North-West Coast Athletes ready to take on Little Athletics National Championships
The North-West Coast will be strongly represented at the Australian Under 13 Little Athletics Championships in Hobart over the weekend with four athletes taking to the track.
Burnie Little Athletics Club’s Chelsea Scolyer and Olivia Collins and Devonport Little Athletics Club’s Tom Winkel will compete in under 13 events for the Tasmanian team of 32 and Burnie’s Courtney Hingston will compete in for a Tasmanian under 15 multi-event team at the same event.
Tasmanian team manager Brett Gillow said it was great to have the national titles in Tasmania and he was hoping it will give the home team an advantage.
“It is a fantastic honour for Tasmania to host an event like this, because it is such a huge event with 280 athletes coming from across Australia, including our own,” Gillow said.
“It will be great to be having these other states coming to Tassie and it will give us a little bit of an edge I suppose, especially considering that it is meant to be a bit cooler over the weekend and the a lot of the athletes from the northern states don’t like that too much.”
Gillow said the Tasmanian team for the event was very balanced and this age group has been earmarked for many years.
“So it is quite a strong team that we have been able to assemble, this age group that has been coming through for the last few years, we have always identified them as a strong year group.
“Because this is a teams event where they are competing individually to earn points for their state, that gives us a great opportunity to have some success as a team because we have a great depth across this age group.
“We have also noticed through the training over the last six or seven weeks that athletes have improved from where they were and they have really come together as a team as well, but we never put expectations on our athletes.”
Gillow said the North-West athletes will be great chances to medal at the event and will help the Tasmanian chances to top the teams event.
“You don’t have to say much about Chelsea, she is a high quality athlete and has been from a very young age and hasn’t shown like she is slowing up yet.
“It is proven by what she was able to achieved in Sydney a few weeks ago with 100m gold and 200m and long jump silver.
“Similar for Tom, he is a high class distance athlete and has had a really good carnival in Sydney and whilst he may have been a little disappointed with his 800, really his times will stack up here in Hobart.
“Olivia has come along leaps and bounds with her training and she is not a specialist in any event, but an all-rounder and she will give us great depth and put her best foot forward.
“Courtney is a bit of an all-rounder herself and it is why she has been picked for the heptathlon and we are expecting her to get through because seven events is difficult and hopeful she can get a few personal bests in the process.”