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Gold medallist sees Little Aths aim high

SORELL’S little athletes are aiming for higher honours following a visit from Commonwealth Games gold medallist high jumper Brandon Starc.

Mr Starc spoke to the young athletes from the South East Districts Little Athletics Centre as part of the ‘Coles Little Athletes Big Dreams’ program, which inspires children to reach their full potential in both sport and life.

Mr Starc said he thoroughly enjoyed meeting the next generation of Aussie athletes from Sorell.

“Little Athletics is where it all began for me,” he said.

“It’s where I learnt the fundamental skills and developed my love for the sport and without Little Athletics, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

“I hope by visiting the kids at Sorell, I may inspire even just one kid to go onto bigger and better things.”

Among the athletes to be inspired by Mr Starc was 14-year-old Toby Nichols, who jumped an unofficial personal best of 1.40 metres during the visit

“I saw Brandon win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on TV, and it was amazing to meet him in person,” Toby said.

“My previous personal best was 1.30 metres and I was stoked to get to 1.40 metres in front of Brandon.”

Another young athlete to benefit from the visit was 12-year-old rising star Jessica Kean.

Jessica said it was “pretty cool” to learn from a champion.

“He taught us how to straighten our run ups and told us to keep practicing,” she said.

The Coles Little Athletes Big Dreams program saw Australian track and field stars Sally Pearson, Brandon Starc and Matthew Denny visit up to 24 grassroots Little Athletics centres across the country throughout November.

Coles is the major partner of Little Athletics Australia and community partner of Athletics Australia.

In addition to supporting the Coles Little Athletes Big Dreams community visitation program, Coles has donated more than 2.7 million bananas and provided more than $1.1 million in grants for sports equipment to Little Athletics centres across Australia, including 13 centres from Tasmania, over the past 12 months.

Registration for South East Districts Little Athletics Centre is still open to children aged three to 15 years old.

South East Districts Little Athletics conducts weekly meets on Friday nights from 6pm to 7.30pm at Pembroke Park.

For more information, visit www.sedlac.org.au.

Caption: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brandan Starc with South East Districts Little Athletics Centre members cheering on the little athletes.