HAUL: Emily, Larissa and Ben Young took home nine medals.
HAUL: Emily, Larissa and Ben Young took home nine medals. Alex Treacy

Gayndah Little Athletics' triple threat

According to Mum Marisa Young, Larissa, Emily and Ben were too excited to sleep on the way home from Bundaberg last weekend after competing in Little Athletics Queensland's Central Coast regional championships.

Why's that?

Well, it could have something to do with the swag of medals the siblings brought home with them: four each for Larissa and Emily, and Ben bringing home a participation medal as under-8s don't compete for silverware.

Oldest sister Emily placed first in her pet event, the 1500m, as well as first in the 800m, second in the 200m, and third in 60m hurdles.

Larissa cleaned up as well: first in the 800m, first in high jump, third in 60m hurdles and third in long jump.

Not bad for a clan which only started competing last year.

Marisa puts it down the Youngs inheriting their father's long legs.

She says she doesn't mind being "Mum taxi.”

"As long as they enjoy it, I'll take them anywhere,” Mrs Young said.

Although she is unsure whether the family will take the trip up to Townsville for the upcoming state championships.

ATHLETES: Back, Lauren Trott, Callum Evans, Abbey Wilkinson, Sienna Slattery. Front, Emily Young, Larissa Young, Ben Young, Leon Slattery. Absent, Ben Pryor.
ATHLETES: Back, Lauren Trott, Callum Evans, Abbey Wilkinson, Sienna Slattery. Front, Emily Young, Larissa Young, Ben Young, Leon Slattery. Absent, Ben Pryor. Alex Treacy

One athlete who definitely will be making the trip is Gayndah's reigning junior sportsman of the year, Callum "Bubba” Evans, who at the regionals demolished the age-group record for his signature event, the 800m.

He crossed in a time of 2.09minutes, shaving 0.06 off the record.

The success has clearly not gone to Bubba's head, though.

He announced that he'll have his grandmother, Patricia Nugent, proudly in tow when competing in State's next month.

At a presentation at Gayndah Sportsgrounds on Friday night, centre managers Paula Wilkinson and Leah Trott said how proud they were of all their young charges, who came home with a swag of medals.


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