Merger: One Tigers – University of Canberra

In the lead up to the Special General Meeting to discuss the merger of GLAC with UC Ginninderra Athletics Club, a series of posts will be posted discussing some of the key background thinking behind the proposal.

University of Canberra

In 2015, the Ginninderra Athletics Club affiliated with the University of Canberra to form UCGAC. This was a significant marriage of two long established Belconnen institutions.

GLAC for the past 41 years has been servicing families year on year, yet our oldest members each season departed the club after Under 17s and effectively left the sport.

The formation of UCGAC was in part to reduce the membership churn and build a sustainable model for Ginninderra Athletics moving forward. It was agreed that a two club model be established and that in time the two clubs would merge together.

In the three years since, UCGAC has become more than simply just a pathway for older Little Athletes.

The club has attracted a growing number of  Masters athletes with an interest in social athletics. Training and socialising together using their interest in becoming fitter and healthier as their connection. These members have also joined the committee of the club and help extend Ginninderra Athletics beyond its Little Aths roots.

UCGAC has also built strong relationships with established athletics squads and welcomed these athletes into the club. Ginninderra Athletics can now boldly and proudly count many top Australian Athletes, Coaches and Officials as its members.

Ginninderra Athletics has attracted many tertiary students by providing on campus activities, training and offering services to suit their needs including a Winter Season. UCGAC’s involvement in university sport has also benefited students with access to support and assistance for attending Uni Games and World Universiade, as well as cross training and assistance by UC sporting clubs to qualified speed, agility and fitness coaches to supplement their technical skills program.

The connection with UC extends beyond simply members:

  • The Internship Program has arguably been one of the most successful initiatives to come out of the club in its short existence;
  • Ginninderra Athletics has been making use of UC facilities including sports grounds for training, meeting rooms and the presentation capabilities of the impressive Ann Harding Conference Centre;
  • The UC: Fit gymanisum for Strength and Conditioning training sessions;
  • The partnership with UC Faculties has been wonderful particularly their Masters Program for research and analysis; and
  • UCGAC will host the next Athletics Australia Level 1 Coaching Course in the ACT at UC on the 15th of July;

The merger of Ginninderra Athletics will complete the original vision of One Tigers: one membership, one club, primary to tertiary, tiny tots to masters athletics.