Golden opportunity to impress at state finals
THEY may have been young and inexperienced but nothing was going to stop Isis District Little Athletics Club members at regionals last weekend.
The club sent 19 athletes to the Central Coast Regional Championships in Bundaberg, and more than half the athletes secured their positions at the state championships next month.
Jackson Rehbein was first out of the blocks and onto the qualification list after he finished third in shot put.
Jenny Freshwater was the second athlete to secure passage in field events, after she produced a stunning 17cm improvement in her high jump competition to claim the silver medal.
Star Matthew Haaksma turned in a day that could only be described as perfect, as the “oldest and most versatile member” reached state in every event he contested.
The track saw plenty of high-quality performances, with Joey Vella, Luke Adamson and Ella Blanch turning heads with their performances.
Vella blitzed his opponents in the 800m, eventually winning in a canter by about 40m.
Adamson did not have an ideal start but there was nothing stopping him once he pinned his ears back.
He chased down three other athletes on the home straight to finish second in the 200m, and there is no doubt his state opponents will be looking over their shoulders come March 20.
Blanch was credited by coach Kerri Wills with the “performance of the carnival”.
She came from behind in the 200m to claim gold, improving her personal best by three seconds.
Meanwhile, the next generation showed what they could do, with Tessie Dyer finishing first in all three of her sprint events.
Dyer will have to wait until next year before she can compete at state level.
YOU BEAUTIES: Zac Blanch, Cooper Rehbein, Jimmy Dyer, Tessie Dyer, Lily Vella, Danielle Adamson and Nataylia McAuley display their medals.