50 Years of History
Williamstown Little Athletics Centre is a member of Little Athletics Victoria.
Approximately 400 local children participate in Little Athletics at WLAC.
WLAC was started in 1967 and was the ninth Centre to start, which is why our centre number is 9.
WLAC runs events for children from Under 6 to Under 16.
The events are run at the Newport Park Athletics Track located in Newport , Victoria.
In 1967, the Williamstown Little Athletics Centre (WLAC) was formed after a committed group of parents took a group of local children to a Little Athletics carnival in Corio. This was the start of centre number 9 (ninth little athletics centre established in Australia) – the Williamstown Little Athletics Centre. Our first season of competition was held at the Newport Football Ground, in Market Street, not far from the Newport train station. During the first season, the WLAC had 13 clubs and a total of 982 children U9 to U12.
In 1969, the Altona Little Athletics Centre was formed by a brake away group from our centre. The WLAC was left with 549 children U9 to U12 competing for 7 clubs.
Williamstown Youth Centre
In 1991 the WLAC moves from our original grass oval in Market Street to the new Newport Park Athletics Track, where we are today, and for the first time our centre now has an all-weather synthetic track.
By 1996 the Westport club is the only l club left to retain its original name. This club structure was retained until 2015, when under the advice from Little Athletics Victoria the WLAC decides to fold the clubs and compete as a new one centre for the first time. In October 2017, the WLAC celebrates its 50th year!