North Mackay Little Athletics Club will soon receive a state of the art electronic timing system thanks to funding from two major community grants. Photo: File
North Mackay Little Athletics Club will soon receive a state of the art electronic timing system thanks to funding from two major community grants. Photo: File

New tech to change the game for local athletics meets

STATE of the art electronic timing technology will improve the efficiency of local athletics meets and bolster the prospects of Mackay hosting regional and state carnivals in the future.

That was the word from North Mackay Little Athletics coach David Lester, who welcomed the new addition to the club’s equipment shed thanks to a BHP Benefiting My Community Grant and the State Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

The club expects to receive the new electronic timing system in the next couple of weeks, after funding approval was confirmed late last month.

Lester said the most obvious benefit of the new technology would be the chance to provide almost real-time updates for events.

“Within a matter of minutes parents will be able to access results,” Lester said.

“In the past we’ve had to manually enter it, which would mean delays at the finish line, delays between races et cetera.

“This makes (timing) not only more reliable and more accurate, but it will also minimise delays.”

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It also means the club will not have to hire similar timing equipment for future athletics meets – a cost previously absorbed by nomination fees.

“We will be able to host regional and state-level competitions with this system,” Lester said.

“And we won’t have to hire it, which means no additional costs for parents who would typically have to pay for that.”

The club also received $5000 to go towards new scissor mats and high jump poles.

“Once again, when we get larger competitions up here that’s what we’ll use that set for,” Lester said.

“You need to have the best gear for the junior athletes, not just the senior athletes. Especially at state level.”

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