Three talented year six students from St Patrick’s Primary School will take on the best in the state after qualifying for their respective Polding teams last Friday, February 10.
Lucy Green made the tennis squad and Eli Morris and Hutch Evans qualified for the basketball team at the trials in Newcastle.
Green, a young tennis star in the making, went through the day undefeated and finished first place.
"The trials we're good, I tried really hard and I played the best I actually could," said Green.
The trials required the students to compete in hot conditions, well over 40 degrees but this did not deter Green.
"Sometimes I play in 45 and I train in hot weather."
She will now represent the Diocesan Polding team at the PSSA state carnival in Newcastle in May.
Morris and Evans stayed out of the sun during the trials but weren’t able to escape the heat.
"It was inside but it wasn't air conditioned and there was over 60 kids trying out on the day which is pretty good," said Morris.
“It was a long day like there was lots of work put into the day and it was a long sweat pretty much all day.”
The young Lithgow Lazers will represent the Polding team at the basketball state carnival in Wollongong later this year.
"I feel pretty good actually, I'm pretty pumped, I tried my hardest on the day and that paid off in the end so I was pretty happy about that," said Morris.
Evans, a point guard, was excited to make the team but did not expect to have his name read out.
"Well I was really happy at the end but because I made it into possibles-probables and then I only got two minutes court time and then I had to go off court for like another hour," said Evans.
"I thought I wasn't going to make it but then they called who made it and I was surprised."
Morris is either a guard or forward on the court and is looking to tick a few boxes at the state carnival.
"My goals are pretty much to try my hardest and to get a win for the team, score over ten points a game, that would be great, and try to make it to the next level," said Morris.
Acting assistant principal, Rebecca Rizzo, accompanied the students at the trials.
“These students displayed outstanding skill, behaviour and sportsmanship on the day and should all be extremely proud of their efforts,” Mrs Rizzo said.
“To have such a large number of students making it on to this level is a huge accomplishment. All the students were a credit to their school, parents and coaches.”