Sisters of success

Sisters Ashleigh, 13, Maddie, 9, and Rebekah, 12 cleaned up in the prize pool at the Warwick East State School cross country.
Sisters Ashleigh, 13, Maddie, 9, and Rebekah, 12 cleaned up in the prize pool at the Warwick East State School cross country. Linden Morris

ENDURANCE must run in the family because this sister act went home with their hands full of medals and ribbons after Warwick East State School held its annual cross country yesterday.

In a race that tests stamina and mental strength, these girls proved to be tough competitors.

Ashleigh, Rebekah and Maddie Browne said the secret to their success was training and remaining focused during the run.

"We run and train together to keep each other motivated," Ashleigh said.

"We have been training in the mornings before school," Rebekah said.

"Our parents also encourage us to keep active and do a lot of sport."

Youngest of the three Maddie said this was her first cross country.

"I have only been running for one term and am excited to finally be able to run and win," she said.

Physical education teacher Trevor Nelson said he was pleased with the level of participation.

"When we get 92% of those possible running that is classified as a great response," Mr Nelson said.

"The serious competitors started training at the beginning of March where we offered before-class training five days a week for eight weeks.

"An enormous effort was also put in by the house captains, who encouraged their house mates, organised war cry practices and set great examples for the younger kids."

Final overall placings were Quinn house in third place with 122 points, Harwood house in second place with 152 points and Garland house in first place with 156 points.

Topics:  cross country, warwick east state school



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