Tumut athletes shine at state championships

Jack Gould, Indiana Cooper and Riley Gould after their recent efforts at the NSW State Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney.

Tumut District Little Athletics club have had a strong showing at the NSW State Junior Athletics Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Gundagai athlete Indiana Cooper, who competes in the T38 classification in the 12-16 years age group, left Sydney with a swag of medals, winning gold in both the 100m and 200m sprint, silver in the 400m and long jump events and bronze in the 800m.

Cooper recorded 14.63 in the 100m, 30.19 in the 200m, 1:11.95 in the 400m and 3:02.51 in the 800m; which were all new personal bests for the young athlete.

Incredibly, Cooper also beat the 800m Australian record for the T38 classification but because the NSW meet was not an Australia Athletics sanctioned event, Cooper’s record didn’t count.

“It’s disappointing but that’s just how it goes,” Cooper said.

Cooper recently changed trainers and now works solely with Jamie Gould, father of Jack and Riley Gould.

“I was very happy with my results and doing personal bests in all my running events is what I was aiming and training for,” she said.

“I was really pleased with my 800m run, so hopefully I can run just as fast at the nationals and claim the record officially.”

Cooper thanked her new coach and explained that it was a change in training that led to her new personal best efforts.

“I started with Tumut District Little Athletics last year and Jamie has been coaching me,” she said

“I train three times a week and it has been hard but the results and times make it all worth while.”

Cooper wasn’t the only local athlete to make the podium with Batlow’s Jack Gould in fine form in the under 18s men’s competitions, placing second in the 800m and fourth in the 400m.

Despite the strong results, Gould explained that he isn’t necessarily ready for competition right now but well into training for bigger events.

“My trainer hasn’t tapered me down for these events, so I was pretty happy with my results,” he said.

“I am working towards nationals but these results are definitely positive signs.”

Little brother Riley Gould was a bit of a surprise packet at the NSW State Junior Athletics Championships, running a solid fourth in the 800m.

“I felt really good despite some growing pains,” he said.

“I’m only going to get faster and I cannot wait until I get to run again.”

The talented trio will now focus on their training before eyeing off the Australian Athletics Championships that will be held at Sydney Olympic Park on March 21-29.