Box Hill Little Athletics Centre (Centre Number 21) is one of the very best Little Athletics Centres in Victoria.
The first day of Little Athletics in Box Hill was Saturday,12 October 1968 at the Number 4 oval at Surrey Park (the oval in front of the Box Hill Swimming Pool today). The formation of the centre in 1968 was due to the promotional work of the Box Hill Apex Club as part of their community service activities with the backing from the Victorian Little Athletics Association and their principle sponsor The Victorian Egg Board.
After the initial year at Surrey Park, followed by several years at RHL Sparks Reserve—Northern oval (near the corner of Canterbury and Albion Roads) Little Athletics in Box Hill found its way to Hagenauer Reserve in the 1990’s.
Since its formation in 1968, Box Hill Little Athletics Centre has had incredible success in Region & State Relays, Cross Country and Region and State Track and Field Championships. The achievement of the Box Hill athletes may be reflected on the enthusiasm and keenness of the centre from the executive committee down to athletes and parents alike, marking Box Hill as a centre prepared to play its part in the promotion and future growth of Little Athletics in Victoria.
Some of the elite athletes who have come through Box Hill Little Athletics are:
Steven Hooker | Olympic Games 2008 and 2012 – Pole Vault, Commonwealth Games 2006 – Pole Vault
Leigh Miller | Olympic Games 1988 – 400m Hurdles and 4 x 400m Relay, Commonwealth Games 1990 – 400m Hurdles and 4 x 400Relay
Paul Grinstead | Commonwealth Games 1982 – 1500 metres
Scott Robertson | Commonwealth Games 2006 –Diving
Steven Parsons | Richmond Football Club 1970’s
Jason Cripps | St Kilda Football Club 1990’s
As proud as a Little Athletics Centre can be with our achievements, the centre provides enjoyment, satisfaction and fun for both the elite athlete and the child who just loves to run, jump, throw and compete. Box Hill Little Athletics always emphasises trying to improve on your previous performance as measured by your “Personal Best” rather than solely focusing on winning at all costs. Box Hill prides itself on supporting this attitude through participation and support from parents as Age group Managers, Officials and Chief Officials in the running of the Sunday afternoon program.
The Box Hill Little Athletics Centre was traditionally divided into 4 clubs: North Box Hill; Canterbury; Kooning / Mont Albert; and Whitehorse. When enrolling, athletes were put in a club based on the school they attended.
The 2014/15 season saw the end of the traditional club set up with the committee unanimously electing to begin a new era for the Centre in the 2015/2016 season with the dissolving of the club structure, instead opting to have ALL Box Hill Athletes compete together as a centre.
Box Hill Little Athletics Centre, in 2018, celebrates its 50th Year.
We greatly appreciate the voluntary service many people have given in the past serving on committees and acting as officials. These efforts and contributions have made our centre what it is today.