Browns Plains Little Athletics celebrated their end of season with an awards ceremony in April, commemorating the efforts of their young athletes.

It was the organisation’s first true awards ceremony in over a year, with celebrations severely hampered in 2020 by Covid-19 restrictions. Club volunteer and Media Manager Elke Jurgeleit explains.

‘While this year has been tight, [the athletes] have been able to come together and make their own fun, and they’re all here to witness the age champs.’

Local councillors and MPs attended in numbers to support the young athletes.

Special guests included Federal Member for Rankin and Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers, State Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick, State Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch, Division 7 Councillor Tim Frazer, and former Logan City Councillor Cherie Dalley.

The young award recipients were presented their medals by State Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick.

Ms. Jurgeleit is proud of the display of excellence from the young athletes during a tough, Covid-restricted season.

‘I’m super proud of the performances due to it being a little difficult because of Covid. With what we’ve had to work with the athletes’ performances were great.’

Success happened across the board, as Ms. Jurgeleit explains.

‘We had dozens of kids go to regional championships, heaps of them go to State championships. That was a really good boost, and it was important that we still acknowledged and recognized that.’

‘They were very excited and they all performed very well,’ she adds.

With the final-bid for the 2032 Olympics looking likely, it’s an exciting time for the club and the young athletes, who may one day compete for their country.

‘We’ve got some superstars,’ says Ms. Jurgeleit.

‘Our parents are brilliant,’ she adds. ‘We can’t do it without them. Browns Plains is like a little family.’

Federal Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers presented awards on the afternoon.

Ms. Jurgeleit hopes that next season can be bigger and better and encourages parents to bring their kids along when the season kicks off again in September.

‘It’s great for socialising, and it’s great to make new friends,’ she says.

‘It’s excellent for children who lack self-confidence. Once you’ve been here for a couple of weeks you’re in the family, it doesn’t matter if you can’t run fast or jump far. Everyone is encouraging.’

Getting fit, socialising, building up confidence, and possibly becoming an Olympian one day are all benefits of Little Athletics, says Ms. Jurgeleit

It begins with the club’s emphasis on sportsmanship.

‘You have to support your fellow athletes,’ says Ms. Jurgeleit. ‘That’s half the game really.’

To learn more, visit the Browns Plains Little Athletics Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/Browns-Plains-Little-Athletics-209908145824109

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