Golden finish to Canada tour

Collin Mayes and Mackenzie Cooper.

Collin Mayes and Mackenzie Cooper.

Athletes Collin Mayes and Mackenzie Cooper have ended their sporting tour of Canada on a winning note.

Both boys claimed gold medals at the Trevor Craven Memorial track and field meet in Vancouver last weekend.

Cooper, from Campbells Creek, won the 14-15 years javelin for the second time during the trip, and earned silver in shot put and bronze in discus and hammer.

The throws specialist had already collected three medals at the Jack Brow Memorial competition the previous week.

Mayes, from Bendigo, finished third behind his training partner in the javelin  in the most recent meet and went on to win the 14-15 years triple jump.

The pair were not the only athletes from central Victoria to finish on the podium.

Rochester’s Morgan Dingwall was victorious in the 14-15 girls javelin and performed strongly in both discus and triple jump to clinch the silver medals.

Lewis Cain, from Carisbrook, leapt into third place in the 16-17 years long jump and ran well in his 110m hurdles for bronze.

Echuca sprinter Thomas Smith picked up silver in the 16-17 years 200m and was third in both the 100m and 400m events.

Along with Georgia Bear from Loddon Vale, the athletes have been in Canada for three weeks as part of a Sports Travel Australia tour.

The company offers talented young athletes the chance to compete internationally with an unofficial Australian squad.

After two major competitions and time sightseeing in British Columbia and Los Angeles, the group returns to Australia on Monday.

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