North Rocks Carlingford Little Athletics Centre’s Presentation Day is a time for celebrating the achievements of our club and our athletes, as well as publicly acknowledging the fantastic volunteers that make it all possible. Congratulations to everyone on a successful season at club competition and the interclub championships.
By every metric we measure, season 19/20 was more successful than the last: we had 471 members, including 28 multiclass athletes. Together we achieved 7,526 PBs, and broke 54 club records. We sent 188 athletes to Zone Championships, where we finished third in the inaugural interclub shield, and were well represented by our multiclass athletes competing in three events at Zone for the first time. Our Junior Boys relay won Gold and the Senior Boys relay won silver and progressed to Region. We had 123 athletes qualify for Regional Championships, and had the highest number of officials representing the club. We had 34 athletes qualify for State Championships, which were unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.
Congratulations on a great season!
It doesn’t happen without a lot of work from a lot of good people. On behalf of the Committee I’d like to thank our Age Managers, Coaches, Starters, Time keepers, Qualified Officials, Canteen Managers, BBQ chef, Team Mangers, Photographer, and Data Manager.
In particular, I’d like to thank our Committee for all their work. Although we don’t get to compete, a quick list of some of the wins the Committee has achieved this season:
I’d like to acknowledge the history of NRCLAC and express appreciation for the ongoing support and contributions of our Life Members. Thank you.
I’d like to thank NRCLAC club sponsors for their ongoing support:
We value these relationships, thank you for your contribution, and are pleased to have you as members of our community.
Presentation Day is a celebration of results. However, it really doesn’t matter whether we win or lose. More importantly, what makes North Rocks Carlingford Little Athletics successful, is the time we get to spend together, the community we build, and the friendships we make on the way. Thank you for coming together as a community.
A reminder that registrations for next season open on August 1st. Some groups fill-up in the first couple of days, so don’t miss out. We want to see you all back next season.
The following is a list of our award winners for Season 2019/20. We would normally be presenting these awards on stage in front of a crowd, and it’s a shame these club members are missing out on that public recognition due to COVID-19.
5-YEAR SERVICE AWARDS
We acknowledge the following athletes for accumulating 5-years of club membership:
10-YEAR SERVICE AWARDS
We acknowledge the following athletes for accumulating 10-years of club membership:
OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS
It is not only the athletes that we recognise for their service at NRCLAC. We recognise the following volunteers for their contribution and service to the club over a number of years and are pleased to present them with an Outstanding Service (Merit) Award:
In 2008, the McKenzie family joined North Rocks Carlingford, a union that continues to this season. Eliza joined as a Tot, and without a parent to take the group, Russell put his hand up to take on the role of Age Manager. It was apparent from the start that we had a very dedicated and enthusiastic Age Manager. As events unfolded, Russell ended up taking the Tots group for three seasons in a row, with youngest child Riley joining the club in 2010. Russell has continued to be Age Manager for Riley’s group, and is now our longest serving Age Manager. Russell has also been a long-serving member of our committee, and continues to be a powerhouse in setting up the oval for club competition. As a club, we are all the better for having Russell at Kingsdene Oval. Thank you, Russell.
Lisa also became a regular with the club when Riley commenced in 2010. From the start, Lisa took on a role in the canteen, and was a regular every week, through to season 2017/18. Lisa took on the duty of purchasing all of our supplies, and co-ordinated with our regular delivery services, including drinks, ice-creams, BBQ supplies, bread, and other assorted treats. Lisa took it upon herself to ensure that not only was the canteen fully stocked, but also stayed back at the end of our competition days to clean and tidy all the facilities at the oval. This was a thankless task, and the club is tremendously grateful for the service that Lisa provided. Thank you, Lisa.
As a club, we have been very fortunate over the years to have such dedicated people to assist with the various duties undertaken by our volunteers. Both Lisa and Russell have been great friends of North Rocks Carlingford LAC.
On behalf of the Committee, and the Club, it is our honour to present both Lisa and Russell with Merit Awards for Outstanding Service to North Rocks Carlingford Little Athletics Centre.
We need a lot of help to run our weekly competition. Whether it’s setting-up, packing-up, raking, measuring, or retrieving, we all make a contribution. The Committee would like to publicly acknowledge the continued dedicated contribution from some exceptional volunteers who go above-and-beyond to help us week to week:
Thank you guys. Legends!
We’d like to acknowledge our Multi-Class athletes, with their Age Managers, Natalie and Paul. The group has been fantastic this year, and it’s been a real joy to watch them compete each week. A highlight of the season were the events at Zone Championships in December.
Congratulations to the following record breakers for season 2019/20:
BRONZE PB MEDALS
These athletes have accumulated 20-24 PBs through the season:
SILVER PB MEDALS
These athletes have accumulated 25-29 PBs through the season:
GOLD PB MEDALS
These athletes have accumulated 30 or more PBs through the season:
WALLY PAMPLIN AWARD
NRCLAC emphasises the importance of achieving personal bests, rather than winning events. As such, we have a perpetual trophy for the athlete who achieves the greatest number of PBs each season. The Wally Pamplin Award is one of our most prestigious trophies as it is awarded to the athlete who has consistently tried the hardest and made the most improvement over the season.
The top three finishers this season in the Wally Pamplin Award were:
Congratulations to the winner of the Wally Pamplin Award for season 2019/20: Amelia Nagy
STATE COMBINED-EVENT CARNIVAL
We have certificates to award the NRCLAC team who competed in the State Combined-Event Carnival in Tamworth:
Congratulations to our State Combined-Event athletes.
NRCLAC MCDONALD’S SCHOLARSHIP NOMINEE
Each season, NRCLAC nominates one of our athletes to be considered for a McDonald’s Scholarship that is awarded at the State Track and Field Championships.
For season 2019/20 the NRCLAC nominee was: Jacob Taylor
STATE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
We’d like to acknowledge the NRCLAC athletes who qualified for the State Track and Field Championships with a small gift. We had a team of 34 this year, competing in 61 events.
Congratulations to our State Team.
TONY KISH ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
One of the privileges of being President is getting to choose the recipient of another of our major trophies, the Tony Kish Encouragement Award.
The Tony Kish award is a President’s pick, to encourage an athlete in the U6s to the U10s, who hasn’t received another major award, has had good attendance at competition and training, who’s family contributes to the club, and who has represented the club at higher level Championships.
The 2019/20 season Tony Kish Encouragement Award goes to: Campbell Matthews
GARRY DENNIS ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
Another of our major trophies is the Garry Dennis Encouragement Award.
The Garry Dennis Encouragement Award is a President’s pick, to encourage an athlete in the U11s to the U17s, who hasn’t received another major award, has had good attendance at competition and training, who’s family contributes to the club, and who has represented the club at higher level Championships.
The winner of the 2019/20 Garry Dennis Encouragement Award, is: Sofia Gately
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
NRCLAC awards Athlete of the Year trophies for Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Boy and Girl. They are our major awards, to the best athlete in each category, as voted by the Committee.
GIRLS JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (U6-U9 age groups)
The nominees were:
NRCLAC 2019/20 Junior Girls Athlete of The Year is: Hannah Lambert
BOYS JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (U6-U9 age groups)
The nominees were:
NRCLAC 2019/20 Junior Boys Athlete of The Year is: Alexander Song
GIRLS INTERMEDIATE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (U10-U12 age groups)
The nominees were:
NRCLAC 2019/20 Intermediate Girls Athlete of The Year is: Lani Khiroya
BOYS INTERMEDIATE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (U10-U12 age groups)
The nominees were:
NRCLAC 2019/20 Intermediate Boys Athlete of The Year is: Samuel Price
GIRLS SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (U13-U17 age groups)
The nominees were:
NRCLAC 2019/20 Senior Girls Athlete of The Year is: Lily Tilt
BOYS SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (U13-U17 age groups)
The nominees were:
NRCLAC 2019/20 Senior Boys Athlete of The Year is: Jacob Taylor
AGE GROUP AWARDS
17 GIRLS - Age Managers: John Nilon, Carwyn Potbury, & Annika Tilt
17 BOYS - Age Manager: Mathew Woodhouse
15 GIRLS - Age Managers: John Nilon, Carwyn Potbury, & Annika Tilt
15 BOYS - Age Manager: Mathew Woodhouse
14 GIRLS - Age Manager: Michael Reynolds
14 BOYS - Age Manager: Mathew Woodhouse
13 GIRLS - Age Manager: Les Nagy
13 BOYS - Age Manager: Russell McKenzie
12 GIRLS - Age Managers: Amish Khiroya & Kathryn Khiroya
12 BOYS - Age Manager: Joe Perry
11 GIRLS - Age Manager: Pia Fenson
11 BOYS - Age Manager: Janet Lawrence
10 GIRLS - Age Manager: Marija Butler
10 BOYS - Age Manager: Jo O’Neil
9 GIRLS - Age Manager: Natalie Lambert
9 BOYS - Age Manager: Karen Stonnill
8 GIRLS - Age Manager: Kyiha Waddell
8 BOYS - Age Manager: John Williams
7 GIRLS - Age Manager: Dylan Yip
7 BOYS - Age Manager: Dan Mittiga
6 GIRLS - Age Manager: Adrian McCaffrey
6 BOYS - Age Manager: Alex Lambert
A simplified list of award winners is here:
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WEEK 6 - 26.10.19
WEEK 7 - 02.11.19
WEEK 8 - 09.11.19
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WEEK 11 - 07.12.19
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WEEK 15 - 01.02.20
WEEK 17 - 22.02.20
WEEK 18 - 29.02.20
WEEK 19 - 07.03.20
NRCLAC had a very successful 2020 Region 5 Championships at Narrabeen last weekend, following the postponement of the carnival from the week before due to flooding.
We were well represented by 123 athletes - a record for the club (an increase from 118 last year), competing in 328 events. We had some great results over the two days. Thank you for giving it your best and doing it with a smile.
Our medal tally finished at 13 Gold, 11 Silver, and 7 Bronze:
Congratulations to our Junior Boys' Relay team (Oliver, Alexander, Benji, and Sammy) winning the silver. Thank you to Annika for coaching the relays.
Thank you to the parents who did their helper duties.
Thank you to the NRCLAC Officials who helped run the carnival. It couldn't happen without your contributions:
And most of all, thank you to NRCLAC Team Managers, Janet and Carwyn. There's so much work that goes into organising parent duties, checking uniforms, marshalling during the day, being the first to arrive and the last to leave. Thank you. Legends ; )
Good luck to the NRCLAC athletes who have qualified to the LANSW State Track and Field Championships in March at SOPAC.
There are photos available from a commercial photographer HERE.
Full carnival results are HERE.
Dear NRCLAC Family & Friends,
Little Athletics NSW has published a statement regarding coronavirus that I'm (mostly) copying and pasting here...
Little Athletics NSW is committed to the health and wellbeing of all its members, athletes, volunteers and spectators. Over the last few days several NSW and Australian health department related alerts have been issued in relation to the novel coronavirus.
The NSW Health Department report that there have been a small number of cases of transmission from person to person occurring outside of mainland China. However, all confirmed cases in NSW were infected with the virus whilst overseas.
The NSW Health Department suggest that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. This can be done by following the everyday preventive actions for protecting against respiratory infections:
In addition, the NSW Government has requested that children who have visited China not attend school or childcare services until 14 days have lapsed from their date of departure. Although the risk is very low, the NSW Government has taken this step as an additional precautionary measure.
As such, NRCLAC have decided it is reasonable to apply the same, 14 day, incubation period for any of our members returning from China during this time as a precautionary measure.
So to be clear, IF YOU HAVE VISITED CHINA RECENTLY, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND NRCLAC CLUB TRAINING OR COMPETITION WITHIN 14 DAYS OF DEPARTING CHINA.
As mentioned previously, while the risk is very low, this is an additional precautionary measure that may assist in reducing the likelihood of infection for you and those at your club.
Further information and updates are available via NSW Health website;
Factsheet and Frequently Asked Questions
The 2019 Northern Metropolitan Zone Championships have been run and won.
The final points tally for the weekend, was:
NRCLAC were well represented by 188 athletes competing in 695 events and 4 relays. We had some great results over the two days. Thank you for giving it your best and doing it with a smile.
Congratulations to our relay teams:
Watching the relays on Sunday afternoon is always a highlight of the weekend, and underlines the team spirit that Championships are based on. Thank you to Annika for coaching them. Good luck to the boys' teams for Regional Championships.
Congratulations to our U7 medal winners:
A special thank you to our Multi-Class athletes who were able to compete at Zone in three events this year. MC Long Jump was added to Discus and 100M, and it was great that NRCLAC had the majority of the athletes again. Thank you to the parents and helpers for officiating the MC events. It was well received, and a very proud moment for the club. Hopefully we can do it again next season with more events and even more athletes.
A special mention to Alex Shahla for breaking the Zone record in the U17 Boys Shot Put with a throw of 15.59m. Great work Alex!
Another highlight was the U17's lap of honour. Hopefully they leave Little Athletics with many great memories and even greater friendships.
Thank you to the parents who did their helper duties. I know your children appreciate seeing you make a contribution.
Thank you to the NRCLAC Officials who helped run the carnival. It couldn't happen without your contributions:
Special mention to golden tonsils Garry on the PA. Great job all weekend.
Thank you to Leo and Amanda for taking photos.
Thank you to Committee members and families, who helped set up and pack up our area. We had the best home base and looked the most organised.
And most of all, thank you to NRCLAC Team Managers, Annika, Carwyn, and Janet. There's so much work that goes into organising nominations, selecting the team, organising parent duties, checking uniforms, marshalling during the day, being the first to arrive and the last to leave. Thank you. Legends ; )
On Saturday November 2nd, NRCLAC collected donations from our members, totalling $165.30. The Club has matched these donations to raise a total of $331.60 for The Smith Family...
The Smith Family is a national, independent children's charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
One in six Australian children and young people living in poverty need our support to make the most of their education.
The Smith Family delivers Learning for Life programs across 94 Australian communities, often out of the local school.
The communities have been identified as having higher concentrations of families living in economic disadvantage and are across all Australian states and territories.
As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, The Smith Family support disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Their learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for themselves.
Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child delivers long-term positive benefits for them, their family and potentially generations to come.
UPCOMING LOCAL COURSE - September 22nd at Barton Park (FLYER HERE)
MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION HERE.
NRCLAC WILL PAY FOR THE COURSE FOR OUR AGE MANAGERS AND ANYONE WHO IS PREPARED TO HELP WITH SOME COACHING AT THURSDAY TRAININGS.
The Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC) is designed to help participants become better placed to assist children to perform basic athletics skills.
The ITCC is a practical coaching course designed for Little Athletics and conducted on behalf of Little Athletics Australia. It covers how to teach basic working models for each event on the Little Athletics program. Participants will be shown event-specific skills, drills, games and activities relevant to the target age group.
Who is the course for?
The course is great for parents, school teachers and other interested people who want to know a little more about the skills of the sport so that they may help to coach children of primary school age, assist at Little Athletics centres or prepare students for a school athletics carnival.
This course is suitable for:
2019-2020 Changes to the Rules of Competition:
Under 11’s Straight Track Hurdles:
All athletes in the U/11 age group shall compete in the 80m hurdles, with nine flights of hurdles at 60cm high. (They no longer compete in the 60m Hurdles.)
Under 12’s Straight Track Hurdles:
All athletes in the U/12 age group shall compete in the 80m hurdles, with nine flights of hurdles at 68cm high. (They no longer compete in the 60m Hurdles.)
Under 13’s and 14’s 200m Round Track Hurdles:
All 200m Hurdles events at all Zones, Regions and the State Track & Field Championships will be conducted as timed finals. Performances from all timed finals will be combined to determine the overall places for each age group.
Under 15’s and 17’s 300m Round Track Hurdles:
All 300m Hurdles events at all Zones, Regions and the State Track & Field Championships will be conducted as timed finals. Performances from all timed finals will be combined to determine the overall places for each age group.
Under 12's at Zone, Regional, and State Championships:
Under 12's at Zone, Regional, and State Championships will now be able to enter 6 events, which is an increase from 4 events previously.
The State Track & Field Championships have been run and won. NRCLAC was well represented by a strong team of 35 athletes, our biggest ever team, in 65 events. It was a wet and heavy weekend with some Sunday events cancelled. It was great to still see NRCLAC offering plenty of smiling faces, a good number of medals, and so many PBs. I feel like we spent the weekend, saying "you can't do any better than that!". Congratulations everyone!
Fantastic to see a strong NRCLAC cheer squad of families staying and supporting team mates, after their own events were completed. It's this friendship and support that makes us a great club.
Thank you to the parent helpers who stepped up to do our allocated duties: Tracy, Sankaran, Mick, Isaac, Ravi, Joe, David, Natalie, Belinda and Adam. You're the best!
Thank you to Team Manager, Carwyn. A tough weekend in the wet. Well done mate : )
We look forward to seeing everyone at Presentation Day, this Sunday March 24th at Murray Farm PS (*NB: New venue).