarkable feat.”
Tazma Ferrie, Sebastyn Andrea, Liam Gay and Emily Anderson all finished top-20 in their age groups.