The motto for Little Athletics in Australia is “For family, fun and fitness”. Tuggeranong Tornadoes embraces that objective by endeavouring to ensure that through athletic participation, individuals are able to satisfy the goals that they set for themselves. It is not whether children come first, second or last in an event, but how they approach their participation and how they develop and improve that is important, not only over the season but from year to year. It is our intent to provide a fun friendly environment for both adults and children to assist the children in meeting the challenges they set for themselves.
How it works
Little Athletics at Tuggeranong is quite simple – you attend Kambah No. 3 Oval from 8:45am to 11am each Saturday morning (starting in October and finishing in March in the following year, with a break for the Christmas holidays). While there, children will do a combination of running, throwing, jumping events and a little standing still (for a rest now and then). Children are divided into age groups (eg. under 9 girls, under 9 boys) for each age from, and including, under 6 to under 17.
Both Saturday morning competition and Wedensday afternoon trainings are located at the Kambah No. 3 Oval on Kett Street in Kambah. See on Google Maps.
Tuggeranong Tornadoes Little Athletics Association is not run by paid officials and the help of ALL parents and carers is needed to make the Club run smoothly. On competition days parents and carers can assist with timekeeping, measuring jumps and throws, recording of results, marshalling age groups and helping in the canteen. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during competition and training.
Uniform is not compulsory for Competition Days (but is for inter-club champtionship), but is encouraged as it gives the kids a sense of being part of the club. Note that our uniform changed at the start of the 2019/2020 season – and while the old uniform is still fine, the new one is required for Inter-club Championships.
The registration number and age patch must be worn at every Club meeting on Saturday morning. The registration number must be sewn or pinned to the front of the t-shirt and the age patch sewn or pinned on the left shoulder as shown in the picture. (Note: the patches should be ironed before sewing to set the colours).
Footwear is mandatory for children competing in all events. Club rules regarding the wearing of spikes mirror those of the ACTLAA. When representing the Club at any inter-club or ACTLAA events they must wear TLAA uniforms. New TLAA uniforms, including “sun smart” T-shirts, and singlets are available for purchase on competition mornings.
Second-hand uniforms may also be available.
Uniforms can be ordered from SportsMagic.
Training is held each Wednesday (for U8 and up age groups) at Kambah No. 3 Oval from 5.00 pm to approximately 6.00 pm. Children are encouraged to attend these training sessions if they wish to enhance their performances.
If it is raining or the weather conditions are bad there will be a message posted on our Facebook page at approximately 8:15am to advise if the days events are cancelled.
Age groups are determined by the year of birth. Check the age group calculator if you are not sure what age group you are in.
The child competes in that age group for the whole the season.
We are often asked why athletes can’t move into other age groups to be with their friends from school. The age groups are determined by Little Athletics Australia (LAA). Being in an age group also sets the types of events you can do and the weights of equipment used. As a club in the little athletics association we have to abide by this rule.
Athletics is a very sociable sport. At the club level athletes are able to see and mix with school friends – but they also get to make new friends from other schools as well.
Sponsorship and Support
We thank Coles and the Vikings Group for their ongoing support to help our Club to continuously achieve our goals.
Insurance is included in the cost of season registration.
Little Athletics Australia is insured by V-Insurance Group. This program covers LAA, including all affiliated State / Territory Associations, Centres, Clubs and all registered members, officials, accredited coaches, voluntary workers, executives and members of the Board of Management.
These activities include official events, all playing training and trialling, meetings, fundraising activities and travel to and from these activities.
This program incorporates seven covers;
- Public & Products Liability
- Professional Indemnity
- Personal Accident
- Management Liability (Directors & Officers Liability)
- Property & Equipment
- Group Travel
- Cyber Liability & Privacy Protection
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