Futures bright for track stars
BUNDABERG Athletics Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics members have shone at the various state championships over the past fortnight.
Ben Galea, Brenton Thiele, Christian Devon, Amjad Aslam and Nikita Taylor were all among the medals at the State Little Athletics titles, while Rheed McCracken, Les Kuorikoski and Taryn Gollshewsky were also in the thick of things at the Queensland Athletics State Championships.
Thiele stood tall with gold in the under-17 boys' 200m hurdles in 25.99sec, silver in the 100m in 11.66sec, and bronze in the shot put with 13.56m, and also placed fourth in the 400m and equal-sixth in high jump.
Devon continued his rapid emergence this season by snaring gold in the U-14 boys' 200m hurdles in 27.22sec and silver in the 90m hurdles in 13.50sec and wound up fourth in the 100m in 12.41sec and discus with 41.68m.
Galea claimed silver in the U-17 boys' discus with a throw of 47.61m and also placed 10th in the 800m.
Aslam bagged silver in the U-13 boys 100m in 12.67sec but just missed a medal when fourth in the 200m, and was also a member of the Queensland U-13 team.
Taylor battled it out in five events, with her best result being bronze in the U-13 girls' discus with a throw of 35.68m.
McCracken, who has qualified for the Paralympics in London, again swept all before him in AWD (Athletics With a Disability) events with four gold medals, in the boys' wheelchair 100m (16.59sec), 200m (29.01sec), 800m (1:43.55) and 1500m (3:14.20).
Gollshewsky had to settle for second in her specialty event, the open women's discus with 48.34m and also picked up bronze in the open shot put with 11.81m.
Her coach Les Kuorikoski, who has returned to top level competition after a long break following a serious knee injury, proved he could still mix it with the best by clinching silver in the men's open discus with 49.92m and bronze in the javelin (62.43m) and shot put (15.90m).
Gollshewsky, Devon and Aslam had previously performed strongly at the Athletics Australia junior championships in Sydney, along with another clubmate, James Quinn.
Gollshewsky brought home national bronze in the U-20 women's discus with her throw of 43.36m and wound up seventh in shot put.
But, competing at his first nationals, Devon stamped himself as a star of the future, clinching silver in the U-15 boys' 200m hurdles in 28.23sec and bronze in discus (43.36m), and gaining fifth in the 100m hurdles and 10th in long jump.
Silver came Aslam's way as a member of the U14 boys' 4x100m relay team after running fourth in the 200m and seventh in the 100m final, while Quinn savoured silver in the U-18 boys' 4x100m relay, and qualified for the 100m final, where he placed eighth.