High Wycombe athletes get running start with upgraded facility

High Wycombe Little Athletics Club.
High Wycombe Little Athletics Club.

YOUNG aspiring athletes have been given the flying start they need as the High Wycombe Little Athletics Club gets an upgrade to their long jump run up.

Inadequate long jump facilities at High Wycombe Primary School, used by club members aged five to 16, have recently been improved after receiving a $1000 grant.

Awarded as part of the Perth Airport Community Boost program, the grant has given the club the chance to get started in upgrading its “big ticket” item.

A rubber runway will be installed to take place of the existing grass runway that was covered with honky nuts, which were hazardous to athletes.

Kim Elliot, who has been club president for three seasons, said the upgrade was much-needed due to a few members having ankle issues and injuries because of the old run up.

“Also, we thought it would be a way to give back to the school who have been very supportive of the club for many years while encouraging the local kids at the school to have a try at long jump,” he said.

“Little athletics is about every athlete striving for their personal best, regardless of ability.”

The 42-member club trains twice a week from September to March with competitions on Saturdays at the Gerry Archer Athletics Centre in Belmont.

Although the athletics season started last month, Elliot encouraged children interested in joining by visiting hwlac.com.au.

To apply for a Community Boost program grant, visit perthairport.com.au.