Welcome, athletes and families to Wollongong City Little Athletics Club (WCLA) for season 2018-2019. I’m Brett Barklay 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. 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 endeavours.
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 Wagga Wagga 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 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 2018-2019 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’.
On behalf of the committee we hope that your athletic experience is a memorable one.
Yours in athletics
Wollongong City Little Athletics Centre Inc.