Presidents Message

Melissa Fraser

Welcome back to Woodville Little Athletics, and thanks for taking an interest in our club and it’s proud history.

My name is Melissa Fraser and this is my fifth year as president. Prior to that, I had been on the committee and have been a coach for the past 10 years.  It might seem like eons ago now, but I was also a Woodville Little Athlete and competed from u6 all the way through to u16.

The mission of the South Australian Little Athletics Association as a voluntary, community-based organisation is to develop children of all abilities by promoting positive attitudes and a healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in athletic activities.

The success of our centre comes from parent support at our Saturday meets and competitions and in their willingness to attend events away from our centre. I would like to congratulate and thank all the parents and caregivers who support the club through chaperoning, time keeping, starting, and assisting at the BBQ and canteen. I would also like to ask you to consider joining our committee. We currently have 13 committee members and would always welcome a few more.

This season we have some new high jump bags that are larger than our previous bags and will take a bit to get in and out each week. If you are an early bird and would like to come out and help set up, we are at the club from 7:30am each Saturday. Regardless of whether you’re a committee member or not, setting up and packing up are two of the most important and time-consuming aspects of helping out at Woodville.  If you are not an early bird, we completely understand. As mentioned, we also need help at the end of the day to pack all the equipment back in the shed, and would love you to stay and help if you can.  You don’t have to help each week, but whenever you can would be appreciated.

I will be out at the club every Wednesday evening from 5pm-6pm for training, which is based on event-specific sessions to enable your children to learn the correct way to compete and give them every opportunity to improve their skills and their personal bests. I am a Level 3 Throws coach but I also know a bit about the jumps and I can certainly help your children improve.  We also have running training on a Tuesday night at 5:40-6:40pm every week.  These sessions are taken by Coach Mike, who is a level 1 coach and is working towards his level 2 in running.  These training sessions are included in your registration fees, so bring your children out to one or both sessions and you will see them improve as the season progresses, as well as having fun with their athletics friends.

Last season we had 150 registered athletes at Woodville. It’s a fantastic number, but we can cater for more and would love to get back to the 200 or so athletes we had five or so years ago, so spread the word and tell your friends to come along! Remember – Little Athletics lays the foundation for all other sporting activities.

I would encourage you all to like our Facebook page, download Team App and add Woodville to it. We use these social media sites to communicate with you at short notice about cancellations, coming events, tips on how to improve and other athletics information we think you might find interesting.

I hope that both the athletes and their parents and caregivers enjoy their time with Woodville Little Athletics Centre. We’re looking forward to a fantastic season and we’re looking forward to sharing the coming months with you.

Melissa Fraser