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Welcome to the 2014/2015 season. I would like to welcome to the club both old and new families.
Family involvement is of paramount importance. Not only do parents get to share in their childs’ enjoyment, but they get to see their child develop new skills in the variety of events offered by the centre.
We also need your support to make our centre a success. We have a large number of children and variety of events every competition night, and we require assistance every week with each family to provide assistance at least 75% of the season.
Young and District Little Athletics compete in Central Tablelands Zone against athletes from Bathurst, Canowindra, Cowra, Cumnock, Forbes, Grenfell, Molong, Orange, Parkes, and Peak Hill. Our zone championships will be held in Bathurst on November 29-30.
The first four placegetters from Zone championships are invited to Regionals where they will compete against Western Ranges and Western Plains. Our regionals this year will be in Parkes on February 14-15.
Last season we had a total of 157 athletes enjoy the family, fun and fitness of Little Athletics. Our website (www.youngla.org.au) has been a great success and we encourage all families to refer to the website for information regarding your child’s progress, news, and all upcoming events.
Little Athletics began in Geelong, Victoria, in 1964. By 1967 there was a Victorian Little Athletics’ Association. Within five years the Australian Little Athletics Union was born. There are now 196 centres in NSW alone.
This has been my eighth year as President and I am looking forward to another great season. I wish to thank our committee and all the parents, grandparents and other family members that work so well together to keep the nights running efficiently and on time. This is much appreciated. It is not just the committee, but the wonderful parents that keeps Little Athletics in Young running.
Hayley McFadyen, Jordan Douglass, and Zoey Stollery broke five records over the season - all in the U17 age group.
Fifteen athletes attended the zone carnival in Bathurst this season, and all those eligible managed to qualify for the regional carnival held in Dubbo. The athletes came home with 37 medals and three centre records. Seanna New, competing in her first year at Zone, broke the Zone record in the U8 700m. Four of these athletes then qualified to attend the State Carnival in Sydney. Jordan Douglass was our most successful athlete at State for the fourth year in a row, placing fourth in the U17 Girls High Jump in her final year of competition.
I wish to thank our existing committee members who have returned for another season, and also welcome our fantastic and keen new members. Please feel free to ask any questions of the committee who are always happy to help in any way.
AILEEN McINERNEY, President