Disability Inclusion Grant to assist with sporting pursuits

With the support of the ACT Government under the 2018 Disability Inclusion Grants program Ginninderra Athletics Club will make our programs more inclusive for children of all abilities.

The impact of the Disability Inclusion Grants will be spread across community and impact on the inclusion of all people with disability including through employment, recreation, sporting pursuits and participation in community groups.

Families with additional needs are often excluded from mainstream sports and sporting clubs. This is often due to a lack of organisational capacity to support those with disabilities, and a resultant culture of exclusive (rather than inclusive) practice. The alternative, modified ‘disability-specific’ activities, often bear little resemblance to mainstream sports and rely on intensive and ongoing resourcing. Such programs often serve to further isolate people with disabilities from their communities and peers.

Ginninderra will provide a mainstream pathway for families with additional needs to engage in local athletics, and their community more broadly, in meaningful ways. This funding allows for the development and piloting of an appropriate model, which will then be available to other athletics clubs locally, to Little Athletics ACT and Little Athletics Australia.

Through the grant Ginninderra will build capacity within the athletics club to ensure the meaningful inclusion of children and families with additional-needs, in an existing community-based Athletics club, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all inherently separatist ‘disability program’.

To facilitate this inclusion, the project will include three key elements:

  1. A redesign of the existing clubs athletics programs;
  2. The development of equipment, resources and training materials to support the club to provide accessible and inclusive programs; and
  3. The appointment of an Inclusion-Support Officer to facilitate and support inclusive practice.

Ginninderra aims to improve appropriateness and inclusivity ensuring the programs are accessible for children of all abilities. This will also include the acquisition of appropriate resources to support any necessary modifications of service provision.

The development of a suite of resources (including physical resources and practical training for coaching staff) to promote inclusivity for children with additional-needs and their families:

  1. Delivering inclusive services (how to adapt, scaffold and modify activities and physical space);
  2. Understanding inclusion (information around disability and inclusion; practical tips and strategies to support children with additional needs); and
  3. Supporting others to be inclusive (how to build an inclusive culture; peer support and mentoring; parental engagement).

The appointment of an Inclusion-Support Officer will support the design and development of the above mentioned initiatives and lead a cultural change of inclusion within the athletics club. The Inclusion- Support Officer will work with families, children and coaches to facilitate and support inclusive practice, and to build partnerships between these stakeholders.

Ginninderra Athletics has a proven track record in the support and enhancement of inclusion within the local community. The Disability Inclusion Grant will help the club and athletics generally to become more accessible.

For more information about Ginninderra Athletics or to join read the following articles.

We’re back for 2018-19

 

Athletes with a Disability

Deaf athletes receive head start

Inclusion Program

Inclusive Participation Funding for Athletes with a Disability

 

We’re back for 2018-19

Ginninderra Athletics is set for another big season with the first Grass Track Meet, a Come & Try Day for all ages getting under way on the 13th October 2018 from 8:30am.

  • Tiny Tots
  • Tiger Cubs
  • Juniors
  • Teens
  • Seniors
  • Masters

If you are already 11 years old or older and want to have a go at Red Track Athletics, there is a Come & Try Day at the AIS Athletics track on the 6th October from 2:45pm. The second Red Track Athletics meet is on the 13th of October at Woden Park.

  • Teens
  • Seniors
  • Masters

You can also pick up your registration packs from Charnwood Athletics Field on the 6th of October from 8:30am as well as at the Come & Try Day on the 13th.

Our first Weekly program starts on the 20th of October 2018 at Charnwood Athletics Field for all age groups and club training starts on 16th October.

The UC Athletics Academy also starts at the beginning of Term 4 on the 15th October 2018. The Academy is available to anyone from 10 years and above.

Registration

 

Season Booklet

 

Season Calendar

Athletics Programs

 

 

Ginninderra Athletics raises the bar for Community Sport

On the weekend, Ginninderra Athletics played host to the Community Sports Gala Day with the cooperation of the Belconnen Community Service, UC Capitals, Brumbies, Brave, ACT Netball and the University of Canberra Athletics Academy.

The day was a huge success with 23 teams representing schools from all over Canberra and Yass participating in the Primary Schools Team Challenge.

The Gala's patron was Cameron Crombie, Ginninderra's very own F38 Para Shot Put World Champion and World Record Holder. Cameron was instrumental in helping to raise much needed funds for schools.

Over $4500 was raised and it was distributed in the form of sporting equipment vouchers from Hart Sport to the first three place getters in the Boys and Girls Primary Schools Team Challenge. All monies raised went into the running of the Gala Day including providing free community activities.

Ginninderra Athletics would like to thank the generosity of the event day sponsors Audi Centre Canberra, Kidspace Occupational Therapy, LGR Productions, Capital Clinic Physiotherapy, The Smart Centre Massage and Rehabilitation, and Hart Sport.

Our next Community Event is the RU Ok? Grass Games on the 8th of December 2018. We look forward to hosting everyone again soon.

Community Athletics

Community Activities

 

Registration

 

16 September 2018 – High Noon

The last Athletics ACT High Noon meet for winter 2018 was held on the 16th September at the AIS. This High Noon meet included All Schools Trial events (Steeplechase, Long hurdles (200 & 400), Pole Vault and Hammer).

Ginninderra Athletics was well represented in the 100m with Csenge Keszei (13.44s) easily winning her 100m, meanwhile the boys all did well too with Hayden Todd (13.28s), James Lemon (13.43s), Jeremy Maranan (11.79s), Mark Rossiter (11.66s), Spencer Cox (11.88s) and Caleb Joliffe (12.88s) all enjoying the fast conditions.

In the 300m, Matt Walters (35.77s) ran superbly as did Steve Hocking (37.65s) in the non-standard sprint event.

The 1500m event featured James Lemon (4:41.83) who was second fastest overall and fastest in his age.

Harry Francis (29.74s) ran well in his 200m Hurdles to finish second.

Jacob Todd (6:54.29) did a great job in winning the 2000m Steeplechase.

Jeremy Maranan (5.53m) won the Long Jump handsomely on his first jump.

Stephen Fraser (44.79m) continued his dominance in the Discus with another big throw in the lead up to the ACT All Schools Championships this month.

It was in the Hammer throw though where Stephen Fraser (41.68m) beat his own club record of 41.22m showing what fine form he is in at the moment.

Hayden Todd (56.75s) was just outside the club 400m record held since the 1987/88 season of 56.14s. Chloe Edwards (1:18.62) did well in her first AACT High Noon comp for the season too. Mark Rossiter (54.12s) was the fastest in the men and closely followed by Spencer Cox (57.07s).

In the 200m Mark Rossiter (24.61s) was the fastest of the Ginninderra athletes with Harry Francis (25.55s), Caleb Joliffe (25.87s and new PB), Chloe Edwards (33.33s and third fastest woman) and Hayden Todd (26.68s) all backing up well following their earlier performances. Mark had a fantastic day doing the treble of the 100m, 200m and the 400m on the same program. Great effort!

Red Track Athletics

Athletics ACT Registration

 

 

Community Sports Gala Day – 15 September 2018

Today was an absolute blast. The Primary Schools Team Challenge was just one of a number of highlights of the day. We hope all the school teams, parents and volunteers enjoyed their morning as much as we did.

Thank you to UC Capitals, the Brumbies, the Brave, ACT Netball, Athletics ACT, Little Athletics ACT too for their support.

The morning got underway with a welcome by the Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT Yvette Berry. It was wonderful to see so many people getting behind the Community Sports Gala Day. Minister Berry's support is so very appreciated for everything that she and the ACT Government do for grassroots sport.

The day of course would not have been a success that it was without the support of our sponsors including event day sponsors Audi Centre Canberra, Kidspace Occupational Therapy, LGR Productions, Capital Clinic Physiotherapy, The Smart Centre Massage and Rehabilitation, and Hart Sport. We also would like to thank the support of Coles Belconnen, Kmart and Bunnings. Carol Jennings was also very generous and we would like to thank you for all that you did.

Our local National Sporting teams were not the only stars out today. There wasn't one but a plethora of World Athletics Champions on show including Jayden Sawyer, Vanessa Low, Scott Reardon, Sue Powell and our own Cameron Crombie. Cam's own All Stars team featured World Championship representatives Lauren Wells and Brittany McGowan, and World Uni rep Angus Gould, Commonwealth Games rep Vivian Williams and middle distance emerging talent Reece Langdon. The showcase 100m handicap race featured Ginninderra Athletics Premium Sponsor Jake Battenally from Ray White Belconnen up against Lauren Wells and Vivian Williams.

Carly Wilson from the UC Capitals was the MC for the day and did an outstanding job alongside Cameron Crombie who was coordinating activities on the ground. They were supported by a large cohort of volunteers from Ginninderra Athletics who hosted the sports day.

Thanks also to the volunteers from the University of Canberra's Education, Sports Science and Health faculties. Lindsay Mitton was one of the dedicated Event Managers and Organisers along with Fiona Jarvis, Debra Evans and Paul Fowler.

The day also featured a presentation from the Fire Brigade, stalls from Every Chance to Play, Cancer Council, Belconnen Community Services, Heart Foundation and the UC Athletics Academy.

There were many moments of great sportsmanship and athletics brilliance, with every team demonstrating how to have fun and support one another.

The overall results in the Primary Schools Team Challenge had Miles Franklin finish first in the Boys, followed by Weetangera (second) and Radford Junior College (third). In the Girls Miles Franklin again took the Gold closely followed by Radford (second) and Yass Public (third). Macgregor had 6 teams in the competition and that is worthy of a special mention itself.

Congratulations to every team and team member. You were all outstanding. Hope to see you all again really soon. For photos check out Facebook.

Registration

 

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