Kids invited to athletics open day
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
HEY there, do you want to be the next Cathy Freeman, Matt Shirvington, Jana Pittman or Patrick Johnson?
Well the place for you is the Gladstone Athletics Club which is hosting its sign-on for 2005 at the TAFE Oval on Sunday.
2005 is set to be a massive year for the family club and president Christine Palo said members of all ages are welcome.
'Anyone who is interested in trying out athletics is welcome to come to the sign-on ? we cater for all ages from three up to 75,' Palo said.
In a great initiative, the club has introduced a free, two-week trial period for all potential new members to try athletics before they sign up.
Palo added the free initiative has been highly successful in drawing new members in recent years.
'We introduced the free trial period so people could at least have a try at athletics,' she said.
'So if you come down and don't like athletics for whatever reason you are not financially locked in.
'And people enjoy that chance to try before you buy so to speak,' she said.
Another reason to be part of the athletics action is the chance to compete in the highly-popular Gladstone Motorworld Multi Events Day Carnival on Sunday March 6.
The carnival consists of five athletic events comprised of running, throwing and jumping including, favourites like high jump, 100 metres, shotput and discus.
Competitors are expected from across Central Queensland, with prizes on offer for the first three placegetters in each age group.
Cost for competition entry is $4 for under six athletes and $6 for all other participants.
All competitors will be treated to a free sausage sizzle and drink. Action starts at 9am. For more information phone Christine on 4979 1729 or Alison on 4973 7890.