Golden performance

GOLDEN DAY OF SUCCESS: at the weekend, were a big success as Emerald’s Leyton Cave received a medal for his all-round efforts.
GOLDEN DAY OF SUCCESS: at the weekend, were a big success as Emerald’s Leyton Cave received a medal for his all-round efforts.

ATHLETES struck gold at the Central Highlands Games at the weekend as more than 100 competitors travelled to Emerald to take part in the two-day carnival.

The Emerald and District Athletics Association hosted the CH Games, at the Marist College oval, which included 249 events on Saturday and 81 events on Sunday.

Eight clubs competed, including Biloela, Whitsundays, Longreach, Charters Towers, Clermont, Central Queensland Athletics Club Rockhampton and North Rockhampton.

Individual athletes also attended from throughout the region, including the Blackwater area and Kilcummin State School.

The games were originally scheduled for July, but the association's president, Wayne Gakowski, said they had to postpone due to rain. The change of date did not detract from a successful weekend of competition.

"We had to postpone from three weeks ago and thought we would see a drop in numbers, but it held pretty well. It was a shame to postpone, but the safety of competitors is important," Gakowski said, explaining the oval at Marist College doesn't drain well when it rains.

He said although they lost some competitors from Rockhampton, they were able to gain a few additional locals.

"People from all over the place came. They changed their plans (to suit)," he said.

The postponement of the games meant they coincided with the London Olympics, which were a motivating factor for some competitors.

"We have everything seen at the Olympics in track and field except pole vault ... we have all qualified coaches too," Gakowski said, adding the equipment available at the CH Games wasn't unlike the technology being used in London.

"We appreciate the Longreach Athletics Club providing their photo finish equipment and manpower to run it," he said.

Athletes of all ages from under-6 through to masters took part in the games including the Whitsundays' Selwyn Hawken who competed in the 60-69 years age division.

Not to be outdone, David Ross, from Longreach, was the sole competitor in the over 70 years age division competing in shot put, hammer throw, javelin and discus.

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