State honour for stalwart

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Susan Howlett has been recognised for her dedicated service to the Albany Little Athletics Club after a remarkable 34 seasons of involvement.

The athletics stalwart was recently awarded a Distinguished Merit Award by Little Athletics WA, one of the top honours in the sport.

Since 1982, Howlett has given up her time during the athletics seasons in a variety of roles.

Originally drawn to the club because of her children’s participation, Howlett carried on after they outgrew the club.

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“I just stayed on because I enjoyed it,” Howlett said.

“I enjoyed going away with the teams to the country centres all across the State.

“I think it’s just seeing the children improve.

“Sometimes they just need a little bit of encouragement and I just enjoy seeing their reaction.

“It’s a great honour to win the award. It’s the first time it’s come to Albany so that’s quite special.

Howlett’s roles within the club have included registrar, records, coach, publicity, team manager and centre delegate.

Club president Ross Barnett said Howlett was an integral part of the club. “For many seas-ons Susan has been the glue that has held the centre together and kept it running,” he said.

“Even now, Susan rarely misses a day of competition and helps coordinate the running of the track and field program each week.

“As a club, we are thrilled that her extended service has now been recognised with the Distinguished Merit Award.”

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