Junior athletes shine
GLADSTONE primary school students with a talent for track and field spent a day out of the classroom mixing it up with kids from across the region and beyond on Monday.
The Capricornia Primary School Trials were held for the first time for six years at the Gladstone TAFE oval.
The event brought schools from as far as Mackay, Rockhampton, the Keppel Coast and the Central Highlands region to town.
More than 500 students competed for coveted spots in the Capricornia team.
Running events including the 100, 200 and 800-metre races, and field events were the high jump, long jump, discus and shot put.
One side of the track was a sea of spectators representing the participating schools, and there was plenty of cheering and applause as the races and events were held.
Gladstone Little Athletics volunteers helped organise the event, preparing the track and line marking for the trials
Gladstone Little Athletics Trisha Smith said it was great to see so many kids involved in track and field events, and the hard work put in by the students was the reason behind their achievements.
“It just goes to show that training pays off,” she said.
“The kids seemed to be having a great time.”
Ms Smith said it was good for Gladstone to host the trials on home turf, and the recent rain had given the oval's condition a real lift.
“The track looked superb,” she said.
The Capricornia Secondary school Trials are being held in Mackay tomorrow.