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Georgia seeking records

Friday, 11th November, 2011

UP AND OVER: Georgia Treloar has already qualified for next year’s SA Little Athletics championships in high-jump. UP AND OVER: Georgia Treloar has already qualified for next year’s SA Little Athletics championships in high-jump.

By John Casey

For most students the first year at High School is about fitting in to new surroundings and feeling your way, but 12-year-old Georgia Treloar is not your average Year 7 pupil.

An accomplished junior athlete, Georgia announced herself at Willyama High earlier this year by smashing the high-jump record by 9cm and judging by her recent performances that won’t be her only entry in the history books.

Georgia is building an impressive portfolio of field events having already qualified for next year’s South Australian championships in both high-jump and discuss. Then there is her interest in long-jump, shot put and soccer.

“I enjoy most sports and it is more about having fun than breaking records,” the unassuming Georgia explained.

“Maybe one day I might get to the Olympics ... either that or be a hairdresser,” she added, matter-of-factly.

With the support of parents Corey and Kathy, all three Treloar children - Jake (14), Cooper (9) and Georgia - have been encouraged to try their hand at numerous sporting activities.

“Little Athletics is good for the entire family,” Kathy said. “Every week the parents get involved with scoring, recording or helping out in general.

“It keeps us fit as well,” the former 10-year veteran of gymnastics pointed out.

“We encourage the kids to get involved and do sport for the fun of it,” Corey added.

“We are happy to see them being active and enjoying their sport.”

Georgia’s initiation to sport came via a Year 3 friend at Morgan Street Primary School. 

Talented multi-sport junior Jasmine Simmons - who recently was acknowledged by Premier Barry O’Farrell for her basketball exploits for NSW - invited Georgia to get involved and she has never looked back.

Georgia has already competed at the Sydney Olympic venue at Homebush Bay and travelled to Adelaide for sporting events. She still holds records at Morgan Street and younger brother Cooper is also showing promising signs.

“He’s very much like Georgia and seems to take everything in his stride,” Corey said.

Along with Georgia Treloar, Dale Sanderson was another BH Little Athletics representative who recently qualified in high-jump for the SA championships. Kara Jeffries (discus) is also nearing the qualifying distance in her event.

Around 50 kids train weekly with the BH Little Athletics organisation which is growing its membership base. 

The youngest children tackle activities designed to assist with skill development while the Under 6 age group run timed track events as well as tackling a variety of field events.

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