Athletics South West has almost reached its goal of gaining 30 members and has its sights set on attracting more adults to the club.
President and coach Jeremy Dixon was thrilled to reveal the Turbines had already attracted about a dozen new members in the lead up to this season.
He said the Warrnambool-based track and field club had about 20 members for its inaugural summer in 2019/20.
He feels another positive is club membership goes beyond Warrnambool with participants from areas such as Timboon and Camperdown.
Dixon explained the Turbines had an eager group of youngsters on board and there would be focus on drawing in some older participants.
"Some of the other goals we're looking at include getting a few more masters and older athletes back involved again," he said.
"We've got quite a young crew, a majority of our members are between 12 and 17 or 18 (years old)."
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Dixon said the club would love to get some adult athletes on board who were keen to compete and have fun.
He believes having more experienced athletes would also benefit the club's youngsters.
In about a fortnight members will get the chance to compete in the first round of the Athletics Victoria Shield League.
Details are yet to be confirmed but the opening AVSL round is currently scheduled for the weekend of November 28 and 29.
Dixon said he wasn't sure where ASW athletes would be participating yet.
He said they could be competing at Ballarat or Geelong or there could even be club members at both venues due to the AVSL adjusted timetable and rules for the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the draft timetable only four events will be on offer each round. A sprint event, a walk/run, a jump and a throw.
For example, the draft for the first round proposes a 60-metre sprint, 600m run, long jump and discus.
The Athletics Victoria website says venues around the state will host four 60-minute sessions in which an athlete can book to participate in all four events on offer within their 60-minute session.
Dixon said there was a return to play document outlining the finer COVID-19 rules for each event.
"For example, with long jump, the participant must wash their hands with sanitiser prior to the jump," he said.
"(Then) jump into the pit, wipe their hands in the pit from sand, re-santise and then line up again."
He added there would be a similar approach to the throwing events such as discus and shot put.
Events such as pole vault, high jump and hurdles have been deemed high-risk in terms of safety by Athletics Victoria and are not on the draft schedule.
The state body will look to add such events as soon as it is safe and practical as stated on its website.
Dixon feels the limited number of events won't faze the club's athletes.
"I think everyone's just keen to get out there and do something," he said.
Dixon said the club may have some 800m or 1500m races in the south-west as there are few middle distance events in the proposed AVSL schedule before Christmas.
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