LEVEL ACHIEVERS: Ethan Cosmo, Tate Park, Ryan Haynes, Clara Salazar, Ulani Park, Braylen Harvey.
LEVEL ACHIEVERS: Ethan Cosmo, Tate Park, Ryan Haynes, Clara Salazar, Ulani Park, Braylen Harvey. Contributed

Youngsters keep improving

LITTLE ATHLETICS: With high humidity and under cloudy skies, Granite Belt Little Athletics has its last competition meet for the season on Saturday.

GBLA's Dan O'Dea said it was pleasing and rewarding to see so many of the athletes post PBs, especially in the more technical events.

"I personally witnessed some extraordinary throws where some of our Under 9 age athletes smashed their PBs - even doubling their previous best in some instances,” he said.

"It was easy - even to the untrained eye - that their technique in these events has improved remarkably over the season, which is a credit to our volunteer coaches and to the athletes themselves.”

Some of the older athletes also got to try out new starting blocks, which was a little treat for those lucky enough to have a go. These blocks will be slowly introduced next season to those age groups who are authorised to utilise them.

Decided from Little Athletics Queensland averages, the Green Level is a good achievement, within reach of approximately 95% of children; Red is very good, within reach of approximately only 65%.

"Congratulations also to Darcy Daddow who made the trek to the northern side of Brisbane, to the Deception Bay Twilight Carnival,” O'Dea said.

"Once again, Darcy was a shining example of the sportsmanship and quality athletes we can produce on the Granite Belt.

"Darcy placed third in 100m Sprint, 5th in 200m Sprint, 5th in long Jump, 7th in 800m and 8th in High Jump.

"Considering this competition would have seen the best athletes from SE Qld warming up for the State titles, this is a remarkable effort. Well done Darcy.”

Connie Maggiolo spoke as a parent and as an age marshall about the joy of seeing successes.

"During shot put (measured event) and long jump (measured but not recorded event) children were asking about their results and if a PB had been achieved,” she said.

"For some it was a few cm that they needed to achieve and when they did, their faces lit up with excitement.

"Seeing them succeed was awesome.

"As a parent, pushing my son to sprint home in the 400m made him achieve a PB; Something he was proud of and spoke of for ages after we glued in his record slip.

"Seeing all children active, enjoy each of the event but to see them achieve a pb is priceless.”

Jake Walker is one athlete who has recently reached new PBs in long jump and sprints.

Proud parent Rachael said she was mostly happy for the exercise and enjoyment he gets from Little Athletics.

"But it is nice to see him obviously improve in actual skills and fitness,” she said.

"I've enjoyed seeing all the kids get better and better in many ways.”

This coming Saturday is the last meet of the season.

The day will include novelty activities and club presentations. Parents and coaches should also come prepared to join in if they so desire. The older kids are talking up their chances against the 'adults' in a relay.

The club committee urge all members to attend to acknowledge those athletes who showed great sportsmanship, improved their times, throws and jumps and displayed sporting excellence throughout the season.

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