A warm welcome
to all Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Volunteers and Administrators in Canberra
and the surrounding NSW regional areas!
Although the AIS Track is closed until 31
December for re-surfacing there is still a lot happening both on and off the
track for members in the month leading up to Xmas… here’s a brief update.
(i) AA AGM and CEO/Presidents Meetings – I will
be attending the Athletics Australia AGM in Melbourne on 28 November where the
AA President, Rob Fildes OAM, will strand down after a long stint in this very
key role. All CEOs and Presidents will hold
meetings on the previous day (27 Nov) where two key agenda items will be
progress on the AA/ALA Merger and discussion around the new IMG Digital
Platform for Athletics around Australia.
I’ll provide an update on these and other key issues in my ‘Xmas
(ii) AACT Office Manager
– just a reminder that Cathy Tanks is managing the AACT Office over the next
two weeks while Wendy is enjoying her Honeymoon! Cathy’s office hours are, Wednesdays 10am -
3pm and Thursdays 12pm - 5pm. Wendy is
back on 2 December.
(i) ANU Athletics
– following a very successful initial ANU Athletics Carnival on 27 October
follow-up discussions have been held with representatives from the university
and things look very promising for the re-emergence of the ANU Athletics Club
(ii) Winter Club Competition
– a small sub-committee is being formed to work with the YMCA Canberra Runners
Club to re-establish a winter cross country club competition in 2014. Anyone who has suggestions for this
competition, or would like to be involved in the planning, should contact AACT
Board Member, Jeff Grey, at Jeffrey.Grey@crimecommission.gov.au
(i) Development/Participation Officer
(DPO) – here is short summary of our DPO, Alex van der
Meer Simo, main activities during the month:
- continued visits to Clubs/Centres in regional NSW;
- assisted with the planning and selection of the ACT
Team for the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships;
- organized training/coaching sessions with qualified
coaches for members of the ACT All Schools Team;
- organised Level 1 Coaching Course in Narooma on 30
- oganised Coach Facilitators Course for 15 December; and
- met with reps at ANU and CU to discuss coaching
opportunities and the future potential for creating new athletics clubs.
Up-coming events/meets include:
(i) AACT T&F Meet - Sat 23 November –
Ginninderra LAC are hosting our AACT meet at Charnwood (on grass) with
competition commencing at 12 noon – details at http://www.athleticsact.org.au/
(ii) 2013 Queanbeyan Gift – Sat 23 &
Sun 24 November – this popular annual professional running
and community event is being held over 2 days this weekend. Details are available at www.nswal.com.
(iii) Albury Track & Field Meet –
Saturday 30 November – the Border
Track & Field Senior Club are hosting this meet for a small entry fee of
just $5.00. A Charter Coach has been booked and will depart the
AIS car park at 8.30am and return around 10.30-11pm. All passengers will be charged a small admin
fee of $10.00 and an online facility is now available on the AACT website at http://www.athleticsact.org.au/aact-news/alburytrackfieldmeet-nov30
so you can book your seat by 3pm Monday 25
November. A program for the meet is also
available using this link.
(iv) Australian All Schools
Championships – 6-8 December – very best wishes to the ACT
Team of 76 athletes travelling to Townsville.
Also a big ‘thankyou’ to our hard working Team Managers in Lara Nicod,
Deon Norval and Alex van der Meer Simo.
(v) Sydney T&F Meet – Sat 14
December – Mini buses will be organized to take athletes to
this ANSW meet at Bankstown – watch the AACT website for announcements.
(vi) AACT Meet – Wednesday 18 December
– Weston Creek LAC are hosting this twilight meet at Chapman Oval – watch the
AACT website for details.
(vii) Walks every Thursday -
the ACT Race & Fitness Walking Club (ACT Walkers) are conducting Walks
events at Lennox Gardens (near BBQ’s below the Japanese Gardens, Nara Park) every
Thursday at 6pm while the AIS Track is closed.
Events are held over 1km, 3km and 5km distances. Entry is free and all AACT members are
5. Promotion and Partnerships
(i) Woden Park Redevelopment – tenders have now closed
for construction of the new synthetic athletics track at Woden with the project
due for completion around April/May 2014.
A combined AACTLAACT/ACTVAC equipment grant application has been
submitted to ACT Sport & Recreation – successful applicants will be advised
early in 2014.
In conclusion let me extend an invitation to all
AACT members to provide feedback and comments on any of the material in this
report, or any other matter concerning our sport.