Welcome athletes and families to Wollongong City Little Athletics Club (WCLA) for season 2021-2022. I’m Chris McCabe president of WCLA.
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 and in some cases beyond. 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 sporting endeavors.
It is a pleasure to be involved in this club, where friendships are formed and our ‘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. Unfortunately due to the gathering restrictions in place, we were unable to host this event which changed the format for both Regional & State Competitions. Apart from the competition, participating at these carnivals brings athletes and their families closer together and promotes club spirit. This season both the Zone and Regional Championships will be held at Beaton Park. We hope that athletes take the opportunity to participate in these competitions.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the new committee for the upcoming 2021-2022 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. Each committee member contributes to our club so that it can improve and grow to continually provide an environment of ‘family, fun and fitness’. Little Athletics is more than a sport, It is a community-oriented organisation which enables the entire family to do something together.
On behalf of the committee we hope that your athletic experience is a memorable one.
Yours in athletics
Wollongong City Little Athletics Centre Inc