Newly elected to the position of Far West Little Athletics (FWLA) president, Darren Bennett is hoping to see numbers swell for the upcoming season.
FWLA are on the starting blocks for a new season of on-track action commencing Tuesday, October 16.
Mr Bennett said they were hoping to see numbers increase on last season’s participation.
“Previous years had seen numbers drop and we are looking to grow it a bit more,” he said.
“There were about 40 registrations last season, but at its peak a few years back there were 100 or so, and we are looking to get the numbers back up again.
“Little Athletics has been going since 1977 and we want to get more kids involved because once a sport stops it is hard to get going again, and we don’t want to fold down the line.”
Mr Bennett said the program – which traditionally has seen the season run during the fourth school term and the first term the following year – has been changed to a 10-week season which goes until Christmas.
“We want to have people engaged for the whole time, rather than having to come back after Christmas when some might be away,” he said.
Little Athletics is open to children from ages three to 16, with tiny tots for the 3-5 year-olds and then a main group.
The meets take place each Tuesday at the Ceduna Area School oval from 5pm and run for about 90 minutes.
Athletes participate in a range of track and field events, from sprint and long-distance running to high jump, long jump, javelin and discus.
Mr Bennett said participation was the most important thing, not the final result.
“Little Athletics focuses on participation of the sport and not so much on competition,” he said.
“It is about achieving your personal best results while promoting family fun and fitness.”
He said involvement in Little Athletics would also give participants an opportunity to compete at a higher level early next year, but people needed to be a member to do so.
FWLA will be hosting an information and registration day on Saturday, October 13 outside of Ceduna Foodland from 9am to 12pm, which all are welcome to attend.
“It is a pancake fundraiser and will give people information about Little Athletics and get them registered for the first meet that week,” Mr Bennett said.
“Another important thing is for parental support and assistance – we need parents involved and helping on the nights.
“There’s six on the committee and we don’t need a big committee to run it, but we need parents to help out.”
People can also register at the South Australian Little Athletics Association website.