Harriers donate to Little Athletics

BRIGHT FUTURE: Jim Lloyd and Ross Gregory chat about the upgrades Wangaratta Little Athletics Club is looking to make at the Bill Eaton Athletics Complex. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

WANGARATTA Harriers Athletics Club may be no more, but the organisation has left a parting gift, donating nearly $3000 to Wangaratta Little Athletics.

The funds were left over in the club’s coffers after the Harriers closed their doors due to dwindling numbers after more than 50 years of operation.

Harriers president Jim Lloyd, who was one of the four founding members of the club back in 1957, has been dismayed by the lack of participation in athletics at senior level in recent years.

But he enjoys watching youngsters compete at Little Aths, with his grandson now involved, and said it was good to be able to contribute in some way.

Wangaratta Little Athletics Club president Ross Gregory said receiving the donation was a bittersweet feeling.

“We’re really pleased about the donation, but it’s sad to see the Harriers aren’t running anymore,” Gregory said.

“But it’s certainly a big advantage for us to receive this money, because it will go a long way towards getting our new long jump track up and running.

“Hopefully we will have that going ahead not too long into the new financial year.”

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