Brilliant end of season efforts from our athletes

John Sherriff has nurtured many Gladstone athletes.
John Sherriff has nurtured many Gladstone athletes. Luka Kauzlaric

ATHLETICS: It was a successful weekend for a number of juniors from the Gladstone Little Athletics Club.

Nine returned home from the 2017 McDonalds Little Athletics Queensland State Championships in Brisbane's QEII Stadium with gold, silver and bronze medals.

It was the perfect way to round out the season. Our athletes picked up four gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Ilanda Canendo was one of the stars with two gold.

Ilanda was first in the under-15 90m hurdles and U15 triple jump in an outstanding display.

She jumped a distance of 10.63m ahead of Tweed Heads' Rylee Burns and Anna Russell.

It was also a new club record.

In the hurdles, Ilanda completed the 90m distance in a time of 14.54sec to beat Greta Dunn (Balmoral) and Alexandra Neenan from Highfields.

Maddie Sherriff again got the result she was after, with a gold medal in the U17 discus after throwing a distance of 38.17m, to beat Maryborough's Hayley Nicolson and Christina McLure from Biloela.

She also claimed a silver in the shotput where she threw a distance of 10.19m which was also a new club record.

Ashley Hare won out a silver medal in the U15 girl's 500g javelin, after she threw a distance of 33.65m in front of Caloundra's Mia Reynolds and behind winner Brooklyn Utber of Runaway Bay.

Sophie Duff picked up a gold medal in the U14 girls triple jump.

Jesse Sharp won bronze in the U14 boys triple jump.

Jesse also snared another third place in the triple jump with a distance of 11.47m.

Levi Harris won a silver and a bronze in the para athletes 100m and 400m.

Gladstone Little Athletics Club head coach John Sherriff said the results were superb.

"Overall the 24 athletes who attended achieved 47 personal-best times and they set six new club records,” Sherriff said.

"Nearly every athlete managed at least one PB and quite a few did PBs in every event.

"They relished the opportunity to compete on the top quality facilities at QEII Stadium.”

The nine medals was the best haul in a while for the club, according to Sherriff.

It was a great meet for Tallis Stanhope who set two new club records in the U16 boys 1500m and 800m sprints.

"The medal haul shows that this is one of the most successful state championships we have had for a number of years,” Sherriff said.

"Our older girls, who are our golden girls, really shone through providing peak performances at the right time of the year.

"Our first time athletes thoroughly enjoyed themselves and performed incredibly well.

"Most athletes will be taking a well-earned break and while some will move on to winter sports, others will rest for a while and then get ready for the schools athletics season which starts in June or July.”

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