Lilly Gibson from Gladstone competes in javelin at the Regional Championships Febrary 8, 2020
Lilly Gibson from Gladstone competes in javelin at the Regional Championships Febrary 8, 2020

PHOTOS: Records fall at Gladstone Regionals

ATHLETICS: Just before heading off to school, Lilly Gibson took time out to talk records.

Like the one she broke at the Nordic Central Coast Regional Championship held at CQU Oval at the weekend.

Lilly, 15, jumped a height of 1.42m in the under-16 girls' high jump.

"I did not expect to set a regional record," she said.

"I guess it was just in the moment."

Lilly said high jump was her preferred discipline - one in which she wanted to excel.

"I really have to have the right form and focus when I'm getting ready to jump," she said.

Her training, under the watchful eye of coach Trudy Shepperd, includes dynamic running and strength work.

"It's all about flexibility and agility and sometimes my dad Shane Gibson gives me a couple of tips when he can," she said.

Shane is also the president of Gladstone Athletics Club.

The Gibson family is further entrenched in Gladstone athletics, with Lilly's mum Jo the club secretary.

Jo said the weekend event went without incident in challenging conditions.

Thankfully the thunderstorm that struck parts of Gladstone on Sunday afternoon had hit after the championship had finished.

"The feedback from Little Athletics Queensland and all clubs that attended was very positive and all had great fun," Jo said.

"The event ran smoothly and ahead of schedule.

"They were impressed with the condition of the oval and the facilities that we provided."

Aside from Lilly's record-breaking jump, there were ­others who stepped up to the podium.

Mack Geiger, as he is so ­accustomed to, broke several.

He threw a distance of 37.75m in the under-16 boys' javelin and set a new regional record in the 100m hurdle in a time of 14.90 sec.

In the longer 300m version of the same discipline, Mack did a time of 44.10 sec, which was another regional record.

Nick Barton set the standard in his specialised discipline. He cleared a height of 1.75m in the under-16 boys' high jump.

Most of the athletes will now prepare for the state championship in Brisbane from March 13-15.

"There will be more training for me, once or twice a week after school, to get ready for the states," Lilly said.

Mum Jo said other clubs from Central Queensland were impressed.

"A quote from one of the other clubs was 'you have done such a good job and we want to come back again'," she said

"LAQ have offered their time to come back in the next couple of weeks and do training sessions with all athletes that have qualified for the state championship."

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