Maryborough Amateur Athletic Club members.
Maryborough Amateur Athletic Club members. Contributed

M'boro athletes ready for the state championships

THIS weekend 38 members of the Maryborough Amateur Athletic Club will head to Brisbane for the Little Athletics State Championships at the Queensland Sports and athletics Centre at Nathan.

The athletes all qualified for the championships at the Central Coast Regional Championships held at Hervey Bay Little Athletics Club in early February.

Maryborough was one of the largest participating clubs with 50 members taking part.

Athletes range in age from Under-9 to Under-17.

The club usually has more success in the throwing disciplines of the sport than in the track events with the best medal chances coming from the likes of Anthony Clark in the shot-put and discus section of the Under 16 age group.

The Maryborough High School student has just returned from the Queensland State Athletics Championships with a gold medal in shot-put and a bronze medal in discus, and is currently ranked third in the Australian rankings for U18 shot-put. Hayley Nicolson and Brooke Thomas are also medal chances in the throwing disciplines after collecting medals at last year's State Championships.

Jared Pacey, who will compete in the U17 Heptathlon, is also a medal chance. Little Athletics club members come from all over Queensland for the three- day championships and the standard of track competition is very strong.

U11 athlete Mackenzee Maloney was the only club member to qualify for a final last year and is hoping to repeat that performance in the 400 metres event.

The state titles are a chance for athletes to compete at world-class facilities and meet members from other clubs. The Little Athletics season has concluded with the club recording its highest membership for some years thanks to the Olympics.

The season resumes on the first Friday in September.

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