Clubs, Coles and Pearson teaming up
ATHLETICS: World and Olympic champion Sally Pearson has urged budding athletes to race down to their local running track, with the Little Athletics season kicking off in Bundaberg this month.
And to provide kids with a nutritional boost at training, Coles plans to donate more than two million bananas to Little Athletics clubs around the country this season.
Over 16 weeks this season, Coles will donate four boxes of bananas each week to Bundaberg, Isis District and West Bundaberg Little Athletics Centres as part of its national sponsorship of Little Athletics.
The supermarket giant is also signing on Pearson as an ambassador to promote Little Athletics, sport, health and well-being among young Australians for the next three years.
Fresh from her win at the world championships in London, Pearson encouraged kids to join Little Athletics this year.
"Little Athletics gave me the start I needed to be successful and fulfil my dreams,” she said.
"I encourage more kids across Australia to create their own story through athletics.
"I hope that the kids understand that it doesn't matter if you're not winning when you're this age, you can always be an Olympic champion if your heart is set on it and you dream big.”
Pearson welcomed the partnership between Little Athletics and Coles, which would provide necessary funding for clubs.
"Little Athletics is a very important organisation that adds value to our children's health and well-being,” she said.
"It's essential to have funding and Coles is the answer to our prayers.
"I was also an ambassador for Coles leading up to the London Olympics and I've seen first-hand their passion for a healthy lifestyle and fresh food so I'm glad that I can be a part of that.
"I do remember coming back from training sessions and sometimes eating about five bananas. They are a favourite fruit of mine so I am very excited by Coles' initiative to donate bananas to clubs.”
Coles Kensington store manager Paul Norris said the company was delighted to be partnering with Little Athletics to help drive participation in Little Athletics in Bundaberg.
"We want to support health, fun and fitness in the community through our partnership with Little Athletics. We also know our customers in Bundaberg love sport and getting involved with their local club.” To join visit http://bit.ly/2hyIFRB.