A warm welcome to new and returning athletes, families and the amazing volunteers to Manly Warringah Little Athletics, season 2017/2018. I’m excited to be involved in another season and my first in the capacity of President.
Little Athletics is a great summer sport and forms the basic foundations of most sports. It’s open for girls and boys between the age of 6 to 17 where track and field events are run every Saturday morning starting 8:00 am at Narrabeen Academy of Sports, Wakehurst Parkway. Our Centre is made up of five Clubs:
Saturday competition is run by age groups and gender. Therefore, we have 22 groups (24 when our Under 6 pocket rockets join after Christmas) all competing together on an all-weather synthetic track. We have over 900 athletes each season. As you can imagine, there is a lot of organising involved to set up, run the weekly programme, manage age groups, record results, run the canteen and pack up each week – plus loads more in the background. The season runs over 21 weeks, commencing in mid-September and running through to early-March. A six-week alternating program runs throughout the season – check the website each week for the programme being run that week. No regular competition is run http://manlywarringahlittleathletics.org.au/program/while State Relays, Zone and Regional Championships are on. We also run an Inter-Club challenge with the Colbert Shield Relay Race in November, a Multi-Event in December and we find our fastest male and female athlete with the "King and Queen of the Track" 100m race in February. Sounds busy? Well, it is; but it’s a great experience watching athletes try their best week after week and seeing the joy when they record a new Personal Best (PB).
Our track-side technology is one of the leaders in Little Athletics NSW, and has progressed season upon season to support our high athlete numbers. Bar-coded bibs are used for race finish scanning and along with a tablet for immediate field results data entry. Results are accessible through the online results system.
All of the above is accomplished through the spirit of volunteering. The MWLAC Committee plays a role in this but it takes more than the Committee and Age Managers to make this work. To ensure each week starts off on time, runs smoothly and safely, we ask parents complete 3 x 2-hour parent duties each season. This forms part of the registration process with a $75 bond that is refundable at the end of season when all 3 duties have been fulfilled. Additionally, you can sign in as a Parent Helper on the day to help Age Managers manage the athletes, usher them from event to event and help with recording results. Kids love their parents being involved and it’s a great way to get close to the action. (Please note: Parent Helper does not count to the 3 Parent Duties). For further information about vacant committee roles or to find out more about how you can contribute to this long standing and successful centre, do not hesitate to contact me via email or see me down at the track.
Parents are encouraged to stay and we welcome extended family and friends to come down, support and cheer on our talented athletes. Grab a barista made coffee and let your senses be drawn to the smell of the BBQ or grab something else from a fully stocked canteen and enjoy sitting in the stand being entertained by these amazing athlete. Remember, if you want to get closer to the action, sign up as a Parent Helper for the morning. We love the extra help and it’s loads of fun.
Training is available during the week to refine athlete skills in all disciplines. Unlike Saturday competition day, training is run by event, not by gender or age group. There will be different event stations set up where a coach will be there to guide, teach and help you refine your skills. Training is not compulsory. Go to the training section on this website for full details of training days, times and locations.
Continue to view this website regularly for the latest news, results, calendar of events, the weekly program, championship event information and much more. And if you are the right age, follow us on Social Media via Facebook and Instagram.
Let me finish off and take this moment to thank Vicki Busse for all her support in guiding me through the transition and unquestionably, all her years as a volunteer at our centre and most recently as President. I also would like to acknowledge and thank Rob De Gruchy for his contribution over many years and in his last capacity as Treasurer.
On behalf of all of Committee Members, thank you for joining this great Centre. I look forward to another fun and enjoyable season in this great summer sport – Manly Warringah Little Athletics.