FINE LINE-UP: Ipswich and District Athletic Club competitors who contested the recent Australian Junior Championships receive valuable support from the Ipswich Parents and Old Boys Association.
FINE LINE-UP: Ipswich and District Athletic Club competitors who contested the recent Australian Junior Championships receive valuable support from the Ipswich Parents and Old Boys Association. Vic Pascoe

High achievers gain timely boost

THE Ipswich and District Athletic Club's dedicated junior competitors have received another welcome boost from the Ipswich Parents & Old Boys Association.

The Old Boys Association, including president John Williamson, secretary Brad McCoombes and treasurer Ian Geeves, continue to provide valuable assistance.

The monetary assistance will help high-achieving athletes like Montanna McAvoy, Rochelle Vidler, Alexander Gough and Benjamin Thomas continue their successful athletics journeys.

McAvoy has been selected to compete at the World Junior Championships in the under- 20 3000m steeplechase in Tampere, Finland, from July 10-15.

This is the pinnacle for junior athletes where more than 160 countries compete for international honours.

Vidler will be competing in the under-18 hammer throw at the Melanesian Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from May 9-11.

At least 11 countries will contest these games.

Teammates Gough (under 18 2000m steeplechase) and Thomas (under 18 200m) will join Vidler at the Melanesian Games.

The under-18 group at the Melanesian Games will be vying for a spot at the Youth Olympics Championships to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 1-6 where 93 countries compete.

Ipswich club juniors pictured with the Ipswich Parents and Old boys Association are (front row left to right): Alexander Gough, Jude Thomas, Alex Davies, Jessica Rowe and Cooper Farnsworth. Middle row from left to right: Hayley Wright, Benjamin Thomas, Erin Wright and Laylani Va'ai. Back row left to right: John Williamson, Rochelle Vidler, Camryn Novinetz, Ian Geeves and Brad McCoombes. Absent were Montanna McAvoy, Toby Stolberg, Joshua Carrick, Ryan Stewart and Tyla Stolberg.

The Ipswich club supported each athlete with $100. The Ipswich Old Boys presented the club with $750 to help the juniors achieve their goals.

Meanwhile, club officials are already planning the 37th Ipswich Winter Carnival on August 26.

Sponsorship from around the region is welcome to further assist the Ipswich club's promising athletes gain more competitive opportunities.