Bryana McGowan and Zachary Jenner are ready for the new season at the Warwick Little Athletics Centre.
Bryana McGowan and Zachary Jenner are ready for the new season at the Warwick Little Athletics Centre. Gerard Walsh

Little athletes ready to shine

BRYANA McGowan isn't thinking about medals and trophies - she just wants some more personal best times in the 2013-2014 little athletics season.

Bryana is going into her third season as a member of the Warwick Little Athletics Club.

She lists sprints, long jump and discus as her favourite events.

Last year, she recorded two firsts, two seconds and one third at the regional championships at Hamilton Oval but isn't thinking about the possibility of state medals.

"I just want to record some personal best times," Bryana said.

She hasn't been training in the off season for athletics.

"I train a lot for hockey," she said.

She is coached by little athletics coaches but also by her father, ultra marathon runner Mark McGowan.

Her inspiration for

competing is looking at the Paralympic athletes like Warwick long jump silver medallist Carlee Beattie.

"They really inspire me how they can compete with a disability," she said.

After debuting in little athletics last year, six-year-old Zachary Jenner will be back for more action this season.

"I like running and the long jump," he said.

As summer approaches, so does little athletics and children, aged three to 17, are invited to sign-on days on September 7 and 14 at Hamilton Oval from 8.30am.

Competition will be held each Saturday morning from September 21 with children competing in two track and two field events each Saturday and an optional fifth event.

Athletes have the opportunity to compete in walks if they wish, an event where Australia has been strong at Olympic and Commonwealth Games level in the past decade.

All welcome at the sign-on days where prospective members can have a go or can call secretary Jan Bannister on 0417 601150 or email warwicklittleathletics@gmail.com



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