GRACEFUL STARS: Local rhythmic gymnastics stars to grace Victoria Park (front, from left) are: Abigail Greene and Amber Wright; (rear) back row L-R Clair Greene, Rebecca Patterson and Jade Wright.
GRACEFUL STARS: Local rhythmic gymnastics stars to grace Victoria Park (front, from left) are: Abigail Greene and Amber Wright; (rear) back row L-R Clair Greene, Rebecca Patterson and Jade Wright. Chris Ison

Juniors make mark in sport

THIS week my desk has been stacked with papers, my phone has buzzed frequently and my emails are reaching overload.

I have been bombarded with results and stories of talented local youngsters who have made a mark in the junior sporting world.

So keep scanning The Morning Bulletin to see all the promising talent that has surfaced recently.

Inline hockey player on ice

WE all know of the strong hockey community in Rockhampton, but what about ice hockey?

Yes it is true, we do not have an ice hockey rink in Rockhampton, but we do have an ice hockey Queensland representative.

Meet Mitchell Pailthorpe, who was the only local representative for the Ice Hockey Queensland “Atoms” state team that played in Melbourne in September.

Pailthorpe proved his strength and ability and returned from the championships in Melbourne with a bronze medal to show for his efforts.

But this local youngster was selected for the sport despite never actually playing ice hockey before.

Although Pailthorpe has represented Queensland in inline hockey, he had only ever dreamed to become a “Mighty Duck”.

The athlete has already had strong results from inline hockey and claimed silver in Perth this year for the under-12 nationals.

Pailthorpe now hopes to continue to represent Rockhampton in the sport in the years to come, but he said he still enjoy inline hockey.

Keep a watchful eye on this Mighty Ducks champion as he has a strong drive for the sport.

Grace, beauty in one spot

IT is a sport that comprises elegance, grace, beauty, balance and dance. It is rhythmic gymnastics.

And Rockhampton’s aspiring rhythmic gymnasts graced Victoria Park at the weekend for their first local level competition.

Rockhampton’s Jade Wright and Rebecca Patterson competed in the level three testing, Wright graded a silver level of achievement and Patterson finished with a bronze level.

Amber Wright competed in level two and finished proudly with a bronze level.

The girls will now join forces with Clair and Abigail Greene as they again perform in the mesmerising sport that combines ballet, gymnastics, hoop, ball, rope and ribbon.

The five will perform for the end-of-year display night in events of pair, trio and group routines.

Championships wind up

YESTERDAY marked the last day of the 12 Years and Under Girls State Cricket Championships.

The event saw about 100 competitors from Queensland compete in the sport with the Capricornia team coming in at third place out of the eight teams competing.

The local team lost against Wide Bay by two runs and the Darling Downs team claimed first place.

But the proud Capricornia team celebrated more than just achieving third place in the championships.

Chelsea Woods was also selected from the Capricornia team to represent Queensland in the nationals that will be played in Toowoomba next year.

Alexandra Weeks was also selected to represent Queensland in the Invitational side.

Cronk shows girls the way

SOFTBALL has proven to be one of Rockhampton’s growing strong sports with four young locals already to represent Queensland for the nationals next month.

In spirit of the sport Rockhampton Grammar School recently had a visit from Kylie Cronk, who was an Olympic bronze medallist in 2008.

The softball champion visited the school to conduct coaching and a training session for the youngsters.

She coached two senior primary softball players, Madison Smith and Isobel Chisholm, who had participated in the Queensland titles in Toowoomba last month.

We can expect more stories surfacing next month as Tia Waters, Shania Evans, Loghan Tane-Cox and Breanna Franks head for nationals in Brisbane.

Rugby union action aplenty

EACH weekend our rugby union players have taken the fields in the Central Queensland rugby union junior competition.

This weekend the under-14 Central Highlands play the Colts in Emerald at 2pm and Frenchville play Brothers at Rugby Park at 4pm on Saturday.

Rockhampton spectators can also see the Under-16s of Frenchville White play Brothers at Rugby park Saturday 5pm.

Central Highlands Under-16s will also play in Emerald against the Colts at 3pm.

In Mount Morgan on Sunday you can also catch the under-18 games with Frenchville to play Mt Morgan at midday and the Colts to play Barbarians at Rugby Park on Saturday 5.15pm.

Be sure to catch these local players in action on the weekend as the competition unfolds.

Let us hear of future stars

THAT’S all the junior sport I managed to squeeze into this week’s edition.

But as usual send through an email to molly.mcshane@capnews.com.au if you know of any rising stars.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Melbourne Cup day, have a good sporting week.



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