Big final meet of the season for Gladstone's athletes
ATHLETICS: Gladstone will be well represented in this weekend's 2017 McDonalds Little Athletics Queensland State Championships in Brisbane's QEII Stadium.
Twenty-four of Gladstone's best juniors from under-9s through to U17s will take on 11 other regions in an event that will officially mark the end of the Little Athletics season in Queensland.
Gladstone Little Athletics head coach John Sherriff said the venue, which is where the 1982 Commonwealth Games were held, will be an exciting experience.
"Quite a few are going for the first time and we have a whole bunch of U9s who are very excited,” Sherriff said.
Among those are Ethan Bates, Cara Corke, Olivia Geiger, Milly Sharpe and Molly Vale and they will compete in a range of disciplines such as discus, shot put, hurdles, sprints, long jump and high jump.
"If anyone makes the top eight, that means they make the finals and it would be a tremendous effort if that happens,” Sherriff said.
"But we don't place any expectations on the younger kids and it's all about them having fun and making friends.”
Sherriff said a large crowd is expected at the stadium and he hopes Gladstone's older athletes make an impact.
"Obviously our top athletes Maddy Sherriff and Sophie Duff will be hoping to medal,” Sherriff said.
Maddy will ply her trade in the U14 javelin, shot put and discus while Sophie will aim for wins in the U14 long jump, 100m heats and triple jump.
The championships start at 9.50am today and concludes during mid-afternoon this Sunday.