A Little Bit of History:
Albany Athletics Club began in 1972 at various venues around Albany: Yakamia Primary School (250m), Albany Senior High School (300m) and Centennial Oval (400m). It was formed by the Albany Lions Club to provide a summertime activity for primary school children as well as to promote an interest in athletics.
The decision to develop a home 400m running track was greeted with much enthusiasm. The development of the track was orginally planned to commence in 1975, but due to the lack of water for summer reticulation, it was held up. While reticulation was some way off, the Albany Council gave approval to the Albany Athletic Group to work on the track so that it could at least be used for the first half of the athletics season.
The Albany Athletics Club raised $10,000, borrowed $5,000, received $5,000 from the Lions Club and a Grant of $10,000 from the Government. The new club room building cost $30,000 with a commercial value of $70,000 when completed.
Footings for the building were laid on 5th March 1983. Many tradesman and local businesses also donated time and materials into this project.
The Albany Athletics Club building was officially opened on 6th October 1984 by Mr Keith Wilson, the Minister of Sport and Recreation.