Swan Valley little athletes chance to learn from an Olympian


Little Athletics participants with former Olympic sprinter John Steffensen.
Little Athletics participants with former Olympic sprinter John Steffensen.

LITTLE athletes in the Swan Valley area have a chance to meet local former Olympian John Steffensen, thanks to a nationwide ‘Little Jetstars’ competition.

Jetstar has partnered with Little Athletics for the third year in a row to run the competition, and this year entrants from WA’s eastern region will have the chance to meet the Olympic silver medallist, who started his career at Camboon Little Athletics Club.

The search looks for Australia’s most passionate young athletes, celebrating good sportsmanship and dedication amongst Little Athletics participants.

Five winners will receive an exclusive training session for them and 15 friends, led by Jetstar “Big Hero” Steffensen, who is part of an elite group of Australian athletes who were former Little Athletics participants.

Steffensen said he was excited to be involved in the program and to get back to his grass roots where it all began.

“Little Athletics holds very fond memories for me and is such a great start for any kid who loves sport,” he said.

“I had a lot of fun in my Little Athletics days at Camboon Little Athletics Club and it was a great excuse to stay healthy and get involved in the community from a young age.”

The first of five Little Jetstars competition winners will be announced at the beginning of November and the remaining winners announced monthly through to March.

With more than 100,000 participants across 540 centres, Little Athletics Australia is a program based on track and field events that is open to kids aged between five and 15.

To enter the Little Jetstars competition, registered Little Athletics participants can head to www.littlejetstars.com.au and describe in 25 words or less who their biggest sports hero is and why.