Athletes keen for trials
A STITCH during last year's Port Curtis Cross Country Trials prompted Gladstone West student Jessica Altouvas to seek advice.
It came in the form of professional help in order to improve her technique ahead of Friday's event at Ubobo State School.
"I go to 3D Coaching on Tuesday nights and they have taught me how to run smoothly and not stamp on my feet," 10-year-old Jessica said.
"I will be running in the 3km race and won't be going too hard from the start."
The cross country event, which will start and finish at the Boyne Valley Community and Discovery Centre, will have students aged from 10, 11 and 12 years to race in either 2km or 3km distances.
The course has been designed over various terrains such as bitumen, grass and a dirt track.
It is also a flat and looped 1km course.
Talented basketball player Lennox Evans uses that sport to gain an advantage in the event.
"I'm good at running and playing basketball just helps me in doing sprints," quietly-spoken Lennox said.
Fellow Gladstone West schoolmate Deenah Quadri, 9, said she aims to get a place.
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"My grandpa used to do a lot of running when he was younger and he has given me tips on my running," Deenah said.
Central State School student Avabelle Kenzler said she is champing at the bit to hit the ground running.
"My training has been good and I am looking forward to compete against people I do not know," Avabelle said.
"I am very good at running and I am hoping to achieve third place or better."
There is plenty at stake because the first five runners of each race across the finish line will be selected for Port Curtis to compete at the Capricornia trials in Mackay on May 31.
PORT CURTIS CROSS COUNTRY TRIALS
10-year boys and girls to run in 2km trials
11 and 12-year boys and girls to run in 3km trials
First five runners to cross the line get selected in Capricornia trials held in late May