Kingsway Little Athletics Centre celebrates 40th anniversary


Club members Sarina McVee (14-Alexander Heights), Erin Griggs (10 Alexander Heights), Abby Griggs (13 Alexander Heights), Allan Savage (Ballajura), Tahlee McVee (14-Alexander Heights) and Jayden Pear (14 Ballajura). Picture: Martin Kennealey d473874
Kingsway Little Athletics Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473513
Kingsway Little Athletics Centre celebrates 40th anniversary
Club members Sarina McVee (14-Alexander Heights), Erin Griggs (10 Alexander Heights), Abby Griggs (13 Alexander Heights), Allan Savage (Ballajura), Tahlee McVee (14-Alexander Heights) and Jayden Pear (14 Ballajura). Picture: Martin Kennealey d473874 Kingsway Little Athletics Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473513

KINGSWAY Little Athletics Centre will mark a milestone this month to celebrate its growth over four decades.

The centre will celebrate its 40th anniversary at its October 14 season opening day, with member clubs parading around the Kingsway grounds.

About 580 athletes competed at the centre last year from the Landsdale, Ballajura, Greenwood, Wanneroo and Woodvale little athletics clubs.

The centre’s longest serving member is Allan Savage, of Ballajura, who joined with his daughters 34 years ago.

“I came here as a parent,” he said.

“My two girls competed; one for six months; the other for three years.

“Since then, I’ve been here all the time.”

Mr Savage said when he joined there was one club and about 210 athletes at the centre, which Sheila and Brian Ball started in 1977.

Over the years, the membership has evolved with clubs coming and going, including Quinns Rocks, Illawarra, Kingsley, Craigie, Glengarry, Bindoon, Ellenbrook and Goollelal.

Mr Savage said his roles had included president of the Illawarra club, which changed its name to Ballajura, and was part of the executive committee for coaching development for 26 years.

“I retired from that last year, but I’m still on the committee,” he said.

Mr Savage said the centre’s success stories included Breanna Beahan, who was currently ranked third in Australia.

“She is doing exceptionally well; at 17 she was ranked number two,” he said.

Treasurer Kylee McVee will be officiating field events at the Commonwealth Games.

Under-15 athletes Sarina McVee, of Alexander Heights, and Jayden Peak, of Ballajura, are the girls and boys captains this year.

Jayden recently travelled to Malaysia to compete in relays, and enjoys the variety offered in little athletics.

“I like it because there is a lot of events to do,” he said.

Michelle Choules said the club was looking forward to getting new facilities, with the City of Wanneroo allocating about $670,000 to demolish their old sheds and replace them this financial year.

The open day will be at the athletics grounds on Spectator Drive, Madeley from 8am on October 14.

“We want to try and encourage as many people as we can to come and get involved,” Ms Choules said.

“It’s for all levels of ability to participate and have fun.”

For more on Kingsway Little Athletics Centre, visit kingswaylac.com.au, email admin@kingswaylac.com.au or call Michelle on 0401 447 171.

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