Is it time for Port Fairy to start up a Little Athletics club?
Resident Shae Smith believe so.
She's seeking expressions of interest from youngsters keen to participate in the popular nationwide program for the 2022/23 season.
It's for kids from 5-15 and runs from October to March.
"My son, Cooper, is about to turn five and we were thinking of putting him into Little Aths," she said.
"I grew up doing Little Aths in Camperdown and loved it and wanted to carry on that tradition."
Smith explained when she looked for the closest program, she saw Warrnambool and figured she'd take Cooper there.
"I thought 'hang on, there are a lot of kids here in Port Fairy'," she said.
"And I just thought about whether there was any interest and if we could start it up locally."
And I just thought about whether there was any interest and if we could start it up locally.Shae Smith
Shae explained a synthetic track wouldn't be necessary to run the sport.
She said the plan was to create a running track on a grassed area with the lines marked out. A location is yet to be decided.
Right now, the focus is seeing if there is enough interest.
The timing couldn't be better considering the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were held in recent months.
Shae's plan is to promote the idea through Port Fairy schools and surrounds.
"We want to get an idea of how many kids want to do it and roughly what their ages are to work out how many would be in each age group," she said.
If there is enough interest then she'll look to form a committee and get the backing of Little Athletics Victoria.
Shae said she needed at least five members on the committee so she's calling for adults to jump on board.
To express interest email email@example.com.
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