Young apprentice overtakes master
EMERGING athlete Christian Devon smashed a long-standing long jump record held by his coach at the Bundaberg Athletic Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics' return to Kuorikoski Oval last Friday night.
Devon eclipsed his club coach Robert Hooper's long jump record of 5.46 metres set in 1996 when he leapt 5.51 metres at the Bundaberg Athletic Club
The 13-year-old has shown huge improvement this season under Hooper's guidance and also clocked his best time of 12.2 seconds for 100 metres against considerably older rivals.
The lanky lad's form is a good indicator for the coming state and national titles over the next three months, where he is hoping for top placings again in hurdles.
Hooper was pleased with his long jump effort after a long drought with injuries and gave himself a birthday present with an impressive 6.53 metre jump, and just pipped James Quinn in the 200 metres.
In the popular younger ranks, Jasmin Bishop edged her under-seven rival, Charleigh McNamara, by 1cm in discus and 5cm in the long jump.
McNamara was top girl on the track.
With many students still on holidays, a modified day two program will be held at Kuorikoski Oval this Friday starting at 6pm when the day has cooled down.
Visiting athletes are able to continue their training and competition program while in the district and should contact the coaching co-ordinator, Robert Hooper, on 0400796686 for suitable times.
Nominations are rolling in for the regional individual titles to be held in Hervey Bay next month and entry forms are available during the week in the auditorium in the clubhouse.
The closing date with the secretary is Friday, January 20, so members should contact the club to avoid missing out as no late entries can be taken after January 27 to allow the nominations to be processed by Queensland Little Athletics in Brisbane.
- Judi Grummitt
Bundaberg Athletic Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics