Two Manly Warringah athletes – Charlie Bowtell and Mitchell Hatfield – have been selected in the NSW Little Athletics team to compete at the National Championships.
Charlie and Mitchell were among the 32 male and female athletes selected as under-13 representatives for the NSW team, which will compete in Hobart on April 27 and 28.
Selection this year was open to under-14s athletes who would have otherwise missed the opportunity to compete at U13 Nationals due to changes implemented in age groupings before the season began. Selections are based on results at the State Championship, as well as an athlete’s ability to perform across a range of events.
Mitchell Hatfield earned a silver medal in the under-13 boys high jump at the State Championships at Homebush. Charlie Bowtell had qualified to compete in the under-14 triple jump that was postponed due to wet weather.
Little Athletics NSW is to host a Community Nitro event at Sydney Olympic Park on May 4.
The fun, team-based event will be open to athletes aged from seven to 15.
An event flyer can be found here: Nitro Athletics Flyer – Saturday 4 May 2019.
Further details, including team make-up and events offered, can be found in the Nitro Event Brief and Rules – May 2019
Age managers or interested parents are encouraged to put together a team/teams to represent Manly Warringah Little Athletics Centre.
For further event details or a team entry form contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indigenous Marathon Foundation will be hosting a cross country event at Lionel Watts Oval, Frenchs Forest, on March 23.
Entrants will be asked to run as many laps of a 500 metre course as possible in 45 minutes and to raise funds through sponsorship.
Full details can be found here: http://copyimf.pages.ontraport.net/.
This year’s event will raise funds to help indigenous athlete Emma Cameron compete in the Boston Marathon. Emma was pulled off the course at the 40km mark due to the bombings near the finish 2013, and has some unfinished business.
Her full story can be found at: http://atrunning.pages.ontraport.net/emmacameron.
Dear athletes and families,
As highlighted on Saturday, we have been informed by the NSW Office of Sport that Little Athletics will no longer have future access to the canteen at Narrabeen athletics track on Saturdays.
We understand control of the canteen is being put in the hands of a third party operator who will pay the Office of Sport rent.
As your committee, we are extremely concerned as to the impact this action will have on the services we have been able to provide to our young athletes and the ability of our Centre to fund their training, equipment, giveaways and trophies. One of our main sources of revenue is derived from canteen sales on Saturdays and at the 2 Championships run from Narrabeen during the summer. There is no guarantee the canteen will be open in the future at all for a half day a week during summer, let alone offer the food selection sold by our many volunteers including BBQ and ice blocks.
Below is our letter of objection to the NSW Office of Sport together with our email dated 8 March 2019 which was sent following a meeting we were able to have with the NSW Office of Sport. They have refused our request.
All we are seeking is the right to continue to operate the canteen each Saturday morning, and for our 2 Championship weekends, during the summer months of the year, which we have done for the last 49 years.
We are NOT asking for money, free handouts or additional facilities from them. We have in the past and intend to continue to pay rental to the NSW Office of Sport for the use of the Narrabeen athletic track facilities (which includes the canteen).
Our letter sets out email contact details of the relevant State and Federal ministers concerned. It is also our intention to bring the actions of the NSW Office of Sport to the attention of the media, State opposition leader and key independents in the area.
We would ask for your support in voicing your concerns to your local politicians, particularly in the lead up to the upcoming NSW State election.
Thank you and all the best,
The King and Queen of the Track races have been run and won for the 2018/19 season.
Archie Saunders, an under-15 competitor from the Cromer club, won the King of the Track event in a time of 11.66.
Olivia Inkster, an under-14 from the Manly club, was crowned Queen of the Track with a time of 12.57.