Sprinting for their goals
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.
PROUD ATHLETES: Clay and Talia excited to be running track competitively.