Young stars ex­cel at state com­pe­ti­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

ATH­LET­ICS: The State Cham­pi­onships were held this week in Brisbane with five Mun­dub­bera ath­letes com­pet­ing at the QEII sta­dium.

Travis Larner (dis­cus), Matthew Zipf (dis­cus), Chelsea Larner (shot­put), So­phie Zipf (shot­put) and Ge­or­gette Emer­ton (shot­put) have been work­ing very hard this year at im­prov­ing their skill level with coaches Gwen and Ken Colyer.

Gwen has been train­ing kids for many years and said it was due to her pas­sion for help­ing out the com­mu­nity.

“It’s good to see the kids en­joy­ing it,” she said.

“When they come and achieve I get so ex­cited, to think at my age I’ve been able to help them is just great news.”

Gwen has seen a huge im­prove­ment with the young sport stars.

“When Matthew started last year he wasn’t even spin­ning, he was do­ing stance and he’s gone from strength to strength,” she said.

“Last year I had one stu­dent go to state and this year we’ve had five, so it’s great to see the num­bers im­prov­ing and they just love


Stu­dent So­phie Zipf said it had taken a lot of hard work and com­mit­ment to make it to state.

“You can’t just go out and throw shot­put, we have to put in the ef­fort and time oth­er­wise it just doesn’t work,” she said.

Gwen said there were nu­mer­ous skills re­quired in or­der to com­pete in the dis­cus and shot put com­pe­ti­tion.

“We do a lot of core work like push ups, or run­ning up the hill is good for legs and it gives us strength,” she said.

“You also have to fo­cus and per­se­vere and you get frus­trated some­times and you feel like walk­ing off but you drag them back and say ‘you can do it’.”

CHAMPS: So­phie Zipf, Chelsea Larner, Travis Larner and Matthew Zipf are com­pet­ing in state. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

Chelsea Larner prac­tic­ing her shot put at the week­end.

So­phie Zipf throw­ing the shot put at the week­end.

Matthew Zipf train­ing for dis­cus.

Matthew Zipf takes the win at the week­end.

Chelsea Larner and So­phie Zipf sprint­ing.

Travis Larner prac­tic­ing his dis­cus be­fore the fi­nals this week.

The kids were put through their paces at the week­end with hill sprints.

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