Little athletics is back and better than ever
NOTHING beats green grass and the laughter of children, and this year Little Athletics is back in Chinchilla after a four-year hiatus thanks to centre manager Kylie Hindle.
Mrs Kindle was surprised to find Chinchilla didn’t have an athletics program, and thinks it’s a great way for kid to learn and socialise especially the Tiny Tots.
“My kids started athletics as Tiny Tots, and it’s good for them socially, to come and learn and listen to someone else coaching and rather than a parent,” Mrs Kindle said.
“There’s not a lot of sport kids can start at three years old and with little athletics they can do the same as the other kids.”
Every Monday Mrs Hindle gathers the masses to train at Chinchilla Christian Collage, with the kids ranging in ages from 3 to 14.
With help from teachers, parents, and friends the kids practised their high jump, long jump, shot put, 400m, 70m and 100m sprints in preparation for regionals, to compete against the likes of Goondiwindi, Texas, Mitchell, St George and Charleville.
At the Goondiwindi Reginal Carnival in September, 12 athletes in the age group seven to 14 competed and each won medallions ranging from first, second, and third place.
“Those kids who placed 1st to 3rd from U9 and up have the opportunity to go to the state carnival in April next year,” Mrs Kindle said.
“It’s a really good weekend what we did in Gundy, for the kids to be exposed to Little Athletics Queensland representatives that really know their stuff because everything is a lot more professional.”