Corroboree Little Atheletics

A message from our Club President

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to welcome you to the 2018/19 season with the reigning ACT Little Athletics Centre of The Year, Corroboree Little Athletics. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and would like to offer a special warm welcome to new families looking to join us this season.

This is my first year as President and I have big shoes to fill on the back of Ingrid Takken and Andrew Sutton, who have been the glue behind the club for the last decade. We do have a great committee and they will certainly make my life easier as I ease into the role.

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 achieve PBs (Personal Bests) by improving their own times, distances, and heights, and above all, to have fun.

During the winter break, a large number of our athletes participated in the Run ACT 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 in 2017 and based on the numbers we had at the events again this year, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we win the trophy again. I congratulate all Corroboree athletes who participated!

The Committee has also been active over winter, working hard to get ready for the upcoming season. We have a very exciting announcement with regards to uniforms for the upcoming season 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. The Committee is just a bunch of parents who want to ensure their children have the best experience possible and we are always looking for more helping hands. We see the role of the parent as a very hands-on approach; we need you to help us run great meets and expect parents to step into roles such as Age Group coordinators, timing assistants, long jump measurers, just to name a few. Any assistance with set-up and particularly pack-up is always welcome.

New specifications for hurdles have been introduced by the governing body as of this season, meaning that we have had to replace and purchase a number of new fully collapsible hurdles. To cover these costs, we applied for grants and were successful helping us to alleviate the costs. We are always in the position of having to replace some piece of equipment, so we will continue some fundraising activities during this season and we hope we can count on your support.

Early in the season we will provide training in 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. This is not an action we want to take so please help us out in this regard.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have volunteered to serve on the Committee. In particular I would like to thank outgoing Registrar, Rohan Manning, who has done an incredible job over a number of years. He will be missed. I’d also like to recognise the amazing efforts of Ingrid Takken and Giles Lamb, who have both stepped down from the Executive this season after a number of years of invaluable contributions. They are still on the committee, so they’ll ensure the high bar they have set over recent seasons is maintained. I would 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.

Garry Stevens
President 2018–19