On the right track

Lo­cal run­ner proud of stu­dents’ suc­cess lead­ing them to state ti­tles

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

WHEN Mun­dub­bera State School stu­dents So­phie Zipf, Matt Duf­fin and Bri­die Em­mer­ton all placed in the Wide Bay Cross Coun­try com­pe­ti­tion, it was a proud mo­ment for lo­cal run­ner Me­lanie Pope, who took it on her­self to train them.

The stu­dents are headed to the state ti­tles for pri­mary school cross coun­try in mid July.

So­phie Zipf placed first (10 years girls), Bri­die Em­mer­ton 5th (11 years girls) and Matthew Duf­fin 4th (11 years boys) at the Wide Bay tri­als in Bund­aberg.

Most af­ter­noons Ms Pope can be found run­ning with the stu­dents, do­ing dis­tance and hill work, strength ex­er­cises in the gym and im­part­ing valu­able ad­vice.

“Me­lanie’s train­ing has not only given them es­sen­tial skills, but also lots of con­fi­dence,” Mun­dub­bera State School prin­ci­pal Peter Townsend said.

PHOTO: NANCY ZIPF

OFF TO STATE: Mun­dub­bera State School stu­dents So­phie Zipf, Bri­die Em­mer­ton andMatthew Duf­fin are head­ing to state cham­pi­onships for cross coun­try thanks to their hard work and the train­ing of Me­lanie Pope.

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