A young athletics team is looking to make a bit of a scene at December’s Pacific School Games.
Five young runners from Launceston-based Team RIOT (Running Is Our Thing) will make the trip to Adelaide next month after qualifying for the state team at the recent all-schools championships.
Ava Jones, who will be joined at the Games by training partners Abbey Berlese, Kate Healer, Mac Wilcox and Isabella Davie, qualified for the 100m and the 100m relay by recording a personal best time of 14.6 seconds at last month’s championships.
“My dad was a sprinter so he got me into (athletics),” the 10-year-old said.
“I’m excited because I actually wasn’t sure that I was going to get in and getting in was an achievement for me.”
Wilcox, who recently captained an NTJSA under-12 side in Sydney, has also been in great form in recent times.
The 11-year-old Punchbowl Primary student has multiple state records to his name and boasts a 400m personal best of 1:03.
“It’s my second year but it’s the first time I’ve ever been in Adelaide so I’m looking forward to that,” he said.
“I feel really honoured to be in the Tasmanian state team for school sports and I just love running and I like to do it a lot.”
Team RIOT coach Anna Davie said she was expecting a big Games from Berlese after the young gun ran a personal best in the 800m earlier this week, while Healer holds records in two junior primary school competitions.
Isabella Davie finished fifth in the national school sport cross country championships two months ago and is a state hockey player.