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Dear officials, coaches, volunteers, parents and athletes...
Welcome to the June 2019 LANSW newsletter!

Latest News

Active Kids Voucher

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the Active Kids program.


Parents, carers and guardians can apply for the second Active Kids Vouchers of 2019 from 1 July, 2019.

This $100 voucher provided by the NSW Government can be used for Little Athletics NSW registrations, which open on August 1st.

CLICK HERE for more information...

Christmas in July Camp

The Little Athletics Christmas in July Camp returns for 2019!

With a primary focus on maintaining fitness and creating a fun atmosphere, this holiday camp is suitable for kids of all ages and capabilities.

Date: Sunday, 7 July to Tuesday, 9 July

Venue: Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen
Cost: $330 per child, $229 for a 2nd child and $259 for a day-only camp


CLICK HERE to register...


Registrations close Friday, 28 June!


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CLICK HERE to view the camp program...


Following the decision by Little Athletics Australia to not proceed with the nationwide roll out at this stage, Little Athletics NSW has decided to utilise an opt-in option for centres wishing to offer the On-Track program in their community.

Little Athletics NSW will be covering the licence fee for the program, which caters to all five skills levels for ages 6-10, and will be providing support and resources in the coming months to participating centres.

CLICK HERE to find out more or email Sarah Skidmore at

Upcoming Events

State Road Walks Championships
Sunday, 23 June

Taking place at Angle Park in Chipping Norton, the LANSW State Road Walks Championships combines with the ANSW Road Walking Championships on Sunday, 23 June.

Entry are available to registered athletes in the U9-U17 age groups.

Cost of entry is $10 for U9-U11 and $20 for the remaining entrants. 

CLICK HERE for more information...

State Cross Country Championships

Saturday, 3 August


Combining with the ANSW 2019 Waratah Series Short Course, the LANSW State Cross Country Championships will take place at Upjohn Park, Rydalmere in August.


Entry will be available to registered athletes in the U7-U17 age groups - unfortunately U6 and younger are not eligible to enter the LANSW State Cross Country Championships.


The ANSW portal is currently experiencing technical difficulties, but keep checking for when registrations open.


CLICK HERE for more information...

Sydney Half
Sunday, 25 August

The Greater Bank Sydney Half is part of Athletics Greater Bank RunNSW series and will also incorporate the NSW Half Marathon Championships.

The event will also feature a 7km and 2km Fun Run to ensure there is something for everyone.


Taking place at the beautiful Sydney Olympic Park, this is not an event you want to miss!

CLICK HERE to register...

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Show Your Stripes Family 2km Fun Run


Presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities, this 2km Family Fun Run at Sydney Olympic Park will take place in conjunction with the Sydney Half.

On a flat track, this race is perfect for runners of all ages and abilities.

Every competitor wins a medal and entry is only $15 for adults and $10 for kids!

CLICK HERE to register...

Green Clinic for U8-U10 athletes

Date: Saturday, 6 July 2019

Venue: Narrabri High School, Selina Street, Narrabri
Time: 9.30am - 2.30pm

Age: U8-U10 - members and non-members welcome to come and try!
Events: Sprints, Long Jump & Discus

Cost: $35

CLICK HERE to register...

Registrations close Wednesday, 26 June at 9am

Gold Clinic for U11-U17 athletes

Date: Saturday, 6 July 2019

Venue: Narrabri High School, Selina Street, Narrabri
Time: 9.30am - 2.30pm

Age: U11-U17 - members and non-members to come and try!
Events: Sprints, Horizontal Jumps & Discus

Cost: $45

CLICK HERE to register...


Registrations close Wednesday, 26 June at 9am

Coaching Corner

Coaching Children 5-12:
The Next Generation Workshop

Taking place on Friday, 5 July at Lake Ainsworth Sport & Recreation Centre, this workshop incorporates the latest research on essential topics that are intrinsic in coaching children aged between 5 and 12.

An exciting chance to reconsider the emphasis of your coaching and enhance the experience of young participants.


Delivered in a practical way to provide all the innovative techniques and cutting edge information needed to become a more effective coach.


To register, please call the Lake Ainsworth Sport & Recreation Centre on 02 6618 8500 - a registration link will also be available soon.

CLICK HERE for more information...

Introduction To Coaching Course

An ITC is a course specifically designed for parents, beginner coaches, especially teachers and other interested people who want to coach/teach beginner athletics.

It is an event specific track and field course designed to give people the ability and confidence to coach basic level athletics to children aged 5-15yrs.

The majority of the course is low intensity practical/physical activity, with some theory. 

Date: Saturday, 6 July 2019
Venue: Narrabri High School, Selina Street, Narrabri
Cost: $65 per person
Age: minimum is 16+
Time: 10.00am-4.30pm

CLICK HERE to register...


Registrations close Wednesday, 3 July 2019 at 9am

Coaching Kids Conference

The inaugural Coaching Kids Conference will be held at Penrith RSL on Sunday, 21 July.

LANSW Head of Coach and Volunteer Development Darren Wensor will be presenting a keynote workshop on how coaches can build positive relationships with sports parents.

There will also be multiple guest speakers from other sporting codes plus an opportunity for coaches to present in an 'open mic'.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Darren Wensor at

Coaches of kids from all sports are welcome to attend.

Early Bird registration prices close Sunday, 30 June 2019, so book soon to get a $10 discount!

CLICK HERE to register...


CLICK HERE to view the promotional flyer...

Guest Speaker
Colin Sanctuary

Colin currently works as the Player Development Manager for the State of Origin Pathways. He also works with the NRL based England RL players (George Burgess, Sam Burgess, Tom Burgess, James Graham and Gareth Widdop) as well as working as a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle and providing Undergraduate/Postgraduate support at ACU and UNE.


Previous to this he was brought out in 2011 from the UK as part of Wayne Bennett’s coaching staff to set up and establish a High Performance Unit at the Newcastle Knights. Colin also worked as the Performance Director for the Newcastle Knights NRL.


Colin was also the Head of Performance for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats RL (2006-2011) in the UK Super League, as well as working in professional cricket with Durham County Cricket Club as their Head of Conditioning and Sports Science (2000-2006). Colin has also worked in professional soccer in the UK as well as in netball (North of England Netball Squad) and with England Hockey (U16’s).

Little A's Spotlight

Chris Alaelua

Bankstown’s Chris Alaelua is a rising star on the track, helping the NSW 4x100 relay team capture gold meal at the 2019 Australian Little Athletics Championships.


13-year-old Chris gave NSW the perfect start in the first leg of the relay, which was enough to win the gold ahead of Victoria.


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Branson Po

Congratulations to Branson Po who has been nominated for a Local Sports Star award in the Junior Sports Star Individual category.


Despite multiple injuries in the lead up, the talented young athlete fought hard to overcome the setbacks to win gold at the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships.


One of Liverpool City Little Athletics Centre’s most recent recruits, the 13-year-old from Bonnyrigg Heights took up sprinting to have fun with friends, but has already enjoyed success at state and national competitions.

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Boughton Kicking Goals on Track and Pitch

A rising star on both track and football pitch, Little Athlete Milly Boughton is juggling a busy multi-sport lifestyle, representing New South Wales in athletics and soccer.


Currently in France with the U13 NSW Elite Football squad, Boughton will fly back to Sydney this weekend to compete at the LANSW Road Walks Championship.


The 13-year-old was also a member of the 2019 NSW State Team that travelled to Hobart in April to compete at the Australian Little Athletics Championships.


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Love Mercy

Love Mercy Cronulla Fun Run

16-year-old Riley Whatman travelled five hours from Orange yesterday to join Olympians Eloise Wellings and Julius Achon for a Fun Run at Cronulla Beach.


Riley is one of the Little A’s travelling to Uganda in November to compete at the Julius Achon Cross Country, raising funds for the Love Mercy Foundation.


During the early hours of Friday morning, Riley and his father accompanied Australian Olympian Youcef Abdi during the 6km run along the picturesque Cronulla coastline.


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CLICK HERE to join Riley and Australian Olympian Youcef Abdi on the trip-of-a-lifetime.

Love Mercy founder and Australian Olympian Eloise Wellings was a Little Athlete during her youth and is delighted that LANSW is contributing to the charity she helped create.


“It’s really exciting that Little Athletics can come and support what we’re doing in Uganda and the kids can get some perspective on how blessed we are to live in a country like Australia," said Wellings.


Love Mercy was founded in 2012 after Wellings met Ugandan Olympian Julius Achon.


“[Julius] told me a story about being born into poverty in Northern Uganda and captured and being forced to be a child soldier by the LRA rebels when he was ten years old," said Wellings.


"[We] saw the devastation that the war had left and we felt like we had a responsibility to do something with what we’d seen.”

Riley Whatman

One of our Little A’s travelling to Uganda in November for the Love Mercy trip is 15-year-old Riley Whatman.


“I’m looking forward to learning different things about the culture; how they live and what actually happens," said Whatman.


To raise funds for Love Mercy, Riley plans to organise sponsorships and raffles within the local community – he also wants to host a fundraising BBQ with mates from his school.


“I was also thinking a BBQ in our town – there’s only 250 people in our town, so we can try and get as many people as possible down there,” said Whatman.


Help Riley reach his goal! CLICK HERE to donate...


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Isaac Shaw

15-year-old Isaac Shaw from Albion Park Little Athletics is one of the Little A’s travelling to Africa to take part in the Love Mercy Foundation Uganda trip later this year.

“I am so excited to have the privilege of being able to use my passion and gift of running to raise money, awareness and practical support to my friends in Uganda," said Shaw.

“Every child on the planet should be able to feel safe, supported and cared for.”

Isaac represented the Kembla Joggers at the XC Relays in Miranda on the weekend – his squad placed fifth in the U15 Boys 4x3km event, and he ran the impressive time of 10:31.


Help Isaac reach his goal! CLICK HERE to donate... 


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Diversity and Inclusion News

Fundraising Dinner for Athletes with a Disability

Over $3,000 was raised at the Fundraising Dinner for Athletes with a Disability on Friday evening at the Bankstown Sports Club.


Guest Speakers included six-time Paralympian Hamish MacDonald OAM, Tamsin Colley and Kailyn Joseph.


With the money raised, Little Athletics NSW will acquire a new Racerunner allowing more athletes with a physical impairment to compete at our future events.

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At the recent Sydney 10, Little Athlete Arran Keith completed the 2km Fun Run with a race runner, accompanied by Australian Olympian Youcef Abdi.


Arran's cerebral palsy makes running incredibly difficult, but the race runner allowed the youngster to compete alongside able-bodied athletes, finishing with a lap of the iconic Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre.


Our Fundraising Dinner for athletes with a disability raised enough money to purchase a race runner for Little Athletics NSW, so more brave kids like Arran can have the opportunity to race!


Multi Class Carnival Dubbo

This free carnival is available for any student/child with a disability.

Date: Monday, 12 August 2019
10am - 2pm

Venue: Dubbo Athletics Track, 33 Gipps Road, Dubbo

Events: Rotation of 70m, 100m, 200m (400m for wheelchair/racerunners), Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus

All participants will receive a participation award at the completion of the day.

CLICK HERE to register...

Registrations close Monday, 5 August.

Sport Access Foundation 2019 Grants

Funding from Sport Access Foundation, established by Australian Paralympic Gold Medallist Katie Kelly, will help enable the next generation of Aussie para-athletes to hone their skills and take on the world’s best.
Harvey Heroes Grants
10x individual grants of $250 each - total investment $2,500‍
Sport Access Foundation Equipment Grants
4x individual grants of $2,000 and 2x club grants of $2,000 - total investment $12,000
Sport Access Foundation Pathway to Paralympics Grants
2x grants of $2000 - total investment $4000


CLICK HERE to read more and apply...

Other News

From Little Athlete to AFL star: Jake Stein debuts for Giants


Former Warradale Little Athlete and Commonwealth Games decathlete Jake Stein made his AFL debut for the Greater Western Sydney Giants on the weekend in Hobart.


The 25-year-old become the 94th GWS Giants player as he helped the team attain a comfortable 91-68 victory against North Melbourne, pushing them up to second on the 2019 AFL ladder.


Stein represented the NSW State Team at the 2009 Australian Little Athletics Championships in Adelaide, where he placed fourth in the U15 Pentathlon.


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Tamworth Track Update


The new athletics track is very close to completion!


The synthetic surface for the track has been installed, and line marking is now complete. Light towers have been erected, with light commissioning due to commence next week.


This Tamworth track will host the State Combined Events Championship in 2020.

Ronald McDonald House
Meet Molly

Molly Croft is young girl from Dubbo, a budding sports star and passionate runner.


Unfortunately, on her twelfth birthday in 2018, Molly was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer.


Now, the inspirational young campaigner is hoping to raise $46,000 for Ronald McDonald House Westmead before July 30.


CLICK HERE to donate...


CLICK HERE to read more... 


Ronald McDonald House Westmead...

National Reconciliation Week: Beki Smith

In commemoration of National Reconciliation Week, Little Athletics NSW is celebrating the Aboriginal athletes, coaches and volunteers who contribute to this wonderful sporting community.


Olympian Beki Smith is one of 13 Aboriginal women to represent Australia at the Summer Olympic Games – she was also a passionate Little Athlete during her childhood.


“I feel a lot of the misunderstandings come from not wanting to offend and not wanting to ask questions about the Indigenous community or how the Indigenous community feels,” said Smith.


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From ALAC State Team Captain to Origin Bolter
Penitani to debut for the Blues

Former Little Athlete and Rugby Sevens star Tiana Penitani will make her State of Origin debut for New South Wales at North Sydney Oval on Friday night.

The Eastern Suburbs LAC athlete was a dual State Team member, representing New South Wales at the Australian Little Athletics Championships in 2009 and 2011.

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Rob Blackadder
National Volunteer Week


Without volunteers such as Rob, the sport simply wouldn’t survive.


“The nice thing about Little Athletics is that everybody can do something – you can walk, you can run, you can sprint, you can jump over things, you can throw things,” said Blackadder.


“Not everybody will be a champion, but everybody can do something, and that’s the philosophy of our sport.”


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Jordan Ashby-Brigandi
National Volunteer Week

For the third consecutive year, Little Athletics NSW official Jordan Ashby-Brigandi has been nominated for Young Official of the Year at the NSW Community Sports Awards.


To be announced on June 20th at NSW Parliament House, the prestigious NSW Community Sports Awards recognises the achievements of groups and individuals within the sporting community.


20-year-old Ashby-Brigandi has been honoured with another nomination after her seventh season of officiating with LANSW – she was also nominated for Young Official of the Year in 2017 and 2018.


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