Run­ning for­wards

Sprint­ing for their goals

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - SPORT - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

TWO young ath­letes are find­ing it hard to the wipe smiles off their faces.

“Clay An­drews and Talia Scott are two very happy and proud track ath­letes af­ter qual­i­fy­ing to rep­re­sent the Sun­shine Coast re­gion in the Queens­land Track and Field Cham­pi­onships,” their coach Christ Brear­ley said.

“Both will con­test the blue rib­bon 100m sprint event and are also rep­re­sent­ing the Sun­shine Coast in the four times 100m re­lay in their re­spec­tive age groups.”

Brear­ley said sport is a great way for young­sters to have am­bi­tious aims.

“The in­di­vid­ual run­ning events that Clay and Talia have qual­i­fied in are great op­tions for young ath­letes be­cause they can set mul­ti­ple short term achiev­able goals for their favourite race dis­tances and events in their school’s in­ter-house sports day, districts, re­gion­als, state and Aus­tralian track and field cham­pi­onships,” he said.

Brear­ley said track is dif­fer­ent to play­ing a team sport and can also be more per­son­alised.

“If kids have that one thing they’re good at it makes a big dif­fer­ence to their self es­teem,” he said.

“It is a great way to teach sporty kids to set a time line to im­prove their own pro­gres­sion in skills, drills and fit­ness.

“And it is dif­fer­ent to the team sports and the ever-present po­lit­i­cal bias in be­long­ing to team-fo­cused sport­ing clubs.

“The fo­cus is just on the ath­lete and coach and the lov­ing sup­port from their own par­ents or guardians.”

The cham­pi­onships will be held in Cairns on Oc­to­ber 19-20.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROUD ATH­LETES: Clay and Talia ex­cited to be run­ning track com­pet­i­tively.

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