THE sound of "on your mark, get set" followed by a gunshot, rang loud and clear at Rockhampton State High School this week, closely followed by the pounding of feet on the track and the cheers of a supportive crowd as athletes made a dash towards the finish line.
While many of their sporting idols are competing across the ocean in the 2012 London Olympics, our aspiring young sports stars are meeting their own challenges as they strive for top positions and to break records at the 2012 secondary schools Rockhampton and District Athletics competition.
Students from around the region converged on Rockhampton State High School grounds on Wednesday and yesterday to represent their schools and to compete for the title of the district's best.
Mums and dads lined the edge of the oval, while tents full of competitors and supporters rallied their school's best across the line, through the air into the pit and over the high jump bar in the annual event.
Competing in a range of track and field events including the 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, high jump, long jump, triple jump, discus, javelin, shot-put and relays, there were many standout competitors who could potentially go on to represent Capricornia, Queensland and maybe even Australia in the future.