The end of season Centre Championship Day was scheduled to be held on Saturday, and although competition commenced, it wasn’t long before the clouds opened up and we were forced to postpone the day due to the wet conditions.   Thankfully everyone returned on Sunday to continue the program, and although extremely windy we managed to complete yet another successful Championship Day.   All athletes competed in their 5 favourite events with the top 3 placegetters in each final presented with medals.  

3 Centre records were broken.  Keely Rich (Dolphins) bettered her own record in the Under 16 Shot Put with a throw of 9.44 metres.  Luatangi Haunga (Eagles) broke the Under 9 Shot Put record with a massive throw of 9.04 metres.  Tamara Henry (Boomerangs) broke her own record in the Under 13 200 metre hurdles, running a new record time of 33.60 secs.

At the end of competition all athletes and supporters came together for the Centre presentations.  10 year Little Athletics Victoria service awards were presented to Kirsty Bresnan, Kayla Downes and Solomon Miesen.  7 year service awards were presented to Loki Baker-Radford, Annabel Muir, Phoenix Menz, Zara Sadhai, Tamara Henry, Ben Peterson, Jez Baker-Radford, Elise Cook,  Xavier Goodman, Danielle Ide, Kiara Ive, Hayden Lloyd, Bridie Shanahan, Freya Lidgett-Egan and Braydn Rich.

Season Award winners were presented as follows: Season Award Winners 2017-18

The Centre awarded Life Membership to Trevor Denton.  Trevor was has been a Committee member for 10 years serving as Masons Lane representative for 3 years, Region Delegate for 1 year and Track & Field Co-ordinator for 6 years.  Trevor has also been our Centre Announcer, has regularly set up our Cross Country courses as well as set up for our track & field meets and co-ordinated our Working Bees.  Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Ian Rich and Kylie Bullard.  Ian has been a member of the Dolphins Committee for 10 years serving as Dolphins President for 4 years and Club Team Manager for 6 years.  Ian has also been a team relay coach, recorder for Cross Country and assisted with course set up, has regularly helped with track & field set up as well as helping at working bees and general handy man around the Centre.  Unfortunately, Kylie was absent but was recognised for her achievements as Blues Secretary for 3 years and Secretary/President for 7 years.  Kylie was a member of the Committee for 6 years serving as Publicity Officer for 1 year, Secretary for 2 years, Liaison Officer for 1 year, Officials Co-ordinator for 1 year and Treasurer for 1 year.  Kylie also coached relay teams, assisted with special Competition and regularly officiated during the track & field season.

The Centre raffle was drawn.  Congratulations to the following prize winners – Deb Vincent, Sam White, Paul Miesen, Keira Bresnan, Elissa Farren, Rich Family, Goodman Family, Huanga Family, Ava Cook, Jade Smith, Bridie Shanahan, James Lesko, Kira Watts, Teresa Smith, Helen Lyne, Baker Family and Jodie Parker.  Thank you to our prize donors – Bacchus Marsh Golf Club, Jeff Jones Plant & Produce, Samantha Goodman, Regent Multiplex and Super Cheap Auto.  Thank you to all those who supported this fundraiser; we raised $300.

Finally, thank you to our Life Members and Distinguished Service members and all family and friends who attended and supported the athletes. Thank you to the past Centre Captains who helped out and a big thank you to all parents who carried our their duties to ensure the day’s program ran so smoothly.