2017/2018 Season

Apologies for the delay in letting you know what was happening while we try to work out the 2017/18 season. An email has been sent to all members, if you don't receive it please email us and we'll send you a copy, but it's mostly duplicated here.

We held the AGM at the end of July and only had a couple of non-committee members turn up (thank you to those who did), so we again had the issue of how we can continue when so much of the work is left to only a few people. The ground maintenance has always been the biggest issue at Mt Crosby Sportsground, and various options were discussed such as raising fees to cover the cost of out sourcing the task to a third party. We have always tried to run as cost effectively as we can, so this was not the preferred option. One of the reasons this becomes a large task is that we share the grounds with the soccer club and cricket club, so we are unable to use anything which permanently marks the ground, increasing the amount of line marking which must be performed.

Long story short, we had a discussion on how the centre could continue to operate when the ground maintenance was mostly left to one person, which cannot continue. The committee was formed on the basis of we decided to raise a proposal again which the previous Centre Manager Wayne Costello had initiated, to relocate the centre to West Moreton Anglican College (WMAC). This was originally rejected by LAQ due to the impact it may have on nearby centres. We have prepared and submitted a proposal to LAQ to reconsider the request, and are currently waiting on a response. Due to their by-laws, they must inform nearby centres of our request and consider feedback, which is due on 1st September and we should know a definite answer shortly after.

We believe this proposal has many benefits to our centre, primarily that WMAC will take care of the ground maintenance and assist in providing qualified coaches. This is something we have always struggled with as the few times parents have undertaken coaching sessions, they inevitably move on once their children finish little athletics and we lose the coaching skills. We have always aimed to be a small friendly centre encouraging athletes to simply do their best, and we do not intend for that to change. However improving the coaching skills will allow improvement of all athletes to a higher standard. While they would provide ground maintenance and coaching, Colleges LAC would operate as an independent entity to WMAC. We may not have lights or a full canteen for the first season, meaning we may need to start (and finish) a bit earlier each week for the first season.

We understand that we have many members from Mt Crosby, Karana Downs and Karalee (and further east) who will have a longer distance to travel, but we do not take this decision lightly and hope it will not be too far and you will support the idea. The alternative will be to look at closing the centre unless someone is willing to dedicate the time it takes for ground maintenance, or everyone comes back and says they are willing to accept an increase in fees to cover the cost of a third party. If LAQ rejects the proposal to relocate or there is no interest from the members in relocating, we will hold a meeting open to all members to voice their opinion and come up with a solution. However I regret to say we will be looking at closing the centre if nobody comes forward to assist, or at a minimum putting the centre on hold for twelve months.

However we hope that LAQ will approve our request, and we believe we could move forward with starting the season on the normal date of Friday 6th October (the Friday after school holidays finish). There are people willing to assist if we can resolve the issue of the grounds maintenance, and improving the coaching available will be an added benefit. It will be a couple of weeks until we hear back from LAQ and can confirm the coming season, but until then rumours of our demise are definitely not true. Stay tuned and as soon as we have any definite news we’ll get it out there as soon as possible.

We are happy to have any feedback you would like to give as it is important that members are happy with the move. Join us on our Facebook page or email us.

Ipswich Twilight Carnival - 21 Jan 2017

Five of our Colleges Little Athletics Centre athletes represented us proudly at the Ipswich Twighlight Carnival on 21st January. Alana Plummer U13G, Mason Plummer U10B, Oliver Deane U9B, Caleb McLennan & Lennox Plummer U7B braved the particularly unkind weather conditions and strong competition giving their very best in each event. Special mention goes to Caleb who came second in U7 Long Jump. Well done athletes!

 

2016/17 Season

The 2016/2017 season has come to an end and we would like to congratulate all athletes on their performances. At our annual Presentation Day on Sunday 12th March, we announced the winners of the Most Improved trophies. Athletes receive points each time they improve on their previous best result for an event. These are totalled at the end of the season, and a trophy is awarded to the athlete with the most improvement points for their age group. Congratulations to our Overall Most Improved athletes Lily Thomas (U7) and Lawrence Liang (U9).

The 2016/17 winners were:

Group - Girls Most Improved Athlete
Overall Girl Lily Thomas (U7)
U6G Grace Burns-Hutchison
U7G Tayla Corser
U8G Charlotte Williams
U9G Summer Bunting
U10G Ella Wilkinson
U11+G Ruby Pacitto

 

Group - Boys Most Improved Athlete
Overall Boy Lawrence Liang (U9)
U6B-K Charlie Morony
U6B-P Hunter Tindale
U7B Caleb McLellan
U8B Oscar McDonald
U9B Liam Day
U10B Mason Plummer
U11+B Thomas Theo

 

Congratulations also to Joshua Affleck (U9B) who qualified at the recent MetWest Regional Championships for the upcoming State Championships on 18th & 19th March.  Good luck Joshua.

Every Friday 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Sep to Mar)

Track And Field Events
Canteen Open For Drinks, Hot Chips, Sausage Sizzle
First Events Start At 6:00pm Sharp
Tiny Tots - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Little Athletics meetings run from September through to March each year. We meet every Friday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tiny Tots run from 6:00pm to 7:00pm every Friday.

The colours of the centre are a sky blue colour shirt with maroon trim and maroon shorts. Shirts can be purchased on Friday nights for $40 each, or $10 for Tiny Tots. Registration fees for 2016/17 are $105 per child ($95 for 3rd+ child registered), and $50 for Tiny Tots (3 & 4 years old).

Key Dates

Sun 25/7/2017: AGM @ 3pm, Karalee Tavern

2016/17 Age Groups

Little Athletics Queensland runs a summer season for Brisbane based centres from August to March each year, and athletes are graded into their age groups by the following table for 2016/17:

Children born since 1st October 2011 are too young for full registration, however they can register as soon as they turn five years of age. A 3 or 4 year old sibling of registered athletes may register as a Tiny Tot.