Sisters set for big futures

Ashlee and Ellie Glands train together. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d408982
Ashlee and Ellie Glands train together. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d408982

Ellie Glands (9) recently won the Under 9’s State Cross Country Gold Medal ” and not only that, netted the fastest time on that course ever.

If that wasn’t enough she finished 5th out of 277 entrants in the All Schools Cross Country event in the Year 5 age group, is the cross country winner for her school and also at interschool level.

Her father Rodney said Ellie had broken Melville Little Athletics Club’s high jump record, had won gold at the State Relay Championships in the 4x200m relay and won four medals at the recent Zone Championships.

‘Ellie always shows great sportsmanship and is always smiling whether she wins or not,’ he said.

Ashlee Glands (14) is an Olympian in the making with a host of accolades to her name.

She has just been chosen as the youngest member of the State team to head to the Australian Institute of Sport for a week-long athletic camp.

At a recent competition in Malaysia, she competed for WA and won five medals in five events, including gold in the triple jump, 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

She was not even meant to compete in the relay.

‘Ashlee was in the triple jump competition when an official asked her to do the 4x400m relay as two other athletes were injured and couldn’t compete,’ Mr Gland said.

‘Ashlee dug deep to help them win and then returned to win the triple jump with a massive 11.37m jump.’

She is the state long jump champion and currently rated second in Australia.