Every season Ginninderra Athletics truly relies on the support of our Volunteers. Whilst not an exhaustive list of every person who has donated their time, the following Volunteers have been recognised for their week-in-week-out contribution at the club.
Corinne Henderson (Parent Roster)
Fiona Jarvis (Tiny Tots Roster)
Mortisha Rauraa (Junior Coaches)
Paul Fowler (Set-up/Pack-up Crew)
Jodie Collins, Helen Hopkins and Sarah Fowler (Team Coordinators)
Emma Fitzpatrick (Carnival Manager)
Amalie Leslie Csenge Keszei
The Beyond Bank Crew
Tiny Tots Coordinator
First Aid Officer
Chief Sandpit Raker
Timing Gates Coordinators
Age Managers Sarah Barry
Kate & Glenn Columbine
Beth & Steve Morgan
Marlene van den Heuval
The list of Age Managers is based on the signatures for each week's Age Group basket. Our apologies if we have accidentally left you off the above list - please let us know so we can correct our error.
The purpose of Children’s Week, held nationally, is to raise awareness of the needs, interests, rights and achievements of children and young people and to assist them to realise their individual potential. The presentation of Awards allows ACT Children’s Week to give public recognition to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions to the welfare and interests of children and young people, either in a voluntary or paid capacity.
This year the Children's Week Committee recognised Ginninderra Club President, Steven Dodt, as an individual who ‘makes a difference’. Steven was recognised in the Community for Children Award Category for individuals, groups, volunteers, media, organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to children/young people in the community.
After the presentation Steven remarked that "individual recognition is heart warming, however there are many volunteers and contributors who donate their time and energy in our community who go unnoticed. Ginninderra Athletics is run by its Parent Volunteers and the initiatives we have introduced over the seasons were never possible without the support of everyday heroes. I am truly overwhelmed to be considered for such an honour and represent the Tigers both on and off the track".
Steven was presented with his Awards at the 2016 ACT Children’s Week Launch Ceremony held at the National Museum of Australia on Wednesday 26 October – Universal Children’s Day in Australia by the Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove.
For the first 4 weeks of the season while our newest members are still finding their feet with the Tiger Cubs, we encourage Under 6 Teams (Boys and Girls) to not measure Long Jump, Discus or Shot Put. There are some distance marks painted on the ground to indicate performance and the focus is to be firmly on participation, especially at the beginning of the season. Please use the painted Pop-up Circles, one for each team to keep things ticking along.
In the Under 7s (Boys and Girls) Vortex is not to be measured and athletes are just encouraged to give it their best for each of the three throws.
The Under 13 Boys (both teams) will need to use Discus Cage 3 and retrofit Long Area 1 as a Triple Jump run-up (by placing a mat at 5m/7m).
The Under 11 Boys may have a short delay at Long Jump Area 2 and they may like to do their 4x400m Relay while they wait for the Under 14 Boys to finish at Long Jump.
This season navigating your way from the Straight Track to the Walks and back to the Discus Area will be far more easier thanks to the new Event Flags positioned clearly at each Location.
There is simply an Event Flag for nearly everything which is perfect for first time visitors to the Club or even for those who get a little lost along the way. Navigating across an Oval can be daunting for those unfamiliar with where everything is located.
Even for those Members who are returning in 2016-17 there has been changes over the off-season. The most obvious is the trial of the Canteen to the Southern Shed this season. The Club is essentially basing itself from that end (subject to your feedback).
Its not just finding your way to an Event that we have been working on, you'll find Cheat Sheets for Parents who volunteer at their child's track and field events. There is easy to understand short role descriptions focusing on the basics for things like starting, time keeping, place judging, raking, measuring, spiking or spotting jumps and throws, we have developed some quick and easy guides some with videos on how to help.
Did you know that most Jumps and Throws take 15-20 minutes and only happen twice each Saturday. So while you are at the oval encouraging your child, offering to assist doing the above roles is an easy way to really get in on the action and make the day go smoother for everyone. The more Helpers we have means our focus remains on Family Fun and Fitness.
Also with the move to the Southern Shed, the Committee has re-organised the storage including the purchase of a Shipping Container to store training equipment including Hurdles. This will make Set-up and Pack-up a lot more easier for those rostered to help each weekend.