Ath­let­ics club to close sea­son

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ATH­LET­ICS

ABUMPER sea­son for the Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club will fin­ish with a splash this week­end.

Mem­bers will head to Hamil­ton Is­land on Sun­day for the club’s end-of-sea­son func­tion.

Com­mon­wealth Games high jumper Bran­don Starc will also at­tend, host­ing a clinic with ath­letes and coaches be­fore pre­sen­ta­tions.

It has been a highly suc­cess­ful sea­son for the club, with a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber and re­ten­tion of ju­nior ath­letes in both pro­grams.

The Hamil­ton Is­land branch had a record 52 ath­letes in just its third year, while the tra­di­tional home base at Proser­pine ar­rested the down­ward spi­ral of re­cent times, with a strong em­pha­sis on fun and par­tic­i­pa­tion, en­sur­ing all the ath­letes en­joyed their weekly club meets.

Younger mem­bers in par­tic­u­lar were catered for, util­is­ing the new In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Foun­da­tion ‘Kids Ath­let­ics’ pro­gram.

Ath­letes not only did the tra­di­tional track and field events, but a num­ber of games that em­pha­sised the key move­ments that un­der­pin the events.

Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club vice-pres­i­dent Steve Jack­son said Starc was the per­fect ex­am­ple of what can be gen­er­ated by such fo­cus.

“Bran­don started out in Lit­tle Ath­let- ics, fol­low­ing his older sib­lings into the sport,” Jack­son said.

“He en­joyed the sport and as he de­vel­oped, de­cided to fo­cus on high jump and is now achiev­ing great re­sults – but it all started out hav­ing fun with his friends.”

Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club pres­i­dent Nathan Sains­bury said he was look­ing to fin­ish the sea­son in style this week­end.

“It’s been such a great sea­son with strong num­bers and suc­cess for our ath­letes, coaches and of­fi­cials,” he said.

“It is fan­tas­tic to have a fit­ting fi­nale to recog­nise and ac­knowl­edge our high achievers and hard work­ers.”

PRE­SEN­TA­TIONS: The Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club will host its pre­sen­ta­tion day on Hamil­ton Is­land this week. Pic­tured here is Zacarey Teakle, 7, in ac­tion dur­ing the sea­son.

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