Big leap forward for little athletics

JUMPING JOY: Bribie Island set to take off with its own Little Athletics club.
JUMPING JOY: Bribie Island set to take off with its own Little Athletics club. TRACEY NEARMY

ATHLETICS: It's been almost two decades since Bribie Island had a little athletics club, but one father-of-four is making it happen again.

Bribie resident Brendan Smith has been taking his daughter to athletics in Deception Bay for the past four years.

She's gone on to compete at state level for sprints and high jump, but that's not the reason Smith took up the challenge of creating a new club.

"I was chatting to another father; he was from Bribie as well and we got talking about how great it would be to start one,” he said.

"The demographic has changed a lot since even we moved in in 2006 and there's not a lot of options for summer sport.

"My kids have made very good friendships with other kids, especially when you've been through a couple of years.

"We're not there to promote winning all the time - although it's quite nice - as long as they all have fun.”

Preparations are in full swing after Little Athletics Queensland approved the application for a late August sign-on for the 2017-18 season.

They held their first fundraiser last weekend, sponsored by Browns Mitre 10 and Woorim Meats, with a big, pleasing community turnout.

"We were really surprised after the first expression of interest on community sites. We didn't think we'd get the response we got - it's just mind-boggling,” Smith said.

"We're very lucky to have Bribie Island High School and state school donating us their equipment for the first year.

"High jumps mats start at $6500 and each hurdle is worth $115, so hopefully the people who are interested do help us out.”

The club is working with the Bribie Cricket Club to co-exist on their home pitch behind the Sandstone Point IGA.

Contact Brendan Smith to volunteer via the Bribie District Little Athletics Facebook page and follow the page for updates.

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