Promising Ipswich athletes on state mission
ATHLETICS: With winter and September school holidays over for another year, it's time for some of the region's most talented athletes to launch into a new season.
Ipswich and District Athletic Club president and coach Vic Pascoe is delighted to see an increase in registrations with more than 50 athletes already signed on for the new season.
"This year, at the start of the season, it's probably the most number of registrations we've had in this first month,'' Pascoe said.
"Most of the regulars are back.''
This season's club athletes will be coached by a number of experienced coaches including Pascoe (sprints), Theresa "Marty'' Stolberg (high jumps and sprints), Michael Moore (throws), Brad Robinson (middle distance events) and newcomer Darin Coombes (throws).
Club competitors are gearing up for two major state meetings involving school competition.
The first is this weekend's Queensland All School Track and Field championships in Cairns for athletes aged 10-12 years.
The Ipswich club will be represented this weekend by exciting prospects Hemi Rakuita, Hayley Condon, Kamara Stewart, Rory Smith, Sam Morris, Charlize Goody, Claire Bellingham and Toby Stolberg.
The Queensland All School Track and Field Championships for athletes aged 13-19 follow at QSAC in Brisbane from October 25-28.
Pascoe said recent late afternoon weather hadn't upset training too much until Bill Paterson Oval was closed by Ipswich City Council this week.
He said while the farmers welcomed the rain, some extra showers would also help the Bill Paterson Oval track and accompanying field.
"We need the rain to get the grass growing back properly again,'' he said.
"It's copped a fair bit of wear and tear over the winter break. And being so dry, even though it does get irrigated, irrigation is nowhere near as good as what rain is.''
Some recent training sessions have been moved to Brisbane's tartan track.
Pascoe said some of his squad had also trained through the school holidays to make a good start of some important meetings coming up.
Early competition meets at St Lucia also gave athletes extra lead-up work before the state events.
"They are training very very hard,'' Pascoe said, pleased with the club's dedicated coaches.
"It's great to see the young ones coming on board - the 10 year olds upwards because that's the future athletes.
"Most are coming out of Ipswich Little A's.''
He welcomed athletes from Boonah and Rosewood.
Ipswich and District Athletic Club representatives competing in the 10-12yrs Queensland All Schools Championships this weekend.
Hemi Rakuita (10yrs): 100m and 200m
Hayley Condon (11yrs): Discus
Kamara Stewart (11yrs): 100m and 4 x 100m relay
Rory Smith (11yrs): Discus
Sam Morris (11yrs): Discus
Charlize Goody (12yrs): Shot put
Claire Bellingham (12yrs): High jump
Toby Stolberg (12yrs): High jump.