SUCCESS STORY: Rheed McCracken with his bronze medal after the 800m final in the T34 class.
SUCCESS STORY: Rheed McCracken with his bronze medal after the 800m final in the T34 class. Australian Paralympic Committee

McCracken a special guest at athletics carnival

BUNDABERG Paralympic medallist Rheed McCracken will be heading to the Bundaberg Athletics Centre at the Little Athletics Spring Carnival on Saturday.

Fresh from arriving back in the region,after winning two medals in the 100m and 800m in the T34 class at the Rio Paralympics, McCracken will sign autographs and see the next generation of sporting stars in action at Saturday's meet.

Little Athletics CEO Simon Cook said it was good to have a successful former competitor come back.

"He's a great ambassador and it will be great to see him there as he's a great athlete,” he said.

"On the day he'll provide plenty of support.”

Held for the third time in a row in Bundaberg, the Spring Carnival helps to start the new season for Little Athletics.

With school holidays as well around the state, Cook said it was the perfect time to host it in Bundaberg.

"It's been really successful since we came up here when the new track was opened,” he said.

"It's a great location and the surface is excellent for the athletes.”

What has also helped are the recent Paralympics and Olympics.

After gaining a 32% increase in membership following the London Olympics, Little Athletics is already seeing similar figures already.

So much so that Cook said they were expecting more athletes in action on Saturday than last year.

"The latest number is 350 athletes,” he said.

"It's the largest number we've had which is great to see.”

With age groups ranging from under-7s to under-17s, each athlete will be working towards different goals.

Cook said as they get older, the focus turned to being competitive.

"The aim for us is to see all athletes do their best and achieve their best performances,” he said.

"Having said that they will all be competitive as they aim to win on the day.”

With Little Athletics important to producing the next Olympian or Paralympian, Cook said the sport was in a great position heading into the future

"We had one of our youngest teams head to the recent Olympics and they all did extremely well,” he said.

The action starts at 11am.



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