Consistency earns athlete bronze
ATHLETICS: Competing in one track and field event against Queensland's best athletes wasn't enough for Cooper Weil.
The 10-year-old Nanango State School student challenged himself in his first multi sport tetrathlon event at the recent school sport championships in Cairns.
Cooper tested his endurance in the 800 metre race, showcased his speed in the 100 metre dash, displayed his strength in shot put and demonstrated his jumping ability in long jump.
His consistency across all the events earned him a bronze medal for his efforts; an achievement the Nanango Little Athletics member is very proud of.
"It was pretty hard because of how fast people were running the 800 and how far they were throwing the shot put,” he said.
The 800m race and shot put are Cooper's favourite events and among his strongest, finishing a respectable third and fourth place respectively in a field of 18 athletes.
"When I do the 800m I feel like I'm fast and the distance is pretty easy,” he said.
At the end of the first day of the event Cooper was sitting in seventh place after a disappointing result in long jump.
His ability to come out the next day and climb his way up the standings is an achievement his dad, Brendan Weil, is proud of.
"He has worked hard for it and I am very proud of him,” he said.
Brendan said Cooper didn't perform at his best in Cairns, falling short of his personal bests in the throwing, jumping and running events.
Being his first state competition Brendan expects Cooper will improve with the more state level carnivals he attends.
"He has been to Little Athletics state carnivals before and that has been good because he has been able to get a lot of experience in front of people and other athletes,” he said.
In addition to his medal in tetrathlon Cooper also scored eighth in the discus final.
Cooper was joined at the state championships by fellow South Burnett athletes who also pulled on Wide Bay colours to represent the region with pride.
Chloe Brady, Olivia Grundy, Abbie-Jane Lord, Stefanie Coyne, Lucy Dyson, Josh Freeman, Nathan Roderick, Indi Ericksen, Bibi Phillips-Petersen and Levi Kurz gave it their all in Cairns.
South Burnett athletes competed in a variety of events across the five days of competition from the 100m sprint, relay races through to throwing and jumping events in the 10, 11 and 12-year-old age groups.