LEAP: Ryan Neale puts in a massive effort in the long-jump.
LEAP: Ryan Neale puts in a massive effort in the long-jump. Nick Kossatch GLA070216ATHLETIC

Never not enough room at Gladstone Athletics

ATHLETICS: Despite lower participation numbers than in previous years, Gladstone Little Athletics coach John Sherriff said there's much to be admired for those who compete each Saturday morning.

The Derby Street track and field oval has been the field of dreams for athletes such as Sophie Duff and Maddi Sherriff, but the GLA mentor said there are others who have taken major steps.

"There are quite a few who are making good progress as the season goes on,” Sherriff said.

"Ryan Neale in the under-17 boys has been a good performer and has set a club record for the long-jump, 400-metres and 110-metre hurdles.

"He's had injury last season but is back and has been a good performer over the years.”

Both Sophie and Maddi have qualified for the nationals in Sydney in March on the back of their performances at the Queensland Schools Championships.

Sophie has excelled in both long-jump and triple-jump while Maddi's forte is the discus.

As for the participation numbers?

"The numbers this season is 95 and it's a fair bit lower than 150 which has been the case in the last four years,” Sherriff said.

"It's a reflection with the state of the town and there are also lots of other sports.”

Sherriff welcomes newcomers and he can be contacted on 0429055224 and Little Athletics continues each Saturday morning from 8.30am until December 16.

It resumes again on January 13.