LIKE many students her age, Madeline McGuire is undecided about what career to pursue after high school.

She has a keen interest in modern history, maths and engineering.

"I've changed my mind quite a few times," the year 11 West Moreton Anglican student said.

However, when it comes to athletics, she has a clear vision - representing Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Given her consistency and progress over many years, Madeline has every reason to chase that dream with confidence.

She's in the Ipswich and District Athletic Club's development squad of competitors with Commonwealth Games potential.

She has won bronze medals in the 800m at her past two national championships and continues to run 400m, 1500m and cross country events to build her strength and stamina.

In her most recent Australian campaign, Madeline recovered from a tough heat where she finished seventh to work her way into a tenacious third in the final.

Madeline was representing Queensland at the Australian Junior National Championships in Perth.

Madeline, 16, is the QT-City of Ipswich junior sportstar for May in the prestigious 2012/13 awards backed by Ipswich City Council.

The Karrabin-based runner has been a member of the Ipswich Little Athletics Centre or Ipswich and District Athletic Club since under-11.

Her personal best in the 800m is two minutes, 13 seconds, achieved at the 2012 nationals.

She's competed at Australian level for the past four years, also contesting the 400m and 1500m at different times.

"I'm happy with my progress," Madeline said.

The former Little Athletics state champion focuses on cross country events during the winter months.

Madeline is preparing for her fourth Queensland cross country championships in Bundaberg next month having won her regional title.

"It (running cross country) does help my 800," Madeline said. "It makes me a lot stronger and gives me a lot of stamina."

That's reflected in her cross country training.

"There's a lot more kilometres," she said. "In track and field, I probably do about 6km a session. In cross country, it's probably about 10."

She runs around Limestone Park and Karrabin.

Apart from her success on the track and in cross country, Madeline also enjoyed running the annual Ipswich Gift races on sand at Bundamba. She is a junior winner in that event and came eighth in the open event.

"That's always good fun, a different sort of track too," she said.

Madeline has been assisted by coaches Vic Pascoe at the Ipswich club and Brian Chapman in Brisbane.

Keep reading your QT for the naming of the May senior sportstar.


Prestigious awards

To be eligible for a monthly sportstar award, you need to first nominate your achiever for an Ipswich City Council Sport Excellence Bursary.

Application forms are also available at all Council offices and Council's customer service centre in the mall.

For more information, visit or call 3810 6666.

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