GIRLS BRING IT HOME

Dako­tah and Dani go for gold

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Macree joshua.macree@west­ern­starnews.com

ATH­LET­ICS: Dako­tah Webb and Dani Wal­ters have taken home a swag of medals at the Mara­noa Cham­pi­onships in Texas over the week­end.

The two girls, Dako­tah com­pet­ing in the Un­der 9s and Dani in the Un­der 11s, both at­tend St Pa­trick’s School in St Ge­orge and proudly rep­re­sented the re­gion in a num­ber of events.

Cen­tre Man­ager at Lit­tle Ath­let­ics St Ge­orge, Jar­rod McIvor said the girls had ev­ery rea­son to hold their heads high.

“Both did re­ally well record­ing per­sonal bests in sev­eral events.” he said.

“Dako­tah got a 400-me­tre Mara­noa record beat­ing the pre­vi­ous best by three se­conds which was re­ally good to see.”

“She was re­ally happy with the ef­fort and had six events in two day so to beat that record was a great achieve­ment.

“Dani’s best per­for­mance of the week­end was her third place in the 800m where she came home strongly against a com­pet­i­tive field.”

The St Ge­orge team were the small­est of any com­pet­ing in Texas, a point not lost on Jar­rod.

“Be­tween them, the girls took home nine medals so the girls did re­ally well con­sid­er­ing we had the small­est con­tin­gent of any team with only two mem­bers,” he said.

The event in Texas is a pre­lude and fi­nal try­out for the state cham­pi­onships in Townsville to be held in March next year.

Jar­rod said ev­ery­one in­volved at the cen­tre had worked hard to en­sure that a strong ath­let­ics pro­gram ex­ists in the re­gion.

“We have about 25 mem­bers here at the club and ev­ery week we have par­ents who are con­stantly help­ing out to en­sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly,” he said.

“We’re all just work­ing to­gether to get these girls into sport.

“Next year, we’re hop­ing to get some more mem­bers and sup­port and main­tain­ing what we’ve built.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NERS: Dako­tah Webb and Dani Wal­ters hold­ing the swag of medals from the Mara­noa Cham­pi­onships.

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