Keep­ing kids happy as well as healthy

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT - Adam McCleery 1 BUY PHOTOS cen­tral­north­bur­nett­

GAYN­DAH Pri­mary School’s cross coun­try en­cour­aged fit­ness and dis­ci­pline in stu­dents who took part.

Teach­ers and vol­un­teers set out the course at Gayn­dah golf course the night be­fore, with stu­dents of dif­fer­ent ages run­ning from 200m up to 3km.

Avid run­ner Ab­bie Driver has found suc­cess as a run­ner in the past and al­ways loves get­ting out on the field to stretch her legs.

Cross coun­try al­lows Ab­bie to change up her reg­u­lar run­ning rou­tine.

“I just love to run and cross coun­try is a fun way to do it,” Ab­bie said.

Even after the race Ab­bie was in high spir­its and looked ready to run the course again, show­ing her love for run­ning.

“I don’t find cross coun­try too much harder than the other run­ning,” Ab­bie said.

“I ran 3km to­day be­cause I was in the 11 age group.”

Ab­bie ran the long­est dis­tance pro­vided for stu­dents and de­spite her his­tory with run­ning she still had some chal­lenges to over­come.

“I did get one stitch but my aunty told me to al­ways breathe in and out to get through it,” Ab­bie said.

“I sort of liked be­ing able to run up and down the hills, I re­ally like doing cross coun­try and any sports days.”

An­other of the run­ners was Fletch War­land who won the race for his age group.

Fletch turns 10 this year. “The course is a bit big but it was pretty good,” Fletch said.

“I al­ways get stitches when I run that far, but I al­ways keep run­ning when I get stitches.”

Fletch also tack­led the chal­lenges of cross coun­try with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

“It was chal­leng­ing to re­mem­ber all the turns,” Fletch said.

“I nearly got lost on one turn but it ended up okay.

“It felt pretty good to win the race be­cause it’s re­ally chal­leng­ing to get around the course and to win too, I had a lot of fun to­day.”

❝ It felt pretty good to win the race be­cause it’s re­ally chal­leng­ing to get around the course.

— Fletch War­land

AVID RUN­NER: Ab­bie Driver was all smiles de­spite the tough run. PHOTOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

The golf course pro­vided el­e­ments ideal for cross coun­try.

Stu­dents had to push hard to get through the race.

Stu­dents had to nav­i­gate over and around the course.

Stu­dents cheer each other on as they cross the line.

Some stu­dents ran hard to beat each other across the line.

Some stu­dents took a break to catch their breath.

The first race for the girls, who en­joyed the run.

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