From early September to late March, the centre is open most Saturday mornings for competition. Occasionally our weekly meeting is changed to a Friday evening (a “twilight”) to accommodate a long weekend or local/regional competitions and we do also close for the summer school holidays.
Our participating athletes must, as at 1st October, be at least five years old and at most 14 years old. They are grouped by age and gender. For example, our youngest participants are the under sixes, grouped as “U6 boys” and “U6 girls.”
Athletes have the opportunity to compete in a wide variety of events, depending on their age. These include the following:
A typical Saturday comprises a group warm up session at 8:45am, followed by two track and two field events after which things start to wind down and the barbecue starts to crank up! Events need to be set up prior to the start of the meeting (jump pits prepared, hurdles set out, starting gates erected etc.) so we do call on parental help here and you will be rostered on for this. This is also the case for actually manning the events themselves. For more info on duty roster, click here. Help is also need to pack equipment away as events finish. The younger children are usually finished between 10:30-11:00am and the bigger ones finish a little later around 11:30am. All age groups are accompanied around the events by a group manager and assistants to make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time!
Each meeting attended by your child contributes points to their season total. They will then also receive points for participating per event as well as achieving a 1st, 2nd 3rd place and/or a personal best. For more details on how points are calculated, click here. (LINK to points info – available from Andrew) Points go towards determining the age group trophy winners at the end of the season. All participants leave with something at the end of the season but they must have attended at least 50% of competition days to qualify.
Other facilities at the club include: club house with interior and exterior toilets, disabled facilities, BBQ, canteen with hot /cold drinks and snacks, first aider and treatment room, shaded pavilion seating and a playground for the littlies.