Little Athletics Club thanks business for grant

Little athletes will have their times more accurately recorded thanks to new timing gates.

The Douglas Park Little Athletics Club wanted to thank South 32 for its grant, which was used to purchase the gates.

Recording officer Kim Hill said the competitors’ times used to be recorded by hand.

“The electronic timing device starts recording when the gun fires and a sensor in the gate records the time when the child runs across the finish line,” she said.

“The gates remove the human error factor and stores the times electronically.

“Our parent volunteers will now be able to focus on cheering on their family members in track activities and support them in other athletics events, rather than being required for time-keeping responsibilities.”

Ms Hill said the more accurate times for their events would improve the athletes chances of representing the area at a higher level.

“The installation of this technology means we can continue to develop our athletes as our club continues to grow, and attract bigger events to the local area, including gala days and zone multi-events,” she said.

South32 Illawarra Coal acting vice president Lucas Dow said he was pleased the community partnerships program was able to assist in providing equipment to support the development of local young athletes.

“This integrated and more reliable system will not only benefit the club, but also competitors from across the region; local schools which use the oval for school athletics carnivals; individual athletes; and coaching groups,” Mr Dow said.

The family-orientated club services the kids in Picton, Wilton, Douglas Park, Appin and across Macarthur. 

The club has more than 200 members and competitions are held every Friday night at Douglas Park Sportsground.

All standard track and field events are held.