Gisborne Little Athletics receives timely funding boost

Gisborne Little Athletics has received a funding boost ahead for its 2021/22 season. (Supplied)

Gisborne’s next generation of track talent will now have access to state-of-the-art technology, thanks to grants from Bendigo Bank and Coles.

The two grant supplement ($3600 from Coles and $4600 from Bendigo Bank) will assist Gisborne Little Athletics to purchase new timing gates, which will help the club accurately record run times.

“We had a thirty year-old system, which was a hand-me-down from other clubs, so we wanted to get something from the current century,” Gisborne Little Athletics president Steve van Emmerik said.

“So we went out and priced that and applied for these grants. We’re really grateful to both Coles and Bendigo Bank for the support.”

The funding has come at an opportune time for the track and field group, who last week held their first training of the season.

The session attracted 98 kids giving athletics a go as part of the club’s two-week trial registration offer, which Mr van Emmerik said was the highest number of any club in the state.

“We have a fun community vibe,” he said.

“It’s [athletics] cheap, it’s accessible, all you need is a pair of runners and you can give it a go.

“We play games and do fun stuff that kids want to do, but there’s also opportunity for those who want to go and trial for state competitions.

“I think during COVID-19 it’s been hell for a lot of kids. Athletics gives you a bit of motivation and makes you feel good.”

Gisborne Little Athletics meets every Friday from 5pm to 6.30pm, with the current season running until term one next year.

Registration is $150 for one child.

To register, visit:

Oliver Lees