NSWIS athletes were pivotal in Team Australia’s valiant attempts to spring a surprise on the Bolt All-Stars at the final night of the inaugural Nitro Athletics in Melbourne on Saturday.
It was only in the final race of the evening, a mixed 4x100m relay involving Usain Bolt, that the All Stars finally secured victory.
Team Australia’s cause had been helped by a fantastic run in the Mixed 3 Minute challenge by NSWIS athlete Heidi See. This unique event devised for the Nitro series challenges a male and female athlete from each team to cover as much distance as possible over three minutes – with the largest combined distance taking the win. See ran superbly to help Team Australia to maximum points alongside teammate Jeff Riseley.
It was also maximum points for the Institutes’s Anneliese Rubie as part of Australia’s victorious mixed 2000m sprint relay team.
Team NSWIS Fabrice Lapierre chipped in with some strong leaps in the Mixed Jong Jump, and Michele Jenneke competed well in the mixed 2x100m hurdles relay and the mixed 4x100m relay up against Bolt.
The capacity crowd was enthralled by the exciting and innovative competition, and will already be looking forward to when it returns.