JUMP IN: Jericho Pogany and Harrison Weil competed in the long jump in Brisbane.
JUMP IN: Jericho Pogany and Harrison Weil competed in the long jump in Brisbane. Callum Dick

Athletes impress at titles

Athletics: Nine athletes represented themselves and South Burnett Little Athletics at the Queensland relay athletics titles in Brisbane at the weekend.

Pitted against teams of hundreds of athletes, the small contingent of South Burnett athletes performed above and beyond expectations, which left under-12 coach Evalyn Thompson singing their praises.

"It was a really gallant effort considering we were up against much bigger clubs,” Thompson said.

"We've only got 60 or 70 kids, compared to Deception Bay who have hundreds. We had nine kids go and they had multiple teams in every event.”

SBLA has broken up for Christmas but Thompson is already looking ahead to next year in the hopes more get involved in little athletics.

"We want people in the community to realise how talented the South Burnett is,” Thompson said.

"(Little athletics) is a fun family environment. Kids love running and jumping, the families join in and the kids are happy and just love what they're doing.”

Thompson has been in the coaching role for just two years but has already seen a marked improvement in her athletes.

"The maturity of how they handle a loss and being such a small team, they're very humble,” she said.

"You can see that as they grow and improve, the smiles on their faces are worth every bit of effort.”

Thompson stressed the importance of volunteers in keeping the club afloat.

"There's so many people behind the scenes that deserve a mention,” she said.

"Kelly Pogany, Brendan Weil, Kaylene (Kapernick) and Caroline our treasurer - they all do a great job.”

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