NEW ZEALAND-BOUND: Tori Langton, 15, of Ipswich Little Athletics has been chosen to go to New Zealand as part of a Queensland development tour.
NEW ZEALAND-BOUND: Tori Langton, 15, of Ipswich Little Athletics has been chosen to go to New Zealand as part of a Queensland development tour. David Nielsen

Tori to give it best shot after earning her spot

TORI Langton is passionate about athletics.

The 15-year-old not only coaches younger members of the Ipswich Little Athletics Club in discus and shot put, but will be representing Little Athletics Queensland in a tour of New Zealand in January.

Tori, a regular participant in school and little athletics state-level competitions, is one of just 20 members of Little Athletics Queensland chosen to take on New Zealand's best.

She will be competing in her pet throwing events of shot put and discus, as well as the 100m sprint.

Her mother, Sheryl Langton, said Tori had excelled in the throwing events since she started little athletics.

"It's just something she found she was good at from the beginning," Sheryl said.

"She competes at state level and has made it to the state schools competition representing MetWest this year."

After taking out bronze and silver in recent state competitions, Tori is hoping this is the year she will take home the state championship.

"She wants to take her athletics as far as she can," Sheryl said.

"To what level that is we're not sure yet, but she'll definitely be competing in little athletics as long as she can."

It wasn't straight forward for Tori though, after being told to completely change her throwing technique when she started senior training.

"We told her she was going to have to go backwards to help her go forwards," Sheryl said.

"She had to go back to square one. But she's much, much better for it now."

Competing isn't all Tori does in the Ipswich Little Athletics, she also coaches under-six to under- eight members of the club in her pet events.

She started coaching through a little athletics program encouraging members to look at potential careers in sport including coaching, sports administration and officiating.

"She's a really respected member of the club. She's very involved and just loves her sport.

"Because of this program sport is something she very well could get into as a career. She did work experience for her school at the Ipswich Sport House, so we'll see where it takes her."

Tori's achievements on and off the track saw her nominated last year for a state ambassadorial award from Little Athletics Queensland for participation, leadership and coaching.

The Little Athletics Queensland tour of New Zealand is a means for the organisation to encourage kids to stay involved into their mid to late teens.

According to Little Athletics Queensland, they've found participants leave both the organisation and the sport as they move into their senior years.

To encourage them to stay they host a tour of the South Island of New Zealand in January.



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