Over 600 of Central Coast’s best young athletes will converge on the Bundaberg Regional Athletics Facility on September 25 for the Coles Spring Carnival.
Athletes in the Under 7 to Under 17 age groups will be sporting their centre colours competing at the carnival in the disciplines of sprints, middle distance, walks, jumps and throws.
The competition has also drawn state wide attention, with athletes from Rockhampton, Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts as well as Toowoomba and Chinchilla making the trip to Bundaberg to compete.
Little Athletics is a sport that involves the whole family so not only will the athletes make their presence known, parents and families will be lending their support to the athletes.
There will also be over 70 volunteers, officials and coaches making the trip to Bundaberg to ensure the athletes compete to their potential and the carnival runs seamlessly.
Little Athletics Queensland boasts over 13,000 young athletes state wide.
Many of the athletes competing at the carnival will achieve personal best performances at the event and all will make new friends and enjoy an action packed weekend.
Others hope to one day follow in the footsteps of their Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic heroes, including Paralympic silver medallist Rheed McCracken, who is a former member of Little Athletics in Bundaberg.
“Little Athletics in Queensland has continued to go from strength to strength as it offers great broad based sporting pursuit for children where the focus is on the improvement of the individual’s skills rather than on winning and losing,” Little Athletics Queensland Operations Manager Shannon Kruger said.
Little Athletics is seen as a foundation for all sports as the core skills of running, jumping and throwing are easily transferred to other sports.
It is amazing to consider that many of Australia’s best athletes from a variety of different sports have come through Little Athletics as juniors.
While many Little A’s are mostly involved for the physical activity and social aspects of the sport, some will go on to represent their country in athletics and a lucky few could even win a medal in the Olympics or Paralympics one day.
It is sure to be on the minds of many children as they compete at the Coles Spring Carnival in Bundaberg this weekend.
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