At the Naracoorte and Districts Little Athletics presentation day on Friday April 5, the club made its President, Tony Bedworth, a life member.
Tony became involved in the club through his daughter Nikki many years ago. After becoming involved as a committee member, Tony became the Vice President and then the President, a position he's held for the last eight seasons.
His dedication to the club has been noted by his peers, and he has been described as 'hard working' and 'committed'.
"Tony has spent countless hours of his time volunteering for the club," wrote Carolyn McLaren.
"Nothing has ever been too much trouble for him. Tony also spends many hours coaching and mentoring our athletes to be the best they can. His knowledge has been invaluable to his fellow committee members, and the athletes and their families.
"The club were very proud to make Tony a life member."
Tony first joined Little Athletics when he was 11 years old, and he believes that the appeal of the organisation is that it "teaches kids the basics."
"It teaches style, technique, and coordination. Many of the people that I went to Little Athletics with, they went on to have AFL careers. It sets a solid foundation for future sports."
During his time at the Naracoorte Little Athletics club, Tony has seen steady numbers of sportspeople season after season. Little Athletics continues to stay popular with younger children in particular.
From Little Athletics, many of them go on to play basketball, or football, or netball. Or they do both at the same time.
There are families like the Bedworths, who have generations go through Little Athletics, but Tony has also found that friends can play a role in getting children into the club.
"Kids love it when they go with their school mates. And they support each other. It's really a sport where everyone can have a crack, and people cheer from the sidelines."
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