Taking on the best
Laura and Brendan Read are off to Sydney - she's competing in the state athletics championships at Olympic Park and he's singing at the Opera House. Their success in their respective fields means the Read family is packing the camper and setting off for an enforced family holiday because their events are a week apart.
Brendan will be representing the North Coast in the small schools choir event at the Opera House on October 18. The event will feature about 700 kids from around the state and the 30 piece North Coast choir will be singing 11 songs.
Then on October 28, Laura will be attempting to beat her personal best of 1.28 metres in the high jump at Homebush.
She said since she was taught to do the Fosbury Flop she has improved her best jump by 15 centimetres. She often pulls the mats out after school and will be practising every day until she leaves.
Both Laura and Brendan are students at Whian Whian Public School and principal Dave Condon said it is quite an achievement for such a small school.
“In a school which feels more like a big family than a school, this is quite an unusual achievement for us to have two students representing the school at such a level. The remaining 12 students, staff and families from Whian Whian are wishing Brendan and Laura well on their big adventure,” Mr Condon said.