Two weeks ago he was the Southern Courier’s Community Dad of the Year, but this week he’s back where he belongs, a bit prouder and straighter in his step and out amongst the kids getting Little A’s off for another season. Tony Vecellio is synonymous with Randwick Botany Little Athletics and, for over 40 years, he has overseen the remarkable growth of an organisation dedicated to keeping kids fit and showing them the fun of athletics competition.
Tony has kicked off the 44th season of Little A’s down at the “new” Hensley Athletics Field. On every Saturday from now until March there are, as Tony says, “27 weeks of summer little athletics – rain, hail or shine” at a great local venue. Four nights a week there is training and skills tuition leading up to the Saturday comps. The Little A’s compete in running, jumping, hurdles, throwing and every other aspect of athletics. There are representative carnivals (zone, regional and State), Little A’s at the beach and the not-to-be-missed Christmas Party. Children are encouraged to represent Randwick Botany Little A’s at Homebush and other venues. The way I look at it is that Little A’s on a Saturday morning are better than computer games – after all it’s not a screen it’s real life. There is also the socialising, which is a big factor each week.
Tony has also been working with local junior league and soccer teams to keep up the players’ fitness over the summer football break. If your kids missed the registration days don’t worry. You can still be part of the 44th season of Little A’s and you can register from about 8:15am any Saturday morning down at Hensley. You can call Tony on the Saturday morning mobile, 0403 103 114 or go to the website: www.randwickbotanylac.com.au