Athletes dip their toes in other codes
Children in the City of Karratha flocked to try out a new sport at the recent FUTURECLUBS Junior Community Sports Expos, where numbers were more than double on last year.
The event is now in its third year and this time included a second expo at the Wickham Oval as well as Karratha Leisureplex Oval.
Both hosted 13 different sports, including water sports for the first time as well as lesser known activities such as karate, speedway racing and surf lifesaving, for the more than 200 young participants to sample.
Nickol Bay Speedway treasurer Chantelle Magerl said, in the club’s first showing at the expo, she was glad to see children “having a ball” in the cars.
“We’ve have a lot of little kids wanting to get involved in speedway, but they can’t until they’re 10,” she said.
“They’ve enjoyed the actual experi- ence of getting into a race car and knowing that other kids have done it too. It equalises the playing field.”
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was pleased at how well attended the expo had been this year.
“Our FUTURECLUBS Junior Community Sports Expo is not only a great day out with the family, it is also a fantastic way for kids to get a taste of some of the sports we have on offer in the city in a fun and friendly way,” he said.
Children learn karate moves at the expo.
Children get up close to Nickol Bay Speedway cars.