Ipswich athletics centre sets best standards in Queensland

HIGH ACHIEVERS:  Ipswich Little Athletics Centre officials (from left) Theresa Stolberg, Ann Bell and Mel Smith with their latest state awards.

THE Ipswich Little Athletics Centre maintained its award-winning reputation at the latest Queensland conference on the Gold Coast.

The centre received a number of honours, including the major accolade ― the Andrea Harvey Administration Award.

Ipswich won ahead of Algester and Moura.

The award recognises excellence over a number of areas including accountability, database accuracy, proper registration procedures and support for Little Athletics Queensland sponsors.

Ipswich also won the CAPS (Challenge, Achievement and Pathways in Sport) Centre of the Year award and came second behind Caboolture in the Centre Promotional Award category.

Ipswich won that state award last year.

Dedicated Ipswich centre representative Theresa Stolberg was acknowledged again with two awards.

Stolberg received a state Merit award for her service to Little Athletics Queensland and won the CAPS Co-Coordinator Award.

Stolberg has been a member of Ipswich Little Athletics Centre for 10 years.

She has been a committee member for seven years as coaching officer and has been instrumental in achieving a successful coaching program encouraging members to undergo training courses.

The former national athlete and indoor netball representative introduced the CAPS program to Ipswich.  This has resulted in many athletes undertaking the program.

At weekly competitions at Bill Paterson Oval, Stolberg is a willing participant coaching and being a chief of high jump and judging walks.

She has also played important management, coaching and selector’s roles at regional and state Little A’s competitions.

The Little Athletics Queensland annual conference was held at Mermaid Waters on June 13 and 14.