Go-kart girls go hard
SHOULDERING the boys comes with the territory for Emerald Kart Club competitors Jordan Spargo and Tarina Rix.
Not that it has fazed sports-mad Tarina too much, who is well accustomed to taking on the blokes at their own game.
"Every sport I've done I've mixed with the boys, whether it's ski racing it was with the boys and then when I played roller hockey it was mixed as well," Tarina said.
This weekend, the Emerald pair will be out for more of the same when the racing action gets under way at the Central Highlands Motorsport precinct.
"As soon as you put the helmet on, you're all equal," she said.
"You're faced with the same problems whether it's mechanical or the people that you're racing against.
"So they don't take it easy on you but they know if they give it, they're gonna get it back."
The throttle-fuelled local, who will race in the TAG Light Open division, said it was her father who spurred her interest in the sport, partly through necessity.
"Dad was into motocross riding and he wanted a sport that didn't break bones as often," she said.
"He was getting older and broke bones and took longer to heal so I said you get a go-kart and I'll get one too and we'll go racing. That was seven years ago."
For 11-year-old Jordan, it was a sport she was still coming to grips with having only been racing for a couple of months.
The Emerald State School student, who is also a keen netballer, will line up in the Rookies division on Sunday.
The Emerald Kart Club is keen to hear from juniors interested in racing in the Cadet division, 7-16 years.
Kart club race meet
Where: Central Highlands Motorsport precinct, off the Capricorn Hwy, 10km east of Emerald.
When: Sunday, September 30. Racing 9.30am-4pm. Scrutineering for competitors from 7am.
Race classes: Cadets, Rookies, Junior Nat Light and Heavy, Qld Sports light, heavy and super heavy, TAG light and heavy, TAG 100.