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Thursday, 17 January 2019
Heat pushes back start of twilight meet

The start time for the MWLAC’s twilight meet on January 18 has been pushed back to 6.30pm (from 6pm) due to forecast hot weather.

The 1500m and walk race events will be deferred until around 8pm – 8:30pm.

The new start times for both the meet and the longer distance races will be subject to the prevailing temperature and humidity, to ensure competition is conducted in line with NSW Little Athletics’ hot weather policy.

Depending on conditions, further delays could occur – eg: track events could be delayed until about 7pm. The possibility exists that some events may be cancelled due to weather.

The understanding and support of all parents will be appreciated.


Note: For latest updates check the MWLAC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ManlyWarringahLittleAthletics/



Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Mel GT Explosive Speed Clinics – January School Holidays

Mel GT still has some spots available for her School Holiday Explosive Speed Clinics. These clinics are a great way to develop skills, fitness and speed… plus the kids have a great time!

They kick off next week so email clinics@melgt.com.au to book in.  Be quick!!!


Saturday, 5 January 2019
Twilight meets begin New Year

Happy New Year to all Manly Warringah Little Athletics Centre competitors and families.

Just a reminder that regular competition will resume in 2019 with three Friday night twilight meetings: on January 11, 18 and 25. (Twilight meetings will begin with walks/1500m races at 5.30pm, with main competition from 6pm).

There will also be one week of regular Saturday morning competition on February 2, before MWLAC hosts the Regional Championships at Narrrabeen on February 9 and 10.

Saturday morning competition at Narrabeen will then continue in the lead-up to the season’s culmination, the State Little Athletics Championships, on March 16 and 17 at  SOPAC (Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre).

We look forward to an exciting second half of the 2018/19 season and wish all our representative competitors the best of luck in the championship events.


Note: Centre training resumes on Monday January 14. Club training for Manly, Peninsula and Cromer resumes on Wednesday January 16.

Sunday, 16 December 2018
Dubbo New Year Carnival

The annual Dubbo New Year’s Carnival will be held on January 4 and 5.

The carnival has been ongoing for over 40 years and caters for Little A’s and Seniors athletes.

“This year we have managed to get Athletics NSW to sanction the event which means that athletes can qualify for nationals with their results,” Mick Gardiner, Regional Athletics Coordinator – Dubbo, said.

Details on how to enter can be found at this link: https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=30533&OrgID=914.


Friday, 14 December 2018
Rules for Colbert Shield

Please note the rules in relation to the Colbert Shield, which is due to be held on Saturday December 15, 2018. Please note that in the event of wet weather the race may be postponed, as athletes are not permitted to wear spikes for safety reasons.

  • ​T​he Colbert Shield is a shuttle relay run over a 100m distance
  • Running spikes are ​NOT permitted ​across any age group
  • ​S​tarting blocks are prohibited at any time during the race (including the first runner)
  • Each Club associated with the Manly Warringah Little Athletics Centre enters a team
  • Each team consists of 40 athletes comprised of​;
  • 20 boys and 20 girls​ registered with their Club
  • 2 males and 2 females from each age group​ from under 7 to under 17
  • Athletes must run in their assigned age group
  • If a Club does not have ​enough registered athletes in a particular age group at competition on the day that the Colbert Shield is run, then athletes from a younger age group may “run up” an age group (or more than 1 age group). Clubs​ must make sure there are no athletes available in an age group before they allow an athlete ​to run up an age group​.
  • In the event a Club does not have enough athletes to field a full team then athletes may run multiple legs providing they run either in their age group or up an age ​group.
  • A ​Club cannot “borrow” athletes from other Clubs​.
  • ​Age groups are run in ascending order starting with the youngest age group and finishing with the oldest age group​.
  • ​Male runners start at the Western end of the track
  • ​Female runners start at the Eastern end of the track
  • ​Runners must start behind their end’s start line (males start behind the traditional 100m start line on the 100m track, females start behind the traditional finish line of the 100m track)
  • ​W​hen a runner has finished their leg they must:
    • stay in their lane
    • go to the back of their Club’s que​ue
    • sit down unless wet (for safety purposes and to see how many runners are left)
  • The winning Club is the Club whose last (40th) runner crosses the finish line with baton in ​their ​hand before the last runner of any other Club.
  • A Club will not be disqualified if all of their runners are not sitting down however the parent helpers should try and get the athletes who have completed their leg to sit down for safety purposes.
  • Full Club Uniform must be worn
  • ​Spectators must remain outside the of the track.​