Corio was the 7th Little Athletics Centre established in Victoria (as represented by the “7” in our logo). The Centre was established in 1966, making this season our big 50th Year birthday celebration.
At the Corio Little Athletics Centre, we promote participation and self-improvement – BEING YOUR BEST. We aim to be an inclusive, family-orientated centre where all participants are encouraged and made to feel welcome. Athletes will enjoy learning new skills, the excitement of competition and making new friends.
The structure of the Centre includes five clubs – Bell Park, Corio South, Corio West, Golden Plains and Lara. Historically, clubs were aligned with local schools but this has changed over the years and athletes/families are now encouraged to choose a club within our Centre where they may already have friends or family. Nonetheless, all clubs compete at the same venue, following the same event schedule throughout the season. Each club has a uniform – each consists of black shorts and runners, with a club-specific t-shirt available for purchase from the club of your choice (club colours include red, maroon, pale blue, royal blue & navy blue).
The summer season of athletics starts in October and finishes in March. There is a brief mid-season break over Christmas. For those athletes who wish to keep fit during the winter break, a Cross Country program is also conducted by the Corio Centre.
The minimum age to compete in Little Athletics is five years of age. Age groups available at the Centre are Under 6 through to Under 15. Events available include sprints, long distance, walks, hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, shot put and javelin. Athletes are encouraged to participate in as many events as they can. The program operated across rotting cycles. All events are available to both boys and girls, however the younger age groups do not participate in the more difficult events such as javelin, high jump, hurdles, etc. These events are introduced at the appropriate age groups.
There are no compulsory training sessions however the Corio Centre has qualified coaches to improve skills of registered athletes. Coaching sessions are available in most disciplines.
There are opportunities throughout the season for registered athletes to represent the Corio Centre and compete at various outside competitions including Region and State Track and Field Championships, Cross Country, Relays, etc.