Why Should Children Participate in Little Athletics?
The purpose of Little Athletics is to promote positive attitudes and a healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in athletic activities. There are no standards or requirements athletes have to meet to be able to participate in Little Athletics, meaning children of ALL abilities are more than welcome to join in.
Little Athletics promotes that it is important to “Be your Best”. The emphasis is on fun, participation, performance, technique and getting involved.
Finally, Little Athletics allows the development of fundamental athletic skills (running, jumping, throwing) that are the basis of all sports. Nunawading Little Athletics has been the springboard for Olympic representation (Hana Basic (100m - 2020 Olympics) and Brooke Stratton (Long Jump - 2016 & 2020 Olympics) and assisted athletes in reaching an elite level in other sports (Conner Downie - drafted into AFL by Hawthorn in 2020).
What Age Can I Start?
Athletes can start at any age from 5 to 15 years of age.
Can We Try Little Athletics Before Committing?
Yes, prospective athletes are welcome to attend a maximum of two sessions as a come and try athlete, provided they have not already attended or previously registered with Little Aths. See here for further details
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in either of these sessions, or if you want to "come and try"at any other Nunawading Little Athletics Saturday competition.
How Do We Register?
You can register at any time during the athletics season, provided your child is 5 years of age or older.
You can register online at https://lavic.com.au/centres/nunawading/, alternatively you are able to register in person
on Saturday morning during an intraclub competition meet on or after the 2nd of October. Please email email@example.com if you have any further questions regarding the registration process.
Where is Nunawading Little Athletics' Home Track?
Nunawading conducts its Saturday athletics competition and mid week training at Bill Stewart Athletics Track (BSAT). Bill Stewart Athletics Track is located behind the Nunawading Basketball Stadium at 330 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East.
When Does the Season Start and Finish?
Nunawading Little Athletics conducts its Summer Athletics program from Saturday 2nd of October, 2021 through to late March. From April to the end of July we conduct a cross-country running program.
How many Little Athletics sessions are there a week?
We hold a weekly intraclub competition meet on most Saturday mornings between 9am and 11am where the athletes will participate in a variety of events and can even have their results recorded. Some of the events include: Sprints, Hurdles, Middle Distance, Race Walking, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump.
We also hold training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday between 5 and 6pm. These training sessions are not compulsory, but are an option for athletes to improve their skills across any of the offered athletics disciplines.
Do You Have to Participate in All Events on Saturday Morning?
Whilst we encourage athletes to participate in all events during our intraclub competitions there is no compulsion to do so. Nor is there a requirement to compete every week. This flexibility has allowed many athletes to combine Little Athletics with other Saturday sporting commitments (Basketball, Netball etc).
What is expected of parents?
We cannot operate without the assistance of parents fulfilling the varied duties required each Saturday. Duty positions are almost all very easy (recording results, measuring a distance etc.) and assistance is provided to those who are new or are unsure. All parents or representatives of an attending family are asked to undertake at least 7 duties per year.
Are their opportunities to represent Nunawading Little Athletics in State Athletics Competitions?
Yes, Little Athletics Victoria conducts competitions where athletes from all 95 Little Athletic centres across Victoria are able to compete against each other. These competitions include;
12-13th November 2022 - State Combined Events Championships: Open to all Nunawading Athletes
3rd December 2022 - Eastern Metro Region Relays Carnivals: Open to all Nunawading Athletes
4th February 2023 - State Relays Championships: Requires Qualification through Regional Carnival
18-19th February 2023 - Eastern Metro Region Track and Field Carnivals: Open to all Nunawading Athletes
11-12th March 2023 - State Track and Field Championships: Requires Qualification through Regional Carnival
For further details please see the LAVIC Website here
How Much Does Registration Cost?
To see registration fees please follow this link here