Kiama Little Athletics’ 2018-2019 season came to a conclusion on Friday, April 5 with the annual presentation at Kiama Leisure Centre.
The Centre’s highest accolade is the Dean Blair Memorial Trophy which is presented to the athlete who attains the highest level of improvement throughout the season.
This year’s winner was Under 12 athlete Isabelle Hodgson. In second place was Eamon Mangulabnan (Under 11) and in third place was Aurora Boatswain (Under 11).
Dean Blair was a member of Kiama Little Athletics Centre in the 1980 season, joining at the age of nine. In just three months Dean broke 15 records, a testimony to his natural ability. Tragically Dean died in December 1980 as a result of a playground accident at school. The perpetual trophy was struck in Dean’s memory.
Eliza Schweitzer (Under 14) received the inaugural Don Hodgekiss Award for best performance at Zone, Region and State.
Under 17 athlete Alicia Burazin was the recipient of the Coaches Most Improved Award.
The Centre’s annual general meeting was held after the Presentation at Kiama Leagues Club. All Executive positions were filled but the Centre still needs a Publicity Officer and Canteen Coordinator.
Congratulations to the nine (9) athletes who represented the Centre with distinction at the State Track and Field Championships on the weekend. There were some personal best times, heights and distances set, but just reaching this level of competition was a great achievement.
Full results from the State Track and Field Championships are available here.
Don’t forget that our annual Presentation Day will be held from 5:00pm on Friday 5th April at Kiama Leisure Centre. A reminder that athletes must have attended a minimum of 60% of competition mornings and/or evenings from their date of registration to be eligible for end of season awards. Please note that “Orientation Days” are not included in this calculation. Athlete attendance can be checked here.
We would like to take this opportunity to ask you to attend our AGM and consider becoming a member of our Committee for the 2019-2020 season. The Centre needs new Committee members to ensure it remains viable and to ultimately guarantee Little Athletics will continue in Kiama come September. The AGM commences at 6:30pm on Friday 5th April at Kiama Leagues Club. Please come and join us.
Due to the State Championships, and unexpected circumstances, most of our committee is unable to attend Little Athletics this Friday. Consequently, we unfortunately will be unable to run our final evening of Little Athletics for the season and, sadly, must cancel this meet. We apologise that the season will end in this manner, but we have no control over the circumstances committee members find themselves in.
A reminder that our end of season Presentation evening will be held on from 5:00pm on Friday, April 5th at the Kiama Leisure Centre.
This will be followed by the AGM which will be held at Kiama Leagues Club from 6:30pm.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful members for another fabulous season.
Again we apologise for this disappointing end to the season.
Kiama Little Athletics Centre will be represented by nine (9) athletes at the State Track And Field Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on the 16th and 17th of March.
Lily Bell, Joshua Bender, Alicia Burazin, Matt Cordell, Elias Oldfield, Georgia Richards, Preston Sager, Eliza Schweitzer and Amelia Weatherlake have all earned the honour to compete against the best Little Athletes in the state.
The Centre congratulates all these athletes on qualifying for State and we wish them all the best.
Twenty three (23) of Kiama’s Little Athletes made the long journey to Westend Oval, Griffith for the Region 4 Championships on the weekend of February 2nd and 3rd. Region 4 is made up of four (4) Zones with Centres from Eastern Riverina, Mid South Coast, South Coast Highlands and Western Riverina. Across the four (4) Zones there are thirty one (32) individual Little Athletics Centres.
The Kiama Centre had nine (9) athletes secure first and second places automatically qualifying them for the State Track and Field Championships at Sydney Olympic Park from March 16 to 17.
The highlight of the weekend was the performance of Under 17 athlete, Georgia Richards, who claimed gold in the 800m and 1500m, silver in the 300m Hurdles and Bronze in the 400m and Triple Jump. Gold medal performances were also recorded by Matt Cordell (Under 17 Boys High Jump), Elias Oldfield (Under 12 Boys 400m), Eliza Schweitzer (Under 14 Girls 80m Hurdles) and Amelia Weatherlake (Under 12 Girls 60m Hurdles).
State qualifiers, based upon performance, have now been identified.
The full list of State qualifiers, including performance qualifiers, is available here.
Our regional carnival is finished for another season. The weather was perfect and the Griffith Centre ran a wonderful carnival for us all.
Congratulations to every athlete who travelled to compete over the weekend. We are very proud of your hard work, dedication to do the very best you can and the high level of sportsmanship that was displayed at all times. Multiple athletes from our club qualified for for the State Championships next month and others reached goals and achieved PB’s in multiple events. A list of qualifiers will be published as soon as we have it.
Many thanks to the Watters family for transporting our shade tent. We really appreciate it!
Thank you to all of the parents who did their part by driving all that way, supporting their children and fulfilling duties at Discus and High Jump. We couldn’t make it work without you all.
A GIANT thank you and shout out to our club coach, Don Hodgekiss. He did a fantastic job supporting our team and ensuring they were ready to compete. We are lucky to have such a kind and positive coach at our club.
Finally, thank you to our Committee who helped to make sure duties were filled, questions were answered and looked after our team.
Enjoy your week and we look forward to our next club night on Friday. See you all there!
A reminder that there will be no Little Athletics Friday 8th February 2019.
The Region 4 Championships are being held at Griffith this weekend and the majority of the Committee will be in attendance. Consequently we do not have sufficient personnel to run our normal Friday evening meet.
For those competing in Griffith we wish you all the best.
First call for officials on both days will be 7:30am with first call for events at 7:45am.
Events commence at 8:00am.
If you are travelling to Griffith please drive safely.
Thirty three (33) Kiama Little Athletes have qualified to take part in one hundred and six (106) events at this year’s Region 4 Championships to be held at West End Oval, Griffith on February 9 and 10.
The full list of Region 4 qualifiers, including the next best four (4) performances in each event, is available here.
The Region 4 Championships will be a timed carnival.
The event listing, including times, will be available shortly.
For those attending Region the Centres of the Mid South Coast Zone have been allocated several duties. These duties are shared amongst the seven (7) Mid South Coast Zone Centres and will only take up a small amount of your time during the two days.
Good luck at Region!
Competition has concluded for the 2018 calendar year.
Our next meet will be at 5:30pm on Friday 11th January 2019.
The Centre would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We hope that Santa is kind to you!
Kiama athletes performed admirably at the Mid South Coast Zone championships held at Sanctuary Point Oval, Sanctuary Point, on the 1st and 2nd of December.
Against some tough competition from the Albion Park, Euro Coast, Lake Illawarra, Shoalhaven, St Georges Basin, and Milton Ulladulla Centres, Kiama athletes did the club proud.
Athletes from the Under 8 to Under 17 Age Groups who finished in the top three progress to the Region 4 Championships to be held at Griffith in February 2019.
Kiama’s gold medal winners on the weekend were Lily Bell (Under 11), Sienna Bell (Under 14), Joshua Bender (Under 12), Mischa Boniface (Under 13), Alicia Burazin (Under 15), Matt Cordell (Under 17), Elias Oldfield (Under 12), Jordan Poole (Under 12), Georgia Richards (Under 17), Preston Sager (Under 10), Eliza Schweitzer (Under 14), Tyrell Taione (Under 14), Jayce Watters (Under 8), Tanna Watters (Under 12) and Amelia Weatherlake (Under 12).
Under 7 athlete Emerson Boatswain also won gold and was presented with LANSW medals at the carnival.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the weekend such a success particularly our Team Managers Taryn Hodgson and Dawn Calvert.
Results from the championships are available here.
Now that results from other Zones have filtered through a total of 33 Kiama athletes have qualified for the Region 4 Championships. This includes qualifiers on “next best” times and distances.
Details of all Region qualifiers, including the next best four (4) performances in each event, are available here.
Our last meet for 2018 will commence at 5:30pm on Friday 14th December.
We hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas and will see you back at the track on January 11.