Kiara Oates - right.
Kiara Oates - right. Jake Jones

First-year Kiara too quick for seniors on athletics day

KIARA Oates (right) was scared and didn't know what to expect when she turned up to her first Gladstone State High School athletics carnival.

But by the end of the day, she was the talk of the school.

Kiara became the only first-year student to take the Gladstone Gift, usually, won by senior students.

"I just kept running, I only realised I had won when they called my name," she said.

From the side of the track, Kiara never looked like losing, getting off the mark fast and holding a healthy lead through the finish line.

It capped off a successful day for the 12-year-old, who won every event she entered.

It backed up her age champion award from the school's swimming carnival earlier.

"I am proud to have won, I hope to do it again," the all-round athlete, said.

Kiara will take to the track again in the Port Curtis athletics on Thursday.

How she performs there will determine if she competes in a Capricornia carnival.

After all is said and done, Kiara will return to her chosen sport of Silat, an Indonesian martial art.



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