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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.

Whole new Winter Season Is Coming

Winter is coming and that means that Ginninderra’s athletic season is over, or does it? Ginninderra this winter will be hosting their first ever winter season. Bringing the family orientated and fun athletics meets that you all knowand love into the new winter season. This season there will be a bit of a twist. Ginninderra will be hosting tiny tots for the Under 3’s to under 5’s which will be jammed packed full of fun games that focus specifically on developing FUNdamental locomotion and movement skills for your child. Whilst giving the parents the opportunity to join in, bond with their kids, and have fun. For the slightly older kids, so the under 6’s to the under 8’s we have on offer out tiger cubs program. Which is also comprised of a tone of fun games for both the kids and parents. The only difference is that these games are focused more on developing more specific skill based movement (jumping, catching, throwing) in order to prepare them for future involvement in athletics. The great thing about athletics is that all of the skills that you learn from us you can use in any sport or just life in general

We have our fantastic Junior Coaches helping out on the weekend as well. Our Junior Coaches are great with kids and have plenty of experience dealing with all ages. Our junior coaches are also there to give an extra helping hand to those kids that may need it due to learning or social difficulties. So your child no matter what is catered for.

For everyone else that is over the age of 8 don’t worry we still have you covered as well. We have some of our best coaches putting together an athletics boot camp to improve your preferred event in “off season” (at Ginninderra there is no such thing as a true off season) or if you want to use it as a way to stay in shape in the off season it’s also great for that too. It will be focusing on things like improving, fitness, running speed, agility, quickness, jumping height and distance and much more, so whether you’re a runner a jumper or even play a team sport it’s the boot camp for you!!

Ginninderra has a good reputation for starting new things and always looking at ways of getting more kids and parents involved in the sport of athletics. But they haven’t stopped there, this year they have brought on 5 new university interns to join the Ginninderra family. With these 5 new interns it means that Ginninderra can continue to work hard and deliver new and exciting things. As the first intern that joined the family last year I am excited to work with these new interns. I look forward to sharing my experience of the club and working closely with them to bring you guys all that we have in store. I am also excited to see their development under Steve. The club has also brought these interns in from all different vocations so that we all can bring our own unique view and goal to the club. Which in turn will expand our reach as a club and mean more and better things for its members.

Alex Gill

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

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are looking for some quick answers about Ginninderra Little Athletics Club then our Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs page is the best place to start.

It has answers on:

  • How old do you have to be?
  • How can I register?
  • What does it cost to join?
  • When do you hold Little Athletics?
  • Where is Ginninderra Little Athletics Club situated?
  • Training and Coaching
  • Can we miss a weekend or two?
  • Do you ever compete at other venues?

You might also like to try our FAQ archive for even more information.