LEONGATHA’S Little Athletics team has welcomed the services of Olympic high jumper Eleanor Patterson, who is volunteering her time to help run the On Track skills development program.
On Track is designed to assist children aged five to seven over a 10-week period to learn the basic techniques needed for competing in athletics.
Eleanor will also be mentoring her colleague and assistant Courtney Clarke.
More than 150 athletes competed at the Little Athletes meet on Saturday, October 15, including 15 On Track children.
Leongatha Little Athletics will run competitions most Saturdays from 9.15am until noon, with the first twilight competition for the season being held on Thursday, October 27 from 5.30pm.
The Little Athletics club welcomes new members, so if you are interested in giving Little Athletics a try, feel free to attend a Come and Try session from 8.45am on a Saturday.
For more information send an email to leongathalac@gmail.com or contact registrar Linda Richards on 0417 821 482 for more information.

Patterson a Gippstar

LEONGATHA’S Eleanor Patterson was one of the August ‘Open’ winners in the Gippstar awards.
Eleanor participated at the Rio Olympic Games in the Women’s High Jump Qualifying Round – Group A and finished 11th, having successfully jumped the height of 1.89m.
Earlier in 2016 Eleanor finished first in the High Jump at the 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney) gaining her a place in the Olympic team.
The second ‘Open’ winner for August was Keith Ferguson from Longford. Keith also participated at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in the sport of Skeet Shooting.
On Day 1 Keith scored 72 (11th) in the Skeet Men’s Qualification and on Day 2 Keith scored 120 (10th) in the Skeet Men’s Qualification.
The August Gippstar ‘Junior’ Award Winner is Darcy Wade from Stratford, for his efforts in Modern Pentathlon & Tetrathlon.
Darcy was a Gold medallist in the Open Youth category in the Modern Pentathlon Queensland State Championships.
Darcy also competed at the International Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships held in Ireland, placing fourth overall in the Senior Boys Individual Tetrathlon and was also a member of the World team that placed fifth in their category.
Nominees for the Gippstar of the Year award are announced monthly.
You can nominate for the following categories:
– Team of the Year
– Club of the Year
– Special Achiever Award
– Gippsland Sporting Champion
These annual awards can be nominated at any time during the current Gippstar year.
If you would like to recognise the sporting achievements of a Gippsland athlete or any of the above categories, nomination forms can be downloaded from the Gippsland Sports Academy website www.sportgippsland.org.au.