2018 Relay season is officially open!!!

A message from our Relay Coordinator - Angela Dickins

Greetings Keilor families!

With the new season upon - time to get the Team Keilor Relay team up and running for an exciting new season.  Last year we finished up at the top of the medal tally - lets see how we go this year!  All registered athletes from Under 9 to Under 16 is welcome to participate......I always say, the more the merrier!

Thank you to our coaches who have stepped up and volunteered their time.  We are still looking for a few more coaches - please let me know if you are interested.  Unfortunately - if we can't get coaches for teams, we will be unable to run that age group.

Our coaches this year are:

  • Under 9 - Zlaten & Adem Gec

  • Under 10 - Tim Golder

  • Under 11 Girls - Helen Vassiliou, sia Palamara & Yana Cini

  • Under 11 Boys - Tim Golder

  • Under 12 Girls - VACANT

  • Under 12 Boys - Steve Scodella

  • Under 13 Girls - Sophie Lloyd

  • Under 13 Boys - Steve Scodella

  • Under 14 Girls - VACANT

  • Under 14 Boys - VACANT

  • Under 15 - Tim Golder & Chris Mitrevski

  • Under 16 - Russell Cram

So if you are a parent on an Under 12 Girl or Under 14 Boy or Girl and you are interested in the coaching gig (or a couple of you would like to do it together) please let me know.  I would hate the kids to have to miss out on such a fun event.  It's actually one of the best events of the season - the one time your child will run as part of a team in Athletics.

Relay key dates

Relays are a relatively short season, finishing in December.  The important dates on the relay calendar this year are as follows:

  • Keilor Relay Day – Sunday 28th October

  • Box Hill Relay Day – Same as the Keilor relay day

  • Mentone Relay Day – Sunday 11th November (optional)

  • Keilor relay challenge – Saturday 10th November

  • NMR Relay Championships – Saturday November 17th

  • Keilor Relay Challenge – Saturday 8th December (State relay qualifiers)

  • LAVIC State Relay Championships – Saturday 15th December

For those that aren't sure about what is involved, or if you just have questions about relays, please feel free to approach a member of the committee who will gladly answer your questions.  (or feel free to phone me on 0412 902 423).  It's a really fun time and a great way for new families to get involved in the club and meet others.

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Training has already commenced for some age groups.  Coaching/training times are as stated below.

  • Under 9 Boys and Girls - 8 am on Saturdays

  • Under 10s . Box 2. 12-12.50pm Saturday

  • Under 11's - 7.50 - 8.45 Saturday mornings - (top of the front straight)

  • Under 12 Boys - 5pm,, Sundays

  • Under 13 Boys - 4pm Sundays

  • Under 13 Girls - Saturday 8.15 am

  • Under 15s/16s . 8.30am to 9.10am Saturdays  box 2 (near green shed)

Lets go Team Keilor!  Let's show them all how it's done.

to get involved

Contact me and I will connect you to the relays coaches for your age group.

Ange Dickins

Team Keilor

Relay co-ordinator

0412 902 423

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

Many members will remember the very exciting Nitro series held in February 2017. Usain Bolt turned up to Albert Park and showed us just how fast he was.

But Nitro was more than Bolt. The Nitro format turned athletics on its head, turning what is mostly an individual sport into a points based team sport, where teams competed against each other in new twists of known events. Such as the Elimination Mile, where the slowest runner was eliminated each lap, and the target javelin, where throwers got points for hitting target zones as well as distance. It all looked great fun. So much fun, that many athletes wondered if they could have a go.

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Well, if you are an U13 to U16 athlete, you can. Keilor is getting together with the Whittlesea and Diamond Valley Little Athletics Clubs to hold up to three Nitro style events this season.

Athletes will be formed into teams of mixed age and gender, and compete against teams in such events as:

  • 150m Lightning Sprint

  • Target Javelin

  • Team Walking

  • Short and Long Jump

  • Hurdles Relay

  • Mixed Up Relays

  • 60m Bolt Sprint

  • Target Javelin

  • Short and long Jump

  • Shot Put Bocce

  • Elimination Mile

The aim of the program is to increase enjoyment and participation of these athletes. The three dates of this program are:

  • 6pm, Friday 23rd November, 2018

  • 6pm, Wednesday 19th December 2018

  • 6pm, Wednesday 23rd January, 2019

Does this sound like great fun to you? In that case, keep watching this page, where we will add more details as they are confirmed. Or feel free to contact the Keilor Nitro team manager Mike Lloyd on 0419 103 533 if you have any questions.

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KLAC Scholarship program returns for 2018/19 season

Are you a 8 to 13 year old athlete who has never competed in Little Athletics before - but is interested in trying the sport? And from our local area?

In this case, you may interested in applying for our scholarships scheme - successful applicants will have their registration fees paid for, and will be supplied one of our uniform tops.

We are looking fo athletes:

  • are aged 8 to 13 years as for 31 December 2018;
  • who have never registered in Little Athletics in any centre in Victoria before - including at Keilor;
  • have an interest and aptitude in athletics - for example evidenced by participation and achievements in school athletics;
  • who come from a family who fully understand that they will need to help the same as any other family in the centre;
  • living in a suburb in the general vicinity of our club.

Athletes from disadvantaged circumstances, or recent immigrants, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Scholarships will be awarded to up to 5 boys and 5 girls - but we will not necessarily award this many scholarships. 

Do you know anyone who would make a suitable candidate? In that case, I suggest you check out the further details and application form the link below. Or if you have further questions, please contact committee member Steve Scodella on 0438 015 337.

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. 

Registrations for the 2018/19 season are now open!

Registration fees are unchanged from last year:

  • One athlete - $195
  • Two athletes - $330
  • Three or more athletes - $430

To join or renew your registration, please go to the link below.

Note for existing members - have you forgotten your username or password? In that case, you will be pleased to know that the LAV will send you these details in an email, which will be sent after 22nd August.  If you can't wait until then, you may be able to find these details in previous registration details from LAV.

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Ready to help develop the next generation? Sign up to coaching, officiating or starting courses

As we go into the new season, there are many opportunities to learn new skills and give back to the next generation. 

Introduction to Coaching

 

 

In the words of LAV: The Introduction To Coaching Course (ITCC) is designed to help participants become better placed to assist children to perform basic athletic skills. The course is great for parents, school teachers and other interested persons who want to know a little more about the skills of the sport.

This is a full day course, and there are a number of dates and locations, shown via the link shown. Of note, one of the options available is attending a course at Keilor on Sunday 30th September, which is very convenient. 

A number of Keilor officials have attended this course and the courses below, and all have enjoyed the experience. 

 

Introduction to Officiating - and Introduction to Starting

The officiating course is a short course designed to give some basic skills that can help you supervise different events at Little Athletics. The starting course will enable to you to help start our races.  Both courses last about 1.5 to 2 hours.  Dates and locations are found via the link shown - including locations as close at Melton, Coburg, Craigieburn, and Williamstown.

 

Interested in signing up for any of these courses?

If so, please contact Russell Cram on rc@cramn.com.au, or 0418517710, and he will help you take the next seps 


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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.