Athletes score at state championships
ATHLETICS: South Burnett athletes have returned from the Queensland school sport track and field athletics championships with a swag of medals for their efforts.
Competing in his final school athletics championships, Richard Bridges of Murgon State High School finished with a bang with one gold medal and four silver medals.
The best moment for Richard was claiming gold in the 400m race in the men's 18-19 years multi class category.
He then went on to win silver in the 100m, 200m, 800m and 1500m events.
Richard trains three times a week to reach his goals under the guidance of his uncle, who attended the championships with him.
He is grateful for the support from his school who have supported him from when he first started competing in Year 8.
"I would like to thank the school for making me go this far, they have pushed me and told me what to do,” he said.
Fellow Murgon student Dominique Sandow impressed at the championships, placing fourth in the 13-year-old boys high jump.
He prepared for the event with the help of his dad who also represented Wide Bay for high jump in his school days.
His family was behind him all the way with 11 of his family members jumping in a mini bus to be track side in Brisbane.
Dominique was glad he could make his family proud and said their support made a difference on the day.
"It was good when I jumped, they cheered me on and gave me more confidence,” he said.
Three students from Murgon High School competed at the championships with Mitchell Bond competing in triple jump at his first state championships.
The school's sports coordinator, Jared Hinds, said the school was proud of the efforts of their students.
"It is good for them, coming from a rural area to go down to Brisbane and experience it,” he said.
Nanango's Matthew Rankin proved himself as one of the state's best long distance runners.
The 17-year-old Australian cross country champion claimed silver in the 3000m and bronze in the 1500m race.
Fellow Nanango student Summer Milliard earned bronze in the 13-year-old 3000m walk.
Kingaroy State High School student Ethan Schultz claimed bronze as a member of the Wide Bay open 4x100m relay team.
Kingaroy's Steven Wheeler finished third in the men's 18-19 years 200m race and Sophie Grundy finished in fourth place in javelin.