OFF TO WIDE BAY COMP: Abbey Kapernick, Jericho Pogany, Paige O'Connor, Josaiah Okesene and Harrison Weil.
OFF TO WIDE BAY COMP: Abbey Kapernick, Jericho Pogany, Paige O'Connor, Josaiah Okesene and Harrison Weil. Rhiannon Tuffield

Talented athletes secure Wide Bay selection

THE Wide Bay athletics championships are just around the corner, and six skilled South Burnett athletes will soon compete against some of the best in the state.

The six athletes made it into the Wide Bay team to compete at the state athletic championships next month.

Couch Brendan Weil said the primary school students are currently hard at work, training more than once a week to become the best athletes they can be.

"The lot of them are doing fitness training once per week, and depending on their event, they'll do their own individual training specific to the event they're taking part in,” Mr Weil said.

"They're currently training two to three times a week to be prepared for it.

"It's a bit of a commitment but they all want to be there and they all want to do well, so it's something they're all working hard at.”

The state titles take place next month, on October 18 and 19 in Brisbane.

The students are all taking part in individual events, including 800m sprint, discus, long jump and high jump.

It is 11-year-old Josaiah Oskene's second time at the state titles, after he competed in shot put last year.

This year he will take part in long jump, and it's a competition he's looking forward to returning to.

As an avid athlete, Josaiah said he also looked forward to checking out the competition and just being a part of the exciting event.

"I like pretty much every sport, so that's why I'm excited to be going.”he said.

"I usually make it for shot put, but this year I'm going there for long jump, so that was surprising.

"I'm just excited to be competing but also going down and seeing the other schools and watching the other athletes.”

Mr Weil said the South Burnett competitors were some of the best in their zone and were part of a long list of the region's competitors who had made it that far.

Mr Weil said the state titles were taken incredibly seriously, and the competition was fierce.

"They're not chosen, they have to perform, so these kids came first or second in what they competed in, so it's something they should be proud of,” Mr Weil said.

"When they go to the state titles, it is the best kids in the state, so the kids that are going are the best Queensland at what they do.

"Depending on the event we do have very competitive athletes. In Queensland there are some freakishly talented kids, but our kids are all competitive, they don't disgrace themselves. "They go out there and they fit in with the rest of them.

"If they're the best on their day, who knows, it all comes with preparation.”

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