RETIRED heptathlete and six-time national champion Kylie Wheeler says grassroots clubs are where it all begins for aspiring athletes.
The Hillarys resident (39) won silver medals at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and finished first in the 2003 Summer Universiade.
Wheeler has been chosen as the ambassador for the City of Bayswater’s annual Have a Go Day, which will be held on April 14 at The Rise in Maylands from 10am to 1pm.
The event will showcase local sports and community groups and feature drama activities, community gardening, live music, food and arts.
Her message for the community was to “get active and get involved”.
“Having been to a number in the past, I think it is a great event for the community to come together and see what is out there and help to build those all-important connections,” she said.
“Grass roots is where it all begins; a chance to experience all sorts of sports and activities in a fun and social way. The skills you can then learn and develop will hopefully translate to many things and provide the participant with a lifelong love of physical activity.”
Mayor Dan Bull encouraged everyone to try out cultural, leisure and recreation activities on offer at the event and meet Wheeler.
“With no pressure to sign up, Have a Go Day is about helping everyone in our community meet like-minded people and find out what could be their newest hobby or passion,” he said.