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President

 

Vice President

Kelly Chapman 0407 333 964 kel_chapman@optusnet.com.au

 

Lyndal Jones 0417 132 725 lyndlu2010@hotmail.com

Secretary Scott Walker walkerscott1978@gmail.com
 

Team Manager(s)     

 

Craig Waddell craig_33@yahoo.com

Simon Chapman simon.chapman.75@gmail.com

Allocated Schools

Welcome to the Boronia Bolters LAC here are some useful links below:-


When can I join?

The Little Athletic year begins in October and runs through to September the follow year. You can register at any time during the athletic year, provided you meet the age requirements. A Registration Day is usually held in early September at Knox Park. For dates and times, please check the Calendar.


How much does it cost?

2017-18 Season Costs (full season):

  • $200 for the first athlete in a family*
  • $145 for each additional athlete.
  • Club singlet – approximately $30
  • *Includes $30 Working Bee Levy, refundable after attending a working bee.

For more information, see the Register page.


What clubs can I join?

Generally, an athlete joins the club allocated to their school. However, this is not mandatory and athletes are able join the club of their choice. Boronia West was our original club name back in 1967 our name changed to Boronia Bolters in 2003.  We are a smaller family friendly club on an average season we have around 35 athletes.


What age group will I compete in?

Athletes must meet be between 5- 15 years of age for Track and Field, and 4-15 years  for Cross Country. Age groups are determined by year and month of birth. For the 2014/15 Season, see Knox Age Groups or the LAVic age group calculator.

Proof of age must be provided before your registration can be completed. Typically a Birth Certificate or Passport is best, but anything official will generally suffice. This is only required at the first season registration and not required for following seasons at the centre.


What do the kids do?

Little Athletics offers a wide range of running, walking, throwing, jumping and play training events.
Track and Field: a variety of events that rotate on a 3 week program.
Cross Country: a single race at a distance contingent with their age.


What are the events?

  • Sprints (70m, 100m, 200m), Middle distance* (400m, 800m), Long Distance* (1500m).
  • Hurdles* (60m, 80m, 90m, 100m, 110m 200m, 300m).
  • Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump
  • Race Walking
  • Shot Put and Discus
  • Relays
  • Cross Country*.
  • Javelin (U11 to U15 only)
  • Hammer (U15 only)
  • Multi Event (Sprint, LJ, Discus, 600/800m, Hurdle)
  • Steeplechase
  • Mini Olympics (U6 to U8 non-competitive, aimed at skill acquisition and introduction to athletics).

*Distance depending on age group.


Where are the events held?

Track and Field events are held at Knox Park on Bunjil way in Knoxfield. Cross Country events are run at a number of locations around the Knox area. For more information, see Locations.


How long do the events take?

Track and Field morning sessions usually begin 8:30am and finish around 12 noon, with the younger age groups finishing earlier. We also hold a  Friday ‘twilight’ session that starts at 6pm and finishes around 9:30pm and a few Sunday ‘twilight’ sessions that start at 3pm and finish around 6.30pm. During the Winter Cross Country season, competition starts at 9am and all events are usually complete by 11am.


How long is the season?

The Track and Field season begins in mid September and runs through until March. It is usual for a break to occur from Christmas until mid January. Cross Country begins in April and runs through to August.


How is athletic performance monitored?

Participation in each event is recorded during the day. Athletes receive their results at the end of each event. Our club enters all tickets into our club laptop.  Pb medals are awarded throughout the season as the kids achieve them.


What other forms of competition are there?

  • Open Days – Competition at other Centres.
  • Regional competitions – Competition with other Centres within a defined Region. For athletes in U9 to U15 age groups.
  • State competitions – Progression from Regional competitions.

Do parents need to help out?

To ensure events happen and run on time, parents are asked to do duty. The number of times you will be asked to do duty varies from club to club, but is it generally every 3rd or 4th week. Duty may include ‘officiating’ an event, helping out in the canteen or doing club administration. The centre and its clubs appreciate any help you can provide. You may even consider joining your Club’s committee or the Centre’s Executive Committee. For more information, contact your Club.

When not on duty, parents and spectators are asked to remain behind the fence line. This will minimise disruption and ensure events run on time. Where appropriate, duty officers will escort athletes from designated marshaling areas around the track to their event.

For the safety of your children – athletes and non-athletes, please ensure at least one adult is monitoring your child’s whereabouts during events, and supervising them when not competing.

It’s for the family! Little Athletics is more than fun and fitness. It’s a family movement that promotes family participation. It’s a real chance for mum and dad and the family to do things together regularly. Parents are involved as voluntary helpers and officials at athletic events. Other activities include family camps, seminars and social functions.


Is training provided?

The centre provides a number of training sessions for athletes. Sessions are run by qualified coaches. The skills developed through training and competition provide a basis for many sports. Clubs and Centres organise regular coaching, competition and special days. Parents and other family members can come along and help with the activities. There’s always someone around to show them how and what to do. For more information, please see Coaching.


What about safety, insurance and first aid?

Professional First Aid is provided at all Knox events.

The centre has a strict safety policy and all registered athletes are covered by insurance with the Victorian Little Athletics Association. If you are not registered with LA Vic but wish to participate in an event (for example, Bring a Friend day), you must sign-in with the Centre to ensure you are covered by this insurance. If you have any queries regarding insurance please contact the Centre Secretary.


What types of awards are offered?

 At the end of each season, presentations are made to children based on their performance, improvement and participation. All athletes at Boronia Bolters receive a trophy and Personal Best certificates. Bronze and Silver Pb medals are awarded during the season and Gold awarded at our Presentation.


What athletic ability do children have to have?

 Anyone can become a little athlete. Children of all abilities are encouraged to join. Our emphasis is on fun and fitness, and children are encouraged to achieve their own personal best. Athletic ability is not a prerequisite for joining the centre.


What is available for children with special needs?

 Children of all abilities are encouraged to join. Athletes with special needs are integrated with other athletes and compete with appropriately modified regulations, equipment and technique.


 Can athletes compete at different centres?

 Yes! Athletes can take part in other centre activities, provided they have completed the appropriate registration to do so. Alternatively athletes can transfer from one centre to another. In this case, additional fees may need to be paid.


Can children try Little Aths before joining?

 Yes! Official ‘Bring and Friend’ days are conducted at Knox in the early part of each season (Saturday 18th October, 2014). Alternatively just turn up on a competition day and make yourself known to the Program Manager (in the announcing booth at the top of the Grandstand). You will be introduced to a club, and children can participate in events with their age group.


Do athletes wear a uniform?

Yes! Athletes wear a uniform when they compete. During normal competitions, athletes can wear their club uniform. For region and state events, athletes must wear the Knox uniform. For more information, see the Uniforms page.


THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT LITTLE ATHLETICS

 Winning is not everything at Little Athletics. The main emphasis is on participation and skills development. Children learn and practice the key skills of athletics through games and activities. It’s an ideal first sport for children. The running, jumping and throwing activities help develop balance flexibility and strength.

 

Not only is Little Athletics a whole lot of fun, it’s also a great way to keep fit. Let’s face it, a healthy body means an alert mind and greater resistance to many physical ailments. Also, a child who learns how to keep fit in youth is more likely to stay fit for life.