Little Athletics evolved through the mind and conscience of Trevor Billingham.
In October 1963 three boys turned up at an athletics meeting in Geelong ready to compete; however on approaching an official they were told that they were too young to take part. That official was Trevor Billingham. The disappointment evident in the boys left a marked impression on his mind. The thought was forgotten until it came alive again several months later at a coaching clinic designed for secondary school students. Reminded of his earlier experience, Trevor Billingham had an idea: a simple Saturday morning competition for younger athletes.
On the first Saturday of October 1964, he met with a small group of children on a Geelong Oval. They took part in a short program of running events. From that simple beginning athletics for under 12 boys and girls developed at a phenomenal rate. Little Athletics created tremendous interest and by 1967 the Victorian Little Athletics Association was formed. Australia Little Athletics Union was formed in Perth on March 31, 1972. The founding members were Victoria, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Western Australia. South Australia, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory joined in 1973/74 and Tasmanian in 1974/75 seasons. The Australian Little Athletics Union became Australian Little Athletics (ALA) during 1992/93.
HISTORY OF LITTLE ATHLETICS
HISTORY OF ROCKINGHAM CENTRE
Rockingham Beach formed a club and competed at Perry Lakes.
Rockingham Beach joined Melville at Tompkins Park.
Rockingham Beach joined Melville at Stock Road.
Rockingham and Kwinana started their own Centre consisting of Rockingham Beach, Bungaree, Calista and Medina and competed at Rockingham Oval.
Warnbro and Safety Bay Clubs were formed.
Hillman, Parmelia and Orelia clubs were formed.
The Kwinana clubs formed their own centre.
Safety Bay changed its name to Bayside.
Cooloongup Club formed.
Star of the sea club formed.
Rockingham Beach went into recess.
Rockingham Beach reformed.
Bayside Club went into recess.
Bayside Club reformed.
Rockingham Beach Club went into recess.
Centre moved to new facilities at Hourglass Reserve, Cooloongup.
Secret Harbour Club formed.
Secret Harbour Club went into recess.
Bayside and Hillman Clubs went into recess.
Waikiki Dragons Club formed.
Singleton Sharks Club formed.
Star of the Sea changed its name to K-Stars, Warnbro changed its name to Warnbro Swans.
Bungaree changed its name to Bungaree Lightning , Cooloongup changed its name to Cooloongup Tigers
K-Stars changed its name to Palm Beach Panthers
Bungaree Lightning changed its name to Safety Bay Storm, Palm Beach Panthers changed its name to PK Panthers
Cooloongup Tigers went into recess