Sport expo

Ath­letes dip their toes in other codes

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Chil­dren learn karate moves at the expo.

Chil­dren get up close to Nickol Bay Speedway cars.

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