Throwers bring back medals from state titles
ATROCIOUS conditions couldn't deny Hervey Bay throwers Logan Stubbs and Anna Deakin from turning in great performances at the Little Athletics Queensland state titles in Cairns.
Stubbs, 16, smashed his own state record in the shot put by nearly 70cm with a heave of 17.63m (4kg shot put) in the pouring rain to take gold in the boys' under-17 event.
The wet conditions also failed to deter Deakin, 11, who broke her personal mark in the javelin to finish second in the girls under-11 final.
She then threw 10.95m in her pet event shot put to claim her second silver medal of the competition.
It was an amazing performance for Deakin and Stubbs, who had little time to clear the water in the shot put circle before making their throws.
However, Stubbs is getting used to competing in the rain having produced a personal best effort (with a 5kg shot put) in the men's under-18 shot put at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney last month.
"It was a good finish to the 2013-2014 season, but it really was an eye opener to see my potential and then show what I could get by the end of the year," said the Hervey Bay State High School student, who also won a silver medal in discus.
Despite finishing third in shot put at last year's state titles, Deakin, a student at Fraser Coast Anglican College, didn't think she had it in her to go one better.
"I'm happy; it was really difficult and the conditions were horrible," she said.
"It was raining and even though it was like that for everybody, I didn't think I could do it."
No one was prouder of Deakin than Stubbs, who has taken her under his wing since realising her potential.
Both members of the Hervey Bay Little Athletics Club and coached by triple Olympian Justin Anlezark, Stubbs felt Deakin needed more self belief to turn the silver into gold.
"It's good seeing what I have done with helping her, pay off and get results," he said.
"But you need to have that confidence because if you don't have that confidence you're not going to go out there and perform your best."
HE MIGHT have fallen short of a medal, but Howard's Lachlan Hutchen has returned home from the Little Athletics Queensland state championships with renewed optimism.
The nine-year-old earned a spot in three finals during the three-day carnival in Cairns, with his best finish of fifth coming in the under-10 boys' 70m dash.
One of two competitors from the Burrum District Little Athletics Club to attend the meet, Hutchen also crossed the finish line fourth in the 200m event, but was disqualified for running on the line for more than six steps.
Despite being disappointed to leave empty handed, Lachlan's father Justin said he would be better for the experience.
"He was a little shattered, but he sets high goals and to make the final and be one of the top eight kids in his age group in Queensland is a pretty good effort," he said.
"The hunger is still there and I hope he realises that he is not that far behind them. He's not getting beaten by 10m, he was nipping at their (leaders) heels the whole time."
Burrum's other athlete, Byron Swanson, took part in three events with his best result an eighth place in the under-12 boys' high jump.
MARYBOROUGH Amateur Athletics Club president Gavin Grantz has praised the efforts of the club's young stars after a strong of strong performances at the Little Athletics Queensland state championships.
Hayley Nicolson was the only athlete to bring home medals from the Cairns meet, finishing second in the under-14 girls' discus and third in triple jump.
But Grantz said all eight of their athletes produced exceptional results across the board, with five of them making finals.
"We were very impressed with their results especially with the rainy weather they had up there," he said.
"One good result in particular was Aneka Van Veelen, who came ninth, but beat her personal best time by 22 seconds in the (under-12 girls) 1500m.
"We also got an impressive result from Hayley Nicolson with a silver and a bronze medal.
"Another good result was Jared Pacey making two finals and was our best of the male competitors up there."
Hayley Nicolson: 2nd in discus, 3rd in triple jump, 5th in long jump and 8th in 200m.
Jared Pacey: 5th in 90m hurdles and 7th in discus.
Kellie Davies: 6th in shot put and 7th in discus.
Taleasha Graham: 7th in 400m and 8th in triple jump.
Sebastian Bendall: 7th in high jump.
Cody Teirney: 9th in 800m and 11th in long jump.
Aneka Van Veelen: 9th in 1500m.
Annelyse Tevant: 10th in long jump and 11th in high jump.