Little athletes rise to challenge of country
The Lower South West Little Athletics centre entered a team of 12 into the Country Championships held in Albany and came away with some great results.
There was a total of 350 competitors at this year’s competition, making the events challenging and fun to compete in for all involved.
Representing Lower South West Little Athletics this year were Conor and Casey Cole, Tessa Edwards, Holly and Olivia Gillard, Adyson, Matthew and Mackayla Lowe, Olivia and Christopher Perry and Everett and Madeleine Armstrong.
Coach Joh Perry said the club entered in competitions for the under-7s all the way through to the under-15s.
“We had some who competed enter in eight events which is the maximum you can do and some who did around three events instead, so it depended on what the individual wanted to do,” Perry said.
“We have already had four athletes qualify for the State Championships in March because when you placed first or second you automatically qualified.”
She said a lot of personal bests were broken at the championships.
“Because we are only a small group of 51 athletes, some of our age groups only have themselves or a few others to run against,” she said.
“When they go away and get to compete in a full race with seven other kids it always improves their personal bests because they have other people pushing them.”
She said it was great to see the children making friends.
“Having a competition where all 17 regional Little Athletics centres are represented helps the children get to know people from all across the State which is awesome,” she said.
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