When Ruby Clayton, the daughter of Brett and Jodie Clayton, was competing at the recently held Narrabri PSSA Zone Athletics Carnival in Wee Waa, she had no idea that the end of the day would herald the continuity of a long-standing family achievement.

Ruby, a student at Narrabri West Public School, excels at many events in which she competes.

These events include shot put, long jump, high jump, discus, 100m, 200m, senior girls relay and 800m.

Ruby has achieved a name for herself in the athletics domain, and broken records at both the Narrabri West Athletics carnival and at Narrabri Zone PSSA level.

But one particular record has a very special meaning. Forty years ago, in 1981, the 11-yr girls’ Narrabri PSSA Zone 100m track record time of 14.10 was achieved by Ruby’s great aunt, Tess Lindsay (née Orman), now a teacher and K-3 Learning and Support coordinator at Narrabri Public School.

And to the delight of the Orman and Clayton families, Ruby, competing in the Narrabri PSSA Zone Athletics carnival in August of this year, broke the long-standing record held by her great-aunt, running at a ground-breaking time of 13.75.

Tess was thrilled with the news.

“I am so proud of my great-niece. Not only is Ruby an incredibly talented athlete, but she is a great kid”.

And the family has a narrative to be celebrated in their family history for many years to come.

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