What is Little Athletics?
Little Athletics is a modified form of athletics for children aged between 5 and 15. By participating in running, jumping and throwing activities, they have fun, improve their fitness and develop coordination skills. Depending on their age, children take part in such events as sprints, middle distance, hurdles, jumps (long jump, high jump, triple jump) and throws (shot put, discus, javelin). Parents, Grandparents and friends can also be involved by helping with various events.
But my child isn’t very good at sport!
Our motto is “family, fun and fitness”, with the emphasis on doing your best. You can join with any level of skill or fitness. There are lots of different events so most children find at least one that they’re good at and enjoy. Making new friends and improved confidence is also an outcome for most children. For children who might want to, they can compete in regional, state and national competitions.
How long does it go for?
The season runs from early October through to March. Queenborough’s first day of competition for season 2016-17 is at the Domain on Saturday, October 8th 2016 at 8.45am – be there! We will also be having two come and try days on Saturday 24th September 2016 and Sunday 2nd October 2016 from 9:00 am to 10:00am.
Most meetings are on Saturday mornings from 8.45am – 11.30am as well as occasional midweek twilight meetings starting at 5.00pm. Younger athletes finish earlier.
Due to council works at Sandown Park again this year we will be holding the meets at the beginning of the season at the Domain Athletics Centre.
What equipment will we need?
On the first day, it’s fine to wear ordinary sports clothes and sandshoes. If you decide to register, our Centre uniform is navy shorts with a plain white polo top. Also, children must bring a hat and a drink bottle. Parents are required to attend with their children.
Do I have to register on the first day?
No. If your child has not previously registered they are welcome to try our events for two weeks before you need to register them at their third meeting.
How much does it cost?
For season 2017-18 the registration fee is $120 per child. Tiny Tots are $50 per child. Little Athletics Tasmania no longer offers family discounts for more than one child.
What is expected of parents?
Because Little Athletics is a totally voluntary organisation, we cannot operate without the assistance of parents each week in fulfilling the many and varied duties required. These include very simple tasks such as raking a sand pit, measuring a throw or recording results. No previous experience is required and parental participation is expected. Children must be accompanied by a parent each week so dropping off and picking up at the end is not allowed.
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