Lit­tle Aths be­gins

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By STRUAN JONES

LIT­TLE ath­letes of the Alpine re­gion have been put through their paces with the Vic­to­rian Lit­tle Aths sea­son kick­ing off in Bright last week.

The Alpine Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club held its open­ing train­ing ses­sion at Pi­o­neer Park on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11 and had about 30 young ath­letes at­tend, ro­tat­ing through a range of track and field sports in­clud­ing hur­dles, 100m sprint­ing, triple jump and dis­cuss.

The club, now in its third sea­son, cov­ers the en­tire Alpine re­gion and at­tracts fam­i­lies from Har­ri­etville to Myrtle­ford.

Ses­sions will be held ev­ery Thurs­day dur­ing school term, with a warm up start­ing at 4.45pm and the ses­sion fin­ish­ing by 6.30pm.

Last year the club in­tro­duced a men­tor pro­gram where teenage ath­letes are in­volved in help­ing out and pro­vid­ing di­rec­tion to the younger par­tic­i­pants.

Nikki Farmer, sec­re­tary of the club, and whose daugh­ter Ash­ley is one of the men­tor­ing ath­letes, said the pro­gram has been suc­cess­ful, and the younger ath­letes look up to the older coaches.

“At this age, the kids love it, they’re learn­ing new tech­niques, and we help them with new tech­niques,” Ms Farmer said.

As some of the ath­letes progress they will be in­vited to join Park Run on Satur­day morn­ings, to prac­tice run­ning longer dis­tances with an older crowd of fit­ness en­thu­si­asts.

Any­one wish­ing to join the club can at­tend a train­ing ses­sion at Pi­o­neer Park in Bright on Thurs­day evenings from 4.45pm.

ON THE RUN: Ju­nior ath­letes hit the track un­der blue skies in Bright last week

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