Busy few weeks for athletes
ATHLETICS: A bunch from the Gladstone Athletics Club has geared up for upcoming events with stellar performances recently at the Nordic Sport Central Coast Regional Championships in Gayndah.
Twenty-four of the 26 junior athletes from the club have qualified for the Little Athletics State Championships in Brisbane next month, which will cover 101 events.
GAC head coach John Sherriff said his charges shone in the heat as the Gladstone team secured 71 personal-best times and collected 39 gold, 32 silver and 18 bronze medals.
“The Gladstone kids performed tremendously and again showed a very strong team bond,” he said.
“Four athletes set new regional records and Zoe Geiger set a new mark of 10.63 seconds in the under-12 girl’s 60-metre hurdles.
“Mack Geiger set a new mark of 13.94 seconds in the U14 boy’s 90m hurdles.”
Caleb Wilson equalled the record for U13 boy’s 100m and set a new mark for the 200m at 25.83 seconds.
The athletes will now set their sights on the Gladstone Pentathlon on March 3.
Sherriff said the event was open to all comers aged six to open and usually attracted entries from all round Central Queensland.
“It might be a good pre-season event for other sports in town to check out their fitness and we’d like to challenge other sports teams or businesses in Gladstone to participate,” he said.
TOP RUNNER: Caleb Wilson is also good at high jump.