Charleville students take part in race of a different kind

RACING: Jabyn McDonald, Oliver Aitken, Charlie Aitken, Rueben Vaggs, Blair Shearwin, Harrison Alick and coach Barry Wastie took to the circuit at Bundaberg last Monday.
RACING: Jabyn McDonald, Oliver Aitken, Charlie Aitken, Rueben Vaggs, Blair Shearwin, Harrison Alick and coach Barry Wastie took to the circuit at Bundaberg last Monday. Barry Wastey

FITNESS is key when it comes to competing in human powered vehicles.

Ask the team of six Charleville State High School boys who travelled to Bundaberg to race last Monday.

The six hour sprint was competitive with close finishes.

Charleville's team finished seventh out of eleven teams in the open boys division, completing 208 laps.

Best lap of the 764 metre circuit was 1 minute 23 seconds.

The team got off to a bumpy start when they had to change a flat tyre during the first lap.

Competitor Jabyn McDonald said it was fun but he needs to get fitter to compete at a higher level against teams fitted out with endurance sports aficionados like triathletes.

Under the guidance of teacher and coach Barry Wastie, students and the human powered vehicles - built and maintained at Charleville State High School - were taken over to the Charleville racecourse carpark for training once a week.

"They did really well and just need more fitness,” Mr Wastie said.

Apart from physical training, students also focus on teamwork.

During the race, the team worked together to make sure their vehicle was at its best, changing tyres and rotating drivers every 30 minutes.

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