Welcome, athletes and families to Wollongong City Little Athletics Club (WCLA) for season 2019-2020. I’m John Howarth and I have luckily been elected as the new president of WCLA. It is an honour to be able to take up such a position and one I am really looking forward to and I hope to do as great a job as my predecessor has. I intend to work more closely with the athletes and be encouraging and uplifting and help build their confidence.
A club such as WCLA cannot provide the competition experience it does without the hard work of those who volunteer their time to work on the club committee. On behalf of the current committee, I would like to acknowledge the hard work done by last year’s committee, they worked very hard to provide competition and enjoyment for the athletes.
Every season, it is with a little sadness that we farewell our under 17 age group of athletes. Many of the young adults in this age group started with WCLA when they were very young and have been members for up to 10 years. These athletes have made a valuable contribution to our club and were great leaders and role models for the younger athletes. We wish them every success for the future in their personal and sportingendeavours. While our Under 17’s are leaving us we look forward to welcoming all new athletes to the club!
It is a pleasure to be involved in this club, where friendships are formed and the ‘family, fun and fitness’ message is seen all the time. It is this encouragement and friendship that encourages our athletes to participate in competitions outside of club competition. This was evident at the State Relay, Zone, Regional and State Championships.
In a sport that can be considered an individual sport, the State Relay Championships provide the ‘competing as part of a team’ experience. Each year a great weekend is had by all athletes and enthusiastic parents cheering the teams on at Sydney Olympic Park. Each year athletes have the opportunity to compete at Zone Championships. Last season a large contingent of WCLA athletes competed in the Zone Championships at our home venue at Beaton Park in Wollongong. This resulted in many of our athletes qualifying for Regional Championships at Griffith and then some of our athletes went on to qualify for the State Championships at Homebush. Apart from the competition, competing at these carnivals brings athletes and their families closer together and promotes club spirit. This season the Zone and will be held at Beaton Park and Regionals at Shellharbour. We hope that athletes take the opportunity to participate in these competitions. There are many benefits children can take away by partaking in next level competitive sports.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the new committee for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. The committee members give up their time to ensure that WCLA continues to provide a high level of competition. It is a collective team effort that enables competition to be held each week. The primary role of the committee is to provide leadership and direction to the club. Our members can trust that each committee member will act in good faith, always in the interest of the club and our athletes and are always approachable to discuss any matter you need help or guidance with. We will always welcome new committee members, so if this is something you see yourself doing please contact the club. We would love to have you on board!
Each committee member contributes to our club so that it can improve and grow to continually provide an environment of ‘family, fun and fitness’.
On behalf of the committee we hope that your athletic experience is a memorable one. See you all on the track!
Yours in athletics
Wollongong City Little Athletics Centre Inc