Tasmanian High Schools State Athletics Carnival Returns After 40 Years

Representative athletes from the North, South and North West gathered to compete in a State Athletics competition for the first time in four decades.

Brian Roe presenting the perpetual shield to the winning Northern team.

Friday 26-Nov 2021 saw the revival of the first statewide high school athletics carnival since 1981, almost 40 years to the day.

Hosted at the Northern Athletics Centre, high school students from across Tasmania came together to represent their region and contest many long-standing records. 

Much collaboration between the three regional high school sport associations, the Regional Sport Coordinators and Athletics Tasmania occurred in the lead-up, which was not without its hurdles – excuse the pun!  

The three teams faced different organisational challenges.  

  • The South, having conducted its championships at the beginning of the year, selected their side on a competition held eight months earlier.  
  • By contrast, the North found itself with less than seven days to organise its squad with their regional carnivals completed only the week prior.  
  • Overcoming arguably the greatest obstacle of all though was the North-West who had to assemble their team prior to staging their own 2021 interschool carnival. 

Fortunately, despite these challenges all regional teams were ready, willing, and eager to compete.  

The Northern Team was triumphant in bringing home the shield with an unbeatable 967 points, followed by the South in second and the North-West in third. Incredibly, 17 individual records and three team relay records were conquered on the day, reflecting the calibre of athletes present.  

See Athletics Tasmania website for full results. 

Performances aside, the most noteworthy achievement of all was the opportunity given to over 250 students to represent their school and region for the first time in such an event in four decades.  

Thank you to all involved in making the event a huge success which has now revived the high school athletics competition. It has also sparked a newfound rivalry with the plan to stage a statewide inter-high swimming and cross country competition in 2022.