Students jump at chance to train
Tough competition a hurdle at North Burnett athletics trials
ATHLETES facing tough competition at this week’s North Burnett athletics trials valued their training sessions.
Mundubbera 14 years age champion Jacob Keenan and sister Jessica, 15, train morning and afternoons for a variety of events.
“Jacob and I do Wednesday morning training and afternoon training for other sports – volleyball, netball, boxing which is not on at the moment, and touch football,” Jessica said.
Despite their dedication to their sports, they were doubtful of having placed in their events – long jump and shot put for Jessica, triple jump and three running distances for Jacob.
Of her events on the day, Jessica decided long jump was her favourite as “I like any run up; I like sprints”.
Jacob favoured the triple jump because “I find it easiest to do; it seems natural”.
Meanwhile, Burnett State College student Ryley Drayton, who jumped 9.25m at the Gayndah district trials, was disappointed with his 8.31m jump.
“I will work to keep improving training,” Ryley said.
His other events were the 100m sprint, the 400m relay for which his team placed second, the high jump where he placed fourth, and a winning long jump of 4.31m.
“I like the 100m but I get so nervous, I’d rather do the field work,” Ryley said.
“But I enjoy everything – all the sports, all the events.”
The keen athlete was also pleased with making the Wide Bay AFL team, and theWide Bay Possibles and Probables teams for rugby league and touch.
HIGH: North Burnett’s 17 years age champion Riley Allen clears the bar at the North Burnett athletics carnival.