Athletes stay­ing on track

Monto’s ju­nior sports stars shine at carnival

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND - Jack Lawrie

ATH­LET­ICS: Around 40 kids from Monto district schools took part in the North Bur­nett Ath­let­ics tri­als in Childers on Mon­day, hav­ing geared up with the District Ath­let­ics Carnival held at Monto State School on July 21.

Aber­corn, Monto State, St Therese Catholic Pri­mary School and Mulgildie State School all took part in track and field events, with the plac­ing stu­dents get­ting to go to tri­als.

Monto State stu­dent Tara Staines, who com­peted in most of the events at tri­als, did ex­cep­tion­ally well at the district carnival.

De­spite her age, the Year 6 stu­dent has worked hard for ath­let­ics events, train­ing at least once every day ex­cept Fri­day.

The track and field events up for spots were the 100m and 200m sprint, 800m run, long jump, high jump, shot

❝ Ev­ery­one did very well, ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pated and wanted to be in­volved and en­joy the day.

— Kirsty Hay Monto State School

put, dis­cus, tetrathlon multi-event and 1500m tri­als held at a sep­a­rate event last Thurs­day.

Tara qual­i­fied for every event trial ex­cept high jump.

“It’s pretty com­pet­i­tive and fun,” Tara said.

“Last year I got into ev­ery­thing ex­cept for high jump as well.”

It will be the last year Tara rep­re­sents Monto State School in ath­let­ics.

But Tara’s mother and MSS teacher aide Karen Staines hopes there will be a good turnover of young athletes as the years go.

“They’re all com­pet­i­tive kids so let’s hope it keeps com­ing through,” she said.

“Monto the last cou­ple of years had won the high­est out of the North Bur­nett ath­let­ics day, so we can cross our fin­gers and hope it con­tin­ues.”

Monto State School won over­all with points, though Aber­corn had the high­est av­er­ages.

Act­ing Teach­ing Prin­ci­pal Kirsty Hay said en­gage­ment from the kids and sup­port from par­ents was good.

“Ev­ery­one did very well, ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pated and wanted to be in­volved and en­joy the day,” she said.

CJ and Sean Monk, Josh Zum­bansen, Slade Wolffe and Braith Sin­clair.

Matthew Bald­win, 11 years' dis­cus.

Ay­lah Sin­clair in the 11 years’ sprint.

CHAMPS: Holly Knight, Reily Bates, Ay­lah Sin­clair, Luke Bar­nett, Tarah Staines and Jay­den Cowen, Ad­di­son Smith and Braith Sin­clair. PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

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