Clubs off and running

Jordan Nash, Delaney Smith and Liam Van Der Spuy (all 14) with other children from the Ridgewood Little Athletics Centre.
Jordan Nash, Delaney Smith and Liam Van Der Spuy (all 14) with other children from the Ridgewood Little Athletics Centre.

Five clubs that come under the Ridgewood Little Athletics Centre umbrella held their registration day on September 6, with competitions starting on October 11.

Among them were three rising stars in athletics ” Liam Van Der Spuy, Delaney Smith and Jordan Nash (all 14).

Liam, of Mindarie, recently represented WA at the under 14 and 15 International Little Athletics Championships in Singapore, where he won gold and set a new championship record in the 200m hurdles, leaping to the finish line in 24.91 seconds.

He won silver in the 100m hurdles and three bronze medals for the 100m and 200m sprints and the 4x100m relay.

Delaney, of Quinns Rocks, also travelled to Singapore for the July championships with Singapore and Malaysia, where she came second in javelin and competed in the shot put and discus events.

Jordan, of Ridgewood, went to Melbourne in May to compete in long jump, the 100m sprint and other events, finishing 10th overall at the Australian Little Athletics Championships. He took up the sport about five years ago and his personal bests so far are 6.34m in long jump and running the 100m in 11.34 seconds.

In the throwing events, Delaney has sent a javelin flying 44m, the shot put 10.68m and discus about 27m.

The centre received $1000 from the City of Wanneroo for the two athletes to travel to Singapore.

Liam’s best times have been 11.44s for 100m sprint, 23.38s for 200m, 13.26s for 100m hurdles and 6.12m across the long jump pit.

The young athletes said they enjoyed being part of little athletics because of the friends, the atmosphere and the competitions.

‘We are all like a family,’ Delaney said.

The Ridgewood Little Athletics Centre includes the Butler Boomers, Clarkson Cougars, Mindarie Mustangs, Quinns Rocks Sharks and Yanchep Dolphins little athletics clubs.

The clubs take athletes from the under 6 to under 17 age groups.

Visit www.ridgewoodlac.org.