Twin Towns celebrates golden meet

MIAMI'S Pizzey Park was the place to be last weekend as those in the South Coast Region looked to qualify for this year's Queensland Little Athletics State titles, to be held at the State Athletics Centre in Brisbane from March 27-29

Despite being rained out the week before and still with the constant threat of thunderstorms, many athletes from Byron Bay to Beaudesert, Helensvale to Jimboomba came together on a soggy track to try their luck at making this year's championships.

Twin Towns Little Athletics had an excellent turn out this year with over 80 athletes competing over the two days.

This resulted in the club coming away with over 75 medals - 25 of which were gold.

It was, of course, not all about winning. All the athletes gave their best and should be very proud of their performance under very trying conditions at times.

A special mention should be made about one of our club captains, Kassandra Simpkins.

She showed true leadership, determination and sportsmanship after falling not once, but twice in her main event, the 200m hurdles.

Despite the rain she kept on going to congratulate the girls over the finish line and, better still, returned on the Sunday to win the 90m hurdles.

We had 15 under-7 and under-8s come along and join into the spirit of the day. But only those in the under-9 to under-15 age groups could qualify. This year Twin Towns will have a state team of over 40 athletes, half of which will be experiencing the thrill of representative competition for the first time.

Top performers

Martin Campbell (under-13) participated in the five events and walked away with five gold medals;

Kristyn Baker (under-12s) competed in five events and picked up with five medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze);

Sarah Champley (under-11), Raeleigh Reston (under-10), Phoebe Robson (under-9) and Kieran Baker (under-14) all competed in five events and have qualified for the state championships in four;

Fenella Barnes (under-15) came second in the gruelling five-event Pentathlon on the Sunday, and medalled in both of her other two events.

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