After what appeared to be a shaky and uncertain start to the season, to the point of folding due to being unable to attract a committee, Yarrawonga Mulwala Little Athletics Club appears to have had one of their most successful seasons of recent years.
After a crisis meeting was held, a group of proactive community minded people were able to form a 12-member strong committee, some of those that had no previous ties to the club or others that had returned from their now adult child being members or once members themselves.
With registration numbers growing to previous seasons, a successful 10-week program was launched. This included some athletes attending other clubs Open Days, regional and state relays and expressions of interest for track and field regional and state events held early next year and Cross Country.
Their final family activities, medal presentation night was held Monday.
Little Athletics is based on “being your best” and medal presentations are not given to who is the fastest, strongest, highest or even centre records.
Medals are handed out to all athletes based on their recorded personal best result tally.
As a recognition to the families support and athletes’ efforts for the season, the club itself provided a pizza dinner with members medal presentations, raffles drawn and family activities.
Club president Chris Duffy would like to take this opportunity to thank the local businesses and clubs that have come on board to support the club once again with weekly awards, raffle donations as a major fundraiser, weekly bbq and direct financial support.
YMLA is a not for profit club entirely volunteered run that relies on these donations to be able to upkeep the track and field, club equipment and maintenance.
The majority of this year’s committee will be staying on for 2020 with some stepping down into general committee positions and expressions of interests for new members are encouraged.
The 2020 AGM will be held early in the second half of next year to come and see what the club is all about.
As a gesture of recognition and thanks to the clubs past season and future volunteers, the Duffy family has donated a “club person/family of the season” perpetual trophy.
As their family’s time associated with the centre is coming to a 10-year end after the 2020 season due to the registration age athlete rule, the family hopes to see the club move forward and to grow and continue to be able to offer a sporting option to the local communities’ families and more importantly, local kids.
For more information about little athletics go to www.lavic.com.au or follow the local centre on Facebook at Yarrawonga Little Athletics Centre.