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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Local Athletics Stars Break Records

It has been a mammoth start to the season for Whitsunday Athletics Club, as they come off the back of a successful Mackay Track and Field Carnival.

Whitsunday Athletics Club took seven athletes to the carnival on the May long weekend, with amazing results.

Just 12 years old, Oliver Dibben scored gold in four of his events, the 400 metre, 800 metre, 1500 metre and 3000 metre, breaking the previous records.

“He broke the previous records by between five and 20 seconds,” said club president Tracey Croucher.

“He trains in the off season and his dedication and determination shows.”

Lilli Carcus came 3rd in her 1500 metre race-walk event, and Korbin Dibben placed 2nd in discuss, with Seth Carcus placing 2nd in discuss, the 100 metre and 200 metre track events.

“All our athletes placed on the podium,” said Tracey.

“But we compete to work on our personal bests and our sportsmanship.”

The Whitsunday Athletics Club trains out of Proserpine State High School and is open to anyone in the community.

“At the moment, we have 65 members, which has grown significantly in the past few years.”

The club is also always looking for volunteer coaches and trainers.

The next competition on the calendar is Townsville’s Festival of Athletics in June, with the “massive carnival” in Bowen coming up in August.

“We’re likely to take 20-odd athletes to Bowen, because the carnival is so large,” Tracey said.

If you wish to become a member or volunteer your coaching skills, you can reach them on their Facebook, Whitsunday Athletics Club Inc.

Back row left to right. Annette Wilson, Oliver Dibben, Korbin Dibben. Front row left to right. Lilli Carus, Seth Carus, Penelope Shields and River Shields

Seven athletes, aged seven to 60, competed at the Mackay Track and Field Carnival. Photos supplied

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