Little athletes jump for joy
LITTLE Athletics is getting all new competitionstandard equipment after receiving a $21,000 combined grant to give future Olympians the best opportunity to succeed.
Dedicated club president, coach and manager Laura Gray said the grant is a combination of the Reef Casino grant and Community Benefits grant and she will be placing the order for new gear by the end of the month.
“It’s very exciting, we’re getting new hurdles, new discus, javelin, regulation high-jump mats, trolleys, racks - pretty much all new gear for the club,” she said.
“We’re hoping it will encourage people to join, we’ll have all regulation sizes for competition and get the best of everything and being an Olympic year, hopefully it’ll boost our profile.
“Last year we expected to get 20 kids and we ended up with 61 club members and this year we are hoping for even bigger and better numbers.”
Little Athletics is a popular sporting activity because it is an individual sport and the only competition the athletes have is beating their own personal best records.
“It gives kids an opportunity to experience all different elements of athletics and keep a little record of their jumps, throws and track to try and beat their personal best,” she said.
“Some people come in for fitness or some are interested athletes who want to compete, it’s a nice opportunity for kids from all schools - it’s a nice social element.
“They can come along and have fun and the primary state championship is in Cairns this year.
“Anyone from primary school will have one whole term of training to give the kids who want to compete a chance to be ready for it.”
The new equipment will be ordered and delivered before sign-on on March 28 and Laura is also looking for volunteers interested in coaching.
“It’s so exciting because I thought to get it started last year I thought I’d be on my own and I was so overwhelmed about how many kids came along and parents volunteering,” she said.
“And starting a new season with brilliant new gear will give a little bit of an injection of excitement and a huge boost for the new season.”
Contact Laura Gray on 0437 213 108 for more information or to volunteer as a coach for the 2012 season.
Jumping for joy: Christine
Callander, Tory Botha, Andy Callander, Melissa Callander, Emily Callander
and Laura Gray