Ath­letes cel­e­brate 40 years

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

KINGSWAY Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cen­tre will mark a mile­stone this month to cel­e­brate its growth over four decades.

The cen­tre will cel­e­brate its 40th an­niver­sary at its Oc­to­ber 14 sea­son open­ing day, with mem­ber clubs parad­ing around the Kingsway grounds.

About 580 ath­letes com­peted at the cen­tre last year from the Lands­dale, Bal­la­jura, Green­wood, Wan­neroo and Wood­vale lit­tle ath­let­ics clubs. The cen­tre’s long­est serv­ing mem­ber is Al­lan Sav­age, of Bal­la­jura, who joined with his daugh­ters 34 years ago.

“I came here as a par­ent. My two girls com­peted; one for six months, the other for three years. Since then, I’ve been here all the time,” he said.

Mr Sav­age said when he joined there was one club and about 210 ath­letes at the cen­tre, which Sheila and Brian Ball started in 1977.

Over the years the mem­ber­ship has evolved with clubs com­ing and go­ing, in­clud­ing Quinns Rocks, Illawarra, Kings­ley, Craigie, Glen­garry, Bin­doon, El­len­brook and Gool­le­lal.

Mr Sav­age said his roles had in­cluded pres­i­dent of the Illawarra club, which changed its name to Bal­la­jura, and was part of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for coach­ing de­vel­op­ment for 26 years.

“I re­tired from that last year, but I’m still on the com­mit­tee,” he said.

Mr Sav­age said the cen­tre’s suc­cess sto­ries in­cluded Bre­anna Bea­han, who was cur­rently ranked third in Aus­tralia.

Trea­surer Kylee McVee will be of­fi­ci­at­ing field events at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Michelle Choules said the club was look­ing for­ward to get­ting new fa­cil­i­ties, with the City of Wan­neroo al­lo­cat­ing about $670,000 to de­mol­ish its old sheds and re­place them this fi­nan­cial year.

The open day will be at the ath­let­ics grounds on Spec­ta­tor Drive, Made­ley, from 8am on Oc­to­ber 14.

“We want to en­cour­age as many peo­ple as we can to come and get in­volved,” Ms Choules said.

“It’s for all lev­els of abil­ity to par­tic­i­pate and have fun.”

For more about Kingsway Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cen­tre, visit kingsway­, email ad­min@kingsway­ or call Michelle on 0401 447 171.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d473874

Club mem­bers Sa­rina McVee, Erin Griggs, Abby Griggs, Al­lan Sav­age, Tahlee McVee and Jay­den Pear.

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