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Disability Inclusion Grant to assist with sporting pursuits

With the support of the ACT Government under the 2018 Disability Inclusion Grants program Ginninderra Athletics Club will make our programs more inclusive for children of all abilities.

The impact of the Disability Inclusion Grants will be spread across community and impact on the inclusion of all people with disability including through employment, recreation, sporting pursuits and participation in community groups.

Families with additional needs are often excluded from mainstream sports and sporting clubs. This is often due to a lack of organisational capacity to support those with disabilities, and a resultant culture of exclusive (rather than inclusive) practice. The alternative, modified ‘disability-specific’ activities, often bear little resemblance to mainstream sports and rely on intensive and ongoing resourcing. Such programs often serve to further isolate people with disabilities from their communities and peers.

Ginninderra will provide a mainstream pathway for families with additional needs to engage in local athletics, and their community more broadly, in meaningful ways. This funding allows for the development and piloting of an appropriate model, which will then be available to other athletics clubs locally, to Little Athletics ACT and Little Athletics Australia.

Through the grant Ginninderra will build capacity within the athletics club to ensure the meaningful inclusion of children and families with additional-needs, in an existing community-based Athletics club, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all inherently separatist ‘disability program’.

To facilitate this inclusion, the project will include three key elements:

  1. A redesign of the existing clubs athletics programs;
  2. The development of equipment, resources and training materials to support the club to provide accessible and inclusive programs; and
  3. The appointment of an Inclusion-Support Officer to facilitate and support inclusive practice.

Ginninderra aims to improve appropriateness and inclusivity ensuring the programs are accessible for children of all abilities. This will also include the acquisition of appropriate resources to support any necessary modifications of service provision.

The development of a suite of resources (including physical resources and practical training for coaching staff) to promote inclusivity for children with additional-needs and their families:

  1. Delivering inclusive services (how to adapt, scaffold and modify activities and physical space);
  2. Understanding inclusion (information around disability and inclusion; practical tips and strategies to support children with additional needs); and
  3. Supporting others to be inclusive (how to build an inclusive culture; peer support and mentoring; parental engagement).

The appointment of an Inclusion-Support Officer will support the design and development of the above mentioned initiatives and lead a cultural change of inclusion within the athletics club. The Inclusion- Support Officer will work with families, children and coaches to facilitate and support inclusive practice, and to build partnerships between these stakeholders.

Ginninderra Athletics has a proven track record in the support and enhancement of inclusion within the local community. The Disability Inclusion Grant will help the club and athletics generally to become more accessible.

For more information about Ginninderra Athletics or to join read the following articles.

We’re back for 2018-19

 

Athletes with a Disability

Deaf athletes receive head start

Inclusion Program

Inclusive Participation Funding for Athletes with a Disability

 

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 – 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.

Winter Athletics wonderland

Ginninderra Athletics will be offering a new, exciting training and fitness activities for children and parents of all ages starting in May to celebrate the Winter of Athletics. Come and enjoy in the warm and welcoming community atmosphere at the Ginninderra track. There are new friendships to be made, different activities to try and coaches to help develop your skills, fitness, balance and strength. There are opportunities for both individual and team pursuits. It is a place where boys and girls from as young as 3 to as mature as 99 to enjoy, have fun, connect, grow, learn, laugh and develop.

Activities will be hosted on Wednesday afternoons (Tiny Tots and Cross Country) and Saturday mornings (ALL ages athletics – Tiny Tots, Tiger Cubs, Winter Track and Field).

Through the enjoyment of our Winter program each and every individual will have the opportunity to feel a club that prides itself on belonging and inclusion, encourages and emphasises fun, family, development and fitness and supports each person to be the best they can be.

In addition we are offering a unique Winter specialised coaching pathway program for our new and continuing Junior Coaches.  Interested teens (from 13 years) and existing junior Coaches are encouraged to come along and develop their coaching and development skills.  Junior coaches will be trained and mentored  to support, encourage, coach, lead and help our Tiny Tot and Tiger Cub athletes.

Registration is now open
Ginninderra Athletics will only be offering online registration to the Winter Season. Athletes can sign-up/register using ResultsHQ starting from April 2018.

Returning Athlete registration

For Athletes who have a ResultsHQ Login and were a member in 2017/18 Summer Season, please sign up and register by using the Nomination process on ResultsHQ. Please read the Nomination Step by Step Guide for help.

New Athlete registration

If you do not have a ResultsHQ Login you should sign up and register using this method. Read the Online Registration – Step by Step Guide for assistance with the System.

Programs for 2018 Winter Season:

  1. Tiny Tigers (Tiny Tots) program for 3 to 4 year olds facilitated by Debra Evans;
  2. Tiger Cubs program for 5 to 8 year olds coordinated by Fiona Jarvis; and
  3. Winter Track & Field program for 9 years to Masters athletes coached by Steve Dodt;
  4. Cross Country for 6 years to Master athletes coached by Brian Daly;  and
  5. Junior Coach Mentoring program for 13 to 18 year olds mentored by Luke Allard.

Tiny Tots: A must for all enthusiastic three to four year olds at Ginninderra, the Tiny Tigers (Tiny Tots) are prefect for parents looking to share in some fitness and fun with their little ones.   Tiny Tots utilises children’s innate desire to play in a positive, fun learning environment.

Tiny Tots activities are based around athletics running, jumping and throwing events and are designed to help children develop fundamental movement skills (FMS). FMS act as precursors to more specialised, challenging and complex movement skills.

Mastering FMS assists children to be physically active, which helps with their general health and wellbeing, promotes social interactions and emotional attributes and thus assists in the development of speech, self-esteem, confidence and independence.

Each week Tiny Tots are engaged with colour, activities, learning, movement and fun. Parents are actively encouraged to join in and share the bond, connection and joy of participating actively with their children.   The laugher, happiness, development and frienships being made is always heartwarming, beautiful and special.

  • Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 – Commencing 2nd May (10 week season)
  • Saturday 9am – 10am – Commencing 5th May (10 week season)
  • Cost:   $80/season

Tiger Cubs: Ginninderra will teach kids the skills of athletics before we ask them to perform these skills in a competitive environment. Tiger Cubs is a coaching program. It is based on a massive amount of research that has been done on how children learn sporting skills, what children want out of their early sporting experiences and the learning capacities of children at different ages.

All children from 5 to 8 years are invited to enjoy learning athletics skills in a fun, engaging, non competitive, family friendly way. Tiger Cubs is skill develop based and lead by a Tiger Cubs coordinator and qualified Junior Coaches.

Parents are encouraged to come along, be part of Tiger Cubs and enjoy the joy of participating with their children. All children will be successful, develop, learn, and be actively engaged at Tiger Clubs.   All athletic events are coached and the activities keep kids on the go the whole time.

  • Saturdays, starting 5th May 2018
  • Time: 9am – 10am
  • Cost:  $100/season

Winter Track and Field:  Over winter is when most Schools organise their Athletics Carnivals. Ginninderra is offering coaching and mentoring for any athlete aged 9 years to masters. All event areas will be offered in a fast paced weekly session that is just as much about fun as it will be improving fitness and delivered in an entertaining and non-competitive way. Measuring and timing will not be conducted. Parents are encouraged to actually give the session a go for themselves.

  • Saturdays, starting 5th May 2018
  • Time: 9am – 10am
  • Cost:  $100/season

Cross Country: The Cross Country season gives athletes an opportunity to run a distance race over different terrain and courses each week.

There will be three Cross Country courses that provide for variety and the opportunity for all ages to enjoy the challenge, fun and sensory excitement of mud, grass, hills and possibly even a creek.  Cross Country will be lead by our highly trained and experienced middle and long distance endurance running coach Brian Daly.

  • Wednesdays, starting 2nd May (at Charnwood Oval)
  • Time: 4:45 – 5:45pm
  • Locations:  Rotations every three weeks from Charnwood Oval, Mt Rogers Hill and  The Pinnacle Lookout (register to get the full details).
  • Cost:  Gold Coin donation each week

Junior Coach Mentor Program: Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Junior Coach at Ginninderra this Winter season? Becoming a Junior Coach is a fun and rewarding way for individuals from 13 years of age to get involved with coaching athletics and make a difference in the lives of families, and children in the Ginninderra Athletics community.

You will be provided with support, guidance and training and learn important life skills that will help with your development and future school and employment options.  Junior Coaching is also a great way to further develop your own athletics, communication, and organisational skills, give back, feel a sense of accomplishment, make a difference to our Tiny Tot and Tiger Cub athletes, make friends and learn from an incredible and experienced senior coach and athlete.

Being part of the program is free and done on a volunteer basis. Junior Coaches must register to participate in the Winter Program.

  • Junior Coach Training and development:  Saturdays 8:30 – 9:00am
  • Delivery Sessions:  Wednesday 4:15pm  – 5:45pm
  • Delivery Sessions:  Saturday 9:00 – 10:00am
  • Cost: FREE

Dates/Where?

All activities based at Charnwood Athletics Field off Lhotsky Street, except Cross Country which varies. The shorter winter season will be held during the school term with a break over the School Holiday period.

  • Term 2 – Saturday 5 May to Saturday 30 June 2018 (9 weeks)
  • Term 3 – Saturday 28 July to Saturday 8 September 2018 (7 weeks)

Winter Season Track and Field – Charnwood Athletics Field – Saturdays 9:00am to 10:00am

  • 5th May
  • 12th May
  • 19th May
  • 26th May
  • 2nd June
  • 9th June
  • 16th June
  • 23rd June
  • 30th June
  • 28th July
  • 4th August
  • 11th August
  • 18th August
  • 25th August
  • 1st September

Winter Cross Country – Wednesdays 4:45pm to 5:30pm

  • 2nd May (Charnwood)
  • 9th May (Mt Rogers)
  • 16th May (The Pinnacle)
  • 23rd May (Charnwood)
  • 30th May (Mt Rogers)
  • 6th June (The Pinnacle)
  • 13th June (Charnwood)
  • 20th June (Mt Rogers)
  • 27th June (The Pinnacle)
  • 25th July (Charnwood)
  • 1st August (Mt Rogers)
  • 8th August (The Pinnacle)
  • 15th August (Charnwood)
  • 22nd August (Mt Rogers)

High Noon (AIS Athletics Track) – Twelves years and up – Sundays 12:00pm

  • 6th May
  • 20th May
  • 17th June
  • 7th July (TBC)
  • 22nd July
  • 5th August
  • 2nd September
  • 16th September

Run_ACT Senior Series – Over 12 – Saturdays

  • 21st July
  • 4th August
  • 9th September

Run_ACT Junior Series – Under 12 – Sundays

  • 29th April – Menindee Drive, Lake Burley Griffin
  • 13th May – Lake Ginninderra
  • 27th May – Fadden Pines
  • 3rd June – Lake Ginninderra
  • 23rd June – Stromlo – Age Handicap
  • 30th June – ACT LA XC Champs – Stromlo

 

 

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