Gladstone doubles efforts for regional athletics meet

TWICE the number of representatives will take to the track for Gladstone at the regional athletics titles this weekend in Bundaberg, giving the club the possibility of double the success.

Usually travelling with around 25 participants, Gladstone's young athletes have 47 heading to the tartan-tracked venue, many of whom have never been to the representative level before.

"Probably about half of them have not been to regionals before," Gladstone Little Athletics President John Sherriff said.

"If they finish in the top four they qualify for states."

Following a lot of success in last year's regionals, the team this year has a lot of enthusiasm heading to Bundaberg.

The carnival, held over both Saturday and Sunday, may be the first time many have been on the tartan track surface.

"A lot of them have never run on it before, they will be surprised how well they do," Sherriff said.

Gladstone's hopefuls will compete against other young athletes from as far away as Maryborough, which bookends the south of the region along with the local club being the boundary north.

Limited to five events, athletes do not need to worry about relays, only individual events at the regional titles meeting.

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