President’s Message


Greg Russo – 2018 / 2019 Centre President

This season we celebrate our 50th anniversary. Our season started on 6 October 2018.

It is so exciting to think little athletics has been part of the Chelsea community for 50 consecutive years.

Over this time, literally thousands of young athletes have participated at Chelsea and today the proud tradition of ‘family, fun and fitness’ continues.

As to be expected, celebrations for our 50th birthday are well underway thanks to a dedicated band of volunteers – all parents who have compiled some fantastic ideas to commemorate the milestone. We have held a number of events to celebrate the occasion, including a social gathering of past and present members at the track in November 2018 which was a fantastic occasion.

It was way back in the summer of 1969-70 when Chelsea little athletics commenced, within just a few years of little athletics officially beginning for the very first time in Victoria at Geelong.

Over the years, many records have been established at Chelsea and thousands upon thousands of personal bests have also been set. Yes, we have a proud tradition.

There are many special events planned to celebrate our 50th –  and we aim to involve as many athletes and families past and president as possible, as well as the wider community.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for regular updates, and if you have any celebratory ideas or memorabilia from years gone by we would love to hear from you.

If you are new to athletics, we trust that you will enjoy your ‘running, throwing and jumping’ and we look forward to seeing you return for many seasons to come.

Season 2018-19 promises to be a most exciting season – with a jam-packed program including our ever popular 11th consecutive Ray White Chelsea Gift, the Relaython and our Bendigo Bank Medallion Day.

Of course, athletes will again have the chance to take part in team relays as well as represent Chelsea at external events including regional and state championships.

The committee has been busy preparing for the new season to make the athletics experience fun and enjoyable for everyone once again.

We are also most grateful for the support of all our sponsors, and to them, I say a very big thank-you.

Enjoy your athletics & BE YOUR BEST

Greg Russo, December 2018