Local duo strike gold at Glendale
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
A BOY who is practically a veteran of the Little Athletics world, and a girl who is a rookie, have come home from the with stories to tell and medals to match.
Jarvis Duncan and Georgina Kokaev have both put Toormina Athletics' name up in lights after Kokaev won a bronze medal in the 400m and Duncan brought home a haul of six medals, three of which were gold.
For Kokaev, winning a medal has left her practically stunned considering that she only starting taking athletics seriously three months ago.
The 14-year-old improved her personal best time by a massive six seconds at the Glendale track to grab a medal. The Toormina High student admits that she is more suited to the distance events and this was proved when she again pulled out a huge personal best in the final of the 800m to narrowly miss out on another medal with her fourth place finish.
Duncan had a massive Australia Day long weekend collecting gold medals in the 80m hurdles, 100m and proving his versatility by also winning the 800m. A silver was also grabbed around the bend in the 200m and a third in the high jump.
It was probably the bronze medal won in the 400m that provided the highlight of the 12-year-old's meet. The reason is that the medal was won in the under-13s section, a whole year above what the John Paul College boy should be racing in.
Both are coached by Jarvis' parents Marina and Craig, and are now training even harder for the Little A's regional finals to be held in two weeks also at Glendale.