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Canberra kids give Cameron Crombie a silver lining

13 September 2018 4:43 AM
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"Our season doesn’t really ramp up until the start of the new year when we start going on the national and state championship circuit.

"We won’t compete at world championships until November so we’ve got a fair bit of time up our sleeve to work it out, but until then we’ll keep working through the little technical things we can do without loading up the back too much.

"I probably won’t be throwing too many big shot puts this weekend, I’ll tell you that much."

For now his attention is on helping primary school kids into athletics, and Crombie has taken a leaf out of the Nitro Athletics handbook in implementing a points system centred on team performance rather than individuals.

He isn't concerned about finding the best crop of athletes in Canberra - he wants to use the day to send more kids into whichever sport they desire, with ACT Brumbies and Canberra Capitals among others on hand.

"Athletes like Lauren Wells who have come through the Little Athletics programs and gone on to represent the country at four Commonwealth Games, there is definitely pathways," Crombie said.

"[But pathways are] not necessarily confined to the people you would usually say ‘hey, get involved in athletics’. We’re just trying to get it out and get them involved with sportspeople.

"It was conceived in our backyard but it’s not about Ginninderra athletics or athletics at all. It’s about getting kids involved.

"If they start off in athletics, or if they’re currently playing football and they want to learn how to run faster, it’s opening up that door to say athletics is a good specialist area if you want to focus on something like that.

"It’s just a good way to get out and try multiple different things, have a crack at everything and see what you enjoy."

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Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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