Wantirna LAC Athlete Kyle Swan to compete at Olympics in Mens 20Km Race Walk

Kyle Swan, former Wantirna LAC Athlete is competing today at 2020 Olympics Tokyo in Mens 20Km walk.

If you want to watch or the race starts at 4.30pm Tokyo time (5.30pm Melbourne time)

About Kyle

As a junior Kyle Swan was a regular on the national team, representing Australian on an impressive four occasions as a teenager.

Growing up in the Melbourne suburb of Wantirna, Kyle Swan first started in athletics aged six years.

“My brother had started Little Athletics a few years prior, so I figured that if I had to go and watch for hours, I may as well join in myself! I found I had an affinity for the longer distance events (the 800m walk was the longest on offer at that age) and soon started training with my first coach Fran Attard”.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 16: Kyle Swan of Victoria competes in the Men 10000 Metre Race Walk Under 20 during day three of the Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on March 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

He made his junior international debut aged 16 at the 2015 World Youth (U18) Championships. His last two performances as a teenager in 2018, were of the highest quality. In the junior event at the World Race Walking Cup in China, he was the first Aussie across the line in 10th place and helped Australia to bronze in the team event. Two months later he travelled to Finland to compete in the World U20 Championships where he placed an outstanding sixth 41:24.12. (https://www.olympics.com.au/olympians/kyle-swan)

The club committee and all our members wish Kyle the best for the race today.

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From the President – Announcing the Committee for Season 2021-22 and AGM summary

Wantirna LAC held its 202-21 season AGM on the 2 May 2021. Since Covid restrictions, this was the first time that the club was able to meet face to face and have an AGM and an awards presentation night.

I am pleased to announce the following members were elected onto the committee for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

President – David Kearsley (Returning)

Secretary – Leanne Hawke (Returning)

Treasurer – Danni Loh (New)

Team Manager – Janine Kearsley (Returning)

General Committee – Liam Mathews (Returning) and Sheran Hettiarachchi (New)

I thank those members for nominating for their roles.  A new member to the committee for this season is Danni Loh. Danni replaces John Park as Treasurer, and the committee thanks John for his service to the club. John spent many an hour digitising our financial records and this will help Danni in the role as treasurer. Most of our families will know Danni and how well she runs the duty roster so that club is good hands with Danni as Treasurer.

I would also like to welcome Sherrin onto the committee as a General Committee member. It is great to see families support the club and join the committee. The returning committee members look forward to working with Sherrin and Danni this upcoming season.

Congratulations to all our athletes for a wonderful season in 2020-21, albeit with a covid effected season it great to see all of Wantirna Athletes do well. We had many award recipients at the presentation, and a number of records presented to athletes as well. Well done to Alyssa and James as our best athletes.

Unfortunately with a number of families not attending on Sunday, it meant that we were not able to vote on some constitution changes that need to be made on our PB and awards system. These changes are important and will mean that we fall in line with other clubs at the centre and Knox LAC itself. It also means that the results system used at Knox will work out the PB’s and awards for us which will make the role of team manager easier to do. As such, we will likely need to have an online special general meeting closer to the start of the season to vote on these changes. I hope you all support the process as its an important change for us at the club and modernises the way we do things.

I would like to thank Cr Marcia Timmers-Leitch, Collier Ward Councillor for attending our AGM and staying with is for the presentations afterwards. It is encouraging to have her support of local sporting clubs such as ours.

Speaking of support, I would also like to thank Obrien Real Estate for their support during the past season and hopefully we can continue that support into season 2021-22.

I look forward to working with everyone over the next year as our club goes from strength to strength as we move towards Season 2021-22

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy – See you at the track.

David Kearsley | President

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Reminder – Wantirna LAC AGM and Presentation Night

This is a reminder to all our Wantirna LAC families that we will be concluding our AGM and Presentation Night on Sunday 2 May 2021.

St Luke’s Primary School Gymnasium
25 Stokes Rd, Wantirna.
Sunday May 2nd 2021. 6pm – 8pm.
Pizza, dessert and drinks will be provided. A $10 contribution per family is respectfully requested.

If you have not yet advised of any dietary requirements or RSVP’d please do so ASAP.

All families are requested to attend the AGM which will be held before the dinner and presentations. There are some important changes to the constitution that need to be voted on and electing the committee for 2021/22 season.

I hope to see you there.

David Kearsley
Wantirna LAC President

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Notice Wantirna LAC Annual General Meeting and Presentation Night 2021

We will be concluding our very successful 2020/21 Little Athletics season on Sunday 2nd May 2021 with our AGM and Presentation Night.

St Luke’s Primary School Gymnasium. 25 Stokes Rd, Wantirna.
Sunday May 2nd 2021. 6pm – 8pm.
Pizza, dessert and drinks will be provided. A $10 contribution per family is respectfully requested.
Please advise any dietary requirements and RSVP by 25th April 2021.

All families are requested to attend the AGM which will be held before the dinner and presentations.

As always, we will be seeking nominations to join the committee as all positions are spilled. We ask all families to consider nominating for a committee position. The committee is a great way to be involved and shape the season ahead. We cannot enter the 2021/22 season as a club if we don’t have a full committee.

Similarly, we require more parents to volunteer as Chief Officials. Full training and uniform is provided and it counts as your duty. If we have more C.O’s you will only need to do duty every three weeks across the season.

The current committee are submitting a change to the Constitution for vote at the AGM. I have included a summary of the proposed changes (as well as the constitution and Appendices A, B and C).

Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the committee members if you have any questions or comments.

David Kearsley
Wantirna LAC President

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EMR Carnival This Weekend – 27 and 28 February 2021

Good luck to our Wantirna Athletes that are competing at the rescheduled EMR carnival this weekend.

If you are competing at EMR this weekend please remember to wear your Knox top and ensure you have your Coles badge on your top and name patch with a Commonwealth Bank sticker on it. Updated EMR information is available from the Knox LAC website.

If you are in the U6 – U8 age groups or you didn’t enter EMR then you have the weekend off. There is no normal competition this weekend. We are all back at Knox for normal comp (Program C) on 6th March.

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Coles Community Round @ Knox – This Weekend

Knox LAC is holding its Coles community round this Saturday the 20th of February 2021.

Knox LAC will be celebrating Coles major sponsorship of Little Athletics and have scheduled a few fun activities for Saturday.

Firstly we ask that athletes and parents alike come dressed with a splash of Coles – This may simply be – come dressed in red, or be creative and let your minds run wild.  Think clothing and accessories made out of Coles bags.  We have 10 Coles vouchers to give away to the best dressed!

Secondly, Knox LAC have asked clubs to put together 2 relay teams of mixed ages that totals 45 years of age or less.  One boys team and one girls team….  The baton will be a Coles banana!

For example the team may have an under 14, under 12 and 2 under 9 athletes = total age is 44.

So Wantirna lets get 2 teams together and have a go. If you are interested please head to the Wantirna table on Saturday Morning and let the Team Manager know.

The relay will be run at approximately 10am on Saturday morning. 

Look forward to a fun morning with your support.  See you down at the track!

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Little Aths is Back! – 17 January 2021 @ 3pm

Athletics resumes this weekend on Sunday January 17 starting at 3pm.

If you are on duty please ensure you arrive early, and sign in before 2.45pm. The sign in table will be behind the grandstand near the entry gate.

Covid protocols have not changed for little aths, so signing in with the QR code when you arrive, social distancing and carrying a face mask is still required.

Key dates for January
Sunday – 17 January 2021 – Program B starting at 3pm
Saturday January 23 2021 – Program C starting at 8.30am
Friday January 29 2021 – Program A starting at 6pm
Saturday 30-31 January 2021 – State Combined Championship @ Lakeside (Entires close 17th Jan)

Uniform Shop
For those that are competing at State Combined or are planning on competing at Regional the uniform shop will be open this Sunday. Ordering Knox uniform online is preferred through the Knox LAC shop and you can collect your uniform from the pavilion on Sunday from 3pm.

Traralgon Little Aths – Open Day
If you are looking for a little extra competition, Traralgon Little Aths is holding an open day on the 7th February. Further details can be found here http://www.traralgonlac.com.au/
Please note that entries for the Traralgon open day close on Sunday 17th Jan.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

While this year has certainly been a challenge for us all, the club committee would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. If you are travelling over the holidays please travel safely and we look forward to seeing everyone at the track in January.

Some Key dates to remember

Coaching resumes at the track from 4th January 2021

Little Aths @ Knox resumes on 17 January 2021

State Combined Events (U9-U16) 30 and 31 January – Registration close on 17th Jan

2021 Region Relay Carnivals (U9-U12) – 28 February 2021 – relay coaching and information will be posted by Knox LAC in the coming weeks.

Easton Metro Region Carnival – 13 and 14 February – Keep an eye on the LAVIC website for the registration portal opening.

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Normal Competition – 5 December 2020 – Program C

This weeks comp is Program C – Events will start at 8.30am sharp on Saturday Morning.

If you are on duty please arrive early to sign in and get to your event by 8.20am.

Reminder – Outdoor sporting event venue cap that was introduced by the State Government remains in place. Please do not invite additional family members to spectate. The venue must not exceed 500 patrons and additional family members will be turned away.

Good luck everyone and have great day at aths!

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Competition 28 November 2020 – Normal Competition – Program B

This weeks comp is Program B

For older age groups U12 – U16 Walks start at 8am sharp. Please arrive on time if you are doing the walk events

Other events will start at 8.30am sharp.

If you are on duty please arrive early to sign in and get to your event by 8.20m.

Reminder – Outdoor sporting event venue cap was introduced by the State Government last Sunday. Yesterday Knox LAC Executive Committee was advised by LAVic that the government has revised is venue cap definition and the centre has eased some restrictions as a result. However please do not invite additional family members to spectate. The venue must not exceed 500 patrons and additional family members will be turned away.

  • Only registered or trialing athletes are to attend. Siblings that are not registered athletes should not attend unless other arrangements for care cannot be found. If you propose to bring siblings please let the club know. We need to advise the centre so they can keep on eye on numbers.
  • 1 parent per family unless on duty, then a second parent or guardian may attend to supervise athletes to events.
  • Trialing athletes – 1 parent only.
  • No additional spectators

We understand that the above may cause some difficulties for families, however the centre is working closely with LAVic to resolve the capacity issues for larger centres. We expect further advice following this weekend.

Good luck everyone and have great day at aths!

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