James Quinn will represent Queensland at the Australia Cup to be held in Canberra this weekend.
James Quinn will represent Queensland at the Australia Cup to be held in Canberra this weekend. Max Fleet

Quinn off to canberra

JAMES Quinn is not doing too badly considering all his training is done on the grass at Kuorikoski Oval.

The 14-year-old clocked a personal best of 11.4sec in the 100m recently to book a spot at this weekend’s Australia Cup in Canberra.

Quinn nominated for the event and was ecstatic to be selected along with nine other Queensland athletes at the team event.

His performance in the 100m will count towards an overall total and hopefully a win for Queensland.

Training twice a week, Quinn is determined to push his time below 11 seconds before the year ends.

“I know I can do it and my coach says I have a lot in me yet,” he said.

“So I’m just doing everything I can to get faster.”

The Bundaberg Athletics and West Bundaberg Little Athletics club member qualified for last year’s national titles in Tasmania but did not attend.

He will, however head to Sydney in March for this year’s event — Quinn’s primary focus this year.

“That’s the big one, the one I want to peak for,” he said.

Quinn has already broken the 200m record set in 1995 by his coach Robert Hooper, while also a member of the club’s relay team that dominated the regional relays last year.

“What’s really impressive is that he’s only really done this properly this season, so there’s plenty of room for improvement,” James’ father Gavin said.

Mr Quinn heaped praise on his coach Cooper.

“We’re very lucky to have a coach like Rob in town, he’s improved James so much in such a short space of time,” he said.

Quinn will ramp up his training regime after the weekend, adding a Wednesday session to his schedule.

A sound starter, Quinn is not concerned about the new rules entering the sport.

On the weekend anybody who false starts will automatically be disqualified.

“It doesn’t worry me really, I usually get an okay start and build up until about 50m and keep my speed,” he said.



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