Medal rush for Twin Towns little athletes
FORTY is the magic number for the Twin Towns Little Athletics team.
The group brought home 40 medals - 11 of them gold - from the Queensland State Athletics Titles in Brisbane earlier this month.
Fenella Barnes was the most successful competitor winning three golds and two bronze in the under-11 girls' section.
She won the 100m, 200m and 400m events and was third in both the 800m and long jump events.
Simon Campbell, in the under-14 boys' section, was the centre's other multiple gold medalist, winning the 90m and 200m hurdle and finishing second in the high jump.
Caleb Ziebell was the group's youngest gold medalist winning the under-10 1100m walk. He also took silver in the shotput.
Geoffrey Harrison took gold in the under-11 boys' discus and bronze in the shot put. In the under-12 boys' Matthew Lesslie took gold in the discus, silver in the shotput and bronze in the high jump.
Angus McNally won gold in the 400m, 15-years boys division while he also took bronze in the pentathlon.
Ella Henshall, who has been selected in the Queensland team for the National Pentathlon titles, took gold in the under-15 girls' triple jump and bronze in the pentathlon.
Gina Dowdle was the other gold medalist, winning gold in the under-15 girls' discus.
Jessica Brown, who captured three silvers in the under 13 girls', was also selected to compete in the Queensland state team at Nationals in Tasmania in late April. Jessica took silver in the 100m, 200m and 400m races.
Other medallist: Under nines boys: Jay Darnell - 3rd 70m, 2nd 60m hurdle; Martin Campbell - 2nd 700m walk. Under 10: Nick Ferris - 3rd discus & shot put; Jason Byrnes - 3rd 70m. Under 11 girls: Jamaica Appo - 2nd triple jump, Sharlie McGovern - 3rd 200m. Under 12 girls: Chloe Blanchard - 3rd shotput. Under 13 girls: Nicole Luyten - 3rd shot put, 3rd javelin. Under 14 boys: Deaglan Barnes - 3rd 400m. Under 15 boys: Daniel Bulmer - 2nd 1500m, 2nd 800m. Under 15 girls: Ellen Wilson - 2nd 800m, 2nd 1500m.