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Merger: One Tigers – University of Canberra

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

In 2015, the Ginninderra Athletics Club affiliated with the University of Canberra to form UCGAC. This was a significant marriage of two long established Belconnen institutions.

GLAC for the past 41 years has been servicing families year on year, yet our oldest members each season departed the club after Under 17s and effectively left the sport.

The formation of UCGAC was in part to reduce the membership churn and build a sustainable model for Ginninderra Athletics moving forward. It was agreed that a two club model be established and that in time the two clubs would merge together.

In the three years since, UCGAC has become more than simply just a pathway for older Little Athletes.

The club has attracted a growing number of  Masters athletes with an interest in social athletics. Training and socialising together using their interest in becoming fitter and healthier as their connection. These members have also joined the committee of the club and help extend Ginninderra Athletics beyond its Little Aths roots.

UCGAC has also built strong relationships with established athletics squads and welcomed these athletes into the club. Ginninderra Athletics can now boldly and proudly count many top Australian Athletes, Coaches and Officials as its members.

Ginninderra Athletics has attracted many tertiary students by providing on campus activities, training and offering services to suit their needs including a Winter Season. UCGAC’s involvement in university sport has also benefited students with access to support and assistance for attending Uni Games and World Universiade, as well as cross training and assistance by UC sporting clubs to qualified speed, agility and fitness coaches to supplement their technical skills program.

The connection with UC extends beyond simply members:

  • The Internship Program has arguably been one of the most successful initiatives to come out of the club in its short existence;
  • Ginninderra Athletics has been making use of UC facilities including sports grounds for training, meeting rooms and the presentation capabilities of the impressive Ann Harding Conference Centre;
  • The UC: Fit gymanisum for Strength and Conditioning training sessions;
  • The partnership with UC Faculties has been wonderful particularly their Masters Program for research and analysis; and
  • UCGAC will host the next Athletics Australia Level 1 Coaching Course in the ACT at UC on the 15th of July;

The merger of Ginninderra Athletics will complete the original vision of One Tigers: one membership, one club, primary to tertiary, tiny tots to masters athletics.

Tigers represent the ACT at Sydney Nationals

An amazing number of Ginninderra's best Little Athletes have been selected for the ACT to compete at the School Sport Australia 10 to 12 years National Championships in Sydney this weekend.

The team includes the following athletes:

  1. Chloe Smith
  2. Andrew Camp-Liddiard
  3. Ryan Cuzner
  4. Samuel Baird
  5. Hayden Todd
  6. Owen Hromow
  7. James Lemon
  8. Jacinta Henderson
  9. Andrew Macfarlane
  10. Josh Phongkam
  11. Kayla Hetaraka
  12. Matthew Ikoro
  13. Amalie Leslie
  14. Nathaniel Halpin
  15. Chris Mecham

Ginninderra is very proud and excited for all the Boys and Girls who have been selected to represent the ACT. This year's cohort join the 18 athletes who represented the ACT at last year's championships. Selection is based on performances at the 2016 ACT Primary School Championships. We wish everyone the very best and good luck.

If there are other athletes who made the team and we haven't heard about please contact us so we can give them the recognition that they deserve.

Tigers named in Territory Nationals team

Following the ACT Primary Schools and the ACT Secondary Schools state championships, a number of very lucky Ginninderra Athletes have been selected in the ACT team to compete at Nationals.

Across the two teams, an astonishing thirty-six Tigers have made the cut, which is a huge improvement on the 28 representatives who were selected last year.

The Primary School team gets to travel to the AIS for their championships whilst the Secondary School Students make their way to Melbourne this season.

Congratulations go to everyone who made the team and we wish you all the best in your events.

Primary School

  1. Jacob Davill
  2. Trystan Fox
  3. Chris Mecham
  4. Matthew Ikoro
  5. Hayden Todd
  6. Owen Hromow
  7. James Lemon
  8. Austin Tetteh
  9. Ethan Robards
  10. Matilda James
  11. Bianca Kimpton
  12. Bethany Schulhin
  13. Chelsea Tobin
  14. Hannah Cadden
  15. Charlotte Rauraa
  16. Amalie Leslie
  17. Nathaniel Halpin
  18. Csenge Keszei

Secondary School

  1. Molly Sturgiss
  2. Megan Freeman
  3. Ruth Carson
  4. Layla Rowntree
  5. Angela Riach
  6. Lucy Ferry
  7. Rebecca Jarvis
  8. Jeremy Maranan
  9. Mitchell Foster
  10. Eden Thomas
  11. Samuel Wade
  12. Joshua Beale
  13. David Sim
  14. Mitchell Baker
  15. Stephen Fraser
  16. Matt Walters
  17. Tristan Vergano
  18. Nicholas Ashmore

Enjoy athletics your way

If you discovered athletics at School this winter, come along and give it a try with the Tigers this summer starting on 10th October. Ginninderra will hold a free Come & Try Day at Charnwood Oval from 08:30am.

There are events for the youngest family members from 3 to 4 years (Tiny Tots), 5 to 6 years (Tiger Cubs), 7 to 11 years (Junior Tigers) and 12 years & up (Senior Tigers).

Each weekend a taste of the best events are on offer in each age group and athletes can pick and choose what they want to do with participation always encouraged.

Little Athletics is all about family fun and fitness. A morning with the Tigers is all that and more. Get an activity fix, cheer on your friends and sing along to the best music as it pumps you up for your next PB. Meet new friends, learn new skills and improve agility, join a training squad and make the experience your own.

Why wait? Sign up online or this weekend Ginninderra is holding its Registration Days on Friday (6-9pm) and Saturday (9-12pm) at Kippax Fair. Everyone is welcome at the Tigers!

Cross Country Tigers off to Melbourne

On the 29th of August 2015 Ginninderra's best Cross Country runners will take on the rest of Australia at the School Sport Australia National Cross Country Championships in Melbourne.

The Tigers feature plenty of experience and some new blood at this year's event. James Lemon will be hoping to go one better in Melbourne and claim his first gold medal at Nationals having finished second last year.

Hannah Cadden, Andrew McFarlane, Layla Rowntree and Rebecca Jarvis also return to give it their all at the Moonee Valley Racecourse venue. They all performed exceptionally well in 2014 with some really strong performances.

Joining the Tiger Cohort for their first Nationals are Jacob Davill, Meg Freeman and Jordan King. All very deserving of their place at the pinnacle competition for cross country athletes in Australia.

Experience the course for yourself by watching the video and perhaps you can give a tip or two to your favourite Tiger!!


Ginninderra wish every athlete the very best and hope the ACT have a great championships with lots of fun, great memories and a few PBs!

Details on the Course Map and Program follow:


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