Young guns mixing with states best
ATHLETICS: There’s no shortage of athletics talent in the Darling Downs, with a large team selected to represent the region at the secondary Queensland School Sport athletics championship this weekend.
The four-day carnival taking place in Cairns, will see 12 athletes compete under Rogers Sports Coaching, and a handful of others from the region, in the track and field events.
Nathan Rogers, a Warwick High School teacher and throwing coach for the Darling Downs region, said despite the long season, the level of commitment from the athletes has remained high.
“There’s quite a solid depth of ability that we have in our Rogers Sports Coaching team and we expect a lot of the athletes to make finals,” Rogers said.
“There’s possibly two of our athletes that are in with a chance, Danika Murray from Assumption College, she’s a medal chance in all four of her events (long jump, triple jump, 200m and 400m).
“Then there’s a former Warwick State High boy who’s now on the Gold Coast, Brendan Hoffman — he’s a chance for medals in the 18 years boys shotput and discus.”
This carnival isn’t the end of the road for athletes from the region, with Rogers saying the ultimate goal remains in making the Queensland side.
“Under the school program, there is one more level that the kids can reach, which is the All Schools Nationals, and it’s held in Perth at the start of December,” he said.
“If they were wanting to make that team, they would need to place first and second in their events, but for the most part it puts them in with a good chance.”
The carnival will be a good opportunity to showcase the talent that the region produces, which Rogers attributes to the communities involvement.
“I think it’s a tribute to all the coaches, parents, and everyone else that has been involved in helping these kids get to where they are,” he said.
“It’s a pretty big deal that we’ve got kids from a relatively small country town and region who are mixing it with the best of what Brisbane and Queensland have to offer.”