Schools in knockout

By AARON KELLY ? ROCKHAMPTON and district secondary schools are poised to leap into an exciting knockout athletics competition which rivals rugby league's Arrive Alive Cup.

The IGA Schools Knockout Athletics Championships are gearing up for the 2005 season with Rockhampton teams invited to join this year's title race alongside Mackay, Townsville and Cairns in August.

North Queensland Athletics development officer Clayton Linthwaite said the knockout concept was new to Rockhampton, but he hoped schools took up the physical challenge.

"I think we can make it a success here (Rockhampton) if the bigger schools support it and get the ball rolling,'' Linthwaite said.

Schools can nominate a minimum of eight competitors in junior (15 years and under) and senior (16 years and over) boys and girls teams to contest a series of track and field events in a shoot-out format.

Each athlete will be rewarded for results.

The school with the most overall points moves into the next round.

"Because it's a team event, it offers kids who finish third or fourth at their school carnival that don't go on to inter-school carnivals the chance to compete at that next level,'' Linthwaite said.

While in Rockhampton this week, Linthwaite also had the chance to oversee Berserker Street State School's popular Team Athletics program, which incorporates modified athletics.

The program focuses on motor skills.



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