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Ginninderra Athletics raises the bar for Community Sport

On the weekend, Ginninderra Athletics played host to the Community Sports Gala Day with the cooperation of the Belconnen Community Service, UC Capitals, Brumbies, Brave, ACT Netball and the University of Canberra Athletics Academy.

The day was a huge success with 23 teams representing schools from all over Canberra and Yass participating in the Primary Schools Team Challenge.

The Gala’s patron was Cameron Crombie, Ginninderra’s very own F38 Para Shot Put World Champion and World Record Holder. Cameron was instrumental in helping to raise much needed funds for schools.

Over $4500 was raised and it was distributed in the form of sporting equipment vouchers from Hart Sport to the first three place getters in the Boys and Girls Primary Schools Team Challenge. All monies raised went into the running of the Gala Day including providing free community activities.

Ginninderra Athletics would like to thank the generosity of the event day sponsors Audi Centre Canberra, Kidspace Occupational Therapy, LGR Productions, Capital Clinic Physiotherapy, The Smart Centre Massage and Rehabilitation, and Hart Sport.

Our next Community Event is the RU Ok? Grass Games on the 8th of December 2018. We look forward to hosting everyone again soon.

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Community Sports Gala Day – 15 September 2018

Today was an absolute blast. The Primary Schools Team Challenge was just one of a number of highlights of the day. We hope all the school teams, parents and volunteers enjoyed their morning as much as we did.

Thank you to UC Capitals, the Brumbies, the Brave, ACT Netball, Athletics ACT, Little Athletics ACT too for their support.

The morning got underway with a welcome by the Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT Yvette Berry. It was wonderful to see so many people getting behind the Community Sports Gala Day. Minister Berry’s support is so very appreciated for everything that she and the ACT Government do for grassroots sport.

The day of course would not have been a success that it was without the support of our sponsors including event day sponsors Audi Centre Canberra, Kidspace Occupational Therapy, LGR Productions, Capital Clinic Physiotherapy, The Smart Centre Massage and Rehabilitation, and Hart Sport. We also would like to thank the support of Coles Belconnen, Kmart and Bunnings. Carol Jennings was also very generous and we would like to thank you for all that you did.

Our local National Sporting teams were not the only stars out today. There wasn’t one but a plethora of World Athletics Champions on show including Jayden Sawyer, Vanessa Low, Scott Reardon, Sue Powell and our own Cameron Crombie. Cam’s own All Stars team featured World Championship representatives Lauren Wells and Brittany McGowan, and World Uni rep Angus Gould, Commonwealth Games rep Vivian Williams and middle distance emerging talent Reece Langdon. The showcase 100m handicap race featured Ginninderra Athletics Premium Sponsor Jake Battenally from Ray White Belconnen up against Lauren Wells and Vivian Williams.

Carly Wilson from the UC Capitals was the MC for the day and did an outstanding job alongside Cameron Crombie who was coordinating activities on the ground. They were supported by a large cohort of volunteers from Ginninderra Athletics who hosted the sports day.

Thanks also to the volunteers from the University of Canberra’s Education, Sports Science and Health faculties. Lindsay Mitton was one of the dedicated Event Managers and Organisers along with Fiona Jarvis, Debra Evans and Paul Fowler.

The day also featured a presentation from the Fire Brigade, stalls from Every Chance to Play, Cancer Council, Belconnen Community Services, Heart Foundation and the UC Athletics Academy.

There were many moments of great sportsmanship and athletics brilliance, with every team demonstrating how to have fun and support one another.

The overall results in the Primary Schools Team Challenge had Miles Franklin finish first in the Boys, followed by Weetangera (second) and Radford Junior College (third). In the Girls Miles Franklin again took the Gold closely followed by Radford (second) and Yass Public (third). Macgregor had 6 teams in the competition and that is worthy of a special mention itself.

Congratulations to every team and team member. You were all outstanding. Hope to see you all again really soon. For photos check out Facebook.



Digitally connected

Ginninderra Athletics with the wonderful support of the Telstra Kids Fund (Telstra Foundation) means this season the club is truly digitally connected.

The grant provides funding for Australia’s fastest network, the NBN, to join forces with some of Australia’s fastest athletes as Ginninderra Athletics looks to the future and further innovate the sport and club operations.

Every member of the club can now access for free Ginninderra Wi-Fi, our homeground NBN hotspot to share, capture and like their favourite moments across the season.

The Club will also be connecting the Timing Gates to the NBN to provide Live Results via the Results HQ web app.

There will also be a trial of capturing live field results on smart phones and tablets.

The Primary Schools Team Challenge will also be live streamed around the country in another first for Canberra’s most innovative athletic club. Ginninderra’s Media and Marketing Officer from UC, Dylan Bryan says capturing the Nitro experience for the thousands of athletics fans in the community can only be provided with the support of companies like Telstra.

Event Manager Lindsay Mitton says the Primary Schools Team Challenge has attracted a lot of interest from right across Canberra and Yass with team nominations going strongly. A line up of sporting personalities from the UC Capitals, Brumbies, Raiders, Canberra United, the CBR Brave and more for the local hero show case event will be a huge highlight for the September 15th event. Canberra’s favourite sporting teams will also be providing chances to meet players and have opportunities to take part in fun activities in this free Community Sporting event.

New season Online Registrations open on the 15th of August with Club Registrar Jodie Collins saying interest in the new Team event is already driving new registrations. Ginninderra Athletics is the only ACT Athletics club where members as young as 3 or as old as 70 can take part in Community Athletics on a Red or Grass Track over summer. The UC Athletics Academy is also proving popular with interest in Ginninderra’s new development pathway where athletes from 10 years and up can get the best support, advice and coaching available.

Belconnen Primary Schools Team Challenge announced



Thanks to our local Newsagent

Ginninderra Athletics would like to extend our gratitude to the friendly team at the Charnwood Newsagency & Licensed Post Office website.  Across the season we call upon the Charnwood Newsagency for all its products and services.

They stock a huge range of stationery and have heaps of other products to choose from and purchase online.

Charnwood Newsagency is also a licensed NSW Lotteries agency and is located at Shop 4, Fadco Building, Charnwood Place, Charnwood ACT.

Merger: One Tigers – Investment in our Future

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.

Investment in our Future

The merger of the club is not about the big end of town and the members of UCGAC. Ginninderra Athletics has been recognised as being innovative for many years and just not in athletics but right across sport in the ACT, especially when we were awarded the inaugural CBR Sport for Innovation.

The club has always prided itself on making the big calls and investing in our members, facilities and programs to become one of the best Athletics Club in Australia.

The introduction of Tiny Tots was revoluntary for GLAC. No other Little Athletics Centre in the ACT had made such a bold commitment to the future of the club and supported families in such a way. The club has partnered this year with ACT Playgroups to pilot the establishment of a sports playgroup with the hope that the model can be run by other sporting bodies in the years ahead.

The Tiny Tots innovation lead to the necessity of introducing Junior Coaches to support Tiny Tots and our mighty Tiger Cubs in the Under 6s to Under 8s. The majority of our Junior Coaches are members of UCGAC a number of whom are too old for Little Athletics. These older members of our club have been helping to encourage and include our youngest members for the past 4 years. The Junior Coach program has become the envy of clubs across the ACT.

This season the merged club will pilot a National Program from Little Athletics Australia with our Under 6 Boys and Girls. The focus will be skills development and Ginninderra Athletics will be one of 35 Centres across Australia participating. The program will be later rolled out to every LAA Centre in 2019-20 for Under 6s to Under 8s.

Each season Ginninderra Athletics invests $50k in its members. This money pays for coaching, equipment, facilities and development opportunties. The benefit of this has been immense with the club growing in participation numbers and delivering new services each season including our Inclusion Program in partnership with Subway Charnwood.

The Club actively seeks grants and sponsorship opportunities to further increase our investments. The partnerships with our Sponsors, the ACT Government and the University of Canberra have been vital to building a sustainable and dynamic club.

For over 40 years the sport and the club has lacked a connection to its future. With no other viable options or commitments to Ginninderra the future of the club is now in our hands. These investments are therefore made to help build our club and provide benefits to our members.

The reward for Ginninderra Athletics investing in its members is their commitment and participation with the club at all levels from grass roots, social to competitive athletics.

Merging GLAC with UCGAC will marry two sides of the same coin. Bridging the club’s youngest members with the very members who are the future Club Coaches, Committee Members and Volunteers that will drive Ginninderra Athletics now and into 2020 and beyond.

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