Moree student Xanthe Cogan awarded State recognition for long-distance running

REPRESENTING her school on the national stage has earned St Philomena’s School Year 5 student Xanthe Cogan state recognition for her long distance running efforts.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall was pleased to have the opportunity to present Xanthe with a NSW Government State Representative Certificate at a school assembly in Moree this morning.


Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall presenting St Philomena’s School Year 5 student Xanthe Cogan with a NSW Government State Representative Award for her achievements in cross country. Xanthe’s mother Kat is also pictured.

The gifted runner and swimmer represented NSW in the 10 years’ girls’ division at the School Sports Australia Cross Country Championships in Canberra, held in August this year. Xanthe performed well, finishing the testing two-kilometre course in a time of seven minutes and forty-seven seconds, placing her 14th in the country.

“This is a wonderful achievement by Xanthe and it’s a great honour to represent your home state in any discipline,” Mr Marshall said.

“While her success on the cross country course is no doubt due to talent, competition at this level also requires a high degree of persistence, patience and practice – all wonderful traits to have at any stage of your life.

“Xanthe loves to run and is well supported by her family and the Moree community. She also swims competitively for fund, but also to keep fit for her long distance running.”

Mr Marshall said the NSW Government State Representative Award certificate was presented on behalf of the NSW Government by the Premier and local members to acknowledge people in our communities that strive and achieve extraordinary results.

“I’m sure that we will be reading and hearing a lot more about the sporting prowess of Moree’s Xanthe Cogan for years to come,” Mr Marshall said.

Media Release October 31, 2016