TRACK STARS: Cooper Collins and Julia Wainwright left State Track and Field with more than a few PB's under their belts.
TRACK STARS: Cooper Collins and Julia Wainwright left State Track and Field with more than a few PB's under their belts. Meg Gannon

Winning isn't everything, it's all about the experience

ATHLETICS: Going up against some of Queensland's top athletes at the State Track and Field competition is more than enough to get the blood pumping.

But it wasn't all about the win for Dalby Christian College's Julia Wainwright and Cooper Collins.

Both competitors went into their events with the usual jitters, but walked out with a new-found confidence in their athletic abilities.

Julia, 11, competed in the 800m where she placed 13th overall with a time of 2 minutes 39.86 seconds, and the 1500m where she placed 14th overall, running 5 minutes 29.67 seconds.

But Julia's secret to nailing a big race doesn't have anything to do with her training.

As she's running behind another competitor, just one thing crosses her mind - Queen's Another One Bites the Dust.

At the end of the day, Julia said it's all about achieving her best and making herself proud.

"I just think 'don't worry about the other people, just run your own race',” she said.

"I didn't really expect much because I'd already made it this far. I just wanted to do my best and get the best times I could.

"I was really surprised about my times.

"I've never really gotten close to those times which was good.”

As Cooper, 11, lined up to compete in the 100m all he was worried about was being head and shoulders shorter than his competitors.

No height differences or nerves could stop the small but mighty star from giving the race his all, placing fifth in his heat in a time of 14.50 seconds.

Not only was it Cooper's first time competing at the carnival, but he also competed in a new event - the circular relay.

Despite all the new experiences, Cooper worked hard to maintain a positive attitude, especially right before his events.

"I just thought of all the training I've worked on and what I've been doing and put it all into one, and do what I need to do,” he said.

Cooper has already set his sights on next year's competition, but said he wants to do more than just run.

"If I make it next year I'll know what it's going to be like,” he said.

"It really takes a little bit of pressure off of me.

"I wouldn't mind making it in for the multi-event. The multi includes long jump, shot put, 100m and 800m.”


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