Athletics up and running

Kids are looking forward to a new program called FAST to hit Stanthorpe.
Kids are looking forward to a new program called FAST to hit Stanthorpe. Kim Micke

THE Stanthorpe Little Athletics start-up is jumping - and running - for joy with the announcement of a $5791 local government grant that will allow them to kick-start a new program for children's fitness in the region.

Founder Toni Jackson said the motto for Little Athletics Queensland was, Family, Fun and Fitness, and she hoped the new program would teach children fundamental skills as well as increasing their confidence while enjoying being outside and active.

Ms Jackson said the Southern Downs Regional Council grant would be used to buy essential equipment such as collapsible hurdles, mats, jump equipment, and shade solutions.

"It's been really good that we've had council come on board to help us as a new club which is providing another sporting activity for children in the town,” she said.”

Ms Jackson said the group, which was expecting to attract between 40 and 50 children, would start meeting in the second week of next term, from 5.15-6.15pm, October 11, at the Stanthorpe State High School sports facility.

There will be a sign-on day from noon on Sunday, October 8, also at the school.

"We're doing an eight-week block next term. It's not the standard Little Athletics program but it's a program called FAST or Fundamental Athletics Skills Training.”

"We're just hoping the kids will get a lot of skills development so when it comes to doing whatever sport they're into, they've got those fundamental skills behind them.

"Any chance you can have to get the kids outside and active is great.

"Some children aren't comfortable playing a team sport so this can be good for them, and for those children who might head off to the Darling Downs with their athletics, then this can give them more skills and confidence.”

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