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It’s just like Ginninderra, only bigger…

A huge thanks to the 60 members who attended the Special General Meeting today on the merger of Ginninderra Little Athletics Centre (GLAC) and the UC Ginninderra Athletics Club (UCGAC). The fantastic roll-up shows the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm that members have continued to show towards the Tigers since 1976.

An overwhelming unanimous decision was made to merge Little Athletics with UCGAC to form the combined Ginninderra Athletics Club Inc. The decision affects the 650 members of the joint club.

Members endorsed all four of the below motions:

  1. Do you wish to have an amalgamation with UCGAC and GLAC?
  2. Do you want the assets and liabilities of GLAC transferred to Ginninderra Athletics Club (GAC)?
  3. Do you wish to adopt the new GAC constitution?
  4. All life members of GLAC to be recognised as life members of GAC;

The merger is the first of its kind in the ACT with Ginninderra Athletics again leading from the front. It materialises a long held view within the Tigers of One Sport, One Athlete, One Club with pathways to an engaged athlete across their athletics career and a sustainable club to support them. Ginninderra Athletics Club is now on par with the leading athletics clubs in Australia and with one of the largest and broadest memberships.

From a 30,000 foot view not much will change on the ground at Ginninderra Athletics this coming season. However the ringing endorsement of the merger does however create new opportunities for the joint Club and brings new and exciting pathways for all its members. Over the coming weeks more information will be made available as the Club starts its new season planning in haste this month.

The SGM also elected a new Committee to govern Ginninderra Athletics which comprises former members from both the GLAC and UCGAC Executive. The Club is fortunate to welcome current Para World Champion Cameron Crombie along with new members Phil Ebbott and Martin Ross to the Committee. There is now representation from all sides of the Club including Tiny Tots, Tiger Cubs, Juniors, Seniors, Masters, and Para on the Committee. The richest assortment of talent and background that the Committee has had in years.

The 2018-19 Committee of Ginninderra Athletics is:

  • President: Steve Dodt
  • Vice President: Neil Thomas
  • Treasurer: Emma Fitzpatrick
  • Secretary: Fiona Jarvis (Member Protection Information Officer)
  • Registrar: Jodie Collins (Public Officer)
  • General: Cameron Crombie
  • General: David Lemon (LAACT Board Representative)
  • General: Sarah and Paul Fowler
  • General: Martin Ross
  • General: Phil Ebbott
  • General: Tim and Leanne Porter

The Committee thanks all outgoing Committee members from both sides, welcomes its newest members and is excited what the future holds for Ginninderra Athletics.

Calls for members to participate in non-committee Club Roles will begin soon. If you have an interest or something to offer please speak with the Club President.

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.


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.

2018 Athletics ACT Annual Awards

On Saturday night a number of Ginninderra Athletics big names received awards from Athletics ACT for outstanding performances across 2017-18.

The Tigers are ecstatic to see one of our hardest working coaches receive the Athletics ACT 2017-2018 Daryl Cross Coach of the Year, Hamish MacDonald. An outstanding recognition for the six time Paralympic seated shot putter who these days oversees the development of two of the club's elite para throwers in Cameron Crombie and Kathryn Ross.

Cameron who has had the best of seasons was recognised twice for Athletics ACT 2017-2018 Male Senior Athlete of the Season and the Athletics ACT 2017-2018 Mick Dowling Para Athlete of the Year. Cameron who recently won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast will have to make more room alongside his World Championship Gold and World Record for this season.

2017/2018 saw 28 ACT members represent Australia at international levels, received a medal from an international competition and/or ACT, National or World Record with these athletes all receiving a coveted Laurel Wreath for the 2018/2019 season. Among the recipients were Australian 400m Hurdles bronze medalist Matt Walters, Australian representative Mitch Baker who claimed a bronze medal in the U20 Men 10km Walk at World Race Walking Teams Championships earlier this month, UC Students Vanessa Low (two time Paralympian) and World Paralympic Gold medalist Scott Reardon, and Cameron Crombie.

Congratulations to everyone recognised by the Territory Association at the Gala Dinner and Awards Night.

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