Little Athletics in NSW
It was not long before Little Athletics spread to other parts of Australia. In 1968 the Randwick Botany Centre was commenced. Behind the scenes Dick Corish was the driving force in starting Little Athletic s in this State. He worked quietly and efficiently from 1967 after he had decided that it was time NSW followed Victoria’s lead. The centre was soon firmly established.
Just prior to the commencement of the 1970/71 Track and Field season moves were made to establish more centres, and from October 1970 to January 1971 inclusive, competition was commenced at Blacktown, Sutherland, Eastern Suburbs, Deniliquin, Murrumbidgee (Narrandera/Leeton), Manly Warringah and Hornsby.
An interesting observation from the Association’s First Annual Report in regard to the above centres, reads “all of these centres, with the exception of Manly Warringah, which may still need a little supporting, are now firmly established………” (Manly Warringah is now one of our largest centres in NSW with over 600 registrations each season).
The Association was formed on 8th December 1970 at a meeting at the Randwick Botany Club where a Steering Committee was appointed. After the acceptance of the Association’s Constitution in February 1971, the general meeting decided that the Steering Committee should carry on the duties of the Board of Management until the Annual General Meeting in June 1971.
Under the Chairmanship of Mr C D Hensley, the Steering Committee elected comprised: – Mr Lee Irvine (Blacktown centre); Mrs Winter & Mr W Kitchen (Eastern Suburbs centre); Mr A Konnecke (Manly Warringah centre); Messrs H Liu, R Singleton and F Smith (Randwick Botany centre); J Cook (Sutherland centre) with the Honorary Treasurer Mr J O Freeman and the Honorary Secretary Mr G Soper.
Some of this committee, for various reasons, fell by the wayside but valuable assistance was received from: – Mr A McCann (Randwick Botany centre); Messrs R Hill and P Carment (Eastern Suburbs centre); Mr P Shinnick (Blacktown centre) and A Blundell.
The Association elected Mr RO (Dick) Healey MP (Dec), President at it’s meeting of June 18, 1971. Mr Healey was the President until July, 2000. A very interesting point, not only was Mr Dick Healey the first President of Little Athletics New South Wales (LANSW) He was also the first member of Parliament for the seat of Wakehurst.