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www.katherinetimes.com.au KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY MARCH 12, 2014 29 KATHERINE MotoX is back on the track for 2014. The first gathering will be this Sunday, March 16, at the Motocross track on Bicentennial Road at 9am. If you have children interested in riding, or interest yourself, grab you helmet and bike and come on down to have a talk to club members to see if this is the sport for you. This is a great chance to blow out the cobwebs from body and bike. Quads are very welcome. We have a good race calendar this year with no conflicting race meets with Darwin clubs and have a Tri-Series between Katherine, Darwin and Kununurra. Our first race event is an Enduro on Sunday, March 30. Thank you to our sponsors and St John Ambulance volunteers who are always on hand to assist. For questions or more information: facebook.com.au/katherinemx WHO: Motorbike and Quad riders, all ages, shapes and sizes welcome WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 9am WHERE: Bicentennial Road Mo tocross Track. COST: nil For more information feel free to call Dean Hersey on 0418 470584 or Kevin Grey on 0438 728810. >> sport MMoottooXX sseeaassoonn kkiicckkss ooffff THE Katherine Athletics Club held its second Come and Try session last Friday night, this time for children aged six and up, and for our teenage to Masters athletes. Over 100 children turned out, and it looks like 2014 will be a huge year for participation in the younger age groups between three and eight years of age. Our Masters athletes took to the track shortly before 7pm, one of the biggest turn-outs of adult athletes I have ever seen in Katherine which made for some very exciting racing and a great atmosphere to end the night. We currently have two very accomplished Masters athletes competing at the Australian Masters Championships in Hobart, and with the talent on the track here on Friday night I can only imagine that Masters competition this year is going to go from strength to strength. We have an exciting program planned, including some visiting specialist clinics (some with former Olympians) that will cater for everyone from those wishing to increase their basic skill level to children and adults representing the NT against the best in Australia. Our motto of Family, Fun and Fitness aims to include everyone and help them fulfil their goals. The first proper meet of 2014 will be this Friday, March14, starting at 5pm sharp with Tammy Healeys special warm-up, which will include our new Little Snappers as well as our older children. Please arrive before 5pm if you can, so that your child is ready to go on time. Parents who are able, if you can come anytime from 4pm to assist with setting up, unlocking gates and toilets, digging and raking sandpits, maneuvering heavy high jump mats onto the oval etc, your assistance will be greatly ap preciated. For those families whose par ents work until 5pm, please encourage your child to be ready to go on arrival with shoes laced up and a filled water bottle, and send them straight out onto the field to join the warm-up. The canteen will be in operation this week; it will be stocked by current committee members but we desperately need a canteen manager. This person doesnt necessarily need to commit to actually standing in the canteen every Friday night, as we will start a roster for cooking the BBQ and serving, just someone to order and manage stock. If you can tell a sausage from a sultana and would rather frighten steaks than retrieve shotputs, this could be your calling. Canteen sales are the clubs only form of fundraising, and without it, we will need to substantially increase member fees to keep going. Please, make my day and volunteer. We have been advertising that all member registrations would be online this year; this is still the preferred option for simple, single child registrations. However, if you would like to choose one of the family membership options, and would like to use your government sports voucher, we will need to process your payment manually at the club. There will be some current committee members in attendance at the club on Thursday afternoon between 4.30 to 5.30pm if anyone would like to bring down their voucher and sort out their registrations, and there will be people in attendance on Friday night to deal with this as well. We will also have the capacity to accept manual payments for people who do not have access to the internet, but can only accept cash or cheque payments for bal ances above the value of sports vouchers - we do not have facilities for card payments. If you have a sports voucher and would like to use it for Little Snappers registration, the payment portal is about to be updated to include an option that will read: Tiny Tots registration ($55) plus club singlet ($35) minus voucher ($75). You will need to make an online payment of $15 to cover the extra which is not covered by the voucher. Under the terms and conditions of the vouchers, we are not permitted to issue a refund of $20 from the voucher and we are not permitted to issue the $20 to another sporting club. This is the only solution we have been able to find that will give you some value from your voucher, if you wish to use it with our club. There was some discussion on Friday around starting times for different age groups; like last year, the Masters age group will continue to commence at approximately 6.30pm. This was trialled in 2013 so as to ensure our competing parents were also able to assist with their (and others) competing children on the field, as well as having some time to participate themselves. The Masters program is able to commence once the last children's track rotation (middle distance running or walking) has begun. The teenage athletes in attendance on Friday came to the consensus that they would prefer to compete with the other children, and therefore we will hold a combined 12-15 year old group which will commence at 5pm. Athletes aged 16+ to Open: starting time is open for discussion. Looking forward to seeing all new and returning members this Friday night. Athletics goes into swing, vollies needed