Announcement – Wantirna Little Athletics Welcomes OBrien Real Estate as its Major Sponsor for the 2020-21 Athletics Season

Wantirna Little Athletics Club is proud to announce that OBrien Real Estate has signed on as the Major Sponsor with Wantirna LAC for the 2020-21 athletics season.

The sponsorship is one of the ways OBrien Real Estate is committed to its support of local community sport. It allows Wantirna LAC to continue to raise its profile within the local community, and ensures that there is a place for local Knox children to participate in a sport in a safe outdoor environment.

If you’re looking to put your home on the market for any reason, come to the professionals who will provide you with the highest level of client service – something you should not hope for, but expect when making such a decision. The team at OBrien Real Estate Wantirna will deliver top-tier professional property solutions right across the board, whether for conveyancing, finance or investment management.

Please go to to see what Obrien Real Estate can do fo you.

Wantirna LAC is very grateful to Obrien Real Estate for its sponsorship and looks forward to a long association.

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Summer Track and Field Season 2020-21 Update

A quick update for the upcoming season. Season Starts 21 November 2020

Registrations are now open. 
To register for Wantirna LAC goto the member portal on the Little Aths Vic website

For new Athletes click on New Member
Select Knox as your Centre, then select Wantirna LAC as your club, you can then follow the prompts and it will take you through to payments and finalising your registration
For new members please be aware that you are able to trial for two weeks with the Centre before committing to the season.

For existing members you will have a renewal email from LAVic. In order for your children to compete on the first day of competition you will need to register by Wednesday November 18. 

Once athletes register they will be sent out a calendar to prepare for the season, as well as some information on the protocols that will be in place.

Some important dates to put in your calendar are:

Sunday November 8  – 10am – working bee ($30 working bee levy refunded for registered families only)
Monday November 9 – training commences (you must be a registered athlete to be eligible to train. Numbers are also limited. Please see Knox website)
Saturday November 14 – 8.30am – Chief Official training
Saturday November 14 – 10am – try out day
Saturday November 21 – 8.30am – first day of competition for 20/21 season

If you have not done so already, please follow Wantirna and Knox LACs on Facebook. This is updated regularly with all the latest information.  

Roles to be filled this year
We do need to fill some roles at the club for this season including a minimum number a Chief Officials. Jobs that must be filled are:
Chief Official – front straight marshal x 2
Chief Official – discus/shot
Duty roster manager
Uniform manager *(not a necessity, but help is needed once other roles are filled)

Please keep in mind that this is a shorter season with only 13 weeks of normal competition. This means that you will only need to do duty a minimum of 4 times. If you have an interest in helping out the chief officials role are easy to do and is a constant duty for you.

Covid 19 Protocols
The Knox LAC committee have been working overtime to produce a lot of protocols that meet the requirements to return to a COVID normal competition. Please check the the Knox Website for the latest on the protocols and what is means for the season ahead.

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Season 2020/21 – Season Start 21 November 2020 – Registrations are now Open

The day we have been waiting for has arrived. Registrations for little athletics are now open

Our existing members will be receiving an email today inviting them to renew their membership. New members can also register.

To access the registration portal click on the link below

New Members

If you are a new member you can register through the portal. Go to the portal using the link above, click on new member, choose Knox as your centre and then choose Wantirna as your club. You can then follow the prompts.

New registered members will also receive a club singlet for free.

Proof of age will need to be provided at the first meet you attend. The Centre will have a registration table set up that you can seek further information on registration at the the Try Out day on the 14th November.

Please note all registration fees are paid online via the portal. We do not collect registration fees in person at the track.

Upcoming Dates

Working Bee – 8 November 2020 from 10am

Registration Information and Try Out Day – 14 November 2020 from 10am (Knox Athletics Track)

Season Start – 21 November 2020 from 8.30am (arrive early for covid sign in procedure)

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Season Update 18 October 2020

Today (Sunday 18th October 2020) the Premier of Victoria announced changes to the Covid 19 restrictions for Melbourne.

This included, the easing exercise limitations, extended travel distance, and proposed dates for the resumption of some community sport from the 2 November. Under the Victorian Governments original roadmap for reopening it was hoped that Victorian Premier would announce the return of community sport to Metropolitan Melbourne on Sunday 18th October and that little aths could therefore start as soon as possible.

Little Athletics Victoria have been working closely with Sport and Recreation Victoria to enable little aths to resume as soon as it can. We will update everyone once Little Athletics Victoria makes a formal announcement on a season, possible start dates and the when the registration portals is open.

Please note that Little Aths Centres within Metro Regions are still unable to accept registrations for the 2020 – 2021 season.

Please keep checking with our website and facebook page to get the latest advice as its comes to hand.

David Kearsley | Wantirna LAC President

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Are you looking to sponsor a local sporting club?

Is your business local to Wantirna? Can your business help us?

Wantirna Little Athletics Club is seeking partnerships with businesses with similar values family/fun/fitness

Donate Now - Heathfield Area Recreational Trust (HeART) Thriplow  Cambridgeshire

From our founding in 1968, Wantirna Little Athletic Club has believed in family, fun and fitness. With this ethos, it is the mission of Wantirna LAC to encourage and facilitate all participants to realise opportunities for participation, physical fitness, health and wellbeing through Athletics.

By valuing our heritage, and in doing so we commit ourselves to athletic achievement and the on-going enhancement of the traditions of Wantirna Little Athletics, including leadership, individual and team achievement, pride and loyalty.

We can expose your brand, product or service via our club and at Knox Little Athletic Centre, such as:

  • Weekly Athletics Competitions
  • Digital communications – newsletters, website
  • Social media platforms  – Facebook, Instagram
  • Signage and banners on Competition Days
  • Community – local Wantirna Schools

If you’re interested in aligning your brand with ours, we’d like to hear from you!

Please download our 2020-21 season packages or please contact our president David Kearsley on 0412 669 099


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Season 2020-21 Registration LAVic Update

Previous season members should have received an email this morning in regards to your families Primary Member from LAVic.

LAVic has provided the following advice:

This email is in preparation for registration portal opening for Centres shortly and doesn’t necessarily mean your Centre is currently able to take registrations. ‍

We are in continual communication with the State Government with regards to the protocols required by Centres and are working towards getting as many Centres ‘live’ as soon as possible. ‍

For now, take note of which member of your family account is the allocated ‘primary member’ and log in to the member portal if you’d like to update any details that may have changed since last season. ‍

You will receive a specific renewal email as soon as your Centre does go live and can accept registrations.

This is a positive step forward for a potential season start. Please note the registration portal is NOT yet open at this stage for registration at Knox LAC. This is just in preparation for the upcoming season.

Please keep up to date at the Knox LAC Website or LAVic Website

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Season 2020-21 Track and Field – Further Updates

LAVic has provided some further updates this week on the upcoming 2020-21 summer track and field season.

At this stage there is still no information on a start date for the season, however it is looking more positive for a definite season start after October 26.

LAVic have this week provided the following updated information.

LA Vic is working with a local supplier to supply Centres with supplies of hand sanitiser and wipes etc.

LAVic expects to have the protocols for the commencement of Little Athletics for regional Victorian Centres available for distribution this week.
Metropolitan Centres are advised that their protocols are expected to be released in the lead up to 26th October and are highly likely be very similar to those for Regional Centres.

LA Vic is encouraging Centres to complete the affiliation process as soon as possible including nominating Covid 19 officials

The Knox LAC Committee is working closely with LAVic to work through the needs for affiliation and Covid 19. Keep on eye on the Knox LAC website for season start updates. We will try and get information to members as soon as it’s available.

As we get closer to the October 26 we will be promoting the club and little athletics within the area. Can I encourage all our families over the next month to promote Wantirna LAC to family and friends, that athletics is great for fitness, and its outdoors in a safe environment and encourage others to join up with Wantirna LAC.

Wantirna LAC Committee Vacancy and Chief Officials

We are still looking for an additional committee member for the 20-21 season. This is a general committee member position and an easy role to do supporting the the other committee members. If you are interested in helping out please contact Leanne our club secretary

We are also looking for parents that have been around for a few seasons that are willing to become Chief Officials. This is an easy role to undertake and is a consistent duty. Wantirna LAC must supply chiefs for front straight marshalling and discus/shotput. If you are interested please let the committee know.

David Kearsley | Wantirna LAC President.

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Happy Fathers Day!

This year is a bit different, and whether you’re locked down with your family or haven’t seen them in a while because you live far away, Father’s Day is a great reminder to show gratitude to the amazing man who guides you through life. Father’s come in all shapes and sizes and it doesn’t matter if he raised you from day one, or he worked long hours to support your family or you found him later on in life — celebrate the father figure who guides and supports you through it all on this special day.

To all our Dads, Happy Fathers Day!

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Wantirna LAC – Recent Updates

Hopefully all our members have been looking after themselves while we are locked down.

Wantirna has held its AGM and Awards Presentations on the 16th August, following announcement of the committee for the 2020-21 season, the Athlete award winners have been posted to the website. You can look at the awards winners by clicking links below

Overall Winners

Age Group Winners – Boys

Age Group Winners Girls

Our Season record breakers

Congratulations to all of our athletes and our award winners. It is great to see how well all our athletes performed last season.

In other news, LAVIC held it annual conference. The key points from the conference are:

  • Season start date has NOT been finalised. LAVIC are working on a number of calendar options. This will be dependant on Government advice and what is permitted following current COVID 19 restrictions ending. Season dates will be sent out as soon as they can.
  • LAVIC are expecting delays to the start of the season and are working to minimise the impact on the season.
  • There may be different season start dates for regional and metro centres.
  • Australian Little Athletics Championship has been scheduled for 23 and 24 April 2021 in Melbourne. LAVIC are working the various calendar options back from that date.
  • No venues have been booked for major events. LAVIC will be working to secure locations once venues are allowed to take bookings. This may mean that new locations for certain competitions may be used.
  • A number centres confirmed that they are not planning on running their open days.

If you are interested in seeing what LAVIC have planned for season you can view the conference presentation here

One final thing, we still have vacant position on the Wantirna LAC Committee, It is a general committee member and if you are interested please let the club secretary know.

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From the President – Announcing Our New Committee for 2020-21 Season

Wantirna LAC held its 2019-20 season AGM on the 16th August 2020, following its postponement from April due to the Covid 19 restrictions. For the first time in the clubs history the AGM was held online with families logging in.

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 – John Park (New Member)

Team Manager – Janine Kearsley (Returning)

General Committee – Liam Mathews (Returning)

I thank those members for nominating for their roles.  A new member to the committee for this season is John Park. John replaces Marianda Kurdian as Treasurer, and the committee thanks Marianda for her service to the club over the last few years.

I would like to again extend our thanks to Wayne Griffin who has spent a number of years on the committee.  Wayne is finishing with Wantirna this season as his daughter Danielle has complete her U16 season.

The second general committee member position was not filled at the AGM and remains vacant. Can you help? Committee roles do not take up to much of your time and are well supported.

Thank you to all those members who attended the Annual General Meeting last night. We had a fantastic turnout for our first online AGM.

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

I look forward to working with everyone over the next year as our club goes from strength to strength as we move towards Season 2020-21.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

David Kearsley | President

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