Young stars excel at state competition
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.