FRIENDS TO PLAY FIELDS

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FOUR young cham­pi­ons re­turned home with more than smiles af­ter the McDon­alds State Re­lay Cham­pi­onships.

Clay An­drews, Toby Irvine, Nate Don­ald and Tyler Con­quest, all 11-years-old and play­ing U12’s re­ceived sil­ver medals af­ter plac­ing sec­ond at the 4x100m re­lay race.

Clay’s dad Grant An­drews said there were some changes that may have af­fected the team.

“For the last three years they’ve won sil­ver, they won gold in 2017 break­ing a state record, but in 2018 they got sil­ver.

“One of the boys was also dif­fer­ent in the last re­lay so it was great to see them all still work­ing well to­gether.

“We weren’t sure how it would go with one of the boys miss­ing.

“But they did a fair bit of train­ing and they man­aged to do very well,” Mr An­drews said.

Upon win­ning sil­ver Mr An­drews said the boys “were ec­static.”

“Clay’s been do­ing Caloun­dra Lit­tle Ath­let­ics for four years now, so has Tyler and the other two have been do­ing it for three years,” the proud dad said.

Not only do the boys run re­lay to­gether, they are also huge foot­ball fans.

“They all play rugby league as well.

“All four of them have made the Caloun­dra State High School Rugby League Ex­cel­lence pro­gram.

“They’ve very much look­ing for­ward to study­ing rugby among all the other sub­jects,” Mr An­drews said.

The young ath­letes will play not only school rugby but club rugby for the Caloun­dra Sharks this year.

There’s plenty of op­por­tu­nity for the four young Caloun­dra’s ath­letes to com­pete at as the next State Cham­pi­onships are held in March.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NERS: Clay An­drews, Toby Irvine, Nate Don­ald and Tyler Con­quest.

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