NEW FACILITY: Athletes from Nanango little athletics centre are set to benefit from a new synthetic long jump pit.
NEW FACILITY: Athletes from Nanango little athletics centre are set to benefit from a new synthetic long jump pit. Claudia Williams

Nanango athletes set to fly on new track

ATHLETICS: Aspiring athletes in the region are set to go the distance with Nanango Little Athletics centre securing funding for a new synthetic long jump track.

The club were successful in securing a $35,000 grant as part of the Queensland Government's gambling community benefit fund grant scheme.

Nanango centre manager Kellie Pogany said the new surface will give athletes the opportunity to train on the surface that they compete on.

The track will be at Nanango State High School, the home of the little athletics centre, and is set to benefit the all aspiring athletes in the region.

"It is a great things for Nanango and we can help potential athletes outside of little athletics too within scheduled times,” Pogany said.

Each year the high school hosts the South Burnett athletic championships and the synthetic long jump pit will bring the facility up to the standard that athletes would compete on at the next level of competition.

The centre's athletes travel across the state to compete at little athletic carnivals and a number go on to represent Wide Bay and Queensland at school sport level.

The new surface will allow them to get a faster run up than what they would on grass and as a result practice jumping a further distance.

The track will have two lanes to allow for two athletes to use the facility at the one time.

In their second season the centre is continuing to attract members with up to 40 athletes taking part in the weekly training sessions.

A number of South Burnett organisations benefited from the round 97 of the funding.

The Yarraman Bowls Club will receive $23,000 to install air conditioning and upgrade lighting. The Kingaroy junior motorcycle speedway club were successful in receiving $28,650 to purchase and install a new storage shed.

The Cherbourg cricket team will step up their training with a new bowling machine and equipment which is set to be a boost to their goal to take out the South Burnett B-grade competition having finished as runners up last season. South Burnett first aid volunteers were successful in securing the $30,000 grant on behalf of the team.

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