Devlin aims for Australian team
THE fastest athletes in Australia stand in front of Georgia Devlin this weekend as she fights for a berth in the Australian team.
The Moore Park speedster will race against the fastest under-16 sprinters in Queensland at the Australian Schools Athletics Championships in Hobart.
“Since I was little, I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics. Making the Worlds team is part of that,” Devlin said.
A star beach sprinter for Moore Park Surf Life Saving Club, Devlin will have a chance at making the team in the 100m and 200m events.
At the recent state titles in Brisbane she qualified for the 400m but decided against running it so she could focus on the sprint events, particularly the 100m.
“That’s my favourite event,” she said.
Devlin knows to succeed in that event she will have to top her previous best of 12.40 seconds.
Training under the tutelage of sprint guru Darryl Charteris has helped prepare the 16-year-old.
“He doesn’t show me what times I’m doing but I’m constantly trying to get better,” she said.
“To make the worlds team you have to be running around the 12-second mark.”
One Bundaberg star who knows what it takes to make the Junior World Championships is Taryn Gollshewsky, who will be vying for her second berth in Australian colours at Hobart.
Gollshewsky, 16, will compete in shot-put and discus, in which she competed at the Junior World Championships in Italy.
After an injury-marred year and indifferent results, the Elliott Heads star is feeling strong.
“My form has been up and down all year but it has been very good over the last month,” she said.
She will aim to hit a personal best of 47.50m in discus to make the Australian team.
Brenton Thiele, 13, is also competing in the event.