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Celebrating 50 Years

50 Years and Going Strong!

The Little Athlete 50th Anniversary Souvenir Book.


Click here to download a flyer detailing activities for our 50th Anniversary.

Click here for photos from the LAWA 50th Anniversary Function on 24 February 2018.

Little Athletics commenced in Australia when Mr Trevor Billingham recognised a need and introduced an idea designed to meet that need. On the first Saturday of October 1964 a program of running events was conducted in Geelong Victoria.

Western Australia was the second State/Territory in Australia to commence Little Athletics. On the 17thFebruary 1968 the first Little Athletics meet was conducted on the warm up track at Perry Lakes Stadium in Floreat with 200 young athletes participating. Robin Johnson is recognised as being the founder of Little Athletics in WA.

Mr Robin Johnson, a woodwork teacher at Hale School and coach of the schools athletics team, witnessed Little Athletics in operation in Victoria. He met Trevor Billingham and discussed the aims and objectives of Little Athletics. He was impressed by what he had seen and heard and decided to start Little Athletics in WA.

The inaugural meeting was held on the 6th March 1968 at 248 Cambridge Street Wembley (the home of Robin & Beris Johnson) when the Association was formed under the name of West Australian Little Athletic Association. The Association was incorporated in 1971/72 and introduced the trading name West Australian Little Athletics in 1994/95. In 2010/11 the trading name was changed to Little Athletics Western Australia.

Little Athletics motto “Family, Fun and Fitness” has been retained since it was adopted in 1975/76. In 2000/01 “Be Your Best” was also adopted. Both of these clearly define that Little Athletics strives to provide the environment and deliver an enjoyable and rewarding experience for our athletes and their families.