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Little athletes train with league legend in Bracken Ridge

Brooke Currie receives some training tips from rugby league legend and Little Athletics alumni Corey Parker at Bracken Ridge Little Athletics.
Brooke Currie receives some training tips from rugby league legend and Little Athletics alumni Corey Parker at Bracken Ridge Little Athletics. Jacqueline Henry

DEAGON'S Brooke Currie had the opportunity to train with rugby league legend Corey Parker at Bracken Ridge Little Athletics last week.

Brooke, 12, was one of only five young athletes nationwide to win a training session for her and 15 club mates with the former Broncos captain and Little Athletics alumni as part of the Little Jetstars program.

She said training with Corey Parker was great.

"I enjoyed the experience, meeting a very important athlete and being able to spend some good two hours of training and fun,” Brooke said.

"Also being able to experience it with my friends was a great add on.”

Corey Parker said he received a lot of satisfaction from working with Little Athletics.

"I was once a Little A many moons ago. It's a great way for kids to be active,” he said.

"When I was little I had the rugby league season then a break and then Little Athletics.

"I always loved sport. It's great for kids like me who need to be active.

"Being in Little As is a great way to be active and healthy and have fun with your friends,” Mr Parker said.

Bracken Ridge Little Athletics centre manager Sue Williams it was a fantastic training session for the kids and a great opportunity for them to see a successful sportsman and aspire to do their best.

"It was a confidence boost and an inspiration for them,” she said.

"Corey jumped in with the kids and did the same training they did.”

However, Mrs Williams said she suspected he let the kids win all the races.

"I'm sure he had more power there. I don't think he was at full speed.

"He was very humble and modest about the whole session.”

Mrs Williams said that with Corey being a former Little Athletics member, his visit offered an opportunity to reflect on the role of Little Athletics as the foundation for all sports.

To win the training session Brooke had to answer the question 'What would it mean for you to be able to train with a Little Jetstars Big Hero?'

Her reply was, "Little Athletics gives kids the chance to try all the athletic events and give them foundation skills for later on in their life”.

Brooke has been a Little Athletics member for four seasons and particularly enjoys the sprints.

The Little Jetstars competition aims to search for Australia's most passionate young athletes and celebrates good sportsmanship and dedication.

Topics:  bracken ridge little athletics corey parker little athletics little jetstars


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