The competitors at the Gladstone Athletics Club Observer Challenge held at CQ TAFE Athletics Field, Gladstone.
The competitors at the Gladstone Athletics Club Observer Challenge held at CQ TAFE Athletics Field, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Observer team runs out of puff against super kids

WHAT a way for the Gladstone Athletics Club to start their season, against the best that there is to compete against in Gladstone.

Well, not really. Far from the best actually.

That's right, The Observer put up the best we could muster at the weekend and were well behind the mark set by the athletics kids.

Super kids. Mack Geiger was about half my height and could jump higher than me, nearly higher than himself actually.

John Sherriff, Gladstone Athletics president, floated the idea of a challenge with our crew a few weeks ago.

It turned out that it was not much of a challenge at all.

Out of five events that were contested, the Gladstone Athletics won four.

The one event our Observer team was able to take away was the shot put, with editor Allen Winter stealing the show.

Well done Allen, but let's put this into realistic terms.

Mr Winter did a fine job, but was using a smaller weight than many of the kids who we were up against. Just remember they are super kids.

In our 60m hurdles race, our three participants watched the competition launch themselves over the obstacles and away from us.

Seth Gould blitzed the 100m in a cool time, just short of 13 seconds, while the journalists on track were about half way through the distance.

Our discus effort made the athletics team win closer than expected, although Mr Winter will agree that shot put is his best after throwing the discus into the cage not out of it. Overall, the super kids smashed us.

Congratulations and good luck with all your athletics this season, we will see if we can be better next year.

Discipline Winners

  • Hurdles - Sally Hodgson
  • 100m - Seth Gould
  • Discus - Maddie Sherriff
  • Shot put - Allen Winter
  • High Jump - Mack Geiger and Greer Sherriff



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