HOBART’S Queenborough Little Athletics Club (QLAC) is hurdling into the new year with a funding boost for the purchase of brand-new sports gear.
More than $1,700 in funds was granted to the local club as part of the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund, which saw around 100 centres across Australia receive a sports grant to replace or expand its sporting equipment.
Funds for the grants were raised through the sale of specially-marked chiller bags designed by Aussie kids and for every bag sold, 25 cents was directed to the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund.
QLAC president Darren Sheen said the club was “thrilled” to receive the grant money from Coles, which would be used to purchase new hurdles and starting blocks.
“Our club’s athletes are excited to use the new equipment,” he said.
“Having extra hurdles means that we can set up more lanes, so we can have more athletes competing.
“And the extra starting blocks will help our older athletes to practise using blocks so they are confident when competing at state meets.
“Receiving financial assistance like this from Coles really helps smaller clubs like QLAC to make sure we are providing the best experience for our athletes.”
Coles state general manager Mark O’Connor said Coles was delighted to provide grants to help Little Athletics centres such as Queenborough.
“Thanks to our customers who have bought our range of chiller bags at Coles stores, we are able to provide around $360,000 in grants for Little Athletics centres around Australia to help them purchase equipment to support activities such as high jump, discus, hurdles and the various running events,” he said.
“The Queenborough Little Athletics Club told us they would like to receive a grant to buy hurdles and starting blocks and we were delighted to help because we know these are an essential part of Little Athletics to support young budding athletes.”
In addition to the chiller bags, Coles sells Community Bags which help to raise funds for SecondBite, Guide Dogs Australia and Clean Up Australia.
All Community Bags were designed by school children as part of a bag design competition.
Caption: Above, from left, Frances Reid, Madeline Windsor and Amelia Steedman, of the Queensborough Little Athletics Club.