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ATH­LET­ICS: Chantelle Brown will fol­low her dreams at the 2018 Aus­tralian All Schools Cham­pi­onship at Cairns this week­end.

But be­fore she gets there she will have to over­come her fear of fly­ing.

The jour­ney will be the 17-year-old’s first aero­plane flight and the fur­thest she has been from the Lock­yer Val­ley, but she is de­ter­mined to ex­cel.

The mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ath­lete will com­pete in the high jump and 200m sprint on the Bar­low Park track against ath­letes from across Aus­tralia.

With her mum cheer­ing her on from the side­line, Chantelle is feel­ing con­fi­dent and plans to take a re­laxed ap­proach to the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I’m not sure how I will go but I’ll just give it a go and have fun,” she said.

The Lock­yer Dis­trict High School grad­u­ate jumped 1.62m to qual­ify at the Queens­land Sec­ondary School Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship, 10cm shy of her per­sonal best.

Her ef­forts at the qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion placed her sec­ond in the high jump, third in the 200m sprint fi­nal, fifth in the 100m fi­nal and fifth in long jump.

The Rope­hill Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club com­peti­tor orig­i­nally didn’t make the cut to race in the 200m track event at Cairns but was called up to the blocks af­ter an­other ath­lete pulled out.

“I like do­ing the 200m, I just like how there’s curve and it’s a lit­tle longer and you can get into it,” she said.

Join­ing Chantel­lle in the Queens­land ma­roon will be Lock­yer Dis­trict peer Aden Cow­droy.

The 14-year-old achieved sec­ond place at the state qual­i­fier in Bris­bane, se­cur­ing the spot with a jump of 1.86m.

Cow­droy has gone from strength to strength in the last two years, im­prov­ing his per­sonal best by 46cm since March 2017.

Coach David Hacker said the young Lai­d­ley Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club com­peti­tor con­tin­ued to get bet­ter.

“Aden’s ded­i­ca­tion to ath­let­ics has seen a fan­tas­tic im­prove­ment over 18 months,” Hacker said.

“High jump is a com­plex, dif­fi­cult dis­ci­pline re­quir­ing men­tal fo­cus and strength as well as phys­i­cal at­tributes.

“Many jumpers are beaten by the mind game.”

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