World champ backs lit­tle aths

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WORLD cham­pion Sally Pear­son has urged bud­ding ath­letes to race down to their lo­cal run­ning track as the Lit­tle Ath­let­ics sea­son kicks off across north­ern Vic­to­ria.

And to pro­vide kids with a nu­tri­tional boost at train­ing, Coles will do­nate more than two mil­lion ba­nanas this sea­son to Lit­tle Ath­let­ics clubs around the coun­try — in­clud­ing Rochester.

Over 16 weeks this sea­son, Coles will do­nate four boxes of ba­nanas each week to Rochester Lit­tle Ath­let­ics as part of its na­tional spon­sor­ship.

Fresh from her win at the world cham­pi­onships in Lon­don, Sally en­cour­aged kids to join Lit­tle Ath­let­ics this year.

“Lit­tle Ath­let­ics gave me the start I needed to be suc­cess­ful and ful­fil my dreams. I en­cour­age more kids across Aus­tralia to cre­ate their own story through ath­let­ics,” she said.

“I hope that the kids un­der­stand that it doesn’t mat­ter if you’re not winning when you’re this age, you can al­ways be an Olympic cham­pion if your heart is set on it and you dream big.”

Sally also wel­comed the part­ner­ship be­tween Lit­tle Ath­let­ics and Coles, which would pro­vide nec­es­sary fund­ing for lo­cal clubs.

“Lit­tle Ath­let­ics is a very im­por­tant or­gan­i­sa­tion that adds value to our chil­dren’s health and well­be­ing. It’s es­sen­tial to have fund­ing and Coles is the an­swer to our prayers,” she said.

“I was also an am­bas­sador for Coles lead­ing up to the Lon­don Olympics and I’ve seen first-hand their pas­sion for a healthy life­style and fresh food so I’m glad that I can be a part of that.

“I do re­mem­ber com­ing back from train­ing ses­sions and some­times eat­ing about five ba­nanas. They are a favourite fruit of mine so I am very ex­cited by Coles’ ini­tia­tive to do­nate ba­nanas to clubs.”

Echuca Coles Store Man­ager Kelly McKay said Coles was de­lighted to be part­ner­ing with Lit­tle Ath­let­ics to help drive par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­mu­ni­ties in north­ern Vic­to­ria.

“We are pas­sion­ate about our fresh food and we want to sup­port health, fun and fit­ness in the com­mu­nity through our part­ner­ship with Lit­tle Ath­let­ics. We also know our lo­cal cus­tomers love sport and get­ting in­volved with their lo­cal club,” she said.

“As well as our fi­nan­cial sup­port, we wanted to do­nate ba­nanas to en­er­gise lo­cal kids dur­ing train­ing ses­sions.”

Coles Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Still­man said he hoped the num­ber of kids join­ing Lit­tle Ath­let­ics would con­tinue to grow lo­cally and across Aus­tralia. To join Lit­tle Ath­let­ics, log on to lit­tleath­let­ics.com.au

Aus­tralian Olympic hur­dler Sally Pear­son is urg­ing bud­ding ath­letes to join Lit­tle Ath­let­ics this sea­son.

Rochester trainer Mark Thomp­son.

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