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Belconnen Primary Schools Team Challenge announced

Ginninderra Athletics in-conjunction with the 25 Primary Schools in Belconnen and Yass have announced the first School Athletics Team Challenge.

The Team Challenge, inspired by Nitro Athletics, is a 5-a-side team format that sees schools go head-to-head in a separate Boys and Girls Challenge showcasing a mix of power, endurance, technique and teamwork events across sprint, distance and field events.

The Challenge also features some of the biggest names of the sport including Ginninderra's very own World Champion Cameron Crombie along with players from the Capitals, Brumbies and all your favourite National sporting teams. Individual student winners from each event will be invited to take part in a Showcase Event of Community Hero versus our Sporting Heroes. It will be a Nitro handicap style final worthy of watching.

Spectators and their families can watch the event for free as well as participate in the many sporting challenges being run around the field. A community sports gala for the whole family.

Local schools are now nominating their Year 5/6 teams including the likes of St Thomas Aquinas, Evatt Primary, Miles Franklin, Florey, Weetangera and Kingsford Smith Jnr School just to name a few.

Invitations have already gone out to your school and its not too late to nominate a school team.

Coaches from Ginninderra Athletics are running free coaching clinics in local schools coinciding with the Team Challenge.

With the 12 and Under Belconnen Regional Carnival in August, the Over 13 High School North Carnival and the School Sport ACT Athletics Championships in September, Ginninderra Athletics is happy to assist interested students to improve their knowledge and provide valuable experience in the lead-up to these important events.

With the School Athletics Team Challenge set for the 15th of September, Ginninderra has named the months of August and September - Athstember and giving focus on the sport and the development of students in the Belconnen Community.

So come along to the Ginninderra Athletics Field on Lhotsky Street in September and experience the first ever Primary School Team Challenge - an athletics event like no other.

For the over 13s the Athletics ACT Nitro Schools Challenge is being held at the Phillip Athletics Track on the 26th October. Contact Ginninderra Athletics if you would like an extra boost in this nationwide competition that will see the best teams go onto the National Final. The Club is happy to send Coaches to your school or invite teams to the AIS to provide training after school.

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 – 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.


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.
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