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Young athletes go for gold at spring carnival

Cr Vince Habermann and Olympic Champion Sally Pearson pose with some of the young athletes at the Coles Spring Carnival. Photo: Contributed

Over 600 young athletes from across the state will gather at the Bundaberg Regional Athletics Facility on 23 September for the Coles Spring Carnival.

Athletes in the under 7 to under 17 age groups will be sporting their centre colours competing in sprints, middle distance, walks, jumps and throws.

The competition has drawn statewide attention with athletes from Rockhampton, Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts as well as Toowoomba, Goondiwindi and Chinchilla making the trip to Bundaberg to compete.

Little Athletics is a sport that involves the whole family, so not only will the athletes make their presence known but parents and families will be there lending their support.

There will also be over 70 volunteers, officials and coaches making the trip to Bundaberg to ensure the athletes compete to their potential and the carnival runs seamlessly.

Little Athletics Queensland has over 13,000 young members statewide.

Whilst many athletes are involved for the physical activity and social aspects of the sport, some will go on to represent their country in athletics and a lucky few could even win a medal at the Olympics or Paralympics one day.

Just like Olympic Champion and Coles Ambassador Sally Pearson, who will be in attendance at the carnival.

Little Athletics Queensland CEO Christopher Davis said they were thrilled to have Sally join the carnival in Bundaberg.

“Sally will attend the carnival from 9.30 am – 11.30 am to sign autographs, hand out medals to event winners and meet our rising stars,” Christopher said.

“Little Athletics in Queensland has continued to go from strength to strength as it offers great broad based sporting pursuit for children where the focus is on the improvement of the individual’s skills rather than on winning and losing.

“We are seen as a foundation for all sports as the core skills of running, jumping and throwing are easily transferred to other sports.

“It is amazing to consider that many of Australia’s best athletes from a variety of different sports have come through Little Athletics as juniors.”

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