LIT­TLE ATH­LET­ICS

Grow­ing club is recog­nised

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Pa­trick Tansey

Ba­rooga Lit­tle Ath­let­ics has been recog­nised as one of the fastest grow­ing clubs in re­gional NSW/ Vic­to­ria.

The club re­ceived an award in recog­ni­tion of out­stand­ing mem­ber­ship ef­forts dur­ing the 2017 sea­son at the 2018 LAVic Con­fer­ence last month.

Ba­rooga was com­pet­ing against some tough com­pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing the likes of Al­bury, Bendigo, Echuca, Shep­par­ton and Wan­garatta, but man­aged to walk away with the gong in a tes­ta­ment to its in­clu­sive and invit­ing cul­ture.

‘‘Last sea­son the cen­tre de­cided to run a shorter sea­son so our sea­son fin­ished just be­fore Christ­mas and we also did a bit of Face­book ad­ver­tis­ing as well,’’ Ba­rooga Lit­tle Ath­let­ics sec­re­tary Bec Rowe said.

‘‘We be­lieve both the shorter sea­son and Face­book ad­ver­tis­ing con­trib­uted to our 148 per cent in­crease in num­bers from the pre­vi­ous sea­son (the big­gest in­crease in num­bers from any cen­tre in Aus­tralia).’’

The cen­tre also re­alised due to the con­di­tions dis­trict ath­letes face in sum­mer, it would need to ad­just its sched­ule if it wanted to at­tract and re­tain mem­bers.

‘‘With our ex­tremely hot cli­mate and a lot of 40-plus de­gree days in the Fe­bru­ary and March months, our num­bers would dra­mat­i­cally drop af­ter the Christ­mas break due to the heat as well as other sport­ing com­mit­ments,’’ Rowe said. ‘‘Talk­ing with fam­i­lies last sea­son, the ma­jor­ity were happy with the shorter sea­son, so we have con­tin­ued this for the up­com­ing sea­son.’’

Ba­rooga is hold­ing a sec­ond free come and try night on Mon­day from 4.45 pm at Ba­rooga Recre­ation Re­serve. It fol­lows one held early this week.

All kids aged five to 15 years are in­vited.

‘‘Our sea­son of­fi­cially kicks off on Septem­ber 24 and runs for the 12 weeks fol­low­ing,’’ Rowe said.

‘‘Kids get to try four dif­fer­ent events each night (sprints, long dis­tance run­ning, long jump, triple jump, shot put, dis­cus and high jump).

‘‘The cost is $100 per child and we are an Ac­tive Kids provider for those that live in NSW.’’

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