Club ready for na­tion­als

Ath­letes pre­pare to bet­ter their 2018 achieve­ments

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

ATH­LET­ICS: Lock­yer District Ath­let­ics Club is look­ing for­ward to an­other year of suc­cess af­ter smash­ing ex­pec­ta­tions in 2019.

De­spite the club’s small num­ber of reg­is­tered ath­letes, the Lock­yer com­peti­tors were recog­nised at both state and na­tional lev­els.

Club coach Bai­ley Pash­ley said mem­bers com­peted at state and na­tional lev­els as an af­fil­i­ated club, in ad­di­tion to school ath­let­ics.

“At both lev­els club ath­letes com­peted against the na­tion’s very best in their re­spec­tive age groups,” Mr Pash­ley said.

“There were bril­liant in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances tal­ly­ing 37 medals dur­ing 2018.”

At the Queens­land School Sport State Cham­pi­onships ath­letes won 11 medals, in­clud­ing four gold.

Com­peti­tors also went on to win one gold and three sil­vers at the na­tional school ti­tles last month.

“They un­der­stand the im­por­tance of tech­nique train­ing and add to this spe­cial ses­sions of strength and en­durance to have them peak­ing and in their prime for ma­jor events,” he said.

In club cham­pi­onships Lock­yer’s best com­peted against ath­letes from across the state where they col­lected 15 medals, in­clud­ing nine gold.

The club then went on to the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships win­ning three gold medals, two sil­ver and two bronze in March.

“The un­der­age girls pro­duced qual­ity per­for­mance in sprints, long jump and hep­tathlon,” Mr Pash­ley said.

“An­nie Mcguire, Madi­son Wells, Hay­ley Reynolds and Caitlin Tay­lor all pro­duced qual­ity re­sults dur­ing the year ably sup­ported by Mon­tana Blatchly, Jes­sica Ver­sace and Cather­ine Lee.”

Ath­letes Mitchell Mel­lor, Ethan Ver­sace and Aden Cow­droy all qual­i­fied for na­tional events in the boys com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Pash­ley said the ath­letes proved top level per­for­mances did not come from tal­ent alone.

“Af­ter the na­tion­als in March ath­letes only had a month rest and re­cov­ery be­fore re­sum­ing for the new and long sea­son,” he said.

“They all have their set goals and train with de­ter­mi­na­tion and ded­i­ca­tion to achieve their very best.”

At pre­sent the young ath­letes are en­joy­ing time off be­fore re­turn­ing to full train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for Queens­land Cham­pi­onships in early March.

“As all ath­letes go up an age group for the new year they know and ex­pect com­pe­ti­tion to get tougher and more com­pet­i­tive,” Mr Pash­ley said.

Mr Pash­ley said he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the young stars could achieve in 2019.

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TOP ATH­LETES: Madi­son, Caitlin, Hay­ley, Mon­tana, Cather­ine and An­nie.

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