Grant gives Exmouth little athletes a jump-start

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Blake Versteeg, 13, is part of the Exmouth Little Athletics club.
Camera IconBlake Versteeg, 13, is part of the Exmouth Little Athletics club. Credit: Exmouth Little Athletics/Exmouth Little Athletics

The Exmouth Little Athletics Centre, run by the local Police, Youth and Citizens Club, will be looking good as new this year thanks to new equipment provided by a grant from Coles.

The centre has received $4200 from Coles, with the money used to buy a starting gun, long jump mats, hurdles, and discus and shot put equipment, as well as Turbojav gear so children can learn javelin techniques.

Exmouth PCYC centre manager Lauren Rampling said Little Athletics only started last year and the centre had had to spend a lot to make sure its equipment was up to scratch.

“It’s really important that we offer our community a quality experience, and having this new equipment will allow us to provide that,” she said.

“The support from Coles is allowing us to offer the best possible Little Athletics club that we can.”

Little Athletics may be new to Exmouth but it already has more than 50 children involved who are being given the chance to try a new sport, learn new skills and compete as individuals.

“It has increased the number of girls involved in our sports, plus it is fun and a great way to support children’s physical development,” Ms Rampling said.

The club will be hosting the Little Athletics North West Championships later this year and says it is thrilled to be able to bring such an opportunity to the community.

“Due to our isolation, our children don’t often get opportunities locally to compete with children from across the State,” Ms Rampling said.

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