News

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


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Carmy wins awards as Toastmasters host

Carmy Seden received two awards at a recent Sandgate Toastmasters meeting. Photo: contributed

Carmy Seden receives two awards at meeting

Twilight market returns to Bridgeman Downs

Vai Mbuzi working in the coffee bar at last year's Twilight Market at Bridgeman Baptist Community Church. Photo: contributed

Market offers 80 stalls and eat-street style food court

Rockabilly festival features hot rods and hotter pin-ups

Zillmere pin-up Bettie Butcher is hosting the Rods and Rockabilly Pin-up Pageant in Hamilton on Saturday.

All things vintage at Rods and Rockabilly Festival

Local Partners

FLASHBACK: Boondall Wetlands area will grow

In 2005 The Star announced the Boondall Wetlands would gain 86 hectares of land and plans were scrapped for an Australia Zoo on the site.

Toowoomba woman's Africa trip to share song

HERE TO HELP: Women in Harmony music director Elaine Coates (right) will travel to Uganda later this year to work with the African Children's Choir. Former members of the choir travelled to Toowoomba to perform last year incuding Elizabeth Panga (left) and tour manager Abraham Kiyingi.

A Toowoomba woman is preparing for a trip of a lifetime

Hundreds of cars going for bargain at record Coast auction

Mike Clayton at the Nambour car yard in the lead-up to a previous year's sale.

Impounded cars going under the hammer, no reserves

Anthony LaPaglia steps out with new fiancee

Screen legend Anthony LaPaglia has confirmed his engagement to his much younger girlfriend, Alexandra Henkel

Ronan Keating a dad for fourth time

Ronan Keating and Storm Keating.

Bouncing baby boy for Boyzone star

Lion King remake well under way

Seth Rogen.

More Lion King remake cast members revealed

Splendour auctions VIP passes for flood appeal

Crowd at Splendour in the Grass 2016.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Each pass will have a reserve price of $500

The pic that could cost Khloe Kardashian $200k

Khloe Kardashian has admitted she "loves" watching porn, but doesn't think her family are famous purely because of her sister Kim Kardashian West's sex tape.

Khloe Kardashian has been slapped with a $A200,750 lawsuit

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme dies

Director Jonathan Demme, 73, has died of cancer. He is pictured here attending the premiere of "Song One" in New York.

TRIBUTES have poured in for the Oscar-winning director.