State cross coun­try

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

JULATTEN nine-year-old Jemma Mor­ri­son has swapped her soc­cer boots for train­ers, ready for the Cross Coun­try State Cham­pi­onships in Ip­swich.

Reach­ing the state cham­pi­onships for ages 10-12 years is no mean feat for the pri­mary school stu­dent, who man­aged to beat the 10-year-old group in the Dou­glas dis­trict cham­pi­onships, and qual­i­fied at the Penin­sula re­gional cham­pi­onships re­cently.

Be­cause Jemma turns 10 at the end of De­cem­ber, she is com­pet­ing against the same year level of mainly 10-year-old fe­males.

‘‘I came fifth out of 81 peo­ple who were a year older than me, it was pretty good and very hard,’’ Jemma said.

‘‘I prac­tised a bit at school and just stayed the same pace to get me through.’’

While soc­cer is still the num­ber one favourite sport for Jemma, cross coun­try is a close sec­ond and she has been train­ing hard for the state cham­pi­onships, which are be­ing held in Ip­swich on July 14-15 for 10-12 years.

‘‘We are run­ning up and down the range and around our farm,’’ she said.

‘‘I pre­fer the long runs be­cause you can keep the pace.’’

Jemma needs spon­sor­ship to get her to Ip­swich in July and also for ac­com­mo­da­tion. IGA in Port Dou­glas is help­ing out with a do­na­tion tin and raf­fle tick­ets for pur­chase at their ser­vice desk.

‘‘I’m flat­tered to be rep­re­sent­ing Dou­glas,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m go­ing to Ip­swich for Cross Coun­try and I would like it if peo­ple want to spon­sor me be­cause it costs a lot of money and I’m trav­el­ling a long way.’’ Mean­while, this week­end Jemma will be com­pet­ing in a rep­re­sen­ta­tive fe­male soc­cer team for North Queens­land in In­n­is­fail.

EX­CITED:

Jemma Mor­ri­son has qual­i­fied for the state cross coun­try cham­pi­onships

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