Nearly 100 children in Kununurra got to experience little athletics for the first time in April when they attended a free community come-and-try event.
With a focus on young people from Aboriginal communities, the day proved extremely popular.
Participants enjoyed relay races, throwing and catching skills and team work disciplines across the event.
Most promising for organisers was that at least 30 parents joined in and engaged with the sessions and coaching, demonstrating a genuine interest for a similar program being offered regularly in the region.
Perth-based Little Athletics WA member services manager Emma Pass said it was the first time her organisation had been to Kununurra and it had been a busy week.
“We spent a lot of our time meeting with potential partners within the community including the Shires of Wyndham and East
Kimberley, DLGSC Kimberley office, Save the Children Foundation, the Youth Engagement and Crime prevention team, local media, Coles, Garnduwa and the Ord River Sports Club,” said Emma.
The young people are so talented. If we can support them with opportunities, then that’s what we’ll do.”
Promising first steps include the identification of four key parents from within the community who are willing and able to drive the delivery of a ten-week pilot program.
“We are confident that we will then continue to be able to enhance and further engage local kids in a range of sports into the future.
“This is an example of the huge interest in athletics and other sports in the East Kimberley. I would love to see more parents and families involved as volunteers so we can support our children and young people to achieve their dreams.”
“There’s a lot of raw talent and very athletic kids in the East Kimberley and this is an example of the huge interest in athletics and other sports,” says Krissie Dickman, DLGSC Kimberley regional manager.
“With the help from the State Sporting Associations in partnership with community it would be great to develop our clubs and skills to build strong foundations and pathways. I would love to see more parents and families involved as volunteers so we can support our children and young people to achieve their dreams.”