Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc.

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Little Athletics Suspended

As of mid-March 2020, all Little Athletics events have been suspended or cancelled due to Covid19. Our season came to a grinding halt which was a great shame. The State and National Championships were cancelled, along with all other sporting events  

In line with directives from Little Athletics Australia, Little Athletics Victoria and the Government, there will be no Cross Country events at all in 2020, or at the very least, the LAVic State Cross Country Championships May be held if Government restrictions are lifted. 

All training groups have also been suspended and Monash Council has locked down the clubrooms, restricting access during the lock down period.

The Committee has not met since the AGM due to social distancing laws and other reasons, but once we do meet we will be discussing the 2020/21 season and what we can do to help the Waverley families leading into the Summer season. 

We are here for our members and we will do what ever we can to ensure we can provide your children with sport on the other side of Covid19. 

Please follow all government directions, stay safe and we will see you once all of this is over. Remember to check our website and Facebook page for any updates as they come through. 

Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc. 

2019/20 Awards

The following PDF downloads are the 2019/20 age group and major award winners and recipients. 

Visit our Facebook page for the video announcements. 

News/Media

U6 Age Group Awards 2020 (Updated 07/05/2020)
U7 Age Group Awards 2020 (Updated 09/05/2020)
U8 Age Group Awards 2020 (Updated 11/05/2020)
U9 Age Group Awards 2020 (Updated 16/05/2020)
U10 Age Group Awards 2020 (Updated 20/05/2020)
U11 Age Group Awards 2020 (Updated 20/05/2020)
U12 Age Group Awards 2020 (Updated 23/05/2020)
SS Age Group Awards 2020 (Updated 25/05/2020)

Little Athletics

Little Athletics is a Centre based Track & Field competition for children aged between 5 and 15.  For more details check out What is Little Athletics?

Waverley Little Athletics Centre is based at Central Reserve Athletics Track in Glen Waverley, is affiliated with Little Athetics Victoria and is part of the Southern Metropolitan Region (SMR). Not near Glen Waverley? Find your nearest Centre.

Because Little Athletics is a totally voluntary organisation, the Centre cannot operate without the assistance of parents each week in fulfilling the many and varied duties required. These include officiating at an event; managing an age group; recording results; working in the canteen; to name just a few. Additional assistance is always required on the Centre committees and all parents are encouraged to become involved. Little Athletics is one of the few sports where parents can become fully involved in their child's sporting interests.

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Little Athletics Victoria

05/06/2020 - Royal Children’s Hospital GFA

Thank you to everyone that donated towards this years Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, the total amount raised was $18,200,000 - amazing effort! 

Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc raised and donated $600 towards this total, which made up LAVic’s annual total of approx. $35,000 (give or take) - an initiative LAVic introduced in the early 1970’s which has seen over one million dollars raised by Little Athletics Centres in Victoria. 

Fantastic support from all involved!

30/05/2020 - Statistics about 2020/21 Committee

Our Centre has a rich history that spans across 52 years. Here are some interesting statistics about the 2020/21 Committee, highlighting several milestones that we (will) have achieved!

  • Longest serving Executive Committee, holding office for 3 years (2018/21) - several previous Executive Committees held office for 2 years
  • Longest serving President (Dylan Cooper - 7 years & 4 months in office)
  • Dylan Cooper becomes equal longest serving consecutive President, holding office for 4 years (2017/21), equalling with Tony McMahon (1978/92)
  • Katy Smith becomes longest serving Secretary, in office for 6 years (2015/21), surpassing Anne Rennie (1982/87)
  • Neetasha Dobson becomes longest serving Registrar, in office for 5 years (2016/21) surpassing Mike Keeshan (1980/84)
  • Two Life Members (Dylan & Katy) serve on the Centre Committee, the third time this has occurred in our history; Tony McMahon & Daryl Thiele (1985/86) and Mark Cosham & Dylan Cooper (2016/17)
  • Denis Irvine becomes first person to serve as both Vice President & Arena Manager for 3 years
  • Two Committee Members will have served 10 or more years at the Centre (this has occurred previously at least once)
  • Dylan Cooper becomes equal longest serving Committee Member, serving 11 years in multiple roles, equalling with Tony McMahon (1975/86)

Check out some of our other history under the "About Us" tab on the website. 

30/05/2020 - Committee Member Acknowledgements

Although the 2020 National Volunteer Week has officially finished, we will keep the celebrations going. 

On behalf of the Waverley LAC members and community, I would like to extend a HUGE thank you and show of appreciation to the current Centre Committee Members, by briefly acknowledging their involvement in Little Athletics. 

Without our Committee Members and their support, there would be no Waverley Little Athletics Centre, so thank you to all Committee Members both past and present. 

Check out our Facebook page every day at 1:30pm for another Committee Member acknowledgement! Don't forget to view our previous videos. 

We are always looking for new General Committee Members, please consider volunteering your time to help run the Centre.

News/Media

Dylan Cooper - President (Updated 27/05/2020)
Denis Irvine - Vice President & Arena Manager (Updated 28/05/2020)
Katy Smith - Secretary (Updated 29/05/2020)
Shirley Desa - Treasurer (Updated 30/05/2020)
Neetasha Dobson - Registrar (Updated 31/05/2020)
Bryan Milne - Equipment Manager (Updated 01/06/2020)
Rochelle Morris - Coaching Manager (Updated 02/06/2020)
Matthew Greensmith - Website Manager (Updated 03/06/2020)
Caitlin Brusco - Centre Mentor (Updated 04/06/2020)
Michael Mullner - General Committee (Updated 05/06/2020)

28/05/2020 - Stawell Gift

News regarding the 2020 Stawell Gift!

The 2020 Stawell Gift will not be rescheduled in the 2020 calendar year. The event was postponed in March due to the impacts of COVID-19, and at an executive meeting this week it was unanimously decided to cancel the Gift for 2020. 

While the cancellation of the iconic race is disappointing for participants, spectators, partners and suppliers, planning for Easter 2021 is already underway and the Gift will return bigger and better next year under the direction of a new Committee of Management. 

The new Committee will work together to drive collaboration between key event partners, enhance the event experience for athletes and spectators and the local community to grow participation, and deliver greater economic impact for the region. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Stawell next year for the running of the 139th Stawell Gift. 

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26/05/2020 - Corona Virus Update

The following statement is from the Monash City Council, for residents of the area.

Monash Council welcomes the State Government’s announcement of a further cautious easing of restrictions that means outdoor playgrounds, libraries, community facilities and youth centres can reopen with a limited number of patrons at one time.

Outdoor playgrounds, skateparks and communal gym equipment will reopen from Tuesday 26 May but people must continue to practise social distancing, hand hygiene and common sense.

From 1 June, libraries, youth centres, community facilities and galleries (including Monash Gallery of Art) will reopen with no more than 20 people allowed in a single area, plus those needed to operate the space as Victoria moves into the next phase of a "new normal."

The message from government remains that if you don’t have to do something that’s not essential, don’t do it and stay home.

Mayor Councillor Stuart James said Council was excited to welcome back the community to its facilities and services but said people would need to observe the social distancing and hygiene measures required whilst accessing these services.

“We can’t wait to see the community back at our places like libraries and community centres but it’s important to remember we must still be vigilant and follow the government guidelines to avoid further spread of COVID-19,” Cr James said.

“We will be acting in strict accordance with the protocols and have in place information and signage to ensure people know what they need to do to keep themselves, their families and our staff safe.

“It has been a tough time for the community and we want to thank everyone for their patience and commitment during these restrictions. It’s because of these efforts together that we can move forward to getting us back to as much normality as possible.

”We’ve all done so well to follow the restrictions in Monash but let’s not waste that great work. Please continue to do the right thing by everyone, follow the social distancing and hygiene measures and let’s all work together to stay safe.”

More information as it comes to hand will be available on our website, social media and newsletters.

Media Contact: Emily Webb 0466 026 560 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Kind Regards,

Dylan Cooper
President and Life Member
Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc. 

23/05/2020 - National Volunteer Week 2020

As we celebrate "National Volunteer Week 2020", I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers at the Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc., both past as present. 

Committee Members, Life Members, Centre Presidents and Key Officials make up part of our wonderful volunteer group and without you all, our Centre would not be as great as it is today. 

Please consider putting your hand up for a position during the 2020/21 season ahead!

 

Kind Regards,

Dylan Cooper
President and Life Member
Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc.

News/Media

Life Members 2020 (Updated 23/05/2020)
Centre Presidents 2020 (Updated 23/05/2020)
Centre Committee 2020 (Updated 23/05/2020)
Key Officials 2020 (Updated 24/05/2020)

23/05/2020 - Update on award announcements

On Monday, I will announce the SS Age Group Award winners and recipients. 

Following this, sometime next week when it's a nice day, we will begin to announce this years Major Award Winners and recipients. 
This may be in the same format or via video link on Facebook, weather depending. 

Dylan

20/05/2020 - Vale

It's with great sadness to announce the passing of Bernice Loughnan. 

Bernice passed away on Tuesday 12/05/2020 after a short illness, surrounded by family. 

On behalf of the Waverley LAC Committee, I would like to offer my condolences to our friend and walk judge, Gordon Loughnan, and his family during this difficult time. 

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