"Northern Nitro" - an exciting new event for U13 to U16 year olds

Looking for a new way to enjoy your athletics?

Then Northern Nitro is for you.

Keilor is getting together with the Whittlesea and Diamond Valley Little Athletics Clubs to hold up to three Nitro style events this summer.

Athletes will be formed into teams of 10 of mixed age and gender, and compete against teams in a team style format, with the full program found via the link below

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Dates

The three dates of this program are:

  • 6pm, Friday 23rd November, 2018, Whittlesea track (unfortunately cancelled due to wet weather

  • 6pm, Wednesday 19th December 2018, Keilor

  • 6pm, Wednesday 23rd January, 2019, Diamond Valley or Whittlesea (TBC)

What will happen on the night?

Well, it will not be like any little athletics event you have been to before:

  • Keilor athletes will be competing alongside athletes from Whittlesea and Diamond Valley.

  • We create very mixed teams of up to 10 athletes - each team will be a mixture of athletes from different clubs, ages, gender, skill level..yep, there will be no Keilor A and B teams at this event

  • Teams will have to pick a name, and which event individual athletes will compete in. Each athlete can compete in a maximum of three individual events (of the 6 available, see the time-table below) and one of the 2 relays

  • Teams also have to work which event will be their “Powerplay’ event - where their score for this event will be doubled at the end of the night

  • Each team will be given a couple of scoring sheet (just like mini-golf) and then split up into the two streams (see the timetable below)

  • Each event will have an official present to supervise, but will be asked to help run the event, for example in measuring and retrieval of javelin and shotput. As older athletes, you would have seen this done for you - this is your chance to do this for yourself

  • At the end of each event, the teams will be ranking according the best performance, and points will be assigned based on this ranking. Teams will then fill in their scoring sheet with their ranking and points

  • Some events have opportunities to get bonus points

  • At the end of the night, there will be pizza, while the points are tallied, and the winning teams declared.

Time table

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Why are we doing this?

The aim of the program is to broaden the experience of athletics for our U13 and upwards athletes. We know that as our athletes get older, the friendships they form and the people they meet become increasingly important to them. This is a chance for our older athletes to meet some like minded athletes from other centres in a fun environment, without any great pressure to win or lose. For a similar reason, this event is not just about our fastest athletes, but a chance for all U13+ athletes to experience a team environment and meet others - and so increase their enjoyment of the sport.

In other words, we do not mind how fast or slow you think you are - you are very welcome at this event.

How do I enter?

Enter via the link below. Some athletes have already expressed interest to Mike Lloyd - Mike will enter your names for you.

But I would not wait too long to enter. Entries are already to 65 from the three clubs, and we might cap entries at 100….so enter soon (it is free to enter).

Can we arrange car pooling?

If your athlete needs a ride, please contact Mike below, and we may be able to arrange a ride to the event (it might help though if you pick them afterwards, to avoid the driver having to spent all night after the event dropping off athletes). Note that this is dependant on rides being available.

Do you still have questions?

To register your interest, please contact the Keilor Nitro team manager Mike Lloyd on 0419 103 533, or mikelloyd.au@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Keilor 4 times gold at National School Sport Australia Primary Track and Field Championships

Congratulations to our Keilor ‘Champions of Champions’ for winning multiple titles at this weekend’s School Sport Australia (SSA) Primary (10-12)Track and Field Championships held here in Melbourne at Lakeside Stadium. To have so many athletes win National titles from the one club is truly amazing!!

Their extraordinary achievements included:

Dilan Egodowatte (12 year old boys) - Gold in the 800 metres and Silver in the 1500 metres.

  • Chanachai (Lay) Kanakrok ( 12 year old boys) - Gold in the long jump, Silver in the 100 metres sprint and Silver in the 4x100 metres.

  • Max Bussutil (12 year old boys) - Gold in the 200 metres, Silver in the 4x100 and Bronze in the 100 metres sprint.

  • Stephanie Afano (10 year old girls) - Gold in the Shot Put.

Congratulations again to Stephanie, Lay, Max and Dilan on their National tittles !!

WINNERS!

Congratulations to TEAM KEILOR on winning the overall team score at the Northern Metro Relay Day on Saturday at Coburg.

A great effort from our 66 teams to win 55 medals and achieve this result against much bigger clubs in the region

It was so wonderful to hear our Keilor Team of athletes and parents  cheering on all the teams as the ran for gold and Personal Best performances.  The smiling faces on our athletes said it all.

It was a mixture of success for our older more experienced teams  in the Under 15 & 16 athletes as well as excitement for our new relays teams in the U/9’s.

Special mention should go to our 30 teams who received a GOLD MEDAL and will automatically qualify for the State Relay Competition in December.

  • Under 9 Boys:       4 x 200m & 4 x 100m

  • Under 9 Girls:        4 x 200m & Medley

  • Under 9 Mixed:      4 x 100m  & Medley

  • Under 10 Boys:      4 x 200m & Medley

  • Under 10 Mixed:    4 x 100m

  • Under 11 Boys:      4 x 100m, 4 x 200m & Medley

  • Under 11 Girls:       4 x 200m & Medley

  • Under 11 Mixed:     4 x 100m  

  • Under 12 Boys:      4 x 100m & 4 x 200m   

  • Under 13 Boys:      4 x 100m, 4 x 200m & Medley

  • Under 13 Mixed:     4 x 100m & 4 x 200m

  • Under 14 Mixed:     4 x 200m

  • Under 15 Boys:       4 x 200m, 4 x 100m & Medley      

  • Under 15 Mixed:     4 x 200m

  • Under 16 Boys:       Medley

  • Under 16 Mixed:     4 x 100m, 4 x 200m

Please take a look at photos of our wonderful athletes on our Facebook page.

Thank you to all parents who fulfilled duties during the day to help the program run smoothly.

BIG thank you to our wonderful dedicated coaches for all  their hard work in training over the past few months. We look forward to seeing what your teams can achieve at the State Relays in December.

Bring a Friend Day - Saturday 24th November

Do you have friends, neighbours, cousins, who might appreciate the Little Athletics experience?

In that case, we invite you to invite them to our next meeting on Saturday 25th November. There would be no need for them to register, and they can join into to the regular program, in the appropriate age groups.

And if you do bring a friend, the club will be happy to show you appreciation - our admin team will give you vouchers you can use at the canteen - a free cup of coffee for adults, or a treat of equivalent value for your kids. So you get to show people the club, and get a small reward for you as well. How good is that?

And hopefully your friends will like the experience and become members themselves.

Centre Captains - applications now open - and close 20th Nov

Are you an U14 or U15 athlete with leadership skills?

In that case, we are looking for one male and one female Centre Captain to help lead our centre. The successful candidate will be awarded with a centre captain badge, and be asked to help out with such activities as

  • Handing out PB medals, and with presentation day

  • Showing leadership in club and regional events - modelling appropriate behaviour and showing our younger athletes appropriate behaviour and the importance of having a go.

We invite applications from all U14 and U15 athlete via the link below. Applications are now open, and will close 20th November (Next Tuesday) at midnight. The committee will review all applications received and nominate one boy and one girl to be announced on Sat 24th November.

OK, so not a lot of time, but the application is straight forward. Simply fill in the form below, and tell us why you would be the best candidate.

Keilor athletes excel at School Sport Victoria Track and Field

School Sports Victoria have recently had its primary and secondary state championships for track and field. A good number of KLAC athletes were fortunate enough to qualify, and even medal.

The results that we know about are listed below

  • Max Busuttil - Gold in 12/13 boys 100 and 200 metres,

  • Lay Kanakrok - Gold in 12/13 boys long jump, bronze in 100 metres,

  • Dilan Egodowatte - Gold in 12/13 boys 800 metres and 1500 metres

  • Frank Mazza (13 boys) - Gold in Javelin

  • Stephanie Afano (9/10 girls) - Gold in Shot Put

  • Abbas Hassani - Silver in 11 boys 200 metres.

  • William Hurt (10 boys) - 4th in 200m

  • Noah McMenamin (11 boys) - 4th in High Jump

  • Peter Addo (11 boys) - 8th in 100m

  • Lara Scanner (12/13 girls) - 11th in 800

Simply to quality for the states championships is a major achievement - to medal is truly to be congratulated. Well done to all who participated!

(Have we missed your performance? We have tried very hard to include all of the Keilor athletes that we know about - if we missed you, please text Mike on 0419 103 533 with your details, and we will update this page).

It is not too late to start Little Athletics this season!

Keilor Little Athletics Centre (KLAC) has just run two very successful Come and Try Days, and the season will start its competition program next Saturday 13th October, 9am to 12am

But it is not too late to join, at all. In fact members join KLAC throughout the season, and we always welcome newcomers.

We even allow a free trial if you wish to experience Little Athletics for yourself.


However this does not mean that people who are interested in competing should not join now. KLAC runs a very sophisticated program for collecting and making results available online.

BUT results are only available for paid members, who have supplied proof of age documents - and these results are only supplied for events AFTER you have paid.

So if you interested in accruing results, and earning PBs that count towards our PB program, we strongly suggest that you join and pay now, and make sure that you have supplied proof of age documents.

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But for new members who are still curious about Little Aths - come along and see for yourself, and no, it is not too late to join at all

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Keilor is seeking sponsorship - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Major levels

Keilor Little Athletics is a leading and successful Little Athletics club in the North West of Melbourne. We run a complex program that including a summer track and field program, cross-cross in winter,  a very successful relay program, coaching for all of these activities, and even a scholarship program to attract new athletes into the sport. We attract more than 400 athletes every season, from more than 250 families spread throughout the North West of Melbourne.

We are also looking for sponsors to help support and grow the club. As part of this we asking sponsors to support us at four levels:

  • Major

  • Gold

  • Silver

  • Bronze

Packages start from $200.

Are you in a position to our club and its members? If so please check out the details of the available packages via the link below, which includes contact details if you wish to learn more. 

State Cross Country - Lake Dewar, Myrniong, 28 July 2018

Seasoned Keilor Cross Country Athletes are used to competing in the harshest of conditions at Cruden Farm, but this year we enjoyed some fabulous winter sunshine at the beautiful Lake Dewar at Myrniong. 

The 2018 State Cross Country at Myrniong turned on the best winter weather we have had in some time.  It was a beautiful location and appeared more like a festival with music playing, food trucks and lots of families enjoying the sunshine.  The track was green and a gorgeous change of scenery for our athletes (one u14 athlete did comment how nice the scenery was on their run down the hill J).

All Keilor athletes performed spectacular as always, and cheered each other on, before and after their races.  There certainly was some tough competition, but Keilor managed to run better than some of the School Sport Victoria Cross Country winners on the day, which is a great effort.

Special mention to the following athletes who managed to win an individual medal:

Mitchel Langborne – Gold in the boys u13

James Wilcox – Silver in the boys u14

Also a special mention to the following teams.  State Cross Country combined athletes times and event position to determine first, second and third and congratulations to the following Keilor Teams:

3rd U11 Boys:  Noah McMenamin 6th, Royce Goudy 24th, Campbell Scaife 34th

3rd U14 Girls: Talia Roshier 11th, Alyssa Di Martino 14th, Alicia Kisielewsk 29th

All of the Keilor Athletes performed spectacular against some great competition.  Thank you also to all the parent helpers on the day.  Cross Country Season is about to close so we are looking forward to seeing  you all at Little Aths in September for the Summer Season.

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NMR Cross-country, 23 June 2018

Congratulations to everyone that ran at the Region Cross Country on Saturday, and thank you to all of the parents for turning up and completing all the duties.   It was yet another freezing morning for everyone.

Keilor had around 30 athletes competing, second only to Diamond Valley.

It was great to see Keilor athletes in every single race and coming home with a few medals on the day.   Should see some great results at the upcoming State Cross Country with so many talented athletes.

Here are some of the special achievements:

U9

  • Luke Becvinovski – 3rd

U10

  • Alicia Gec – 2nd
  • Finn Daffey – 1st
  • Samuel Wood – 2nd

U11

  • Noah McMenamin – 3rd
  • Lara Sacaner – 2nd

U12

  • Dilan Egodawatte – 1st
  • Samuel Scodella – 2nd

U13

  • Mitchel Langborne – 1st

U14

  • James Wilcox – 1st
  • Alyssa Di Martino – 2nd

Congratulations to everyone who also picked up medals in the team results.

Check out the full list of results below - and for the photos from the day, check out our Facebook page.

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Keilor does well in 2018 LAV cross country relays - 2018, 2 June, Cruden Farm

It was the Cross Country Relays inaugural event, and 210 teams from across the State came together at Cruden Farm in Langwarrin.  Keilor Athletics was proud to have 18 athletes join together to have 6 teams running.

Cruden farm is known to provide some rough weather conditions for cross country, but whilst it was brisk in the morning, the sun came out and our Keilor athletes shone.

Congratulations to all of our Keilor athletes who all ran extremely well against some very tough competition, including some of our athletes running up an age group. 

Our teams were:

Under 10 Girls:

  • Azalea Mankelow (10)
  • Eleanor Duggan (9)
  • Ella McMenamin (9)

Under 12 girls

  • Lara Scanner (11)
  • Chiara Hutchinson (12)
  • Madison Camburn (12)

 

  • Charlotte Duggan (12)
  • Maire McEvoy (12)
  • Tuana Kul (11)

Under 11 boys

  • Noah McMenamin (11)
  • Finn Daffey (10)
  • Royce Goudy (11)

Under 12 boys

  • Dilan Egodowatte (12)
  • Samuel Scodella (12)
  • Curtis Rawlings (12)

Under 14 boys

  • James Wilcox (14)
  • Jackson McMenamin (14)
  • Anzac Pirika (14)

Keilor also managed to get onto the podium and grab a few sashes on the day.  With the first event the Keilor U14 boys fought hard in a very fast race to come 2nd.  Congratulations James Wilcox, Jackson McMenamin and Anzac Pirika.   In the second event of the day, our U11 boys went to the front  and didnt look back, coming home with 1st and a blue sash.  Congratulations to Noah McMenamin, Finn Daffey and Royce Goudy.

We are all looking forward to seeing our talented athletes running at the Region Cross Country.

Thank you to everyone for making the long trip out and we hope to have many more teams running next year.

For photos from the event, cllck the link to the Facebook found below:

 

Thanking our volunteers of the year - Libby Derks and Michael Taylor

Every year the KLAC committee nominates an individual for the prestigious award of "Volunteer of the Year", an award to be handed out at presentation day. This year, we nominated two - being our chief starters, Michael Taylor and Libby Derks. 

The committee was very pleased to acknowledge the support of both Michael and Libby. Besides turning up every week to start the Keilor program, they also help with starting in regional and state events. Both have been doing so for some years now. 

Well done to both Libby and Michael!

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Age group changes - what do they mean for you?

From September 2018, the age group birth date cut off will be changed. Rather than the official age of an athlete (U9, etc) being based on their age as of 30th September, it will instead be based on their age as of 31st December. 

This has been changed by Little Athletics Australia in order to align our age groups with senior and school athletics throughout Australia.

A summary of the changes and impacts is as follows:

  • The age group anniversary date will change in the 2018/19 season to 31 December
  • Athletes born between October and December will increment two age groups in 2018/19
  • Athletes born between January and September are unaffected by the change
  • The age groups will align with national school sport competitions
  • Athletes will remain in the same age group for the duration of the summer season

For example, an U10 athlete born between 1 Jan and 30 Sep will move to the U11 age group.  An U10 athlete born between 1 Oct and 31 Dec will advance two age groups to the U12 age group.

Both groups of athletes will find themselves competing with a slightly different set of competitors - and some competitors will be the same. 

While we appreciate that this will be a big change for some, we have confidence in the resilience of our athletes, and expect them to adapt pretty quickly to the new age groups.

There are a handful of changes to help with this transition:

  • In the 2018/19 season, U16s will be allowed to compete in regional and state events. This will be a one-off year for U16s competing at this level.
  • In this same season, the U11 clinics (run by LAV) will also be open to U12s
  • Young athletes who turn 5 between 30th September and 31st December will be allowed to compete in the U6s for that season, and for the whole of that season, even if they are less than 5 years old on the dates when they register. This change will be permanent. 

 

Looking for more information?

Little Athletics Victoria have also prepared a webpage with helpful information - check this out via the link below:

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KLAC ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED

In preparation for our AGM to be held this Saturday, as part of the Centre Champs, we have published our annual report. This is found, in draft form, by clicking the image below.:

This Annual Report is currently in draft form because we are still waiting for a report from our auditors. Once we have this report, we will finalise this, and let members know that is has been finalised.

Update – the minutes from the the AGM are now published, and found here.