Games give athletes inspiration

Last Sunday saw the closing ceremony for a hugely successful, inclusive and well run Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

Those who attended couldn't help but pass comment on the smooth and efficient operation of all the events, venues, entertainment and accommodation.

You could feel the buzz. It was so involving.

What came out of the many interviews conducted by the Channel 7 commentary team, was the enormous effort, time and energy that was put into each performance.

Success wasn't measured so much by medals, but by personal achievement and participation.

Highlighting this was the excellent retirement speech by Kurt Fearnley on his completion of the wheelchair marathon.

Our club has a number of emerging talented young athletes.

These young athletes train hard and endure failures and successes and are part of the nursery of Australian athletics from which future Commonwealth games and Olympic talent athletes are drawn.

A components of that journey is the input of coaches whose wisdom and guidance develops their skills and focuses their aspirations to achieve their dreams.

Athletics Wollongong has quite a repertoire of qualified coaches, including our recent addition to the coaching roster, Mr Tony Saunders, a level 4 accredited track coach.

With the school athletics season coming up very soon, athletes serious about achieving the best of their potential should think about starting their schools training program right now, as leaving such a decision to later lessens the chance of improvement.

With the school athletics season coming up very soon, athletes serious about achieving the best of their potential should think about starting their schools training program right now.

A full list of available coaches is on our website, www.aw.org.au.

The successful running of a club depends largely on the massive input of volunteers.

Over the last year, our committee and executive along with parent helpers allowed our club to hold successful weekly meets involving a large percentage of our membership.

The implementing of programs, following up results and reporting on successes takes a tremendous amount of unpaid time for those involved. Our club is proud of, and grateful for the efforts of all those who contributed to a very successful season.

Athletics Wollongong will be holding its annual awards presentation night at Keiraville Public School assembly hall at 6pm on Saturday, April 21.

It will be one of our most successful presentation nights in recent memory, as we not only celebrate the successes of many of our athletes up to state level, but the success of 16 of our talented youngsters compete in the Australian Junior Athletics Championships.