Little athletes go bananas for Coles Community Round

Thousands of little athletes across Australia have gone bananas for the inaugural Coles Little Athletics Community Round.  

A group of kids at a starting line

Around 200 Little Athletics Centres from Collie River Valley in WA to Cassowary Coast in QLD got into the spirt of Coles Community Round by dressing up as bananas, eating bananas and running banana relays.  Additionally, little athletes, parents and volunteers dressed themselves and their centres in Coles paraphernalia for the Round with Coles trucks, delivery vans, farmers, team members and Little Shop all popular themes to pay homage to Coles’ community partnership with Little Athletics

Australian track and field stars including World Champion Dani Samuels and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists Brandon Starc, Cameron Crombie and Kurtis Marschall made special appearances at selected Little Athletics Centres and events to inspire Australia’s little athletes. 

Coles Store Team Members also supported their local centres by presenting awards, judging competitions, starting races, cooking BBQs, raking sand pits, handing out fruit and water and even racing against the kids!

Coles Corporate Affairs General Manager Sally Fielke said Coles was proud to partner with Little Athletics and Athletics Australia to help athletes live healthier, happier lives. 

“Little athletics provides an important pathway for Aussie athletes and it’s also a place where kids develop healthy habits like being active and eating healthily,” she said.

“That’s why we’re incredibly proud to support Aussie athletes through banana donations and sports equipment grants from the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund.”

Coles Community Round is a celebration of the Coles’ partnership with Little Athletics Australia which commenced in 2017.  Since then, Coles has donated over 3.5 million bananas and $1.6 million in sports equipment grants to more than 400 Little Athletics centres across Australia.