Highlights of the season get recognition Records tumble for little athletes
GAYNDAH’S little athletes celebrated the year’s hard work with their awards last Friday night.
The evening began with a series of new club records, starting with junior female champion Tori Bayntun clipping two-and-a-half seconds from the under-6 girls 200m.
The Mitchell sisters bested each other’s previous records, with Eden taking out the U14 girls javelin title, Kirra sprinting to the U16 girls 100m title, while Erin took out the U17 girls 100m title.
While other records fell, the senior and junior male champions dominated the awards.
In his last year as a little athlete, Kyle Crofts achieved four U17 records, including a 36.36m javelin throw.
Nathaniel Cuthbertson said his lion-hearted dominance in the U8 boys discus, shotput and 500m events was powered by pineapple before events and chopped apple afterwards.
“I most enjoy the high jump,” Nathaniel said.
“I train by jumping on the trampoline – we put a rope up and just jump over it.”
He uses the slide technique to launch the shotput and discus, both of
Nathaniel Cuthbertson With discus, I just get really angry and just throw it.
which he practises at least once a week.
“With discus, I just get really angry and just throw it,” said Nathaniel of his technique.
“And I practise running every day for an hour.
“I have a slow start and then at the end I sprint.
“(When I’m running) I just think about trying my best and trying to win.”
The most heart-warming award of the night was the tribute Ella Smith paid her dad Dennis, president of Little Athletes.
As Ella accepted her Most Improved Female Award, she rewarded her father with a big hug – a hug, seconded by the warm applause of all athletes and their families.
TOP JOB: 2015 presentations went to (back row, from left) Ainsley Bayntun, Kyle Crofts, Rhythm Anbeek, (front row) Grace Richards, Breanna Terms, Ella Smith, Tori Bayntun, Trader Ahern, Elizabeth Roth, Riley Davina and Nathaniel Cuthbertson.
Nathaniel Cuthbertson was the male U8-U10 Champion for 2015.