Lit­tle ath­letes chal­leng­ing them­selves to be the best

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Ba­rooga Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club had an ex­plo­sive start to the 2017/2018 sea­son with 145 new chil­dren reg­is­tered.

Club mem­ber Ka­t­rina Kerr said she was pleased with the un­ex­pected surge in pop­u­lar­ity.

‘‘We had an over­whelm­ing num­ber of re­sponses to the start of the sea­son, which is great,’’ she said.

‘‘Last year we did not even get close to that fig­ure.’’

Ms Kerr said the two come-and-try nights in Septem­ber and the free sausage siz­zle must have done the trick.

The club may be per­form­ing strong, but the lit­tle ath­letes have per­formed even stronger.

In Oc­to­ber Cait­lyn Clif­ford broke the club record from 2002 for the Girls Un­der-11 100 m sprint in 15.23 sec­onds.

On that same day the club also recorded 212 per­sonal bests.

‘‘It’s not about ev­ery­one win­ning it’s about kids chal­leng­ing them­selves,’’ Ms Kerr said.

Chil­dren who achieved a per­sonal best were awarded with a ‘zooper duper’ ice block.

The club is cur­rently tri­alling a shorter 10-week sea­son for term four, with big­ger comp nights of five events each week to get through the same amount of events.

‘‘With the longer sea­son we had a drop-off rate af­ter Christ­mas be­cause of the hot weather,’’ Ms Kerr said.

Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Vic­to­ria has more than 20 000 mem­bers com­pet­ing on a weekly ba­sis at 100 cen­tres across Vic­to­ria.

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