JUNIOR ATHLETICS: Lee-Challe Kriel competes in the long jump at the Bundaberg Little Athletics Spring Carnival. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail
JUNIOR ATHLETICS: Lee-Challe Kriel competes in the long jump at the Bundaberg Little Athletics Spring Carnival. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail Paul Donaldson BUN260915ATH14

Great performances at the Little Athletics Spring Carnival

THERE are few sports equal to athletics in its cruelty.

A fraction of a second or a few millimetres can break the heart of competitors and coaches in an instant.

But this fact didn't stop the hundreds of young athletes hitting the track and field events at Little Athletics Queensland's 2015 Spring Carnival at the Bundaberg Regional Athletics Complex.

Competitors in age groups from Under-7 to U17 and from as far away as Melbourne gathered at the weekend for a day of events.

In the scores of events held there was eight new Queensland best performances (QBPs) coming from athletes who competed on their home track and a few visitors.

Dustin Collin from West Bundaberg Little Athletics set a new state benchmark in the U11 high jump with 1.21m while Bargara's Ben Mingin was the star performer from the coastal club.

Mingin is now the one to beat in U17 shot put and discus with distances of 10.67m and 37.30m respectively for the throws.

In a new event to the program, U9 400m, Lily Vella from the Isis District and Flynn Wheeler set the QBP for others to chase.

Lily's time of 1:32.88 is the mark for the girls and Flynn's 1:24.79 is what other boys at every club in the state are aiming for.

This was the second Spring Carnival hosted by Bundaberg and through its success will be an annual event on Little Athletic Queensland's calendar.



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