SALLY Pearson got her start in little athletics, proving the best way to win gold at the Olympics is to find your talent early.
So it's not unreasonable to suggest Moranbah may lay claim to future gold medallists after two local schools cashed in almost 400,000 Coles Sports for Schools vouchers and received a mountain of sporting goods.
Moranbah East State School may have an emerging badminton medallist in its ranks after nets were delivered to the school yard, along with foam beam sets and folding goals, as the 200,000 vouchers were cashed in.
Down the road, Moranbah State School traded more than 180,000 tokens for balls and other equipment.
One voucher represents $10 spent at any Coles store, equating to more than $3.8 million spent at the local grocery store last year, and both schools made it to the top 10 in the Sports for Schools program.
As the official sponsor of the Australian Olympic team making the country proud in London, the company's support of school sport has been solidified by Sally Pearson's win this week.
Coles marketing director Simon McDowell congratulated the gold medallist on her momentous win, and third gold medal for Australia.
"She is a great Queensland athlete and her golden moment is sure to inspire millions of kids to get more active," Mr McDowell said.
"We are incredibly proud to support her and all the Aussie athletes in London."
Coles Moranbah store manager Ian Sanders said the success seen in London had inspired many in the town to take up the vouchers program.
"It's the perfect time for the local community to come together to support sports in schools like Moranbah East State School and Moranbah State School," he said.
"By creating more opportunities for kids to have fun while getting active, we might even discover the Olympians of the future."
The two schools collected 384,670 vouchers and with the program ending on Tuesday, they are confident the 2012 collection will be higher.
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