SCHOOL CHIPS IN: Esk P&C; president Michael Rollston presents a cheque to Tara Chaplin (middle) and her mum Stacey Butler.
SCHOOL CHIPS IN: Esk P&C; president Michael Rollston presents a cheque to Tara Chaplin (middle) and her mum Stacey Butler. Derek Barry

Talented athlete has support of Esk State school

YOUNG Esk Athlete Tara Chaplin will be hoping for big things as she looks forward to 2014.

Tara, who turns 13 in the new year, is gifted at track and field events, combing a love of sprinting with jumping success in long, triple and high jump.

Tara has made state level for the last three years and has done her school proud on each occasion.

The school showed its appreciation at assembly last week when the P&C contributed $200 towards Tara's costs in 2012 and 2013.

Mum Stacey Butler said Tara competed well at this year's state championships at QE2 in Brisbane despite battling a medical condition.

"She was placed 12th in the state at 100m and in the 200m she finished fifth in a blanket finish between the top five," Stacey said.

"She just missed out on selection for the state team by two spots, which was a good achievement when you consider she was fairly heavily medicated and had missed training."

Stacey said she wrote a letter to the Esk State School P&C requesting a contribution.

"The state competitions are quite expensive once you take into account nomination fees, compulsory uniforms, coaches, spikes and the cost of getting there," she said.

Stacey said Tara loved being in competition and hoped to compete at elite levels in the years to come.


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