BIG GAINS: Monto's Little Athletes achieved 39 personal bests at the Nordic Regional Athletics.
BIG GAINS: Monto's Little Athletes achieved 39 personal bests at the Nordic Regional Athletics. Contributed

Little As on track to state

ATHLETICS: Monto Little As had 14 athletes compete over two days at the Nordic Regional Athletics Championships hosted by Gayndah Little Athletics recently.

Although a small group Monto's athletes achieved 14 gold, 11 silver, 12 bronze and most notably, 39 Personal Bests.

It was an especially proud moment for under 14 Boys Triple Jumper Blake Barnett, who now holds a Regional record of

11.45m.

Lizzie Younger and Aylah Sinclair similarly came close to passing records in the 800m sprint.

Little As committee president Donna Zumbansen said they knew that a number of the kids would qualify for the State Championships in Brisbane, but didn't have confirmation yet.

"All the kids did awesome, they got plenty of medals,” Zumbansen said.

"A massive congratulations to our kids Ben, Josh, Oliver, Jackson, Cody, Braith, Aylah, Lucas, Abbey, Lizzie, Cooper, Dallas,Tully and Blake for your great sportsmanship and your achievements,” Little As committee spokesperson Deyon Younger said.

"The Monto Little Athletics committee was very proud of their kids, who gave it their all under very hot conditions.”

"Thank you to our parents for helping out at various events throughout the carnival.”

"Thank you to the Central Coast Regional committee and Gayndah Little A's for all their hard work behind the scenes to host such a great weekend.”

"Next stop is McDonald State Championships, Brisbane in March.”

Before State Championships in Brisbane, the Little Athletes will be running in the Gladstone Pentathlon on Saturday, March 3.

A different competition entirely, it will give the kids the chance to refine their practice before the state events, while giving others in the team the chance to participate.

"They've been training well, very enthusiastic and taking initiative in the warming up,” Zumbansen said.

"We broke for three weeks after Christmas, but now they're right back into it, it's all coming together.”


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