AIM HIGH: Discus is always a Little Athletics favourite.
AIM HIGH: Discus is always a Little Athletics favourite. Contributed

Little Athletics seasons kicks off with fantastic start

GRANITE Belt Little Athletics had a fantastic start to the season with increasing numbers on Saturday afternoon at the state high school oval.

Little Athletics Queensland senior development officer Shaun Lethem was amazed by the participant and volunteer numbers and how well organised the club already was.

"It was a fantastic afternoon. There were so many positives,” he said.

"Having over 50 kids today was amazing and the amount of parent help was refreshing to see.”

Good organisation had the club running smoothly from the first day, with timed blocks, two coaches at every event, and a good mix of measured and "just for fun” skill activities.

"With that help and good organisation it's only going to get bigger and better,” he said.

"It looked like parents and kids were having fun. Smiles on all the kids faces is what you want to see.”

THROW HARD: A Little Athlete shows off her skills.
THROW HARD: A Little Athlete shows off her skills. Contributed

Terry O'Rourke, a grandparent who'd come from Brisbane to watch Little Athletics, agreed.

"I don't know if they could've done any better. It was a very successful start,” O'Rourke said.

Daniel O'Dea, a Granite Belt Little Athletics committee member, echoed the message.

"(It was) a successful afternoon where the young athletes had some fun, learnt a few new skills and got to try to out-throw and run faster than their mates,” O'Dea said.

"I'd like to thank the volunteers, parents, coaches and young athletes for making our first Little Athletics meet an official success and great start to the season.”

PERFECT START: Clouds shied away for the beginning of the Little Athletics season.
PERFECT START: Clouds shied away for the beginning of the Little Athletics season. Contributed

The club will host a sausage sizzle and drinks as both a fundraiser and to assist with dinner on busy afternoons.

Events this weekend are middle distance running, hurdles, high jump and shot put.

Registrations are still open.

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