Narrabri might only be a small town but it certainly is a growing one, especially when it comes to little athletics.
About 13,`000 people live in the Narrabri Shire.
We are never going to be a Newcastle or a Sydney when it comes to sporting facilities, and it will even take time to compete with the likes of Tamworth. However facilities are improving each year for aspiring athletes in Narrabri.
Over the past two seasons the local little athletics club has gone from strength to strength under the
watchful eyes of former president and now-secretary Kristina Stuart, and a dedicated group of committee members and parents.
The Narrabri Shire Council has also played its part.
Last year Narrabri Little Athletics submitted an application for a Narrabri Shire Council Community Benefits Grant.
The club was successful, which made funding available for new discus nets. They arrived in the off-season, and were used for the first time yesterday afternoon.
Stuart said that they were essential to keep discus in Narrabri alive, and that they would benefit the local little athletes when they travelled to bigger towns and cities to compete.
“The kids are enjoying them, and it’s all about safety,” Stuart said.
“We are now meeting safety regulations - at one stage it looked as though we might have had to stop running discus.
“When the kids go to other regions to compete they have discus nets, where as we haven’t had that before.”
Stuart thanked the Narrabri Shire Council for its role in acquiring the nets, and Weel Australia for its support by supplying and installing them.
She also thanked Narrabri High School for its ongoing support and immaculate facilities which enhanced the experience for all of the little athletes.
Narrabri Shire Mayor Cathy Redding was at Narrabri Little Athletics’s first competition day yesterday afternoon to help launch the new discus nets.
She said that the council enjoyed playing its part in helping small clubs like Narrabri Little Athletics grow.