THE Muswellbrook Little Athletics Centre is one “leap” closer to establishing a prominent track and field complex in the heart of town.
The organisation recently welcomed the addition of two new long jump run-ups at its Weeraman Park facility, valued at $30,000, with an eye on further sporting extras in the near future.
Even the group’s recent state representative Tyler Powell sprung at the opportunity to road-test the lay-out.
“We looked into this concept about 18 months ago, so the committee is glad it’s finally come to fruition,” president Matthew Jeans said.
“In that time, the club secured a number of grants, including $12,000 from the NSW Government and another $6000 from Muswellbrook Shire Council.
“Our thanks must go to Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen and mayor Martin Rush for their assistance, too.
“The Muswellbrook Little Athletics Centre also stumped up about $10,000, courtesy of sausage sizzles, fundraisers and canteen money.
“Now, we’re looking to install some discus cages when we obtain the funds.
“Our ultimate goal is to host a zone carnival in Muswellbrook.
“How good would it be bringing 500 competitors to town for an overnight stay?
“We’re hoping local schools will come on board and use the facilities as well – at the moment they can only conduct limited events at one venue.”
With the 2018-19 season just around the corner, Jeans is anticipating another successful period for the club.
And, registrations are now available online – with the first day of competition on Tuesday, October 16, after the school holidays.
“We’ve got an enthusiastic committee – Kharja Oatley, Kylie Wilton, Melisa Powell, Stacy Snewin, Naomi Barwick, Sherie Collingridge and myself – whose main aim is to increase participation in athletics,” he said.
“Our numbers have risen over the past three years, from 60 (2015-16) to 90 (2016-17) to 140 (2017-18), mainly due to having the same executive in that time.
“It would be nice to hit the 150-member mark.
“In any case, I think we’re in for a fantastic season.”
To join the Muswellbrook Little Athletics Centre, go to www.lansw.com.au