Ath­letes gear up for sea­son to re­sume

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LIT­TLE ATH­LET­ICS: Stan­thorpe’s lit­tle ath­letes will be able to get back on track sooner rather than later with hopes of their sea­son com­menc­ing around Septem­ber.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Dan O’Dea said, un­like other sports that had been dras­ti­cally im­pacted by coro­n­avirus, ath­let­ics had been one of the lucky ones.

“We’re a sum­mer sport – we mir­ror the cricket sea­son and run from roughly Septem­ber to March ev­ery year,” O’Dea said.

He said the club was lucky to get away with only their last competitio­n of the sea­son and pre­sen­ta­tion night can­celled.

“Ev­ery­one was ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed, but the im­pact was min­i­mal for us in com­par­i­son to other sports and events,” O’Dea said.

“These things hap­pen and it was com­pletely out of our con­trol.”

With promis­ing signs of the sea­son start­ing up again in the com­ing months, O’Dea said there would be plenty in store for ath­letes.

“We will be con­cen­trat­ing on teach­ing some new things and de­vel­op­ing those skills we al­ready have,” he said.

“New things like hur­dles and javelin – things the kids usu­ally wouldn’t train.”

Al­though the club caters for those who want to take their ath­letic ca­reers fur­ther, he said it was all about get­ting in and hav­ing fun.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of our kids are there for learn­ing new skills and hav­ing a go,” O’Dea said.

“If we can get the kids to go fur­ther than that, then that is a bonus for us rather than ex­pec­ta­tion.”

But as re­stric­tions con­tinue to re­lax across the state, the sit­u­a­tion re­mains very un­pre­dictable.

“I’d like to say by Septem­ber that things would be close to nor­mal, but we just don’t know,” he said.

“We won’t be go­ing into too much depth about how it is go­ing to im­pact us yet as things are al­ways chang­ing week to week.

“But I can imag­ine since it’s not a team sport and so­cial dis­tanc­ing is rel­a­tively easy to do then there would be min­i­mal dis­trac­tion.”

O’Dea said to keep an eye on the Gran­ite Belt Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Face­book page in the com­ing weeks for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the 2020 sea­son.

BACK TO IT: Gran­ite Belt's lit­tle ath­letes hope to be back into train­ing soon.

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