On your marks for sports boost

Fremantle Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

USAIN Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, has a mes­sage for Aussie kids.

He wants them to be­lieve “any­thing is pos­si­ble” and make sure they have lots of fun try­ing out dif­fer­ent sports to find out what they are good at.

The Ja­maican sprinter – who set the world 100m record at 9.58s in 2009 – has joined Aus­tralia’s world cham­pion hur­dler Sally Pear­son to sup­port the Coles Sports For Schools pro­gram this month.

As part of the pro­gram, schools can reg­is­ter for a chance to share in mil­lions of dol­lars’ worth of sports gear.

The Olympic great said sport should start off be­ing some­thing chil­dren en­joyed with friends as “that way it’s fun”.

“And if at first you don’t suc­ceed, try again. Don’t put too much pres­sure on your­self. You’ll be much bet­ter at things you en­joy,” he said.

Bolt en­cour­aged kids to keep their op­tions open.

“I live by the motto any­thing is pos­si­ble,” he said.

“Find out what you’re good at. At first I played cricket but then my teacher no­ticed I was a great sprinter.

“It was the best thing I did and I will al­ways be grate­ful to the peo­ple who sup­ported me.”

More than 800 types of sports gear are up for grabs, in­clud­ing cricket and soft­ball bats, foot­balls, bas­ket­balls, javelins, hockey sticks, skip­ping ropes, bad­minton rac­quets and first-aid kits as part of the Sports For Schools pro­gram.

The pro­gram has sup­plied more than $20 mil­lion worth of sports gear to more than 7500 schools across Aus­tralia since 2010.

For ev­ery $10 spent at Coles su­per­mar­kets from Fe­bru­ary 7, cus­tomers will re­ceive one Sports For Schools voucher which can be placed in col­lec­tion bins at Coles stores as well as at reg­is­tered schools.

Once the vouch­ers are tal­lied by the par­tic­i­pat­ing schools at the end of the pro­gram they will be able to or­der from the range of more than 800 items of premium sport­ing equip­ment.

■ Schools can coles.com.au/sfs. reg­is­ter at

Sally Pear­son and Usain Bolt unite for Coles Sports for Schools.

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