Ath­let­ics club set for sign on

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ATH­LET­ICS

IT’S time to dust off the run­ning shoes with Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics set to host their sign on and trail day this weekend.

The ath­let­ics club will of­fi­cially launch its sea­son on Sun­day (April 27) at the Stan­bury Street club­house in Proser­pine from 9am.

Ath­letes will have the op­por­tu­nity to train weekly (Wed­nes­day from 3.45pm) be­fore con­test­ing club days each Sun­day (start­ing at 9am).

The sea­son runs for two school terms be­fore con­clud­ing in Septem­ber.

Mem­ber­ship in­cludes an ath­let­ics bag, wa­ter bot­tle, hat, Ath­let­ics North Queens­land (ANQ) mem­ber­ship and train­ing from fully qual­i­fied In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) coaches.

Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics’ sec­re­tary Michelle Hughes said it was a con­ve­nient sport for lo­cals.

“Ev­ery­thing is here,” she said.

“There’s no trav­el­ling un­like foot­ball or soc­cer but we do have the op­tion for ath­let­ics events else­where.

“It’s a great fun sport to be able to run around and par­tic­i­pate freely.

“The club wel­comes ev­ery­one with open arms so the more the mer­rier.”

Hughes said the club’s pri­or­ity this year would be growth in the com­mu­nity, which has been dif­fi­cult in the past due to the re­gion’s tran­sient na­ture.

“We’re try­ing to get ath­let­ics to grow in the area,” she ex­plained.

“Bowen, Emer­ald and Mackay have re­ally big clubs but you don’t see a lot of growth in our club be­cause it’s such a tran­sient area.”

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics’ pres­i­dent Nathan Sains­bury on 0411 246 837.

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