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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

 

On the right track

This season Ginninderra Athletics is only one of a handful of Little Athletics Centres in Australia to be trialing the national On Track Program before it officially starts across Australia in 2019/20.

On Track is the new skills and fitness program that’s non-stop fun!!

The program is a new way of athletics training with an emphasis on skills development, participation and lots of fun activities.

Ginninderra’s Junior Coaches have all been trained in On Track over Winter and are raring to greet our Tiger Cubs (U6-U7) this summer.

So join today and enjoy the training program that’s all in, all fun, all the time!

On Track

Registration

 

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.

Merger: One Tigers – UC Interns

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 Ginninderra Athletics Club Interns

One of the most successful programs introduced by UCGAC that have benefited the members of both clubs has been the adoption of the UC Interns. These 3rd and 4th year Health Science students are studying Occupational Theraphy, Physiotheraphy, Exercise Physiology, Sport Health and more.

Each Intern will volunteer 250 hours each to Ginninderra Athletics. Already we have seen their efforts in:

  • Megan co-running the Tiny Tot program;
  • Alex and Jordan developing and delivering the Tiger Cub program;
  • Nat delivering the Under 9 to Masters Winter Cross Fit program;
  • Lindsay running comms and marketing across the club;
  • Alex coaching Athletes with a Disability;
  • Nat co-running the Cross Country program;
  • Jordan working with all the Club’s Coaches including Dick Telford, Faye Todd, and Steve Dodt;
  • Alex delivering Strength and Conditioning sessions;
  • Megan developing Grant Applications;
  • Lindsay working with the FAST squad; and
  • They all are working with the Junior Coaches and UCGAC’s Luke Allard to improve engagement and encouragement from training to competition delivery.

All the UC Interns have undertaken the online Coaching and Officials Courses. In July they will complete their first Athletics Australia Coaches Course. Over Spring and Summer the UC Interns will provide additional coaching sessions and mentoring to all members including:

  • Skills development;
  • Proper warm up;
  • Nutrition;
  • Strength and Conditioning;
  • Event preparation;
  • Sport psychology;

The merger of Ginninderra Athletics will allow the UC Intern program to continue to flourish.

For more information on what the UC Interns do, read their weekly Blog Updates on the UC Ginninderra Athletics Club website.

 

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.

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