UWA Little Athletics Centre bestows life memberships on volunteers


John Connell, Deb Pett, Tim Lyons, Christine and David Stanton and Justin Walawski.
John Connell, Deb Pett, Tim Lyons, Christine and David Stanton and Justin Walawski.

THE UWA Little Athletics Centre (UWALAC) recognised more than a century of volunteering recently.

John Connell and his wife Deb Pett have contributed 30 years each and were commended for their exceptional commitment.

Three-time Olympic finalist and coach Christine Stanton and her husband David Stanton, who is the centre’s vice-president, equipment and arena manager and WA Little Athletics board member, have devoted 25 years together to the centre earning them life membership.

UWALAC president and Athletics WA board member Tim Lyons has volunteered for 15 years earning him life membership.

Secretary Justin Walawski, who also received the Golden Lock award for elevating the centre’s professionalism and governance, also became a life member.

Lyons said he was proud of the legacy the team was leaving.

“We’ve hosted athletes from Singapore, China and interstate and provided opportunities for athletes of every ability,” Lyons said.

“We’ve also attracted top athletes to the UWA Big 6 meet in December – with sprint sensation Jack Hale twice showing all-comers a clear pair of heels in the 100 metre sprint.”