Sean Betland tests the new long jump and triple jump facilities at Toormina.
Sean Betland tests the new long jump and triple jump facilities at Toormina. Bruce Thomas

Joint venture is real winner

WHEN great sporting rivals Sawtell-Toormina and Coffs Harbour get down to business it’s a case of ‘take no prisoners’.

But when the great minds in the rival athletics clubs began thinking alike, the spirit of co-operation provided a superb asset for the sporting community.

Prominent occupational therapist and athlete Sean Betland said the new long-jump facility at Toormina would be put to good use very quickly.

“The new pit and run-ups were recently completed as a joint venture between Coffs Harbour Athletics Club and the Sawtell-Toormina Little Athletics Club,” he said.

“It has been an expensive exercise, costing approximately $10,000 in raw materials with significant volunteer time also contributed to make it all happen.

“However, it now provides the best long-jump surface within the Coffs Coast region and is also a significant investment into Toormina Oval.

“Overall, it’s another leap forward in Coffs Harbour City Council’s sporting infrastructure.”

Betland acknowledged the financial contributions and hard work under the guidance of rival presidents Greg Robson and Glen Thacker, Betland Bricklaying and Building for their contribution with the concreting and labour in constructing the pit and runways and John Reynolds of Wavebay for surfacing the runways.

“These new facilities will greatly assist our training and preparation for the country athletics championships in Newcastle next January,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Coffs Athletics Club is looking for members with weekly competitions every Tuesday from 5.30pm.

“We welcome people of all abilities who are over 14 years of age,” Betland said.

Contact either Glen Thacker on 6651 5560 or Sean Betland on 6651 6119.

For Sawtell-Toormina Little Athletics, call Greg Robson on 6658 3757 or 0407 882 460.



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