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Welcome to the May 2019 LANSW newsletter for all our centres.


National Volunteer Week

Monday, 20 May to Sunday 26 May is National Volunteer Week!


Little Athletics will next week celebrate the contributions of officials and volunteers, without which our organisation would not function.


For more information about officials and how to become one, CLICK HERE.

Sports Community Webinars

Want to learn how to write an amazing grant application? Wondering how to attract and maintain awesome club sponsors? Looking to unlock the power of social media?

Sports Community have a wide range of topics and sessions to support any and all sports club volunteers, from Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers, through to sponsorship and funding, communications and event coordinators - and many more.

The webinars build your accumulated knowledge and provide you with all the tools you need to easily perform your community sports club responsibilities.

CLICK HERE to

NSWPSSA Selection Trials

Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Homebush

The 2019 School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships will be held in Darwin from 18-23 September 2019.

In order to select a NSW representative track & field team for this event, the NSWPSSA will be holding a special selection trial.

Participation at these trials will be via a formal application to NSWPSSA and athletes must compete at this event to achieve selection in the 2019 NSW representative team.


To apply for the NSWPSSA Athletics Selection Trials you must complete the Nomination Form then scan and email the form to the Executive Officer - by 5pm, Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Further information is available at the NSW Schools Sport website.

CLICK HERE for more information...

School Visits - Desire to Inspire

There is still time to register for the 'Desire to Inspire' School Visits program, conducted in Term 3.
The closing date for registrations is 20 May 2019 - this is a free mass promotional service to promote your local centre to local schools.
Be sure to get in before the cut-off date as Alvin will immediately start organising itineraries for visits and it becomes difficult to change after he has confirmed the dates.
CLICK HERE to register...


CLICK HERE for our promotional flyer

For more information please contact Alvin Umadhay at the Little Athletics Office on 9633 4511 or

Love Mercy Uganda Trip

LANSW and ANSW are still looking for ten passionate runners to join Olympian Youcef Abdi in a life-changing experience.

Love Mercy founder Eloise Wellings was not only an Australian Olympian, but also a Little Athlete during her childhood, and we are honoured to be a part of the wonderful charity she helped establish.


Little Athletics NSW and Athletics NSW are searching for ten runners to travel to Uganda in November and compete in the Julius Achon Cross Country race – a 5km cross country on November 22nd.


Please note that you don't have to be an experienced runner to join the trip - if you can run 5km you are welcome to apply.

Anyone interested in nominating themselves for this trip should fill out the form by CLICKING HERE.


For more details, please contact Youcef Abdi at

Christmas in July Camp
Save the Date

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

Registrations close Friday, 28 June 

Registrations and program will be available early next week!



Little Athletics representatives from each of our 190 Centres around the state are invited to Penrith on July 20, 2019 for the opportunity to listen and learn about what is happening for Little Athletics in NSW.


Held at Penrith Panthers, the Little Athletics NSW Conference gives centres the chance to engage with selected keynote speakers, attend workshops, share ideas and opinions and give their feedback, all in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting.


There will also be welcome drinks for all attendees on the Friday evening (19 July 2019).

Guest speakers include professional footballer Mark Geyer, athletics coach John Quinn and social researcher Claire Madden.

CLICK HERE to view Penrith Breakout Sessions...

Guest Speaker
John Quinn

Little Athletics NSW is excited to announce that elite athletics coach John Quinn will be a guest speaker at our Annual Conference.


John is a widely respected leader in the elite coaching field with experience across a diverse range of sports along with extensive expertise in allied health.


A past Little Athletics staff member, John’s career has spanned more than 30 years. He has worked with many of Australian’s leading athletes and coaches across sports as diverse as track and field, swimming, AFL, rugby league, tennis, cricket, bobsleigh and soccer.


Highly regarded in the sport and fitness industry, John’s involvement with some of Australia’s most elite sports people along with his own inspiring health battle, has made his expertise highly sought-after by both sporting teams and businesses alike.

Penrith City Council


Little Athletics NSW would like to thank Penrith City Council for their cooperation and support while we organise the upcoming Annual General Meeting.
Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM looks forward to welcoming LANSW and its members.
“With seven Little Athletic Centres across Penrith, we have a strong connection to the association and its ideals of fun and fitness,” Fowler said.
“We are known as the Adventure Capital of NSW, so conference delegates can enjoy a whole range of family friendly activities during their stay.”
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to try something different and push your limits, hoping to immerse yourself in a rich arts and culture scene, spending time with the family, or want to visit the variety of award-winning cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs, Penrith should be on your map.
CLICK HERE to read more about what Penrith has to offer.


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.

Earlybird registration fees are currently available, so register now!

CLICK HERE to register...

Guest Speaker
Mick Delamotte


We are excited to announce that one of our guest speakers for the Coaching Kids Conference is Triathlon NSW Coach Education & Pathway Manager Mick Delamotte.


Mick is the Head Coach of the ITU’s ASICS World Triathlon Team successfully placing over 15 athletes on the start line in the Rio Olympics.


At the Coaching Kids Conference in July, Mick will be presenting on Building athlete independence for performance enhancement and Problem solving in races & how to simulate in training.

Expressions of Interest for Coach 'Open Mic'

Part of the upcoming Coaching Kids Conference will feature the opportunity for individual coaches to share an idea with the audience.

  • Is there something about coaching that you are really passionate about?

  • Have you learnt or tried something lately as part of your coaching that has worked a treat?

  • Have you recently read a coaching-related article that has really resonated with you and you would love to share?

  • Do you like contributing to the development of others?


Opportunities exist for you to register your interest for a 5-10 minute slot during the “Coach Open Mic” section of the Coaching Kids Conference.
NOTE: All proposed presentations are subject to approval prior to being accepted.


  • The presentation will need to be delivered in a classroom situation to the entire conference audience.

  • While not necessary, visual aids can be used (e.g. PowerPoint Slides) but must be provided to the organizer in advance.

  • The presentation must be relevant to coaches from a wide variety of sports.

  • Specific sport examples may be used but only to illustrate the idea being presented.

For more information or the register your interest, contact:


Darren Wensor
Little Athletics NSW Head of Coach & Volunteer Development,
Ph. 02 9633 4511 (Ext 108) or 0417 686 257

Diversity & Inclusion News

Fundraising Dinner
Celebrating Athletes with a Disability

To celebrate athletes with a disability in athletics, a fundraiser dinner will be held at the Bankstown Sports Club on Friday, 31 May 2019.

Awards will be presented to members of the athletics community who have contributed to the growing prevalence of athletes with a disability in NSW.

With plenty of food and drink provided, along with a silent auction for athletics memorabilia - including a shirt signed by Usain Bolt - this is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

Ticket sales close Thursday, 23 May, so make sure to secure yourself a table soon!

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets...

For more information, please contact Cheryl Webb at

Guest Speaker
Hamish MacDonald

We are incredibly excited to announce that Australian Paralympian and World Championships Gold medallist Hamish MacDonald will be the Guest Speaker at our Fundraising Dinner for athletes with a disability.


Hamish was an elite seated shot putter who competed at six Paralympic Games, winning gold in the 1996 Atlanta Games.


He received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997 and was presented an Australia Sports Medal in 2000.


Little Athletics NSW is accepting nominations for the Fundraising Dinner Awards, celebrating athletes with a disability.


The following awards will be presented on the night:
Emerging Centre Award
Community Excellence Award
Participation Achievement Award
Outstanding Support Award


Eligible nominees must be a member of LANSW or ANSW and be a resident of NSW.


Nominations close this Friday, 17 May 2019.


CLICK HERE for more information on how to submit a nomination...


Centres are reminded that unused registration numbers should have been returned by 31 March 2019 - there are still many centres who have not reconciled. 

CLICK HERE to view the current registrations and unused numbers.

It would be appreciated if these could be finalised as soon as possible.

There is no need to post the numbers, but you must complete the registration reconciliation form including the unused numbers you have - Trish will contact if there is a discrepancy.

Remember no registration numbers will be forwarded until all 2018-2019 has been finalised.


Reminder for centres to start looking at the fees you will be charging next season; Trish will be forwarding the updated end of financial year and age validation to SportsTG to upload at end of June.

If your centre would like your fees to be included, forward these to Trish to update.

Please note that Trish will be on leave from 23 May until 17 June.

Do not hesitate to contact Trish at if you need further information or assistance.

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