As at 30 August 2021, registration commencement for the 2021/2022 season has been delayed due to Covid-19. MWLA and LANSW are awaiting announcements from the NSW State Government on rules for outdoor activity and sport.

When the Registration portal is open it will be via the LANSW Website.

Please follow or like us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates and important announcements.


Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How much does LA’s cost?
  • First Child: $190
  • Second and subsequent child: $175*
  • Parent Duty Bond: $100 (per family)

*In order to get the discounted family rate all members of the family must register at the same time, using the relevant family membership option. This is only available for immediate family – brothers, sisters & step/half siblings.


  1. How old does my child have to be?

Children must be a minimum of 5 years old* and a maximum of 16 years old by the 31 December 2021. For the age group your child falls into please refer to our age matrix.


*Please note: Under 6 Athletes cannot register until early  December, 2021 and competition will begin on Saturday mid January, 2022.


  1. Can I use an Active Kids Voucher?

Yes. This must be applied for before registration on the Service NSW Website. You will need the voucher number to complete your registrations if you want the discount applied.


  1. What times and how long does Little As go for?

Depending on Covid-19 restrictions, when last season the Centre ran split sessions, normal competition starts at 8.00am Saturday mornings. We recommend parents try to arrive at 7.45am to secure parking.


Each age group is different however we find the first couple of weeks can take a little longer, finishing around 11.00am, however, as the season progresses this reduces dramatically and usually finishes no later than 10.00am.Please ensure one parent is always present at the track (unless Covid restrictions apply).


Updates on times will be published on our social media sites and added to our website closer to season commencement.


  1. What happens if my child doesn’t like it?

We understand that children change their mind all the time! For this reason we offer trials for those who are not quite sure. Trials usually start Week 3 or Week 4 of competition and a $10 fee is charged. A form must be filled out prior to competing on the day of trialling and a temporary competition number will be assigned. If your child likes it you can register online at LANSW. Please come visit us in the computer room 30 minutes before competition to fill out the necessary forms.


  1. What happens if we’ve paid and we want to leave half way into the season. Can I get a refund?

As with other children’s sport like Soccer, Football, Basketball, Nippers, etc, MWLAC does not provide refunds.


  1. How do I register?

There are 5 steps to registering:

Step 1: Before applying online be prepared with:


  • Active kids voucher (apply at Service NSW). You will need the voucher number to complete your registrations if you want the discount applied.
  • Proof of age document (if a new athlete)
  • Sign up for 4 parent duties (per family) via the ‘Parent Duties Sign-up’ button on the Manly Warringah Little Athletics website > Parent Help Registerpage


Step 2. Apply online: LANSW website

Apply as a new Athlete: Irrespective of if you’re new or returning family, the 2021/22 season has a new registration system so a new user name and password needs to be set up.



Step 3: Pick up your registration pack:

Dates still to be decided pending Covid-19 restrictions. Updates will be provided on our social media pages.



  1. Why do I need to do parent duties?
  • MWLA cannot run without the help of parent volunteers. We usually have over 700 children competing on a Saturday. We do not have enough committee members to do all the jobs necessary (who are all unpaid volunteers themselves and do hours of work behind the scenes already to get the season running smoothy)
  • Your children LOVE seeing and having you help out. They are far more likely to stay engaged with Athletics when their parents are part of what they do
  • You learn as well….Athletics is a great sport and helping out shows you what it takes to make this happen!
  • You receive your $100 bond back J


  1. How do I get my bond back?

For the 2021/22 season you will have this returned at the end of the season in April/May 2022 once all 4 duties are completed. If you have not received your bond from the 2020/21 season, you or we, may not have recorded all your parent duties correctly. Please contact our parent duty manager to enquire.


  1. How do I compete in seniors events?

For all those in the U12 – U17 age groups with Little Athletics, Dual Registration gives you entry into Senior Athletics where competitions take place mainly over weekends, usually on synthetic tracks and with official timing etc. There are also State Championships that can lead to National Championships. National entry qualifications do not use Little Athletics results. You must compete in Seniors events to qualify.


You may join any Senior club you choose. The senior club that operates from Narrabeen is called Sydney Pacific. Similar to other large clubs in NSW, MWLA are exploring options for having its own Senior club in the future but currently there is no Senior club run by MWLA.


ANSW will require Dual athletes to individually activate or renew their free ANSW Dual membership via the ANSW membership platform. ANSW will send very clear communications to all Dual athletes regarding this process along with the ANSW Membership Go Live date. ANSW Go Live date is 25 September 2021.

In addition to the LANSW bibs, Dual athletes will be allocated ANSW bibs for use in ANSW Competitions.


For more information please see the ANSW website.


  1. Why does MWLAC have 5 clubs within it and which one do I belong to?

MWLA is one of the largest clubs in NSW. To encourage competition the Centre is divided into districts and once a year there is an interclub competition called the Colbert Shield.


Depending on where you live we break the clubs up as follows to encompass the following suburbs (this is guidance only as you can chose another club if you like):


Manly: Manly, Freshwater, Dee Why

Seaforth: Seaforth, Balgowlah

Wakehurst: Belrose, Frenchs Forest, Terry Hills, St Ives, Forestville

Cromer: Cromer, Collaroy, Beacon Hill

Pittwater: Narrabeen, Warriewood, Mona Vale, Bayview, Newport, Avalon, Palm Beach


  1. Does my child need a uniform, what do they wear?

MWLA is split into 5 clubs as above. Depending on the club they are a part of they need to purchase a singlet or a crop top for that club. You are free to buy black “skins” or other running shorts from any sportswear store. They must wear running shoes on our synthetic track and we ask parents to also do the same on competition days. Running spikes are allowed for children in the U11 and above age groups. All uniforms can be purchased at Narrabeen track. Wakehurst and Seaforth have their own stock at their own clubs. Please contact Seaforth and Wakehurst clubs for these


  1. Are there restrictions on numbers in each age group?

We try to aim for no more than 55 in each group. If we see the numbers reaching close to this we may consider having to cap and create a waiting list.


  1. Will Covid change anything this year?

Yes, as with last year we will likely be following the same rules such as the below:

  • Download the COVID-Safe app
  • Check in using the QR codes that will be placed around the grounds
  • Maintain a 1.5m distance at all times
  • Do not attend if you are unwell
  • Do not attend if you have been asked to self-isolate or have visited any COVID hotspots or have been in contact with a known case

Depending on advice from the NSW State Government and our numbers allowed at the Centre, we may also have to split groups into seniors and juniors running at different times. Please follow us on our social media pages for updates.

  1. Will Zone, Regional and State competitions run this year?

It’s the intention to return to the traditional competition structure of Zone Championships and Regional Championships to progress to the LANSW State Track and Field Championships, and therefore no decision will be made regarding these events at this time. The Board of Little Athletics NSW will keep a flexible approach in making any decisions regarding these events to allow the best possibility for these important championships to proceed.