LITTLE STARS: Stanthorpe's Little Athletics bunch with some of their new equipment.
LITTLE STARS: Stanthorpe's Little Athletics bunch with some of their new equipment. Matthew Purcell

Future athletes get set for new season

ATHLETICS: Exciting times are ahead for Granite Belt children, with news Little Athletics will be returning to the region for springtime.

With some new equipment and interest peaking, everything is in place for the program's return.

"The paperwork is in the process of being finalised, and once this has been completed it will be full steam ahead to organise everything for the commencement of the athletics season in spring,” spokeswoman Toni Jackson said.

Mrs Jackson said the program would be similar to the traditional Little Athletics programs offered in other regions but there would still be a focus on the development of children's athletics skills.

"Given that this is our first year, we will be starting with a few of the main athletics events such as running, high jump, discus, shot put, long jump etc, and then we hope to offer a wider range of athletics events in the following years,” she said.

Stanthorpe Little Athletics recently received some new athletics equipment thanks to the generous support of Southern Downs Regional Council through the Grants to Community Funding Program.

Little athletes with some their new equipment.
Little athletes with some their new equipment. Contributed

"We have received a great deal of support from the local region to help get our new club up and running, and the grant from the SDRC has ensured we can purchase some much-needed equipment to get us started.

"Some of the equipment purchased included new high jump mats, high jump bar, stop watches, hurdles, measuring tapes, shot puts, discus, marquees and more.

"The cost of new athletics equipment adds up very quickly, so to have a few basic pieces to get us started is great.”

Mrs Jackson said local businesses had also been quick to offer support, including Stanthorpe Parcel Service, Cav Insure Insurance Brokers, Granite Belt Locksmiths and Mal Jackson Physiotherapy, and the club was very grateful for their support.

"Little Athletics will be available for school-aged children at this stage, however we do hope to incorporate a tiny tots program down the track,” Mrs Jackson confirmed.

More details, including the cost of the program, when it will commence and what day it will be held, will be announced closer to spring.

"We will also be offering coaching clinics for anyone interested in volunteering for the Little Athletics program and we will let everyone know the details of these over the coming months,” Mrs Jackson confirmed.

Any further inquiries can be directed to the Little Athletics Facebook page or emailed to stanthorpelittleathletics@gmail.com.