Athletics Australia’s ‘Athletics for the Outback’ program has teamed up with Athletics North Queensland to hold a special clinic in Townsville today.
The Bindal Southern Cross Athletics Clinic will aim to help local children aged between six and 13 years of age learn the fundamentals of athletics.
The clinic, which will be held at Bindal Sports Park in the Murray Sporting Complex (190 Mervyn Crossman Drive), will run from 3pm—6pm and is expected to attract up to 60 enthusiastic local participants.
Australian 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games long jump representative Robbie Crowther (Qld.) will be on hand to put the children through their paces and share with the participants his own experiences as a high performance athlete.
Athletics Australia Indigenous Participation Coordinator Bridgid Junot said the clinic was a fantastic opportunity to take athletics to a group of kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to try the sport.
“We’re thrilled to be able to fund this initiative, which will give up to 60 local kids in Townsville the chance to experience the positive benefits that athletics can provide them in terms of being fit and healthy and, most importantly, having fun,” said Junot.
“We are particularly delighted to be able to bring an athlete of the ilk of Robbie Crowther to the clinic, as not only can he show them just how far they could get in the sport, but he will be able to share with them his own personal experiences as an Ambassador to the sport . We believe he will motivate and inspire the kids and we’re confident there will be significant long-term benefits to all the participants as a result.”
Athletics Australia's Athletics for the Outback program reaches Indigenous Australians in towns and municipalities throughout Australia via a combination of activities including after school programs, in-school coaching clinics, recreational running events and leadership and education initiatives.
The program aims to create an inclusive environment where Indigenous Australians of all ages and abilities can participate in, and celebrate athletics in their community.