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Southern Athletic Club in partnership with Reynella East HS

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Southern Athletics Club coach Jason Stevens with club members
(left to right) Erin Randall, Natasha Laba, Calvin Fancett and Casey Driver.

Partnership to let club compete

by Duane Schult
Southern Messenger
4 Nov 11

A PROPOSED athletics program at Reynella East High School will help the Southern Athletics Club compete against bigger stables, the club says.

Jason Stevens, who is the only coach at the Morphett Vale-based athletics stable, said building ties with local emerging athletes was essential to the club’s survival.

Southern has just eight registered senior athletes - well short of the 30 required.

Therefore, Southern’s athletes must compete individually and not for points at local events.

“The (partnership) with Reynella East is a way to boost the numbers and generate some awareness that we are here,” Mr Stevens said.

“We’ve been working with Athletics SA, the school, and it’s our hope that eventually there will come a time we can compete as a club.”

Stevens said he hoped the program, which was in the planning stages, would eventually lift his club to the same level as Flinders Athletics Club, which had more than 61 registered athletes.

The program, which Mr Stevens hoped would form part of Reynella East’s curriculum next year, would teach students various track and field events as well as health and wellbeing.

Reynella East College’s phys-ed co-ordinator Matthew Silcox said a specialised athletics program would help students develop at the sport, and have a flow-on effect for the community.

“It’s taking athletics to the classroom and giving the students a chance to learn about it, compete, officiate and to take those skills and link them in with community clubs and sport,” Mr Silcox said.

“We hope it will impact on sport in general in the Southern Vales.”

Athletics SA chief executive Adam Bishop said it would be a strong chance to grow the sport in the south.

“There is a lot of growth in the south and our club, Southern Athletics Club, is struggling with numbers and we saw the program as a good way to boost membership for them and increase participation rates in the sport,” Mr Bishop said.

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