Give athletics a try

Whittlesea City's little athletes in action. (Supplied)

Whittlesea City Little Athletics Centre (WCLAC) is hoping the Commonwealth Games will inspire more kids to give athletics a go.

The centre comprises six little athletics clubs: Epping, Meadowglen-Lalor, Metro, Mill Park-South Morang, Northern Stars and Tigers, who come together weekly to compete between October and March.

WCLAC president Tony Newstead said the Games will give kids the chance to watch the nation’s best athletes in action.

The timing of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games is ideal as we are nearing the launch of the 2022-2023 summer track and field season,” he said.

“families will have greater exposure to our sport through the free-to-air broadcast where they can watch world-class athletes compete in track and field. This will inspire new and existing little athletes and encourage them to dare to dream that one day it could be them competing at a Commonwealth Games.”

The centre is affiliated with Little Athletics Victoria and picked up two awards at the association’s recent gala night.

It won Northern Metro Region Best Large Centre and was named third overall in the state championships for its athletes’ performances in track and field championship events.

“Whittlesea City Little Athletics Centre had a standout year accumulating what was, to the best of my knowledge, our largest haul of medals in the centre’s history,” Mr Newstead said.

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