by Claudia Williams
ABBEY Kapernick and Josh Freeman are set to represent the Wide Bay at the Queensland School Sport athletic titles in Brisbane.
The pair both won the high jump competition in their respective divisions at the Wide Bay trials to earn a position on the team at the state titles in Brisbane.
"It is my favourite event. I got a PB of 1.45m at the trials and and want to go higher,” Josh said.
This is the first time Josh, a Year 6 student at Kingaroy State School, will represent Wide Bay and he is looking forward to the experience and being there with friends.
Josh will compete in high jump and the tetrathlon at the championships on October 10 and 11.
He received a late call up for the tetrathlon, which is made up of four events: 100m, 800m, long jump and shotput, and is looking forward to the challenge.
"I'm not so good at 800m, but I'll give it a shot,” he said.
Abbey, a Year 7 student at Kingaroy State High School, will compete at the championships from October 12-15 for the third year.
Abbey is also a keen gymnast which helps her perfect her high jump technique.
"It is good for strength and flexibility,” she said.
Josh and Abbey have been taking part in athletics with the South Burnett Little Athletics club since they were in the under-six age group.
"It's fun and you get to exercise every Wednesday afternoon,” Josh said.
They both competed in recent Little Athletics Queensland carnivals in Bundaberg and Gympie.
At the Gympie carnival, Josh was 2cm off breaking the high jump record.
"It's pretty funny how a couple of centimetres in high jump can make so much difference,” Abbey said.
After school sport, they are looking forward to regionals for little athletics.
"I look forward to the relays because you get to work with other people,” Josh said.