Sports program proves a winner
SHE is better known for her prowess in the rodeo arena, but Warwick’s Bonnie Flood proved a teenager of many talents this week.
The Assumption College senior won gold in the 17-19 years girls high jump at the Darling Downs Secondary School Athletics Championships in Toowoomba.
Her winning jump of 1.58m was a smidgen below her personal best (1.59m), but the nationally acclaimed barrel racer was happy with the outcome.
“With the help of my sports teachers I have been really focusing on technique and I think I did okay,” Bonnie said.
“And I am hopeful I can improve on that height.”
The talented schoolgirl is one of four Assumption College students whose outstanding performances earned them places in the 2010 Darling Downs team to compete at the Queensland championships in October.
Year 9 student Ella Tregurtha shaved nearly a second off her previous personal best time (16.20s) in the 14 years girls 90m hurdles, winning gold in 15.30s.
While Year 8 schoolgirl Carly Cooper finished second in the 13 years 80m hurdles in 14.40s and claimed silver in the shotput with a put of 10.12m.
“I did personal bests for the hurdles (16.20s) and the shotput (9.29m) so I was pretty pleased,” Carly said.
Warwick’s junior cricketing star Patrick Gribbin was the other Assumption student to prove his versatility at the track-and-field meet.
Patrick was narrowly beaten in a nail-biting 15-years-boys 800m final, claiming silver in a personal best time of 2.11.70s.
“Before the meet the fastest time I had run the 800m was 2.16s,” he said.
“I am hoping to go under 2.10 at the state titles, but the Queensland qualifying time is 2.08.”
For Assumption College sports co-ordinator Lauren Nolan, the success at Darling Downs level was reflective of the college’s ongoing commitment to athlete development.
“We have invested a lot of time and effort into improving our athletics program during the past few years,” Ms Nolan said.
“We are fortunate to have experienced teachers, who have helped create a program with a strong focus on training and techniques.
“I think this success is a direct result of that, complemented by the commitment of our individual athletes.
“Having four athletes qualify for the state competition is a stellar effort, particularly when you consider the college only has 240 students.”
The four students will compete at the Queensland Secondary School Track and Field Championships in Brisbane from October 21 to 24.