A running start

We measure up alright: Circular Head Little Athletics promotions manager Tasha Corrigan, president Colin Wigg, treasurer Barb Joyce and secretary Janelle Willie prepare for the 2014/15 season. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Opening. Following the seasonal six-month break, Circular Head Little Athletics is kicking off the 2014/15 season with a free coaching clinic this weekend.

Children aged five to 15 and their parents are invited to the ‘come and try’ event, aimed at refining track and field techniques with help from Hobart-based Little Athletics Tasmania development officer Jayden Hey.

CHLA president Colin Wigg encouraged new members to come along and introduce themselves on the day, with the concept helping young athletes to develop and improve on their times and distances.

“It’s all about beating your own personal bests, bettering yourself,” Wigg said.

“It’s for parents as well as children. [The clinic] is a good opportunity for parents to come and ask questions.”

Following on from the clinic, regular meetings will commence on Saturdays from October 18, with a 9am start generally leading towards an 11am to 12pm finish.

Calendar events this season are set to include a north-west meet involving clubs from Penguin, Devonport and Deloraine, along with a twilight meet in the first weekend after Christmas.

After the conclusion of last season, CHLA was rewarded with two grants from IGA: a $250 bonus for a 67 per cent retention rate; and another $250 for a 38 per cent growth in members.

Wigg said the club was hoping to improve further on the impressive results this season, attributing the work of parents and helpers to the recent success.
“The more the merrier: the more parents we have, the easier things flow,” he said.

“We grew from 30-odd members to 51 – we’re really happy with that.”

After receiving a new printer and laptop from a McDonald’s grant earlier this year, CHLA is now in the process of upgrading ground facilities, with a multi-purpose synthetic surface in the works for use in high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Junior athletes who want to try their hand at Little Athletics can compete in three sessions without having to join, with registration offered after the trial period.

For more information, call Colin on 0427 306 844 or ‘Like’ the Circular Head Little Athletics page on Facebook.

What: Circular Head Little Athletics coaching clinic

When: Saturday September 27, 9.30am

Where: Circular Head Little Athletics ground, Havelock Street (next to Hockey Centre)


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