Meet the athletes: South Burnett Little Athletics

Elizabeth Baldwin and Landon Richards (8) were among the youngest in their club to compete. Picture: Julian Lehnert 262018_02

by Julian Lehnert

Landon, Elizabeth and Maddison were among 22 athletes to represent South Burnett Little Athletics at the Queensland Little Athletics State Championships last weekend (turn to page 56 for the full story). Here’s what they had to say:

Landon Richards, 8:

It was his first time going to States with Little A’s.

What does it feel like going to Brisbane for such a big competition: “I’ve never been [to Brisbane]!”

What made you join: “I started discus and shot put when I was three.”

What do you compete in: Discus, shotput

What discipline is your favourite: “Discus; I came first out of 51 kids”

How do you reckon you’ll do at State level in Brisbane: “We’re gonna win!”

2021 Results: Placed 3rd in Boys U9 Discus Relay alongside teammate Izak Gibson

Elizabeth Baldwin, 8:

It was her first time going to States with Little A’s.

What does it feel like going to Brisbane for such a big competition: “Scary!”

What made you join: “Mum!”

What do you compete in: “I do everything.”

What discipline is your favourite: “Either discus or shot put, I can’t decide. I came first in shot put and second in discus [at regionals’, out of my age bracket]”

How do you reckon you’ll do at State level in Brisbane: “Win!”

Maddison Richards, 16:

She has competed at the State championships once before and 2021 was her last chance to compete. She made the top 6 in discus at her State attempt last year.

Maddison will be out of the age bracket next year, but is considering continuing with her athletics

She started at Little A’s at the end of Year 6, now in Year 10

What made you join: “At [a] school [sports event], I just won discus one year, and got into [Little Athletics] from there.”

What do you compete in: “I mainly concentrate on the throwing – discus and shot put, but I can’t throw a javelin to save my life.”

2021 Results: Placed 3rd in Mixed U17 Discus Relay alongside teammate Finn Kahler-Wheatley