Little athletes challenging themselves to be the best
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.