Corroboree Little Atheletics

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A message from our Club President

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to welcome you to the 2019-20 season with Corroboree (North Canberra) Little Athletics. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and would like to offer a special warm welcome to our new families. You have joined the right club.

It’s going to be a special year as we celebrate our 50th year as a club in the ACT, starting in 1970 at the old Corroboree Park in Ainslie (hence our name) and now having over 300 members. John Hunt’s name first appeared in our records in the 1989/90 season as the Secretary of the club and he’s still with us today – an amazing achievement.

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. 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) as well as the North Canberra-Gungahlin Athletics cross country series. 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 purchased a new set of High Jump scissor mats which will enable us to split age groups on Saturdays to help the meets run more smoothly. You will also notice a darker shade of Blue on our T-shirts this season.  We’ve also worked out a way to offer hurdles again to our U6-U7s.

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. 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.

Canberra is hosting the Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC) for U13 and U15 age groups in April 2020. As such they will be looking for many parent volunteers to rake a pit, measure a throw etc so I encourage anyone interested in taking on those roles to get involved this season and represent our club proudly. 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.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have volunteered to serve on the Committee. In particular I would like to thank outgoing members Andrew Sutton, Giles lamb, Chris Bacchus, Merran Laver and Dan Miller. 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.

Garry Stevens
President 2019–20

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