Aberdeen Senior and Little Athletics Centre boasts new facilities, as well as a medal winner

THE Aberdeen Senior and Little Athletics Centre has plenty to celebrate at the moment.

The local club recently boasted five representatives at the Region 2 Championships, which took place at the Mingara Athletics Centre late last month.

At this carnival, any under-8 athlete gaining a first, second or third placing receives a medal for their efforts.

And, on this occasion, Aberdeen lad Caiden Waugh collected two.

The youngster picked up a silver in the long jump, as well as a bronze in the 60m hurdles.

“For the under-8s, this is the highest level of Little Athletics they can compete at,” Aberdeen Senior and Little Athletics Centre’s Denise Bell said.

“They can progress to the State Championships in the under-9 age group – and older.”

Meanwhile, Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen visited the centre this month and officially opened the club’s new shot put and discus throwing circles.

“I managed to obtain funding from the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program to assist with this work,” Bell said.

“The balance of the cost came from club funds.

“But, it was all done with local tradesmen and volunteers. 

“Dennis Borham constructed the metal rings for the two discus and two shot put throwing circles, Nick Birch did the excavation work – removing the old cement, and Stephen Bridge and his team tended to the concreting. 

“The general tidying up of the new areas was completed by local volunteers – and we appreciate their assistance very much.

“Our last night of competition for 2017-18 is Friday, March 23 (weather permitting).

“During the off-season, it is hoped that work will start on refurbishing the current long/triple jump run-ups as we’ve received a Community Building Partnership Program grant to partially fund this project.”