Ipswich athlete Benjamin Thomas with his mum Tracey Biddell.
Ipswich athlete Benjamin Thomas with his mum Tracey Biddell. Vic Pascoe

Sprint newcomer 'hard to hold back'

IPSWICH and District Athletic Club newcomer Benjamin Thomas surprised coach Vic Pascoe the most this year.

Thomas also provided one of the most memorable quotes of the season.

Thomas has continued to impress since joining the Limestone Park-based club in October 2016.

"His first love of sport was being a football goalkeeper,'' Pascoe said. "But after taking up athletics he has shone like a bright star when working with the sprint squad.

"Even when tired he still has a smile on his face saying I want to do more. Sometimes it is hard holding him back.''

The St Edmund's College student this year became the Queensland State All School Champion for 100m and 200m in under 17.

Competing in under 18 events at the 2017 Australian All Schools Championships, he finished fourth and fifth in the 100m and 200m finals respectively.

Having turned 16 last month after just 12 months of sprint training, Thomas has personal bests of 11.02 for the 100m and 22.36 for the 200m.

"It takes time for an athlete to develop and I am sure he will,'' Pascoe said.

Pascoe shared what Thomas thought about one of his competitors at the recent Australian All School Championships in Adelaide.

"He is such a beast, it's no wonder he is so hard to beat,'' Thomas said.

Pascoe rated middle distance coach Brad Robinson as the Ipswich club's quiet achiever.

"He goes about his business in mentoring a squad of athletes so they can develop their running techniques over varying distances,'' Pascoe said.

"He has an ability to get athletes to do it without all the push and shove.''



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