This week's program is now available.
Under 10 Girls and Boys, Senior Girls and 13/14 Girls are all on HIGH JUMP. These are all big groups and we will have shades up at the High Jump areas given the forecast hot weather. Parents from these groups - we'd love some set up help with mats and shades!
Under 9s are on 400m for the first time and Under 11 Boys will be on Triple for the first time. We've allowed extra time for this group to practice technique before measured jumps.
Given the weather forecast we'd like to get all events started on time this week. Second session events should commence by 9.45am - particularly if you are on a field event please start by 9.45am. Late arrivals can meet groups at the event area.
Thursday training this week at Amaroo will be HURDLES for Under 7-10s, plus DISCUS. Under 11 and older will do Javelin and Discus.
Training starts at 5.15pm, no need to register just come along for some fun and training, get ready for Saturday competition!
We had perfect weather for our meet on Saturday - lots of brilliant PBs on the 100 metres and 200 metres, the tracks were super fast! Well done to our Under 9s on completing their first 800m you all did an amazing job. Also great job to our Under 8s with their first hurdles races - they seemed to enjoy it! A big thank you to all our set-up and pack-up helpers, canteen helpers and track officials.
Two Club Records were broken in week 2, both in the 400 metres - Ethan C (under 11) and Jaime B (under 16). Both Ethan and Jaime broke multiple records last season and they are starting off season 2020-21 in great form again! Congratulations also to Cooper Jenner who broke the U14 Hurdles record in Week 1.
This week's program
The program for this Saturday is now available. A few things to note:
Reminders for this week's roster have been sent out. We will need extra help in the following areas:
Thursday Training this week will be HIGH JUMP - both scissors (U9-10) and flop technique (U11 +). These are always really useful sessions for athletes early in the season to learn and practice good technique. Under 7s and 8s will be doing throws and some sprints and games with our junior coaches. Training starts at 5.15pm Thursdays at Amaroo oval.
Equipment Officers NEEDED!!!
Our season is well underway but we are still keen to get one or two people as equipment and grounds officers. The role is essentially to manage our equipment, keeping a record of stock, ordering new equipment as needed and communicating any grounds issues to the ACT government.
This role is NOT to do the whole set up and pack up every week, though often equipment people will help coordinate what gear goes out and will be available to check any gear which needs replacing. Currently this role is being covered by other Committee members who are already very busy so we would love someone to come in and take it on! If you are interested or have questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was fantastic to finally start our season last Saturday! Many thanks to all our helpers, Age Group managers and officials who made it happen. Also a huge thank you to our Junior Coaches who were fabulous.
This weekend the forecast is looking good for another great meet at Amaroo.
This week's program is now available. A few things to note - Under 11s are on HIGH JUMP but as this is their first session on the flop technique we will run this as a technique session to teach the athletes correct, safe flop technique. The advantage of doing this rather than a measured session is all the athletes can practice the skill multiple times and get confidence. Under 11 age group managers will be contacted directly about this session. Under 9s are on 800 metres for the first time (new event for them) and therefore will have four events in total. They will have five in other weeks with the exception of High Jump weeks.
Long Jumps Update
We are currently not using Long Jump Pits 5 and 6 while we wait for the ACT Government to install new run-ups. This was an upgrade that was due to be done before the start of the season but has been delayed due to rain. We are hoping this will be done next week. At the moment the Committee does not believe the pits are safe to use due to the take off mats being overgrown. This week Under 10 boys have been moved to pit 1 and 2 to avoid line ups on other pits.
This Saturday we'd love to see as many athletes as possible with their 2020-21 registration numbers on their shirts. Please make sure you take off last year's numbers. Visible numbers on shirts makes track recording much quicker and more accurate, and ultimately gets our meets finished faster!
All results for registered athletes are available online via ResultsHQ. If you do not have your log-in you can email us to get a reset.
Track helpers - Junior Session
This week Under 7s and Under 6s are only Straight track only, with Under 8s on hurdles and round track. At the moment we don't have any parents rostered on for hurdles and round track - and are asking Under 8 parents to help out as these are your athlete's events (we will run one track at a time). If you can help please email us at email@example.com.
Track helpers - Senior session
We currently need one additional helper on hurdles and one on round track for the Under 9-17 session. If you can help please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pack-up - please stay to help!
Last Saturday we had some brilliant pack-up helpers from two families but other rostered parents did not stay to help pack up. We appreciate all helpers, please if you are rostered on just 30 minutes of assistance makes a big difference. Often while events are still going there are some areas which can start to be packed up. If you are not sure ask a Committee member in the red shirt.
So this week its Take 3 for the start of our season - thankfully the forecast is finally looking good for us and we are confident that we can finally start our season on Saturday!
CHANGES TO SEASON DATES
The GUNLAC Committee has made the decision to make-up these two washed out rounds by adding two meets to our calendar. With the later start to the season due to COVID (winter sports going later), our season was already somewhat shorter than previous years, therefore we would like to make up these 2 lost weekends. The additional weekends are:
Saturday 19th December 2020
Saturday 6th March 2021
We understand that these dates are close to holidays however we are not able to extend our season beyond March 17th 2021 due to ACT Government grounds maintenance scheduled.
The Duty Roster for week 1 wash out has now been reallocated to Saturday 19th December, and the week 2 roster has been reallocated to Saturday March 6th 2021. If any families need to swap these dates please email us at email@example.com. The full roster is available on our Duty Roster page.
This week's program is now available. Some age groups have a shorter program than what they will normally have just to allow more time for age group managers and athletes to get into a routine. Older age groups will have 5 events. This year we will alternate hurdles - even weeks will be 60 metre hurdles for 8, 9 and 10 years age groups. Odd weeks will be 80 and 90 metre hurdles for Under 11 and older.
We will run the 1500m and walks this weekend. These are open to Under 9s and older for walks and Under 11 and older for the 1500m run. If you wish to compete in these events please meet track officials at the round track tent by 9.30am. Arrive warmed-up and ready to race.
Weather permitting training will be on tomorrow (Thursday November 5th) from 5.15pm. We will be running long jump for all ages and triple jump for Under 11s and older.
REGISTRATION PACK PICK-UP OPPORTUNITY
If training goes ahead tomorrow (Thursday November 5th) we will also be open for registration pack pick-up 5.15pm-6.30pm. If you haven't picked-up yet this is a good opportunity to get your number early and avoid lining up on Saturday morning. If you can't make it tomorrow the registration desk will be open from 7.45am Saturday morning. Remember to bring pins to attached your number!
COVID SAFETY REMINDERS
A reminder to all families that it is everyone's responsibility to follow social distancing and hygiene practices, as set out in the GUNLAC COVID plan, and provided in posters at the oval and in flyers in age group folders. Please do not attend our meets if you are unwell. Age group managers and volunteers are asked to follow the guidelines to clean all hands and equipment prior to each event. Volunteers helping age group managers are asked to wear a volunteer sticker (provided in age group folders). This allows us to identify who are officials at the meet and who are spectators. Track officials and age group managers will be provided with vests to wear.
GUNLAC has signed up for the Check-in CBA app and we encourage our parents to use this when attending our meets. QR codes will posted at the oval.
UPDATE ON TOMORROW'S MEET - ACT Sportsgrounds have CLOSED all sportsgrounds in the ACT from midnight TONIGHT due to the expected rain and concern about damage to ovals.
We therefore will be forced to cancel our meet tomorrow as we are not allowed to use our ovals once closed.
Given our delayed start to the season the Committee is currently looking at options to make-up these two washed out meets and will update the calendar soon once dates are confirmed. Stay dry and we will hopefully see everyone next Saturday!
No training today due to rain. See you all on Saturday!
Welcome to all our new and returning GUNLAC families! After a great Come and Try weekend, unfortunately we had to cancel our first meet with a very wet morning last Saturday. While it was dry when we made the call to cancel, the rain did come down right on 8.30am so it ended up being a good decision with a wild and rainy day.
Week 2 Program
With potentially more of the same forecast for this Saturday we are really hoping we can still go ahead this weekend! Given the forecast we have set this week's program with no hurdles or high jump and four events for most age groups which gives us the biggest chance of finishing events if the morning is rainy. Of course athlete safety is our priority and we will be forced to cancel if the rain is heavy or if the tracks are water logged.
Training will commence TODAY (Thursday October 29th), weather permitting. Check out the training page for all details.
At the start of each season we ask each family to nominate at least one week to be on the roster. Given the number of positions to fill and number of families we have we need each family to do this. Some families who were on the roster for week 1 only will be reallocated to other weeks to ensure that we can cover all spots across the season. We will contact these families to confirm the new day.
Our website now has a Duty Roster page where families can check their rostered spot. This page is password protected to ensure family names are not on a public website. This password will be emailed to families, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive this email.
Registration pack pick-up
If you have not picked-up your registration number yet please come early on Saturday to collect it. The registration desk will be open from 7.45am. If we have to cancel due to rain we will confirm another time for pick-up. Please also bring pins to attached your child's registration number before competition starts.
Age Group Mangers
We are still looking for age group managers for the following groups:
Under 6 Girls
Under 10 Boys
Under 12 Boys
Under 13/14 Boys
Without a manager these groups will not be able to complete their events each Saturday. Please email us at email@example.com if you can help!
We were so looking forward to Week 1, but with heavy rain over night the grounds are very wet, and with more rain on the radar we have decided to CANCEL today's meet.
Committee members will be at Amaroo from 10am-11.30am if you want to pick your rego pack. We can also sell you uniforms - card payments only.