JUMP: Little Athletics kid practises hurdling.
JUMP: Little Athletics kid practises hurdling. Contributed

Little A's enjoying training

ON Saturday Granite Belt Little Athletics enjoyed a great meet before a three-week break for the school holidays.

The children showed great persistence this week during the middle distance 400 metres.

They eagerly wanted to progress to higher hurdles and high jump heights, enthusiasm and enjoyment clear on their faces.

Competition measuring this week was their 400 metre time and shot put.All 45 children participated.

Organisers and coaches encouraged or ran next to children to get them to the end. Little Athletics prides itself on being a caring, supportive environment.

It is hard to choose with all athletes participating well, but one stand-out was Matthias Berrios who was both enjoying himself and seeing progress.

He enthusiastically improved his hurdles and was ecstatic when he could then successfully complete a line of hurdles by the end of the skills session.

Little Athletics Committee member Dan O'Dea thanked all the helpers.

"Thanks again to all our coaches, parent volunteers, committee members and our little athletes for their efforts throughout the afternoon,” he said.

"It was a warm day and they needed lots of water to replenish their energy levels (especially after competing in the middle distance event).”

Organisers even had spray bottles to cool the children down.

Following the break, participants will come back on Saturday October 13, to more great, new events; always two field events such as discus, and two running events such as sprints.

New athletes are still welcome.

Online registration is via the LAQ website.

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