Athletic dreams soar at titles

ON YOUR MARKS: St Joseph's College students Liam Hitchener and Asbjorn Gaskell competed for the Darling Downs at the Queensland Regional Athletics Titles in Cairns. Photo Daniel Elliott / Stanthorpe Border Post
ON YOUR MARKS: St Joseph's College students Liam Hitchener and Asbjorn Gaskell competed for the Darling Downs at the Queensland Regional Athletics Titles in Cairns. Photo Daniel Elliott / Stanthorpe Border Post Daniel Elliott

ONE is built for endurance, the other has springs in his legs.

St Joseph's College students Liam Hitchener and Asbjorn Gaskell returned from Cairns recently, after representing the Darling Downs against the best young athletes from 11 regions around Queensland.

Year 7 student Asbjorn said it was the second time he had represented the Darling Downs in the 800m race at the Queensland State Titles.

"I don't like sprinting because it's over and done with in a few seconds," Asbjorn said.

"I have lots of endurance so I like the 800m. It takes a lot harder training and during a race you have to keep on going and never give up.

"I have competed for the Darling Downs before and you get a bit of a reputation because you got into the team, so you have to live up to it and do your best.

"Knowing I did the best I could, on the day, is a good feeling."

Year 6 student Liam said earning a spot on the Darling Downs team for long jump had been the realisation of a three-year goal.

"For the last three years I've wanted to compete for the Darling Downs, so it was good to achieve one of the things I wanted to do," Liam said.

"Going to Cairns and competing for a large district felt great and it was a pretty big deal when you're in primary school.

"It was a good feeling knowing people were proud of you and look up to you."

During competition Asbjorn ran fifth in his heat and 17th overall, in a personal best time, and Liam jumped 4.5m to earn himself a spot in the top 10.

Liam said his top 10 finish was very satisfying.

"I don't think I could have done any better," Liam said.

"It was one of my best jumps and a good feeling to be 10th overall."

ON YOUR MARKS: St Joseph's College students Liam Hitchener and Asbjorn Gaskell competed for the Darling Downs at the Queensland Regional Athletics Titles in Cairns.

Topics:  athletics, darling downs, stanthorpe, state age championships



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