Little athletes get their game on

Little athletes get their game on

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Olympians Little Athletics Club athlete Aizlyn Paton performing a long jump.

The season has officially kicked off at the Gosnells and Districts Little Athletics Centre with about 300 people attending the first day of competition.

Centre president Carmen Rici said it was great to see new athletes getting involved and competing in various events for the very first time.

“We also have many athletes with a large range of ability levels who are not only learning new skills but socialising with others of different ages and genders,” she said.

Ms Rici said the first day of competition was always a challenge to keep the program organised and making sure athletes were not waiting too long between events.

“All athletes have the opportunity to compete against children in their own age group from each of the four clubs,” she said.

Young athletes compete in various jumping, throwing and running events throughout the season. Under 17s athlete Amy Holland said she has mixed feelings as this will be her last season of Little Athletics after participating for more than 11 years.

“I have made many friendships with people of different ages who go to different schools and I love the social side,” she said.

“I have also learnt new skills during my time and have been able to use this to compete in many events.”

Unlike Amy under eights athlete Tia Bonnefin has just started her very first season.

“I was feeling nervous about my first day of competition but I had fun and I am looking forward to learning discus and I have made so many new friends already,” she said.