Kilmore Free Press
Wednesday, 4 May 1983, page 8
Little Aths Told… Catch up with world thinking
An Australian gold medal winner has urged Little Athletics Centre members in the Kilmore district to “aim for the stars” in an attempt to raise the international standard at the sport.
Speaking at the highly successful annual presentation night of the Hume Little Athletics Centre, Garry Honey told the youngsters parents and friends of his rise through the Little Aths field to a place in the Australian team which completed at the Olympic Games in Moscow, and finally to winning a gold medal in the long jump at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane last year.
He urge the children to remember Australia is one of the few countries to teach athletes to be good losers.
Endorsing a very positive outlook, he suggested Australia should catch up with world thinking, and children should be taught to be good winners, to reach for the stars, and bring athletics in Australia up to world standard.
Organisers were delighted that Garry Honey, former great Australian distance runner John Landy, and VFA umpires’ advisor Jim Chapman were able to be present to address the youngsters and to present trophies.
Mrs Fitzpatrick, the president of the Little Aths organisation, thanked the local committee for working hard to achieve a successful season.
She pointed out the youngsters had broken 55 records during the season.
Kilmore Shire President, Bob Macartney, declared the presentation time open after congratulating the children and organisers on their efforts.
He assured the gathering the J J Clancy Reserve at Kilmore would be available for Little Aths competition next season. This will give the organisers a “home” after being at Wandong and Assumption College grounds in the past two seasons.
Cr Macartney then presented several achievement awards to successful youngsters.
Compere Syd Bysouth introduced Jim Chapman, who presented the remaining achievement awards to children who competed during the season.
Special guest John Landy outlined the degree of dedication needed for an athlete to reach championship level.
He spoke of people who can inspire a young athlete, and of the need to train hard, and set high goals to be reached.
Mr Landy then presented special achievement awards to a boy and girl in each age group, and the two trophies to the most improved athletes overall – Sally Bradley and Tony Montgomery.
After Garry Honey emphasised the positive approach needed to raise the standard of athletics in Australia, he presented the first and runner-up trophies in each group.