Ipswich outfit reaps medal harvest
GIVEN the fantastic season Ipswich and District Athletic Club competitors have enjoyed, it seems little is impossible from regional achievers.
A spate of exceptional performances and personal bests at state and national level have ensured the Bill Paterson Oval-based club has gone from strength to strength this season.
However, as the end of the season nears, the successes keep coming.
Eight club athletes competed at the recent Queensland Open, under-23 and AWD Track & Field Championships at QE11 and every representative won a medal.
"It was great to see and it's probably the most successful championships our club has ever had," club president Vic Pascoe said.
"With all the juniors previously, it would have to be a record number for the club to compete at that level."
The medal winners were Alex Grissell, Doug Amiss, Sarah Jeffreys, John Purdon (gold), Cassie Purdon, Kara Lyn Hodges and Liam Henry (silver) and Darrin Norwood (bronze).
Newly-crowned Queensland hurdling champions Jeffreys (U23 400m) and Amiss (open and U23 400m) will join U23 javelin second placegetter Purdon at the Australian Open Track and Field Championships in Melbourne from April 14-16.
Pascoe was thrilled to see Jeffreys and Purdon succeeding.
He was especially proud of what Amiss achieved after coming back from a hip injury when he was 16.
"He tore part of the muscle off the bone," Pascoe said.
"It curtailed his hurdling for quite a while.
"To come back and do what he did at the Queensland titles, you don't see many people come back as well with an injury like he had."
After coming third in the state titles open triple jump, Norwood will spend his Easter at the Australian Masters Track and Field Championships in Melbourne.
Norwood is expected to compete in at least 10 events, after a marathon medal-winning effort last year.
At the state AWD titles, Grissell continued to impress in the U20 100m, 200m and shotput and open javelin.
He set personal bests in the 100m (11.81s) and javelin (45.93m).
QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEDAL TALLY
Gold: Sarah Jeffreys, U/23 400m hurdles (68.83); John Purdon, U/23 javelin (54.43m); Doug Amiss open 400m hurdles (55.67) and U/23 400m hurdles (55.67); Alex Grissell, TF20 U/20AWD 100m (11.81, PB) and open AWD javelin (45.93m, PB).
Silver: Cassie Purdon, open high jump (1.70m); Kara Lyn Hodges, open triple jump (10.01m); Liam Henry U/23 discus (41.35m); Alex Grissell U/20 AWD 200m (24.02), U/20 shot put (9.30m).
Bronze: Darrin Norwood open triple jump (12.46m).