Athletic talent was everywhere to be seen at the Queensland Primary Schools State Athletics Championships held last week. The best young athletes in the state battled it out on the track and in the field to gain personal bests and become State Champions.
Among these talented athletes were our very own Cassidy Ferris and Laura Vobr. This was Laura’s second year at the competition but it was all new and very exciting for young Cassidy.
Laura was first up to compete in the 11 year girls discus event where she placed ninth last year. She threw very consistently over her first three throws and qualified for another three throws in the finals. Laura threw the discus 27.05m to finish in seventh position which was a fantastic result. She also competed in the shot put event finishing in the middle of the field. Laura trains hard for these events and regularly competes in Little Athletics Carnivals so we look forward to watching her progress over the years.
Cassidy Ferris was selected to compete in the 200m event and also had the opportunity to run in the 10 year girls relay which she enjoyed very much. The relay team from all over the coast trained together before the race and combined well as a team but were very nervous as this was their first relay together. They ran beautifully and qualified for the final. In the final they gave it all they had but a shaky baton change cost them third place and they finished in fourth place (by .4 sec) which was a fantastic result for this inexperienced team. “There’s always next year” as Cassidy says!!
Cassidy was fired up and ready to race her 200m heat and finished second in her heat to qualify for the final a few hours later. She drew an outside lane but raced very strongly especially over the last 50m of the race to finish in seventh position in a very fast final. She ran 30.82sec which was a great time and to be seventh fastest over 200m in the state is a great achievement.
Both girls gained much experience and confidence and made new friends from all over the coast from at this competition and look forward to competing again next year.