Gladstone's gold talent with gold, silver and bronze
IT HAS BEEN a golden campaign sprinkled with some silver and bronze for several Gladstone athletes at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide.
Following in the footsteps of Sophie Duff's triumph with the under-15 Queensland team, there was another who experienced the same joy.
Tama Hodgson, who was also team vice-captain, led the Queensland U12 boy's to gold medal status after a 5-2 grand final win against New South Wales.
Tama's Maroons finished undefeated with six wins which included big scores in the earlier rounds.
There was more gold medal achievement when rising Gladstone golfer Declan Corke was part of the 10-12 year boy's and girl's Queensland side which won its first Craig Parry Shield since 2007.
Queensland produced collective score of 475, six-shots ahead of its arch-enemies to claim the shield and a gold medal.
Declan had a successful campaign with scores of 78 at Adelaide Shores, 85 at Mt Osmond and 74 at North Adelaide which included four birdies.
"He shot well under his handicap and last Thursday was wet and cold and they were tough conditions, but Wednesday were good scoring conditions," Declan's dad Derran Corke said.
Nick Noonan took home a gold medal after his Queensland team took out the U12 boys' division.
Queensland and NSW drew 2-all in the final match, but were crowned champions because it had won more matches.
Nick's U12 counterpart Leah Bertram shared silver medals with her fellow female Queensland team-mates.
Erin Harvey starred for the Queensland U12 soccer team which finished third to claim bronze. She was also player of the match in the game against NT.