Ath­letes fo­cus on re­gion­als

Com­peti­tors back on track

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT - Shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: SHIRLEY WAY

(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.

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