History Of Pakenham Little Athletics
The information presented below has been created from a number of sources and the Centre thanks the generous support of past members for taking the time to look through their archives in order to provide us with an insight into the history of the Centre over the last 40+ years.
History of Little Athletics
Little Athletics evolved, like most voluntary community organisations, through the mind and conscience of one man.
Trevor Billingham followed the pattern set by many pioneers in the field of community service. He recognised a need and introduced an idea designed to meet that need.
On an October day in 1963 three boys turned up at an athletics meeting in Geelong. They were ready to compete. On approaching an official they were told that they were too young to take part. That official was Trevor Billingham. The disappointment, evident in the boys, left a marked impression on his mind. The thought was forgotten; it came alive again several months later. At a coaching clinic designed for secondary school students it was noted that the majority of children were of primary school age.
Reminded of his earlier experience, Trevor Billingham had an idea. The answer to the need expressed in the children would be a simple Saturday morning competition.
On the first Saturday of October 1964, he met with a small group of children on a Geelong oval. They took part in a short program of running events.
From that simple beginning, athletics for under 12 boys and girls developed at a phenomenal rate. Little Athletics created tremendous interest; by 1967 the Victorian Little Athletics Association was formed. Australian Little Athletics Union was formed in Perth on the 31 March 1972.
Victoria, New South Wales, Northern Territory & Western Australia were the founding members. Victorian Little Athletics Association (now Little Athletics Victoria) now has over 22,000 members competing on a weekly basis at 101 Centres across Victoria.
Historical Dates in Timeline of Pakenham Little Athletics Centre
18 August 1970 – Meeting held to determine possibility of forming a Little Athletics Centre in Pakenham. Trevor Billingham was the key note speaker at the meeting.
8 September 1970 – Inaugural meeting of Pakenham Little Athletics Centre and election of committee executives.
27 September 1970 – Officials day for Pakenham Little Athletics where parents and helpers were provided instruction on how to run events.
3 October 1970 – First meeting of Pakenham Little Athletics Centre held at Pakenham Consolidated School (old site).
12 January 1971 – Centre competition uniform agreed as Gold vest with Bottle Green writing and White shorts
1984 – Centre competition uniform changed to Green singlet with Yellow writing and White shorts.
October 1991 – 21st Anniversary
31 August 1996 – Moved into new clubrooms at Toomuc Recreation Reserve.
April 1998 – First Cross Country season run
October 2010 – 40th Anniversary
October 2020 – 50th Anniversary
List of Executive Committee of Pakenham Little Athletics Centre
The following list records those member of the Executive Committee of the Centre over the last 40 years. Unfortunately it is not possible to list all of the Committee members who have been involved with the Centre over the years; however their contribution is no less recognised albeit anonymous.
The names recorded below are those that were elected to the positions at the AGM at the end of the preceding season unless changed before the start of the relevant season.
The records for some years of the Centres operation are better than others and apologies are extended to any past members whose endeavours have not been recorded accurately.