Quartet among the medals at carnival

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Madison, 7, and Blake Giblett, 8, with Max, 8, and Tom Murphy, 6, at Bridgetown Sports Oval.
Camera IconMadison, 7, and Blake Giblett, 8, with Max, 8, and Tom Murphy, 6, at Bridgetown Sports Oval. Credit: Holly Thompson

Bridgetown competitors ran and jumped their way to success in the Little Athletics Country Championships held in Albany.

More than 350 competitors from 17 athletics clubs across the State took part, with people travelling from as far north as Broome and Tom Price to compete.

Madison and Blake Giblett and Max and Tom Murphy live in Bridgetown but travel to the Bunbury club to train.

Tom Murphy, 6, takes part in the long jump event at the competition and takes out the silver medal.
Camera IconTom Murphy, 6, takes part in the long jump event at the competition and takes out the silver medal. Credit: Supplied

They helped their team win the competition by receiving a heap of medals on the day.

Madison’s and Blake’s mother, Tenille Giblett, has helped train the children in Bridgetown on days they do not travel to Bun-bury and said each child entered eight events on the day and between the four of them they won 20 medals.

“They beat some of their personal best times at the competition and it was all up an awesome experience for them,” she said.

Even though winning was great, it was taking part and having fun which was the most important aspect of the sport.

“We do not train them like adults for competitions, we try and make it fun for them so they think they are playing games but in reality they are learning the skills they need,” she said.

“It is a lot to learn at this age and more than anything we want to teach them resilience and persistence, because they have to fail sometimes to realise it is hard work which pays off at the end of the day.”

Madison Giblett, 7, runing at the Little Athletics competition in Albany.
Camera IconMadison Giblett, 7, runing at the Little Athletics competition in Albany. Credit: Supplied/Supplied
Blake Giblett, 8, competed in the 200m, 400m and 800m for his club.
Camera IconBlake Giblett, 8, competed in the 200m, 400m and 800m for his club. Credit: Supplied

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