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Students’ words speak as loudly as their athletic actions!

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Image: Junior students have been loving the IAAF Nestlé Healthy Active Kids’ Athletics programme

"I loved stepping on the squishy spikes in the obstacle course. It was hard staying on them but I made it through three times without falling off!" said a year three student from Debney Meadows Primary School in Flemington, Victoria who had just taken part in the new IAAF Nestle Health Active Kids’ Athletics carnival, as part of their Sporting Schools programme.

The programme encourages children to develop athletic skills through fun games which teach children to run, jump and throw.

The school’s PE teacher, Claire Deery said the Sporting Schools programme is fabulous!

The application process was simple and any questions were quickly answered by the friendly staff at Sporting Schools Head Office,” Claire said.

“With the support of the Sporting Schools programme and Athletics Australia all students from Foundation to Year 3 worked with a world class athletics coach,” she said.

“Through the four week programme, students learnt the fundamental motor skills (run, jump, throw) that underpin all track and field events and many other physical activities. One of the great things about the athletics programme is that the children weren't just getting their heart rates up but were developing their skills at the same time,” Claire said. 

Due to a professional athletics coach being available, senior students started thinking about enhancing their physical activity by creating a senior school athletics club.

“We are very fortunate at Debney Meadows Primary School, as one of our athletes, who represented the school at the state level cross country this year, has decided he would like to organise an athletics club at lunchtimes, so that he and his fellow students can train for next year's athletics carnivals,” Claire said. 

As for the participants, their words speak as loudly as their actions:

"Jumping in and out of the hoops was so much fun. I keep on smiling. This is my favourite day!" Foundation student

"I love running and have been practicing running on my toes at play time," Year one student

"I can't wait until I get to go to the big kids' athletics and do hurdles. I hadn't seen them before and I really liked jumping over them today," Year three student.

Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run an Athletics programme at your school? Check out all the details on the Athletics Australia page.

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