Mens shed paid visit by champion athlete
The members of Maitland Community Mens Shed were in the presence of a national athletics champion on Monday when School Sport Australia record holder Lexie Phillips dropped in for a visit.
10-year-old Lexie competed at the Primary Schools national championships in Victoria last month and returned with a swag of medals and broken records.
Lexie, who has achondroplasia, competed in the T40 category at the championships and picked up gold medals in shot put, discus, long jump, 800 metres and the medley relay, also setting new national records. She also won bronze in 100 metres and 200 metres.
The Mens Shed helped her get there, raising $500 to contribute to her travel expenses,
“The state doesn’t give you any funding at all,” Lexie’s grandfather and shed member Phil Phillips said.
“We held a Bunnings barbeque and the profits went to Lexie.”
Also a keen swimmer, cross country runner and netballer, sporting pedigree seems to run in the family.
“I was a champion cyclist, and my father and grandfather were good cyclists too,” Mr Phillips said.
“So it’s sort of in the blood.”
Lexie is now eagerly awaiting her 16th birthday so she can be eligible for paralympic selection.