Registrations are officially open and cost $60 for tots and $100 for U6 and over. You can use kids active vouchers when registering.
More than just an athletics club. We are about Friendships,whether you bring a buddy with you or the friendships made within the club or other events. Did you know that Little Athletics is for everyone. The whole family can join in the fun, there literally is something for everyone to enjoy and excel. We have 2 upcoming come & try nights in September.
The Parkes Little Athletics Club held an extremely successful Gala Day on Sunday, 12th March at Northparkes Oval. Approximately 150 young athletes travelled from as far as Cobar and Gilgandra to compete.
Athletes aged from six to 17 competed in a wide range of track and field events and the ‘tiny tots’ were also able to join in lots of fun activities.
It was amazing to see so many athletes coming together to compete, have fun, support and encourage one another. There were smiles all around as records were broken, personal bests achieved, medals awarded and new friends made.
A huge congratulations goes to the Parkes Little Athletics Club committee members and all helpers who made the such a huge success.
Parkes Little Athletics Committee President, Kerrie Edwards said, “This years Gala day was one of the best. I’m very grateful for all who contributed, as there were so many.
We appreciate those who travel and look forward to seeing you all again next year.”
This weekend, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March, Parkes Little Athletics will have eight representatives competing in the Little Athletics State Championships at Sydney Olympic Park in a combined 17 events. This is a huge achievement and will be a great experience. We wish them all well and know they will do their very best.
Save The Date: The Parkes Gala Day will be held on Sunday, 12th March. Registrations will be open soon. Keep and eye on social pages for more information.
Central West Credit Union (CWCU) are pleased to announce the latest recipient of the (CWCU) Monthly Sports Achiever Award. A big congratulation goes to Andy McMahon, who is the award recipient for December, 2022
Andy is a 10-year-old Forbes Public School student who is an exceptional athlete, representing his school and community at many levels of competition. Some of his very impressive accomplishments include:
Forbes Public School Achievements
• Junior Boy Age Champion for athletics
• Lachlan District Athletics representative in 100m, 200m, senior boy relay, high jump and long jump
• Qualified as a member of the Western Cross-Country team
Forbes Little Athletics Club (FLAC) Achievements
• 10 Years Boy Age Champion
• Represented FLAC at the State Championships in 70m, 100m, long jump and high jump
Andy was also a member of the U/10 Magpies Junior Rugby League team that were Minor Premiers in the competition.
What a fantastic all round sports person and an asset for the local Forbes sporting community, we look forward to following your future sporting endeavors. Keep up the great work Andy, we are sure to be hearing more about you.
Two Trundle para-athletics champs shone at the School Sport Australia Track and Field Championship in Brisbane last weekend coming home with a haul of three medals.
Toby Morgan is the national champion winning a gold medal in the 800m for 10-year-old multiclass event for boys, whileIsabella Skipworth won a silver in discusand bronze in shot put.
It was an amazing experience for the two students where they made lots of new friends and incredible memories. The opening ceremony was last Thursday and ended with a closing ceremony on Monday. The participants also had an opportunity to access equipment and technology utilised for talent identification for the 2023 Olympics. A fun part of the event was swapping pins with competitors from other states, which they then wore on their hats.
Toby is a student at Parkes East Public School, and Isabella attends St Patrick’s Primary School in Trundle.
Parkes hosted the two-day Zone Little Athletics Carnival last weekend with up to 370 participants from all over the region. The athletes came from Ballimore, Cobar, Condobolin, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Cumnock, Dubbo, Forbes, Gilgandra, Gulgong, Gwebegar, Mudgee, Narromine, Orange, Three Rivers, Walgett, Warren and Wellington. The event was officially opened by Member for Orange Phil Donato MP. He said Little Athletics played an important role in developing not only physical skills but also life skills.
Two Trundle para-athletes have qualified for nationals after competing at PSSA State Athletics Carnival at Olympic Park in Sydney recently.
Toby Morgan and Isabella Skipworth both qualified for NSW Athletics team to compete at the School Sport Australia Track & Field Championship in Brisbane later this month.
Toby, who is a Year 4 student at Parkes East Public School, not only came first in the junior boys multi class 800m event, but also broke the record in the T34 200m event. The NSW record was 1:28 and he ran it in 47 seconds!
Isabella is a student at St Patrick’s Primary School in Trundle and she became the champion in multi-class discuss with a distance of 12.80m.
Toby has spina bifida, a condition that affects the spine, and his parents were told he would be in a wheelchair all his life.
Toby’s mum Kelly said they were extremely proud of Toby’s achievement. “When Toby was born, he had surgery on day one to close the lesion on his back and have a shunt inserted in his brain for his hydrocephalus,” she said. “Following the surgery, the neurosurgeon advised us that Toby would be in a wheelchair, however he has proven him wrong.”
She said Toby started walking a bit before he was two with the aid of a walking frame. “At that time his feet were almost turned backwards. His walking improved and the physio told us he would likely use the walker until he started school.”
He only used it for about six months and started walking on his own.
Toby wears splints on his legs as he has absolutely no muscle in his legs below the knees and partial paralysis in his feet. This however doesn’t stop him from playing soccer, tennis, touch football and now athletics. He went to State earlier this year for Cross Country.
It was a beautiful day on Saturday for Karen McGaw to reach her 300th parkrun milestone at the Northparkes Oval parkrun. Her first parkrun was in 2013 and she completed 140 runs at her home parkrun in Newcastle. She also ran her personal best time of 26:43 in Newcastle. Karen has participated in 38 different parkruns in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT, as well as international runs in England and New Zealand. She has also given back to parkrun by volunteering 45 times in 10 different roles. Karen moved to Forbes in May and now regularly attends the Northparkes Oval run at 8am every Saturday. Congratulations Karen!
It was a week of milestones at the Northparkes Oval parkrun event 47 last Saturday with three runners achieving their 25 run milestones. Congratulations to Tim Keith, Hamish Orr and Jianjun Tian.
Tim completed all 25 of his parkruns at his home run of Northparkes Oval since he joined at event 4.
Hamish completed 24 of his 25 runs at Northparkes Oval, and one at the Orange parkrun. Hamish also ran a personal best time for his 25th event clocking 18:07 for the 5km run.
Jianjun completed 12 parkruns at Northparkes Oval, seven at Rock Riverside, four at Southbank, and one each at St Peters and St Lucia.