Quick as a flash
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
STATE champion and in a time that is the quickest recorded in Australia for the entire season.
This is the lot for Toormina Primary student Jarvis Duncan after winning a gold medal in the Under 10's 400m final at the Little Athletics State Championships.
Duncan's time of 1:04.4 is even more extraordinary considering that he tore his quadricep twice in January and has been unable to train flat out since then.
In fact, Duncan's story of ill health was a common theme throughout the entire squad last weekend.
Many members of the team were battling either an injury or a flu strain with a severe case of bad timing.
Toormina High School student Cassie Maddocks was on antibiotics battling an ear, nose and throat infection, on top of a niggling adductor strain.
But this didn't stop her from winning a silver medal in the Under 12's 400 metres.
Maddocks just missed out on breaking the one minute barrier for her event.
Fletcher Carney collected two silver medals at the State titles in the division.
Carney stood up on the medallist's dais after both the 200 metre and 400 metre dash, running personal best times in each event.
But like the others, Carney's preparation was hardly without incident.
For the three weeks leading up to the championships, Carney had to actually slow his training right down.
Sore ankles and knees from growth problems was the Mullaway lad's main concern.
The question that needs to be asked, is how well would the team have gone had they been fully fit?
All three athletes are coached by Bill Minard, and he's probably the most qualified to answer.
"Heaps better," was how Minard simply answered.
"If they were all anaerobically fit, there would have been three gold medals."
With the three medallists unable to do any anaerobic training, Minnard said "this was the worst squad in the way of fitness that I sent away."
Come school carnivals time, we'll all find out just how well these three can perform.