Welcome to the 2016/17 Little Athletics Season
Welcome to all our returning and new athletes and their families for the 2016/17 Little Athletics season. Registrations are now open and are rolling in at an increasing rate.
This season we are back at our home ground at Jack Cook Memorial Park after an extensive (and extended) upgrade. The park is looking good and ready to go! Thanks go to the Brisbane City Council's City Projects team and especially Councillor Julian Simmonds for their commitment and persistence in getting the job done. (Note - We are planning at hosting a couple of meets at UQ during the season for those who still hanker for a taste of the tartan track).
Our season kicks off with two orientation meets before the school holidays (Saturday 3 September and Saturday 10 September). These will have a full program of events, but the emphasis is on getting our new athletes and parents/officials up to speed on how we operate. Results are recorded (but don't count for Centre Championship points). We return again to competition in October after the school holidays.
Parents please be aware the successful operation of our meets relies on you pitching in and helping out. The athletes really benefit from seeing you participate. There's a wide variety of roles from serving at the canteen, marshalling an age group of athletes, to measuring, timekeeping and my particular favourite raking the long jump pit. For those interested in getting more involved, we'd encourage you to get qualified as an official or coach.
Our Little Athletics Centre has been operating for over 30 years, but the history of the Toowong Harriers athletics club goes back to 1894. We merged the two clubs last year and are looking at a number of exciting initiatives to build on our proud tradition as one of the oldest athletics clubs in the state. With our new facilities and our leadership in being the first club affiliated with both Queensland Athletics (QA) and Little Athletics Queensland (LAQ), we're in a unique position to encourage a lifelong love of the great sport of athletics.
I'm looking forward to seeing lots of old and new faces as we get back into another season of Family, Fun and Fitness.