SET TO REPRESENT: Chloe Brady, Abbie-Jane Lord and Olivia Grundy are ready for the Queensland State Athletic Championships.
SET TO REPRESENT: Chloe Brady, Abbie-Jane Lord and Olivia Grundy are ready for the Queensland State Athletic Championships. Claudia Williams

Ready to race state's best

ATHLETICS: Young athletes from across the South Burnett are preparing to compete at the Queensland school sport athletic championships.

The 10 to 12-year-old championships will be contested on October 19 and 20 with 10 students from six schools in the South Burnett to represent Wide Bay.

Chloe Brady, Olivia Grundy and Abbie-Jane Lord will be doing their school, St John's Lutheran School, proud.

Olivia will be looking to challenge herself at the championships competing in the tetrathlon - a four-sport event composed of 100m, 800m, long jump and shot put.

"I like how you get to people other people who are competitive with you and you can have a friendly competition with,” she said.

Olivia will also be taking on the 1500m event.

"I am better at longer distance and I like it,” he said.

While Olivia thrives in the long distance events Chole is a sprinter and will be racing in the 100m, 200m and 100m relay events.

"It is my thing and I like things to go faster,” she said.

"I am excited to give it a go and be with my friends.”

Abbie-Jane will be competing in discus and shot put.

"I am looking forward to the experience and going and having a go,” she said.

The girls have experience competing at carnivals across the state for little athletics and are looking forward to testing themselves against the states best athletes.

It will be good see how fast people are from different places, like Brisbane, because it is amazing how fast they are at sprinting compared to people here,” Olivia said.

The North Queensland weather will also be a challenge for the athletes.

"I am looking forward to seeing how everyone is going to run because it is so hot and I am wondering how everyone is going to do it,” Olivia said.

"People from Cairns will be used to the humidity and whereas we won't being from down here so we will need lots of water,” Chloe said.

Fellow South Burnett students Stephanie Coyne, from Nanango State High School, and Levi Kurz, Cooper Weil will also compete at the championships.

Lucy Dyson will be flying the flag for Murgon State School and Nathan Roderick will be on track for Murgon High School.

Kingaroy State School students Indie Eriksen and Bibi Phillips-Petersen will also be giving it their all.

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