Jimboomba Little Athletics

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Our History

Jimboomba Little Athletics

A Brief History

Jimboomba Little Athletics was formed for the 1997/1998 season with its weekly competition being held on Saturday mornings from 7:30am to 11am on the front sports oval at Hills Educational Foundation on Joanna Street.

The club had secured a lease from Beaudesert Shire Council over the current home ground on Henderson Road, and the committee, headed by Don Woodrow and Sharon Watson, spent many volunteer man hours, planning, accessing funding and developing the ground.  Following establishment of the 400m track, basic jumping and throwing facilities a storage area and amenities, competition moved to Henderson Road for the 2001/2002 season.

The club grew considerably over the next few years with the addition of extra competition areas and club house facilities under the guidance of Centre managers Sandi Barnett (2000-2005) and Ralph Newton (2006-2016). The installation of lighting and the move to Friday night competitions in 2009 saw membership double and the club win both the 2010 Logan City Sports Organisation of the Year and the 2010 LAQ Award for Highest Registration Increase.  

After the 2012 Olympics and the introduction of a Tiny Tots Program membership increased to 427 and the club again won the LAQ Award for Highest Registration increase and the Logan City Sports Organisation of the Year.

Membership gradually increased to a peak of 520 athletes in 2017 at which time Jimboomba was the largest centre in the state. Boasting an 11 lane track, five discus and five shot put circles, three long jump pits with tartan run ups, two junior long jump pits, two tartan javelin run ups and a tartan high jump pit, JLAC is also one of the most well resourced centres in the state. 

The club has historically been well represented at regional and state level meets, boasting numerous state title holders as well as national and international representatives.      



First Saturday morning season at Hills; first state champion Nicola Daffey


First state relay title holders Matthew Walker/Arron Kirby U8 discus


First season at Henderson Road


Introduction of free weekly coaching. First state record holder, Taneille Crase U9 60m hurdles


Athletes won four state titles


Installed tartan long jump run ups


Hosted zone relay championships and intercentre games; built new storage facilities; reformed Jimboomba Athletics as a way of encouraging athletes to stay in the sport


QLA reordered “zones” into “regions” and moved Jimboomba into South Coast region


Installed pop up sprinklers, new shade structures and extra lighting


First season of Friday night competition under lights; inclusion of U16 and U17 age groups; membership increased to just over 250; installed junior long jump pits and throwing circles; won LAQ award for Highest Registration increase, moved from South Coast Region to South East Region.


Voted Logan City Sports Organisation of the Year; First Jimboomba athlete selected for the U13 state team – Lachlan Bell


Expanded canteen and created a separate uniform shop; built new sheds on the back straight


Introduced a Tiny Tots program; membership doubled to 427 athletes: voted Logan City Sports Organisation of the Year and received LAQ Award for Highest Registration Increase; Camryn Newton-Smith selected in the U13 state team


First club carnival; new toilet block installed; new sublimated uniforms; athletes won 19 medals (8 gold) at LAQ state championships; won Logan City Sports Organisation of the Year for the 3 rd time


Athletes won 32 medals at the state championships; Camryn Newton-Smith selected for the state team U15 pentathlon


Athletes won 38 medals (16 gold) at the state championships; Nathan Wilkins selected to represent Australia at the 2016 World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland


Membership peaked at 520 athletes; Jimboomba responsible for managing regional relay and regional championships at QSAC; athletes won 43 medals (16 gold) at LAQ state championships; three athletes selected in the state U13 team Jesica Draper, Felila Kia & Sam Windsor


Introduced U20 group; three club athletes selected to represent Australia at the 2018 World U20 Championships in Tampere Finland – Talosaga Kia, Ashley Moloney & Camryn Newton-Smith


Sam Windsor selected in the state team U15 pentathlon


Built grandstand; LAQ state championships cancelled for the first time due to Covid pandemic


former member Ash Moloney selected in the Australian team for the Tokyo Olympics and won the decathlon bronze medal; former member Sam Schmidt competed in the Paralympics F38 discus