I would like to welcome our returning and new athletes to competition at Southern Districts for the 2017/18 Little Athletics season at Ern Clark.
Last season saw us face some interesting challenges due to the holding of the World Masters in Perth. We competed at the Belmont Athletics track for the first part of the season. A big thank you to the Belmont Little Athletics Centre committee for your assistance and loan of equipment for the time we competed at their venue.
Some points of interest for this coming season:
1) This 2017/18 season will be a busy time for our centre due to the Zones, and State finals being moved forward by several weeks due to the Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast in 2018. This has resulted in our Centre Committee having to revise our competition schedule, including removal of the Bill and Betty event for this year.
2) Another milestone occurs in February 2018 being the 50th anniversary of the commencement of Little Athletics in WA back in 1968. LAWA have a range of activities in the pipeline to commemorate the event with details to be announced.
3) This season we see a change in our main sponsors with McDonalds no longer a naming sponsor. LAWA have announced a new sponsorship arrangement with Healthways promoting the Go for 2&5 healthy eating program. In addition, it was recently announced that Coles has stepped in as a national sponsor for Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Australia with a focus on assisting grass roots Athletics.
2016/17 was another great season for SDLAC athletes with fantastic results at local, state, national and international level. Congratulations to Amos Ndakirutimana who competed in the u13 boys events at the Australian Little Athletics Championships in Sydney achieving 1 silver and 2 bronze. Congratulations also to Brooke Horner and Abby Parker (u14 girls) and Antoine Vargiolu (u14 boys) who represented WA in the International Competition in Malaysia. The group achieved 4 silvers and 7 bronze medals. Regardless of where you competed all our athletes can hold their head’s high with their achievements.
Our 2017/18 competition will be commencing on the 7th October 2017 at Ern Clark and the committee look forward to seeing you all for the start of the season.