World champion athlete Sally Pearson has urged budding athletes to race down to the Beaudesert & District Little Athletics track as its season kicks off this month.
To provide kids with a nutritional boost at training, Coles will donate four boxes of bananas each week to the local club as part of its national sponsorship of Little Athletics, with Sally Pearson signing on as an ambassador to help promote sport, health and wellbeing among young Australians.
“Little Athletics gave me the start I needed to be successful and fulfil my dreams. I encourage more kids across Australia to create their own story through athletics,” Ms Pearson said.
“I hope that the kids understand that it doesn’t matter if you’re not winning when you’re this age, you can always be an Olympic champion if your heart is set on it and you dream big.”
Beaudesert & District Little Athletics spokesperson Sarah Smith said the club will be sending 75 athletes from under sevens to under 17s to compete in the south-coast regional relays to be held on the Gold Coast on November 11.
“The children will compete in teams of four for track events and teams of two for field events,” she said.
“Our 28 track teams and many field teams have been training for several weeks.
“Many of our athletes are competing for the first time and will be up against nine other clubs from the gold Coast and Tweed region.”
Club coach Donna Thomas said the children had already received their first box of fruit and would make good use of the extra energy as they prepared for the competition.
“They are very keen and come to training every Wednesday and club competitions on Saturdays,” she said.
‘For the regional relays teams in each age group will compete in two relays and three field events.
“The field events will include long jump, high jump, shot-put and discuss.
Ms Thomas said the club had a lot of eight to 12-year-old athletes who would compete this season.
“It’s good to see the younger kids getting involved,” she said.
“We’re confident they will do well, the top three teams in each age group will go on to compete at state level and Beaudesert usually has several teams make it through.”
Ms Thomas said athletes competing in the regional relay carnival would meet at Mudgeeraba Little Athletics club on November 11 at 7am.