The Tumut and District Little Athletics Club (TDLAC) will make a later than usual start to their 2021/22 season at The Bull Paddock on Wednesday afternoon.
TDLAC usually commence activities at the beginning of term four of the school year, but with the NSW Government Office of Sport’s roadmap for a return to community sport requiring adults and athletes 16 years and over to be vaccinated for Covid-19, the little athletics season was pushed back.
“We normally start back on the first Wednesday in October, which was eight weeks ago,” TDLAC representative Rebekah Gould said.
“We didn’t want to penalise anyone because they were not vaccinated, so we decided to start back in December.
“Community sport was meant to be open to everyone on December 1, but now it is open to everyone on December 15, so some people will miss out for a couple of weeks, then it’s back to normal.
“We will get three weeks in before Christmas and we stop for the Christmas summer break, and we go back when school goes back early next year.”
TDLAC is still calling on families to get involved, and Gould explained what Little Athletics sessions looked like.
“Tiny Tots is for three and four year old’s and that is all about developing skills and having fun,” Gould said.
“Then 6s to 17s do athletics. High jump, long jump and all of that.
“They get taught the basics and we run three or four events each week and that gets them into the sport.”
Due to the late start, member numbers are well down on recent years, and Gould was hoping new and familiar faces turned out on Wednesday.
“We only have 40 registered at the moment and that’s less than half of what we normally get,” Gould said.
“We average between 80 and 100 and I think numbers are just down because of Covid.”
In 2021/22, it will cost $85 for Tiny Tots to register and $110 for kids 6 to 17, and families can utilise the NSW Government’s Active Kids vouchers when registering online.
“Families can sign-up and pay online and then if they do, their rego pack will be there at club night, and they can buy and pick up their singlet,” Gould said.
“Club nights run from 5.30pm to around 7.30pm. It depends on how many kids there are on the night and how long it takes to get through, but the kids really enjoy it.”
Gould had one final message for families considering joining Little Athletics this season.
“Kids get to make new friends, have fun and Little A’s motto is to ‘be your best and back yourself’,” Gould said.
“They will compete against other kids, but at the end of the day, they are competing against themselves and having fun.”
For families wanting more information, they can visit the ‘Tumut and District Little Athletics Association’ Facebook page, or www.lansw.com.au.