Club jumps at chance for grant

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT -

YOUNG as­pir­ing ath­letes have been given the fly­ing start they need af­ter the High Wy­combe Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club re­ceived an up­grade to its long jump run up.

In­ad­e­quate long jump fa­cil­i­ties at High Wy­combe Pri­mary School, used by club mem­bers aged five to 16, have re­cently been im­proved af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $1000 grant.

Awarded as part of the Perth Air­port Com­mu­nity Boost pro­gram, the grant has given the club the chance to get started in up­grad­ing its “big ticket” item.

A rub­ber run­way will be in­stalled to take the place of the grass run­way that was cov­ered with honky nuts, which were haz­ardous to ath­letes.

Kim El­liot, who has been club pres­i­dent for three sea­sons, said the up­grade was much-needed due to a few mem­bers hav­ing an­kle is­sues and in­juries be­cause of the old run-up.

“Also, we thought it would be a way to give back to the school, who have been very sup­port­ive of the club for many years, while en­cour­ag­ing the lo­cal kids at the school to have a try at long jump,” Mr El­liot said.

“Lit­tle ath­let­ics is about ev­ery ath­lete striv­ing for their per­sonal best, re­gard­less of abil­ity.”

The 42-mem­ber club trains twice a week from Septem­ber to March, with com­pe­ti­tions on Satur­days at the Gerry Archer Ath­let­ics Cen­tre in Belmont.

Al­though the ath­let­ics sea­son started last month, Mr El­liot en­cour­aged chil­dren in­ter­ested in join­ing to visit

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Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d487295

Kim El­liot, hold­ing honky nuts that make the long jump run haz­ardous for par­tic­i­pants, with High Wy­combe Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club ath­letes ex­cited about the up­grade.

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