The athletes of the Mount Isa Athletics Club are now starting to hit their stride with four club records tumbling on the weekend.
It is obviously a quality gene pool at the Waerea household as Rico Waerea, brother of champion thrower Breanna “Canon” Waerea, cleared his own height to smash the 12-year-boys High Jump Record by a full 7cm clearing the bar at 1.46m.
The previous record of 1.39m had stood since 2002.
When the clubs’ jumps coach, David Scott, viewed a video of the jump on the Club Facebook page he was analysing it and noted a few tweaks that could be made to Rico’s technique, it wasn’t until after he actually read the post and realised the height that had just been cleared that he felt a little bit excited about the potential heights Rico maybe capable of.
The club’s 2016 Best and Fairest athlete, Lachy McCoy, doesn’t seem to be backing off at all posting a blistering 13.3s record time in the under 18 90m hurdles taking over half a second off the old time.
The 90m hurdles isn’t a traditional distance for an under 18 athlete so it will be interesting to see Lachy’s potential at his full distance of 110m on a synthetic track.
Master athlete, Ruth Chandler, has returned with vengeance wiping out two of her 2016 records in convincing fashion.
She took a full half second off her 35-39 year women’s 90m Hurdles record and added 1.41m to her Hammer record landing the 4kg Hammer at 20.23m.
Four-year-old minion, Rylie Hanson, scored the Clubs’ “Mighty Minion” Award for excellent Long Jumping.
Five athletes will share in seven Legend certificates to be rewarded for last weeks’ efforts. Pratic Seegoolam for 1500m, Ethan English mini-hurdles and turbo jav, Rico Waerea 90m Hurdles and High Jump, Kadea O’Donnell 90m Hurdles and Sienna Hilton Shot Put.
The weekend of the 27th and 28th May will see both club coaches and Susan “Sparkles” Cenoia heading off to Cairns to compete at the Barrier Reef Masters Games.
The trio are hopeful of returning with a swag of medals from the Games despite both the coaches having major injury concerns.
Potential new athletes need only come down to Sunset Oval prior to 2pm Saturdays. Registrations are accepted all year and the Club offers two free trial days to see if athletics is the sport for them.