Important Message from LAVic – Little Aths State Championships 2020 Postponed

The following message from LAVic has been posted this morning (Friday)  that the State Championships have been postponed.

Given the rapid developments in relation to the Coronavirus LAVic have determined that risk to health of athletes, officials, volunteers and parents is too great and in line with other sporting codes has decided postpone state championships. See

While this is disappointing for our athletes that made it through to State Champs it is understandable given the current health concerns.

It is expected that the LA Vic will provide further updates as the situation changes.

At this stage there hasn’t been any updates on centre competitions. Knox LAC will be advised by LA Vic in due course regarding our weekly comps and Champ Day.

If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact me

David Kearsley | Wantirna LAC President

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Important Message from LA Vic – Little Athletics and Coronavirus (COVID 19)

As you would be aware, the incidence of coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasing in Victoria. LAVic today (11 March 2020) sent out via email to all athletes advising that LAVic is closely monitoring the rapidly developing events concerning the coronavirus epidemic, and the possible implications for Little Athletics activities such as Centre competition, coaching, training and the upcoming State Track & Field Championships.

LAVic included the following in the email.

LAVic is being advised on a daily basis by the Victorian sporting peak body,Vicsport, the Victorian State Government body Sport & Recreation Victoria, and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

At this point, the State Track & Field Championships will proceed as planned, Further, Centre Competitions and other Little Athletics activities will also proceed as normal.

In the event LAVic receives advice to the contrary, the Little Athletics community will be advised at the earliest opportunity.

Notwithstanding the above, all of us  have a role to play in minimising the risk of coronavirus infection to ourselves and others. All attendees to Little Athletics activities are strongly encouraged to:

  1. Practice healthy hand hygiene by washing hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds. DRY with paper towel or hand dryer
  2. Self isolate, if ill, and stay at home to minimise the risk of spreading the illness to others;
  3. Practice good cough etiquette, such as coughing into your elbow
  4. Avoid touching your face;
  5. Avoid using your fingertips, where possible, when using public surfaces, such as door handles, lift buttons, machines, water taps, rails, etc
  6. PHONE your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  7. CONTINUE health habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  8. DON’T wear a face mask if you are well.
  9. BUY an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
    1. GET the flu shot (available April).SHAKING HANDS is optional!

Have discussions with your children and siblings regarding the previous points, the reasons for them and the implications and doing them and not doing them.

In preparation for this weekend’s State Track & Field Championships, LAVic is
making every effort with its suppliers to ensure adequate supplies of hand sanitiser/soap and toilet paper will be on hand. Further DHHS posters will be prominently displayed encouraging patrons practice safe hygiene practices.

While we recognise the serious health threat posed by the coronavirus to the
community, we sincerely hope that all remain healthy and safe and that the
coming months provide great Little Athletics memories for all the right
reasons!

The LAVic team

With the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19) likely to continue to impact for many weeks, please continue to be informed through the media and the Department of Health website. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Some athletes may feel anxious about the impact of the virus and Dr Michael Carr-Gregg has prepared advice to guide parents in talking about this issue: https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus

Should there be any need for Knox LAC to take more significant action, as a club we will keep you informed.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Wantirna committee.

David Kearsley | Wantirna LAC President

 

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KNOX LAC Championship Day 28th March 2020

The Knox Championship Day is our last Track & Field event for the season & is open to Knox athletes only.

When: Saturday 28th March 2020, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Online entries only & entries close on Wednesday 18th March at 11.59pm.

Athletes must have participated in a minimum of 50% of available competition days before & after Christmas; OR if registered after Christmas, participated in a minimum of 90% of available competition days.

Can I Register or Have I qualified?

Wantirna Athletes will need to check if they have qualified to compete at the Championship Day. The link below will advise if you cannot qualify or if you are close with how many more weeks  you will need to attend with the number of weeks left in the season.

Check here to see if you have or still can qualify.

To register, or for more information click here.

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Important – EMR Carnival – Event Timetable & Duty Roster For This Weekend at Doncaster.

For Wantirna families heading to EMR Carnival this weekend, you should have received and email from Knox LAC  with the timetable and the duty roster.  Knox LAC have also posted the timetable and the duty roster on the Knox Website and Facebook page.

If you haven’t received the email, you can view the timetable and duty roster here Knox LAC website

The Duty Roster and the timetable can also be accessed below.

The duty roster here EMRDuty Roster

The event timetable here EMR Timetable

Please ensure that you have read the duty roster and know what duty you have been assigned. You will need to report to the Knox Team Manager 20 mins before you are due to start. Note: With the extra requirements for duty assigned to Knox this year there is little room for changing the the duty roster.

If you have any queries regarding the timetable or the duty roster you will need to contact Knox LAC directly.

Reminder – Don’t forget your Knox Competition tops with the Coles patch sewn on. These must be worn when entering the call room. Call rooms will be checking uniforms prior to events.

Please arrive at the venue with plenty of time to to warm up and check in at the call room.

If this is your first time at a regional carnival and if you’re not sure of what to do or have any questions please do not hesitate to ask on the day. There will be other Wantirna and Knox families that can assist and Janine will be at the Team Managers desk all day. Look out for the Knox tents at the 400m start on the hill (eastern end of he track) and bring a chair to sit on.

See you there.

David Kearsley | Wantirna LAC President

 

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Important – EMR Track & Field Carnival This Weekend at Doncaster

For the Wantirna Families heading to the EMR Track and Field Carnival this this weekend.

The EMR Carnival is being held at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track, George Street, Doncaster.

Google Map Link

https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Tom+Kelly+Athletics+Track

Knox LAC have posted the time table for the event on the Knox LAC website. The duty roster is still being worked on & will be emailed out to all families, posted on the Knox website & on Facebook when available. We will also make it available on the Wantirna Facebook page as well.

A reminder to Wantirna Families  – It is a requirement to do duty at these event. As there is an increase in the number of positions that Knox LAC needs to fill so there are no emergencies to fall back on if someone does not turn up for duty. Please familiarise yourself with the duty you have been allocated.

Duty is compulsory. If you cannot do it, you will have to organise someone to fill in for you and ensure that they report to the Knox LAC team manager at the required time.

Knox LAC will have tents set up on the hill near the 400m start line.

Some Key points;

  • Knox Competition tops must be worn (do not wear your Wantirna club top or 50th Anniversary top)
  • Coles patches needs to be sewn on (not pinned) & placed on the top right (athletes right). The call rooms will have assistants checking uniforms.
  • Black shorts with no pockets…..only approved LA Vic logos or small logos under 4x4cm are permitted.
  • Be at the Call Room 30mins before the Start time of your event, the Call Room closes 20mins prior to the event start time.
  • Before your duty you need to report into Janine Kearsley, the Knox LAC Team Manager 20mins beforehand.

Good luck to all our athletes for the weekend and hope you all do well.

Regards

David Kearsley | Wantirna LAC President

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EMR Carnival – Event Timetable For This Weekend at Doncaster.

The event timetable for this weekend’s EMR Carnival is now available.

Please note that Saturday Track & Field events is on one tab & Sundays Track & Field events is on another tab. (scroll down the page to see the field events)

A reminder to all Wantirna families that have entered EMR  – Duty is Compulsory. Most duties slots are for 2 hours only. Knox LAC does reserves the right that if you do not turn up to do the duty assigned to you, your child is at risk of being scratched from the event and may not be allowed to compete.

The duty roster will be available soon so please keep an eye out for this so you know what duty has been assigned to you.

For more information head over to the Knox LAC web site here http://klac23.org.au/wordpress/?p=9017

 

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Under 6 to Under 8 Competition Evening – 14th February 2020

DO YOU HAVE AN UNDER 6 to UNDER 8 ATHLETE?

Feedback from the parents of younger athletes at the end of last season suggested that, in the second half of the season, there were not enough competition days. This was due to scheduling of region and state events (combined events, region and state track and field) for under 9 to 16 athletes.

Similarly this season with the scheduling of Combined Event, EMR and State Track and Field for U9-U16 , Knox LAC will be trialing an under 6 to 8 competition night on the 14th February.

The competition will begin at 6pm and likely to be finished by 8 at the very latest. In order to make this night a success, we need your support to ensure our youngest athletes are told about this night and encouraged to attend.

Events for the evening will be as follows;

  • Under 6 boys – 100 m, 300 m, Long jump and shot put
  • Under 6 girls – 100 m, 300 m, Long jump and discus
  • Under 7 boys – 100 m, 300 m, Long jump and shot put
  • Under 7 girls – 100 m, 300 m, Long jump and discus
  • Under 8 boys – 100 m, 600 m, High jump and shot put
  • Under 8 girls – 100 m, 600 m, High jump and discus

That this is a competition night especially for our under 6,7 and 8 athletes and that they have the opportunity to gain PB’s, and that the success of the night (and scheduling of future under 6 to 8 competitions) will only be achieved if they can all attend.

Chief officiating duties for the night have been divided among  eight clubs with Wantirna LAC to Chief Discus. Parents will still need to help at events. It may also be a good opportunity for those parents that want to learn about becoming a chief to help in the future.

If you are proposing to attend on the 14th February could you advise Janine Kearsley, Wantirna Team Manager.

David Kearsley

Wantirna LAC President

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Tonight’s (Fri 31 Jan) Twilight Meeting Cancelled Due To Extreme Heat.

Knox LAC have advised that Tonight’s Twilight Meeting has been cancelled due to extreme heat policy.

See you on Saturday the 8th February at 8.30am

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Important Message From Knox LAC

Friday 31st January Twilight Meeting **Please Read**

Knox LAC is aware of the current high temperature that is forecast for Melbourne tomorrow. A decision will be made by 3.30pm tomorrow whether we cancel the program or we go ahead.

Athletes, volunteers & parents are our number one priority…..in the past we have made the call too early when cancelling the program then the weather completely changes.

This will be communicated on the Knox website, Knox Facebook & Knox Instagram before 3.30pm tomorrow. Please checking before heading to the track.

Note: The uniform shop will be open from 5.45pm to 6.45pm even if we cancel tomorrow night.

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Athletics is Back – Competition starts 12 January @ 3.00pm

Happy New Year! I trust everyone had a good Christmas and even better holidays.

The coaches are back from holidays and coaching sessions have restarted for the season after the Christmas break.

A few things to note for the second half of the season.

Competition begins this Sunday 12th 2020 at 3pm. Note this is a Twilight meet.

Everyone will have received an email from Janine today advising who is on duty for the next two weekends. If you are unable to attend or are still on holidays, please let us know ASAP.

As a further reminder  – Duty this weekend (Sun twilight 12/1)

Chiefs Hawke, Matthews

Parents Bassett, Bianco, Breisch, Durrance, Johnston, King, Kurdian, McGilvery, Park, Wigney

Please sign in by 2.45pm at the latest.

Some key dates to remember.

Combined Events State Championship (U9-U16) (@Lakeside Stadium) Sat 1 and Sun 2 Feb Note: Entries Close 14 Jan

Eastern Metro Regional (U9 – U16) Track and Field (@Doncaster – Tom Kelly Athletics Track) Sat 15 and Sun 16 Feb Note: Entries close 28 Jan.

State Track and Field (U9-U16) (@Casey) Sat 14 and Sun 15 March

If you need further clarification on the dates for regional and state competitions please head to the LAVic website.

As we move further into summer, remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and drink plenty of water.

Good luck for the rest of the season and see you all at the track.

David Kearsley – President

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