North Beach Athletics club welcomes Men & Women, Boys & Girls from any sport of any level. Have fun and get fit at the same time.
We focus on improving your own personal best and achieving your goals and we support Junior, Senior and Masters Athletes, and we are the senior club to all the northern based little athletics clubs.
North Beach Athletics (Inc) is a non-profit organisation administered strictly through the good effort of volunteers. It has been established to teach track & field athletics, develop positive character traits in young adults and help their social development through their participation in a sports program in a safe and fun environment.
Originally named Karrinyup Athletics Club (Est.1971) we were formed mainly by the efforts of parents from members of the Karrinyup Little Athletics Club that was then part of the Perry Lakes Little Athletics Centre.
There were no other senior athletic clubs north of Scarborough and it was felt that a club was needed in the rapidly developing northern corridor to cater for those members who wished to contunue with their athletics. Our colours of light and dark blue were chosen to represent the colour of the sky and the sea and this is representative of the atmosphere and location of the club as we are situated in close proximity to the coast.
The main people involved in the formation of the club were Vern Herd, Jean Goold, John and Lois Patrick, Charles and May O’Neill, Jim and Pat Judge, Arthur and Shirley Ewen, and Allan and Thelma Wilson. Bill de Gruchy and Allan Wilson were the first coaches and soon everyone made Karrinyup a strong and successful club.
Training for the first two years was held at the Karrinyup Recreation Reserve in Huntriss Road but there were no facilities and all the equipment had to be taken to the ground each training night. The club then shifted to Millington Reserve, Karrinyup, for 4 years and then had a short stint at Finnerty/Ramsay reserve, Karrinyup, before finally shifting to Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach, in 1978.
Eventually, club rooms were built in Wendling Road overlooking the reserve. We share this facility with the North Coast Raiders Hockey Club in winter and the Little Athletics Clubs in summer.
Due to the untiring efforts of the late Ken Scott and Barrie Kernaghan, we were one of the first clubs to have its own fully equipped gym which was established in the store-room under the main building. In 2009 Paul Edmiston was appointed the new head coach and in 2010 our name was changed to the North Beach Athletics (NBA) to better represent the location of the club. Later that same year brought the only missing piece of silver wear to the trophy cabinet, the club’s first ever WA Men’s Open 4x100m title.