Corroboree Little Atheletics

A message from our Club President

On behalf of the committee, I would like to welcome you to Corroboree Little Athletics for the 2017/18 season. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and would like to offer a special warm welcome to new families.

Corroboree aspires to be the sporting activity of choice for children aged 5 to 16 years of age. We aim to provide a quality program of athletics events with a focus on fun, fitness and skills development in a safe, family-friendly and inclusive environment. Feedback we have received over the years highlights the positive and friendly culture at our club, which we will continue to strive for. While athletics is by its very nature competitive, our goal for all our athletes is to improve their own times, distances and heights, and to have fun.

During the winter break, 33 of our athletes participated in the RunACT junior series – a cross country competition organised by Little Athletics ACT (LAACT) and Athletics ACT (the senior athletics organisation). Corroboree convincingly won the first edition of this competition, and I congratulate all Corroboree athletes who participated!

The committee has also been active over winter, working hard to get ready for the upcoming season. Have you noticed the Corroboree Logo has been updated and now includes two athletes? Our website is also being redeveloped, to be launched before the season starts, so watch this space!

We always look for improvements based on previous years’ experience and feedback. It is key to have Saturday morning meets that run smoothly, with minimal waiting times, and a not too late finish. This relies on a good program, good facilities, and many helping hands from committee members, coaches, parents and carers. Last season, we celebrated the opening of a fourth long jump facility, and we have adjusted our program to optimise use of the new run-up. We have purchased some new tents, to provide more protection from the sun. This however requires additional effort, so we will be looking for helping hands with set-up and pack-up.

New specifications for hurdles and high jump mats will be introduced by the governing body as of next season, meaning that we will have to purchase a new set of high jump mats and a number of new fully collapsible hurdles. To cover these costs, we will be applying for grants, but we will also put up some fundraising activities during this season and we hope we can count on your support.

Little Athletics relies heavily on the involvement of parents and carers for the smooth running of club meets. So, we encourage all parents to become actively involved by becoming an Age Group Co-ordinator or helping with timing, measuring, recording etc.

Early in the season we will provide training of the fundamentals of various events, while the children warm-up, and possibly at other times, based on need and interest.

I remind parents/guardians that they must stay with their children throughout the meets. Our legal responsibilities require this, but it also impacts on some of the age groups when there is not sufficient parental support to effectively run their events. If we identify an athlete that does not have an adult present at our meets (without permission from a Committee member or Coach), we have the option to sit that child out from further participation.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have volunteered to serve on the Committee. I also like to acknowledge our coaches for their ongoing commitment to developing our juniors. We are extremely fortunate to have such a strong group of people supporting our club, but could always do with some more. So, if you are interested in getting involved, please do not hesitate to contact myself or others on the Committee.

We look forward to another great season of Little Athletics and seeing all our wonderful athletes and their families participate throughout the season.

Ingrid Takken
President 2017–2018