Young ath­letes tak­ing the lead

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

THE Caloun­dra Lit­tle Ath­let­ics un­der-11 boys have bro­ken the 15-year-old Queens­land 4x100m record at the Queens­land Sports and Ath­let­ics Cen­tre.

The very proud team of Toby Urvine, Ai­den Steele, Nate Don­ald and Clay An­drews are of­fi­cially the fastest 4x100m re­lay team since Lit­tle Ath­let­ics be­gan in Queens­land in 1974.

The record was last bro­ken in 2002 and it has taken 15 years to break the long stand­ing record from then 2002 – 56.21 sec­onds.

To­day, the new 2017 record stands at 55.84 sec­onds.

Their coach Chris Brear­ley said the boys and their fam­i­lies are over the moon with their suc­cess.

“We have worked on the goal for the past two sea­sons and with that time and com­mit­ment we have finely tuned all the as­pects of the 4x100m re­lay event,” Mr Brear­ley said.

“We went to the cham­pi­onships with no real pres­sure just to re­peat what we do at train­ing and en­joy the fam­ily day with all the big QEII sta­dium at­mos­phere and do our best.”

At the same event, the un­der-12 girls took home gold again af­ter win­ning gold at the re­gional re­lays at Sun­shine Coast Re­gional re­lays at the univer­sity track last month.

Annabelle Self, Laura Cal­laghan, Lilly Smith and Amilita Case were sat­is­fied with the re­sult af­ter work­ing dili­gently over the past few months to­wards this once in a life­time team sport goal.

Mr Brear­ley said it was go­ing to be a close race, a very close fin­ish be­tween all the teams that qual­i­fied to com­pete at state level.

“Our Caloun­dra girls led from start to fin­ish and were 20m ahead of the next team on the fin­ish line,” he said.

“The girls are long-time mem­bers of Caloun­dra Lit­tle Ath­let­ics and have been com­pet­ing since they were tiny tots and they have grown into fab­u­lous role mod­els for all our younger kids.

“I can see the younger kids watch­ing them warm up and pre­pare and they copy them at train­ing and on the day of the event.”

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIBUTED

STAR-STUD­DED: Toby Urvine, Ai­den Steele, Nate Don­ald and Clay An­drews.

Annabelle Self, Laura Cal­laghan, Lilly Smith and Amilita Case.

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