Josh and Briannah a golden duo
BROTHER and sister, Josh and Briannah Holloway, had only started athletics a year ago but the pair now have five medals, seven state and national records and ten first places between them.
They claimed them all last month at the AWD class of the Queensland Primary and Secondary School Track and Field Championships and the AWD State Championships.
In the school championships Briannah claimed the state championship and broke two national AWD records with three gold medals in 100m, 200m and long jump and two silver medals for discus and shot put.
The 17 year old also claimed first place in the state championships for the 100m, 200m, long jump, discus and shot put along with smashing the state record for shot put, discus and long jump.
Coach Carolyn Johnson said Briannah achieved more than she expected and this year marks the last for school championships.
“She did very well and I think the 100m run was the biggest kick for her,” she said.
But Johnson believes Briannah will go far in athletics after school and the star will now work towards her Para-Olympic Development Squad in December.
“She is now working very hard for the training camp, which she was selected for recently,” she said.
Brother Josh Holloway also made a stamp on the AWD State Championships with first place in the 100m run, discus, shot put, long jump and the 200m event.
Holloway also claimed two state records in long jump and the 200m event.
In the schools championships Holloway claimed silver medals in the shot-put and discus.
But the siblings weren’t the only Capricornia representatives Emily Keehn, Sarah Halloran and Nathan McCallum also competed in the school championships.
Seasoned athlete Emily Keehn competed in her final school competition and qualified for nationals in her 400m hurdles.
Nathan McCallum will also join Keehn in Hobart for the nationals as he qualified in the 400m and 800m runs.
“Nathan didn’t pick up a medal but he got huge PB’s for the 800m and 400m runs so he is extremely happy with that and so am I,” Johnson said.
Sarah Halloran also competed in the school championships and Johnson said she did exceptionally well.
“Sarah also didn’t medal but she did way beyond expectations, did PB in the 100m and has had a wonderful year,” Johnson said.
Preston Mallory competed at a high standard in the AWD State Championships in Brisbane with Briannah and Josh.
Mallory claimed first place in the javelin, shot-put, 100m and discus while also claiming the state record in javelin and shot-put.
Johnson said the athletes, along with other able-bodied athletes, will train for competitions that begin early in the New Year.