Little Aths begins
LITTLE athletes of the Alpine region have been put through their paces with the Victorian Little Aths season kicking off in Bright last week.
The Alpine Little Athletics Club held its opening training session at Pioneer Park on Thursday, October 11 and had about 30 young athletes attend, rotating through a range of track and field sports including hurdles, 100m sprinting, triple jump and discuss.
The club, now in its third season, covers the entire Alpine region and attracts families from Harrietville to Myrtleford.
Sessions will be held every Thursday during school term, with a warm up starting at 4.45pm and the session finishing by 6.30pm.
Last year the club introduced a mentor program where teenage athletes are involved in helping out and providing direction to the younger participants.
Nikki Farmer, secretary of the club, and whose daughter Ashley is one of the mentoring athletes, said the program has been successful, and the younger athletes look up to the older coaches.
“At this age, the kids love it, they’re learning new techniques, and we help them with new techniques,” Ms Farmer said.
As some of the athletes progress they will be invited to join Park Run on Saturday mornings, to practice running longer distances with an older crowd of fitness enthusiasts.
Anyone wishing to join the club can attend a training session at Pioneer Park in Bright on Thursday evenings from 4.45pm.
ON THE RUN: Junior athletes hit the track under blue skies in Bright last week