THROWING DOWN A CHALLENGE: Molly Vale, 7, practices her discuss throw ahead of this weekend's LAQ Central Coast Regional Championships in Bundaberg. Cheering Molly on are Billy Vale 13, Caleb Wilson 11 and Ryan Mansfield 12. Photo Nick Kossatch / Observer
THROWING DOWN A CHALLENGE: Molly Vale, 7, practices her discuss throw ahead of this weekend's LAQ Central Coast Regional Championships in Bundaberg. Cheering Molly on are Billy Vale 13, Caleb Wilson 11 and Ryan Mansfield 12. Photo Nick Kossatch / Observer NICK KOSSATCH

Tartan track awaits

LITTLE Molly Vale, 7, will be one of 36 Gladstone athletes who will be competing at the LAQ Central Coast Regional Championships at Bundaberg at the weekend.

This involves athletes from an area bounded by Gladstone, Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay and Molly hopes to show her versatility in a range of events.

"I'm going to enjoy the 70m, 100m races and shot put," Molly said.

Her efforts in last night's discus-throwing session impressed head coach John Sherriff.

"I have probably thrown 10 or 15m and my coach John has taught me how to throw discus and shot put," Molly said

The Bundaberg event will be on a tartan track, which Sherriff believed would be appreciated by his youngsters.

"Our team is a blend of experienced athletes and a number of younger kids attending for the first time," he said.

The coach expects his charges to gain great experience against teams from Boyne-Tannum, Bundaberg, West Bundaberg, North Bundaberg, Gin Gin, Monto and Hervey Bay.

There is also plenty of incentive.

"The rare opportunity to compete on a tartan track usually results in a large number of personal bests being attained," Sherriff said.

"Those finishing in the top four in their events will qualify for the LAQ State Championships which will be held in Brisbane at the end of March.

"The ability to compete on top-standard athletics facilities against new opposition usually brings out the best."



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