From the President – Knox LAC and Signing in for Duty

Today, Knox LAC has sent out a reminder to all clubs about signing in for duty and setup requirements for normal competitions days.

The following reminder message from Stephen Hough outlines Knox LAC’s expectations for duty for all clubs:

Please remind your chiefs to be there setup ready to go before 8:30. Also remind everyone that is trying to sign on for parent duty that they need to be there well before 8:30 so that they can help the chief setup and be ready to go when the events are called. We’ve had some turned away after 8:25 because everything is full, if they need to do duty to qualify their kids for PB medals they need to try signing in before then.

Could I ask that those families that are on duty this week please sign in early and if you are on parent duty please assist the chiefs for the event you are assigned to in setting up and packing up at the end of the day. This makes the day run more smoothly.

If you have any question please come and see me.

See you at the track

Regards

David Kearsley | President

 

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Reminder – Cake Stall and Raffle This Saturday – 30 November 2019

Reminder to all families that this weekend, 30th of November is the Wantrina LAC cake stall and raffle. This is an important fundraising event for Wantirna LAC. This year we will not be running a Bunnings BBQ so this is our best opportunity to make enough money to cover our trophy costs for the year.

What we need from you:

  • If any one still has a  raffle prize to donate, you can contact Leanne. If you have donation to provide on the day we’d like to suggest gift vouchers (of any denomination and for any retailer you like) to attract people and optimise our ticket sales particularly in the lead up to Christmas.
  • Something edible for the cake stall. We will be selling snow cones from the stall, a novelty we hope will be a good seller (who doesn’t like shaved ice with cordial on top) as well as a selection of treats.
  • We want to make it as easy as possible so the suggestions are
    • Cookies and biscuits (such as the Woolies Choc chip $2 range)
    • Cupcakes – the more visually appealing the better
    • Jelly cups / frog in the pond (don’t buy spoons, we have heaps).
    • Chocolate crackles / honey joys.
  • An hour or two of your time: We can only do this if we have people to man the stall. We need ticket sellers (at the stall and roving), shaved ice co-ordinators and cake sellers.

We understand that with at least 10 families doing duty that day some will be unavailable (especially those with young children) but please let Leanne know if you can fit in a short stint on the stall.

Thank you for your assistance, without input from all families we cannot maximise this opportunity. Don’t hesitate to contact Leanne Hawke or any of the Committee members if you have any feedback, comments or questions.

 

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From the Wantirna LAC President – Coles Badges, Subway Patches and Correct Club Uniform

A reminder from the Knox LAC has been emailed out to all families today (18 November 2019) regarding the Coles Badges and wearing of Subway Patches at Knox LAC competition. It was noted on Sunday that a number of athletes still had JetStar badges on their tops or still did not have their Subway Patches pinned to their club top and athletes competing in 50 year anniversary tops  or other jumpers covering their club tops.

The following email was sent from Knox LAC Secretary today.

To All Athletes & Parents,

Just in case you missed the post on Social Media over the weekend…..please refer to the below.

No athlete should have a JetStar patch on their club singlet, please make sure these are removed as soon as possible & replaced with the Coles patch. (If you need a Coles patch see your club)

Athletes cannot compete in 50th anniversary tops – they must be in club singlets with their Subway patch visible at the front.

This is also a requirement from LAVic to give our major sponsors maximum coverage for advertising their brand.

For those families that are new to Little Athletics & your son or daughter is competing at Regionals or State Championships.

It would pay to familiarize yourself with the LAVic guidelines for Centre uniforms. (see link below)

If you have any further questions please ask one of your club committee members

http://www.lavic.com.au/Portals/43/Documents/2019/Admin/LAVic%20Licenced%20Uniform%20Booklet%20081119.pdf

Thanks in advance.

Rob Monteath
Secretary Knox Little Athletics Centre
Ph: 0401 699 413
www.klac23.org.au

I would like to iterate that it is a Wantirna LAC requirement to wear the club uniform correctly at all weekly competitions. If your child’s singlet has the JetStar patch on it, please remove before the next weekend. If you need a Coles badge, our Team Manager has some available at the club desk.

It is likely over the next couple of weeks that Knox LAC will ask event Chiefs to check uniforms and it may mean that your child is not permitted to compete until the uniform is correct, with the Coles Badge and Subway patch attached.

I would also like to ask that athletes do not compete at an event in jumpers or other tops that cover the club singlet. If the weather is cold, then jumpers etc, will need to be taken off while competing in the event, and can then be put back on while waiting for their next event to stay warm.

If you forget to bring the Subway patch or lose one, temporary patches are available from the office in the grandstand.

One final thing

As we are now moving in to the warmer weather and summer is around the corner, please ensure that your child has a hat, sunscreen on and has access to plenty of water to keep hydrated. Sunscreen is available at the team desk each week. This also applies to parents particularly if you are on duty!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards

David Kearsley

President | Wantirna LAC

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Message from Little Athletics Victoria – Uniform Patches and Coles Badges

All families registered with Little Aths will have received an email from Little Athletics Victoria about the wearing registration patches and Coles badges. Please make sure for those that are competing at open days and upcoming regional relay events that you wear you registration patch and the uniform has the Coles sew on badge. The Little Aths Vic email is below.

Dear Parents and Athletes,

At this time of the year, there are competition events that are occurring outside of your normal Centre activities, which is a great opportunity for all athletes to experience not only the competition elements but importantly the social interaction with your fellow athletes.

To ensure all athletes are aware of the uniform requirements when competing in Little Athletics and to avoid confusion, the following applies.

• The registration patch must be worn on the front of the Centre and Club (where applicable) uniform at all Little Athletics competition activities.

The registration patch, is the Subway patch that has the athletes name and age group printed on them. This is to be worn, every time the athlete is competing regardless of location.

Outside of normal Centre competition, there are Open Day’s and the Multus Combined Events to name a few. At these events, the athletes uniform requires this patch to be worn, additionally the Coles sew on badge is to be added to the uniform above the LAVic logo.
For those athletes competing in the Region Relay Carnivals next weekend, all athletes will also be required to wear the SUBWAY registration patch.

Thanks and good luck with your events coming up.

 

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Remembrance Day 2019 – Wear a Poppy on Saturday

This weekend marks the 101st anniversary of the end of the World War One and importantly Monday the 11th of November is the 100th Anniversary of the first Remembrance Day.

On the 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the Germans back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In early November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.

The tomb of the unknown soldier honours the memory of all men and women who lay down their lives for Australia. The tomb is a reminder of what we have lost in war and what we have gained. More than 100,000 Australians have been lost but we have gained a legend: a story of bravery and sacrifice and with it a deeper meaning of what it means to be Australian.

At the remembrance day service in 1993 Prime Minister Paul Keating MP delivered the Eulogy to the Unknown Soldier.

We do not know this Australian’s name and we never will.
We do not know his rank or his battalion.
We do not know where he was born, nor precisely how and when he died.
We do not know where in Australia he had made his home or when he left it for the battlefields of Europe.
We do not know his age or his circumstances – whether he was from the city or the bush; what occupation he left to become a soldier; what religion, if he had a religion; if he was married or single.
We do not know who loved him or whom he loved. If he had children we do not know who they are. His family is lost to us as he was lost to them.
We will never know who this Australian was.

Yet he has always been among those whom we have honoured. We know that he was one of the 45,000 Australians who died on the Western Front. One of the 416,000 Australians who volunteered for service in the First World War. One of the 324,000 Australians who served overseas in that war and one of the 60,000 Australians who died on foreign soil. One of the 100,000 Australians who have died in wars this century.

He is all of them. And he is one of us.

On this Remembrance Day Weekend Wantirna LAC remembers all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, those that have served and those that continue to serve.

We encourage all of our athletes, friends and families to wear a poppy on Saturday.

Lest we forget

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Cake Stall and Raffle 30th November 2019

All families will have received and email recently from Leanne regarding the upcoming cake and raffle stall on Saturday November 30th. This is an important fundraising event for Wantirna LAC. This year we will not be running a Bunnings BBQ so this is our best opportunity to make enough money to cover our trophy costs for the year.
The committee have been working on some ideas that will maximise our return whilst not placing high demands on our families to make it happen.

What we need from you:
– A raffle prize. This year we want to reduce the amount of packaging required to turn your donations into raffle prizes, and the amount of “stuff” we are putting out there. We’d like to suggest gift vouchers (of any denomination and for any retailer you like) to attract people and optimise our ticket sales particularly in the lead up to Christmas. It would be great for some families to chip in together. Of course, if you have a prize you would like to donate we will most gratefully accept it.
Please ensure all raffle donations are given to myself or Janine at the track by the 23rd November. Alternatively, Leanne is happy to collect from you directly if required.

What we need from you:

  • Something edible for the cake stall. We will be selling snow cones from the stall, a novelty we hope will be a good seller (who doesn’t like shaved ice with cordial on top) as well as a selection of treats.
  • We want to make it as easy as possible so the committee suggests the following good selling items (based on previous years experiences and careful consideration of the two stalls that have run this season):
    • Cookies and biscuits (such as the Woolies Choc chip $2 range)
    • Cupcakes – the more visually appealing the better
    • Jelly cups / frog in the pond (don’t buy spoons, we have heaps).
    • Chocolate crackles / honey joys.
  • An hour or two of your time: We can only do this if we have people to man the stall. We need ticket sellers (at the stall and roving), shaved ice co-ordinators and cake sellers.

We understand that with at least 10 families doing duty that day some will be unavailable (especially those with young children) but please let me know if you can fit in a short stint on the stall.

Thank you for your assistance, without input from all families we cannot maximise this opportunity. Don’t hesitate to contact Leanne Hawke or any of the Committee members if you have any feedback, comments or questions.

 

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4 Ways Parents Can Support Their Young Athletes

As we are now a few weeks into the season its important to remember your role as parents.

The best thing you can do to help is to support your children. Any sport let alone athletics will benefit your child as it teaches leadership, patience, discipline, and coordination. It also builds mental and physical strength.

But as a parent, how does one support a young athlete? What role should you play in their sports life? Here are some of the ways you can help your young athlete and become a winning parent.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Young athletes are naturally competitive, so most of the time they want to win and they want to be the best. But it is inevitable that they may sometimes lose or feel that someone else is better than them at their sports. This is where you can come in to encourage and motivate your child. Motivation and encouragement don’t mean you have to tell them they’re the best or console them by bad-mouthing their opponents. Motivation means saying your child that losing is part of the game and there is no shame in defeat.

Motivation also means helping your child accept failures by guiding them to focus on what they can improve. You can encourage them to practice more. You can also take them to classes or to a sports coach who can better help them improve their performance.

Here are some do’s and don’ts in emotionally supporting your child:

Do’s:

  • Be there for them during competition.
  • Watch them practice.
  • Cheer for them during competition.
  • Tell them that you love them and you value them for who they are, regardless of they win or lose the competition.
  • Don’t hesitate to give them a hug when they lose or make a mistake.
  • Give them a pep talk before and after the competition.
  • Be nice to their teammates.
  • Work with their coach.

Don’ts:

  • Scold them when they make a mistake.
  • Compare them to other children who perform better than them.
  • Overreact when they are called out for foul actions.
  • Fight with the referee, their coach, or their teammates.
  • Blame people for your child’s defeat.
  • Blame your child for losing.
  • Show your disappointment or express disapproval whenever they lose.
  • Try to coach your child, unless you are or have been an athlete or qualified coach yourself.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT
Athletic children need all the best nutrition they can get to nourish their minds and bodies for optimal performance. That’s because no amount of training and practice will be useful unless the child has a healthy body that will be able to meet the physical demands of the sport.

As a parent, you have the power to influence the food they eat. This is a little bit tricky though, especially if the child has not been introduced early on to healthy foods and eating habits. If you force your child to eat only nutritious foods that they don’t like, he or she may feel deprived. The solution is balance and moderation. Let them what they want once in a while, as long as they consistently eat healthy, balanced meals composed of nutritious foods majority of the time.

Another thing you can do is make nutritious food attractive to children. There are many recipes online on how to cook nutritious foods in the form of snacks children love. Changing some ingredients with nutritious food does the trick. Also paying attention to how you present meals can help. Fun bento boxes, for example, make vegetables and fruits more appealing to children who don’t usually eat these.

Here are the do’s and don’ts and when nutritionally supporting your athletic child:

Do’s:

  • Find recipes online of children snacks that use nutritious ingredients.
  • Let them have a cheat day or a little bit of what they want while giving them actual nutritious foods.
  • Focus on building healthy eating habits, instead of just eliminating unhealthy foods from their diet. When you develop healthy eating habits, they will naturally turn away from junk food as their taste buds become accustomed to nutritious food.
  • Help them understand how nutritious foods will help them improve their game
  • Prepare fruit juices or smoothies instead soft drinks or power drinks. Most little athletes do not need high sugar electrolyte drinks

Don’ts:

Deprive them of the food they want.
Force them to eat a lot of food they don’t like at once just because they’re nutritious.
Put them on a diet that’s meant for adults.
Scold them for eating sweets and junk food.
Give them tons of supplements without guidance from a doctor.

TRAINING  SUPPORT
Provide them with training support. Young athletes may want to have help that improves their performance. They may want to sign up for sports clinics or workshops. It will also help them if they train under the guidance of a sports coach.

Here are some do’s and don’ts when providing training support:

Do’s:

  • Ask them what they need.
  • Offer them private training sessions with different type of coaches.
  • Some coaches will as ask the athlete to provide their own gear whether it be discus, shotputs, javelins etc. While little athletics clubs will generally provides training equipment for their athletes, as athletes grow and become better, they may need specialised tools.
  • Try looking for second-hand sports gear, often older athletes are  also moving onto newer equipment or moving up to heavier implements, so second hand is often a good way to ensure costs are keep to down.

Don’ts:

  • Dismiss them automatically when they ask for training or help with a particular issue.
  • Be flexible. Most coaches understand that it can be difficult to ensure athletes can get to training, so they offer various days and times for training.
  • Don’t make silly excuses when you can’t afford what they’re asking for. Be transparent and honest.
  • Don’t promise something you can’t fulfill.

DON’T BE A HELICOPTER PARENT
Finally, and in some respects the most important, don’t embarrass your child by being overprotective or by involving yourself too much in your child’s activities. One of the many problems that coaches have with sports for children or teens is the number of parents who go overboard with their “supportiveness”. Here are signs of helicopter parenting to avoid:

  • Disagreeing with the coach for not letting your child progress as fast as others. The coaches will ensure that a little athlete is developing relevant to their skill. This can take time, is often longer than you think. Coaching is about developing the athlete at a safe pace over time.
  • Fighting other parents from other clubs or comparing one athlete to another.
  • Fighting the officials or parent helpers. Remember they are volunteering their time so that your child has a sport to be involved in.

The above behaviour does not support a child athlete; in fact, those behaviours may push your child to quit sports. Support your child by consoling them when they lose, letting them understand that you are still proud of them even when they fail. Tell them they can still improve and just next time the may set a personal best.

Simply put, just be a cool, supportive parent that an athletic child will be proud to have. Love and accept your child for who they are and what they can do. Use sports as a means to teach them values that will help them in the future, such as integrity, discipline, humility, and courage, and not as a means to fulfill your own dreams for your child. Your child will thank you for the love and support you have given him.

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Duty Roster for 2019-20 Track and Field Season

The Wantirna LAC duty Roster for the 2019-20 track and field season has been updated and has been published on the Wantirna Little Aths Duty Roster Page

You can also download the roster here 19-20 WLAC Duty Roster

If you have any questions on the roster or need to update availability dates please do not hesitate to contact the Duty Roster Manager Wayne Griffin at Gri@mwsc.vic.edu.au

For those new families on duty for the first time this weekend please sign in for duty by 8.15am. The sign in table is at the Rowville Lakes tent at the end of the shade sails located at the canteen end of the track.

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2019-2020 Track and Field Program

A number of families asked whether the weekly program was available. A copy of it is below. You can right click and save the image.

The Wantirna LAC website also has a copy here and a copy and it is also located at the end of the Knox Handbook which can be accessed here KLACHandbook_2019-2020-Final

A hardcopy of the handbook will be handed out to families over the next couple of weeks when they become available. Please check at the club desk.

Please note that next weekend (26th October) is Program B

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Crystal Creek Coaching Camp 2019 entries open

Entries are open for The Eastern Metropolitan Region weekend Coaching Camp at the Alexandra Adventure Resort, Crystal Creek this season.

The Coaching Camp will be conducted for the Under 11 – 16 age groups from Friday 29th November – 1st December, 2019.

This is the 42nd year that EMR have been offering Coaching Camps for our young athletes. The camp is open to all registered athletes in the under 11 – 16 age groups for the 2019-20 season.

If your childs birth year was in the years 2004 to 2009 you are eligible for the under 11-16 camp. EMR Athletes do not lose Centre and Club attendance points if participating in the Camp. Athletes from other Regions are welcome to apply. “How To Register” below has the link to register, to view a video and download the brochure.

HOW TO REGISTER

Early Bird registrations will be guaranteed a place at the camp and to register click on or paste this link into your web browser http://lavic.com.au/Events and scroll down to 2019 Little Aths Coaching Camp to register.

All the information you need will be there and you can view a video and download the brochure from this site. The age group you select is the age group that you will be for the 2019-20 season. Although you can register for the camp now, you must be a registered Little Athlete for the 2019-20 season when registrations open at your Centre.

A camp brochure can be downloaded from LA Vic website or clicking below

http://www.lavic.com.au/Portals/43/Documents/2019/Events/Crystal%20Creek%202019%20030919.pdf

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