Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Green light to begin

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Deniliquin Little Athletics will be back in action from next week, following a delayed start due to statewide coronaviru­s restrictio­ns.

The session will start next Friday, October 29, from 5pm at Hardinge St Oval, Deniliquin.

Trial sessions will be held on the night, offering an opportunit­y for newcomers to see what’s on offer before committing to a full season.

This year’s format will look a little different according to group president Leanne Mulham, with organisers adopting a ‘split-season’ timeline to make up for delays.

Rather than running from mid-August to December, the season will continue through to March. There will be a short break over Christmas and New Year.

Mulham said there will also be a renewed focus on coaching, after a highly successful Little Athletics coaching day, which the club held early last November.

‘‘We’ve gotten quite a few new coaches on board, so we’ll look at doing 20 minute coaching sessions before we get into events,’’ she said.

‘‘We really want people to be able to come away from a season with new skills and knowledge, and we think this will help accomplish that.’’

Registrati­on for the trial sessions are still open. Go to https://www.facebook.com/Deniliquin-LittleAthl­etics-3847931416­42630 for more details.

‘‘We normally get a really high turnover from the trialist sessions,’’ Mulham said.

‘‘Really they’re just there for people to dip their toes in and see what it’s all about.’’

Thirty participan­ts have already signed up for the belated trial.

A further 50 athletes have already committed to the season.

Though far from the ‘‘bumper turnout’’ organisers expected during an Olympic year, a nonetheles­s impressive number given delays and restrictio­ns.

‘‘In a normal year we’d consider 100 a great turnout, but given we had the Olympics earlier this year we really were expecting a lot more,’’ said Mulham.

‘‘But we’re excited about what’s in store for this year, we’re planning on holding a local athletics competitio­n sometime in February to make up for the cancelled event last November.’’

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