Merger: One Tigers – UC Interns

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 Ginninderra Athletics Club Interns

One of the most successful programs introduced by UCGAC that have benefited the members of both clubs has been the adoption of the UC Interns. These 3rd and 4th year Health Science students are studying Occupational Theraphy, Physiotheraphy, Exercise Physiology, Sport Health and more.

Each Intern will volunteer 250 hours each to Ginninderra Athletics. Already we have seen their efforts in:

  • Megan co-running the Tiny Tot program;
  • Alex and Jordan developing and delivering the Tiger Cub program;
  • Nat delivering the Under 9 to Masters Winter Cross Fit program;
  • Lindsay running comms and marketing across the club;
  • Alex coaching Athletes with a Disability;
  • Nat co-running the Cross Country program;
  • Jordan working with all the Club’s Coaches including Dick Telford, Faye Todd, and Steve Dodt;
  • Alex delivering Strength and Conditioning sessions;
  • Megan developing Grant Applications;
  • Lindsay working with the FAST squad; and
  • They all are working with the Junior Coaches and UCGAC’s Luke Allard to improve engagement and encouragement from training to competition delivery.

All the UC Interns have undertaken the online Coaching and Officials Courses. In July they will complete their first Athletics Australia Coaches Course. Over Spring and Summer the UC Interns will provide additional coaching sessions and mentoring to all members including:

  • Skills development;
  • Proper warm up;
  • Nutrition;
  • Strength and Conditioning;
  • Event preparation;
  • Sport psychology;

The merger of Ginninderra Athletics will allow the UC Intern program to continue to flourish.

For more information on what the UC Interns do, read their weekly Blog Updates on the UC Ginninderra Athletics Club website.

 

Merger: One Tigers – Junior Coaches

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.

Junior Coaching

Over Winter 2018, the Interns working with UCGAC have been developing new training programs for our Under 6 to Under 8 athletes, now affectionately called Tiger Cubs.

The Interns along with UCGAC Open Athlete Luke Allard have been mentoring the Junior Coaches in engagement, event speciality and program delivery.

The vast majority of the Junior Coaches are also members of UCGAC. These older athletes enjoy giving back to Little Athletics and being an older member of Ginninderra Athletics this gives to them the incentive to stay in the sport, transition into open athletics and remain committed to the Tigers.

Junior Coaching is an example of the two sides of Ginninderra Athletics coming together for the benefit of our members, the club and the sport.

Merger: One Tigers – Registration

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.

Registration with Ginninderra Athletics

There are two Associations governing the sport of Athletics in the ACT. They are Little Athletics ACT (LAACT) and Athletics ACT (AACT). The majority of our members are registered with LAACT and our older members are registered with AACT.

The merger of the two clubs will make registration easier to understand. The joint club will participate as a single entity and eligible members (from 12 to 17 years) can also opt-in to doing red track athletics with the Tigers too at no additional cost to their Little Athletics registration - AACT call it Dual Registration.

How?

Each Association requires individual members to complete the registration process for themselves, i.e. members of the Committee cannot do it for you. Registration is fast, easy and online:

One Club - all athletes

Joining Ginninderra Athletics removes the barriers to the sport. The merged Club views all members equally and treats them accordingly. Therefore the entitlements, support, rules and governance covers every member regardless of which Association that individual athlete chooses to join above.

The benefits of Dual Registration with Ginninderra Athletics

As a Little Athlete in the Under 12s to Under 17s there are some great benefits by dual registering with Ginninderra Athletics at Athletics ACT:

  • Membership of Ginninderra's Relay teams at State Champs;
  • Free dual registration;
  • Financial assistance for travel / competition;
  • Mentoring by elite UCGAC athletes at AACT red track events;
  • Paid Junior and Senior Coaching roles;
  • Job opportunities;
  • Eligible for Club Captain;
  • Uniform rebates;
  • Double the choice of running, throwing and jumping events on a Saturday morning;
  • Club training sessions in your favourite events;
  • Pathway to squad training;
  • Access to equipment and facilities for their own training;
  • Eligible for Club Records away from Charnwood Oval; and
  • Social Media promotion.

Support and development opportunities such as those above are provided to members of Ginninderra Athletics for the intention of growing the Club’s participation and athlete transition to red track or social athletics as an Open Age athlete.

Not a Ginninderra Little Athlete?

Ginninderra Athletics welcomes any Little Athlete in the ACT eligible for dual registration who are interested in the benefits above. Joining Ginninderra Athletics as well as your local Little Athletics Centre doesn't require you to leave your local oval to be eligible for the benefits above.

The merger of Ginninderra Athletics will help members especially those in the Under 12s and up to keep engaged, enjoy new events, receive mentoring and leadership opportunities.

Merger: One Tigers – Why dissolve GLAC?

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.

Why dissolve GLAC?

The Committees of both clubs looked at the same question?

  1. Dissolve both clubs and create a brand new club;
  2. Dissolve GLAC and merge with UCGAC; or
  3. Dissolve UCGAC and merge with GLAC.

The commonality in all three options was that a Constitution is needed.

  • Option 1 required the Club to start from scratch;
  • Option 2 requires minor updates with essential references to Little Athletics ACT added; and
  • Option 3 required a complete overall of a 12 year old Constitution and add in Athletics ACT references (essentially start again but with more headaches).

Option 2

The UC Ginninderra Athletics Club constitution from 2015/16 was written by former Club Vice President Tim Beale who is a Contracts Lawyer for the Australian Government. Tim worked with the ACT Government’s Rules for Associations in developing the UCGAC Constitution so that it complied with the Incorporation Act. This document was endorsed/accepted by Athletics ACT and the University of Canberra when the club requested affiliation in 2015.

Both Committees have agreed that Option 2 made the most sense for Ginninderra Athletics moving forward. This was aided by the fact that a number of clubs in NSW had already gone through the same thing (dual affiliation) and that LANSW and ANSW have produced a model constitution for this purpose.

It was agreed that Ginninderra Athletics would therefore be based on the current UCGAC Constitution as well as adaptations from the NSW model document, which coincidently was 95% identical to the current UCGAC Constitution.

Tim Beale undertook a review of the combined Constitution after the edits and endorsed the new document as complying with the Incorporated Associations Act.

Moving to the single Constitution will benefit Ginninderra Athletics by:

  1. Registering all Members from Tiny Tots to Masters under a single document;
  2. Removing confusion over rules and ambiguity between the two clubs; and
  3. Allowing the Tigers to amalgamate as a single Association with the ACT Government.

Merger: One Tigers – Constitution, Governance and Rules

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.

Constitution, Governance and Rules

Since the 2015-16 season, the Tigers have operated as two Clubs, one governing Little Athletics and the other for athletes wishing to participate under the auspices of Athletics ACT.

This separation has meant two sets of governance bodies and Committees (from within the same set of families in GLAC), websites, bank accounts, rules and regulations. This has created huge overhead in terms of volunteering, costs and duplication.

The Tigers through an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both clubs tried to alleviate the above issues by having the same uniform (mostly), logo and sharing key committee positions.

This in itself has led to confusion in terms of Records, Registration with AACT, and applicable rules. GLAC members and vice versa with UCGAC have become unaware of their obligations and breaches of code of behaviour in particular. The confusion has become a reputational risk for the Tigers and last season there was a threat of legal action that leveraged in part the separation of the two clubs.

The UCGAC Constitution is 3 years old and is based on the ACT Government’s latest rules for Associations whereas the GLAC Constitution is over 12 years old and is not in keeping with a modern athletics club.

Merging Ginninderra Athletics will:

  1. remove inconsistencies in Governance and Rules;
  2. reduce burden on a small group of hard working volunteers on the Committee;
  3. replace brand confusion with a simpler concept: One Club, One Membership (two Associations);
  4. reduce costs and improve financial transparency;
  5. remove red tape; and
  6. require members to behave consistently.
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