Web_xdlgaths1Leongatha Little Athletics (LLAC) has returned for season 2013/14, with more than 100 enthusiastic young athletes turning out at the Velodrome Oval last Saturday for the first competition meeting. The club kicked off the year with a life membership presentation to Bev Coulter, who has been involved with Leongatha Little Aths for the past 18 years and remains a great supporter as a track starter both at competition meets and regional and state levels.

“Bev has continued to contribute as a committee member and also a coach and mentor to parents and committee members in relation to the successful running of our club,” said LLAC president Barry Standfield. “She is a passionate guardian of our club, even though her family have long finished their involvement.” Joining her husband Geoff, who received the club’s first life membership in 2010/11, Bev has also officiated at regional school championships, encouraged school children to become involved in sport through the ‘Jump Start’ program, and has represented the club at state conferences and other events.

This season was officially declared open with Bev starting the 50m sprint races for the Under 8 girls and boys, many of whom were new to the club and took to the competition with great enthusiasm. New members are always welcome, with anyone interested in joining encouraged to attend this Saturday’s meeting, October 19, starting at 9.15am. Please get there early for registration.  Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can register, with the emphasis on ‘family, fun and fitness’. A special ‘On Track’ program for beginners (aged 5 to 7) is also held, and aims to provide a strong level of motor skills and confidence in running, jumping and throwing before starting competition. More information can be found on the club’s website: www.leongathalac.com or contact club registrar Linda Richards on 0417 821 482.