10 May 2023

Cape athletes shine on the track

| Cape York Weekly
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Coen speedster Darius Creek is pictured contesting the relay for Marist College Ashgrove. The 12-year-old is considered to be a rising athletics star.

COEN speedster Darius Creek will be racing for a spot in the Queensland squad later this year, after blitzing the 100m sprint and relay events at his school championships.

The 12-year-old, who is in his first year at Marist College Ashgrove, blew away the competition in the 100m at the Australian Independent Colleges Championships in Brisbane, winning by more than five metres.

“His coaches at Marist are really impressed with him, he’s turning heads there,” proud mum Kirstin Kulka said.

“There were some Athletics Australia personnel at the championships watching on and they said positive things to us.”

Growing up in Coen, Darius was age champion every year at his small primary school, but everything is new to him at Marist.

With more than 200 students in his year level alone, it was a challenge, Ms Kulka said.

“He hasn’t been out of Coen for any competitions, so this is all new to him,” she said.

“He’s training three times a week for track and field and is top-three in his squad at Marist; we’re taking every opportunity that comes along.”

The next opportunity looks to be the state championships, with Darius qualified for the 100m sprints after his impressive first place at the AIC Championships, and a likely spot on the 100m relay team as well.

“We’re very proud of him and can’t wait to see what is in store for him, hopefully he will make it to nationals,” Ms Kulka said.


THREE of Western Cape College’s best athletes will travel to South Australia in December to represent North Queensland at the 2022 All Schools Championship in Adelaide.

Four Weipa students – Demi de Tournouer, Tanna de Tournouer, Max Lynch and Bridie Maher – travelled to Townsville in the school holidays to compete in the North Queensland Athletics Championship.

Tanna came away with a PB in her 800m event, while Demi won gold in high jump and gold in the 200m to go with her bronze in the 400m.

Max received bronze for both the 800m and 1500m, while Bridie won gold in the 3000m, silver in the 1500m and 800m.

Bridie, Max and Demi were picked to go to Adelaide, as well as the 2023 National Championships.

They also travelled to Brisbane to represent Peninsula at the 2022 State Athletics Championships.

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