Athletes focus on regionals
Competitors back on track
GAYNDAH’S little athletes were keen to get back on track at Friday night’s session.
With three weeks to prepare for the regional Little Athletics at Bundaberg and a need to regain fitness, there was a focus on technique.
Ann Bayntun, assisting at the long jump, told jumpers to check the distance of their run-up.
“The pace is longer some days than others (and) a faster run-up is a higher jump,” Bayntun said.
Once the pace was right, she said, the start point for the run-up could be adjusted, as Rhythm Anbeek hit his stride and jumped long.
Kyle Crofts said he preferred shot put over discus because it didn’t take much energy.
“I just do the shuffle for shot put and the spin for discus,” he said, when asked about technique.
At the long jump, Tiffany Driver and Lauren Trott claimed running as their favourite event.
“I like running away, especially long distance. I’m really fast at it,” Tiffany said.
Lauren said she had a flair for going fast over both long and short distances.
Gayndah Little Athletics has had state medallists, including gold, in the past but athletes have to qualify for state titles at the upcoming regionals.
Organiser Ron Mitchell said he was hopeful at least half the club’s members would attend.
While under-9s and up can compete at state events, those aged seven and eight receive a participation certificate.
For under-17s Eron Mitchell and Kyle Crofts, this will be their final year of competition in Little Athletics, netting them a graduation certificate.
TIME TO GO: (From left) Kyle Crofts, Eron Mitchell and Rhythm Anbeek prepare for their race.
(From left) Riley Davina, Trader Ahern and Tori Bayntun warm up.
Tristen Bayntun clears the high jump at Gayndah Little Athletics.
Grace Richards (left) and Lauren Trott are on track at the first meet after the summer break.
Tiffany Driver leaps high.
Runners Tristen Bayntun, Holly Ahern and Wyatt Martin.
(From left) Rhythm Anbeek, Eron Mitchell and Kyle Crofts power down the straight.
Tristen Bayntun clears the high jump in style.
Breanna Terms gets some coaching in the long jump.
Rhythm Anbeek in flight for the long jump.