As at 13/10/21 - Registrations for the 2021/2022 season are on hold as we await community sport advice from NSW Health & the Office of Sport

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Registration UPDATE (as at 13 October 2021)

Dear Balmain Athletes, Parents & Carers, 

Since our last update the NSW Government has made some changes to the “NSW roadmap out of lockdown”. 

At the current stage of 70% full vaccination, competition and events for community sports is not yet permitted. Outdoor training activities for groups of up to 20 people is allowed for fully vaccinated individuals 16 years and over, and unvaccinated children 15 and under. This number includes participants, coaches, support staff and spectators/parents.

Community sport will be allowed for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants after the 80% full vaccination target has been reached. We are still waiting on information from the Office of Sport and LANSW about what guidelines/requirements will apply at the 80% stage to determine:

  • How we can structure a COVID safe competition at KGO;
  • What the season dates will be;
  • When registration for the 2021/2022 season will open.

We will update our Facebook page and website as soon as we know how we can proceed with the 2021/2022 season in the most inclusive and safe way.

In the meantime, please read the information below about GameDay - LANSW’s new registration system, and Dual Membership for U12-U17 Athletes - for all athletes aged 11-17, if you are a member of Balmain Little Athletics you can register with Balmain Athletics (senior club) for free and access all Athletics NSW competitions and events. 

We look forward to seeing you at KGO and celebrating the 50th season of Balmain Athletics. If you have any questions, please email info@balmainlac.org.au or registrar@balmainlac.org.au

Balmain Athletics Committee

 

GameDay - LANSW’s new registration system

LANSW have a new online registration platform this season. You will need to log in as a New Participant when you start the registration process, even if your child is a returning athlete. This registration will be matched with your historical data.

Active Kids Vouchers - You must apply for your Active Kids Voucher prior to commencing the registration process. You can do so by CLICKING HERE. The voucher number you receive is applied on the final page before payment. You need to register your child with the name that appears on your Medicare Card to match the record in the Active Kids Voucher system.

Registering Multiple Children in a family - If you are registering multiple children in a family, there is an option on the first page to select first, second, third or fourth child.  Select the applicable option and enter the information for each child. You will be able to add additional children before payment. 

Age Groups - The registration process will select the age group for your child according to their date of birth - click here if you want to check your child’s age group.

Proof of Age - Proof of age is required for all new members. This may be a birth certificate, passport or health book. You can upload this document during the registration process or bring it when collecting the new season’s commemorative singlet prior to competition starting.

Parent/Guardian Declaration - You will also be required to confirm you have read and understood the parent/guardian declaration. 

Dual Membership for U12-U17 Athletes

Balmain Little Athletics is part of Balmain Athletics under the OneSport banner. During the LANSW registration process, any athlete in the U12-U17 age groups can select to be a Dual Member with Athletics NSW (ANSW). 

This allows you to register with a senior athletics club affiliated with ANSW. Dual membership is free for all athletes aged between 12-17, if you first register as a Little Athletics Club member

The ANSW Dual Membership entitles you to access all ANSW competitions and an opportunity to transition into senior athletics.

Some athletes may have received an email from ANSW about memberships opening on Monday 11 October.  As competitions and events are currently not permitted in NSW, we have decided not to open registrations for Balmain Athletics on the ANSW portal.  We will open registrations for Balmain Athletics and Balmain Little Athletics simultaneously.

In the meantime, have a look at the graphic below outlining the benefits of dual membership and click on this link for information on how to register as a dual athlete for the 2021/2022 season so that you are ready once the membership portals open. 

If you have any questions regarding ‘dual memberships’, please email registrar@balmainlac.org.au

In particular, let us know if you are joining a seniors club other than Balmain Athletics and want to do so before registrations for Balmain Little Athletics opens. Note that at this stage, no part of the concession rate of $135.00 payable to ANSW will be applied towards the registration fee with LANSW.

 

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UPDATED: Balmain Award Finalist

Little Athletics NSW were meant to be announce and celebrate the 2021 Award winners at the Annual Conference and 50 Year Celebration dinner. Unfortunately they were not able to gather this year. Finalists in each category have been released with Balmain represented in three sections.

LANSW Administrator of the Year Finalist:-

Andrea Belunek (Balmain's registrar)

2021 Innovative Centre of the Year finalists:

Balmain Little Athletics Centre
Hornsby District Little Athletics Centre
Riverstone Little Athletics
Wauchope Little Athletics Club

LANSW Volunteer of the Year Finalist

David Murphy

LANSW hope to announce the award winners at their 50 Year Gala Dinner to be held later in the year when it is safe to gather. Thank you to Timing Solutions for supporting this award.


Information About Season 2021/22

Balmain Little Athletics provides an environment that welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities by supporting the Little Athletics motto of family, fun and fitness. Little Athletics is the foundation for all sports, offering young people activities and skills that will be used throughout their sporting life.

At this stage we have yet to receive information as to how COVID restrictions may impact competition which is usually held at King George Park, Rozelle, on Saturday mornings from September through to March with a break during the Christmas school holidays. Announcements are made at 8.15am with events commencing at 8:30am. Competition follows a three week programme. More detail is set out on this website under "Centre Information" in "Weekly Programme".

Our younger athletes (u6-8s) usually finish close to 9.30am. Other age groups usually finish between 10-11am depending on the number of events, the number of athletes competing, and the competition structure to comply with COVID rules .

Balmain Little Athletic's main focus is the improvement of each individual athlete. We emphasise the achievement of a PB (Personal Best) as the primary goal of competition and encourage all athletes to see that as their main aim.

Since its establishment in 1972 the club has relied on volunteers to help with every facet of club activity. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to assist wherever possible with their athlete's age groups. 

Optional training sessions are available for all skill levels from U8 to U17s on Tuesday afternoons. Athletes in the U12 -U17 can access more technical coaching on Thursday afternoons. More detail is set out under "Centre Information" in "General Information" then "Training & Coaching".

Registration for Balmain Little Athletics is anticipated to open online during late October via the Little Athletics NSW homepage. When it opens, click on "Register Here", choose Balmain Little Athletics in the drop down menu and follow the prompts.

An early bird registration fee of $150 will be available for two weeks.  After that the usual fee of $175 will apply. We encourage you to access the Service NSW website and use the Summer Active Kids Voucher during the registration process. It cannot be applied retrospectively. For the U12s to U17s this fee also includes membership of the Balmain Athletics Club which gives access to all Athletics NSW competitions.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Balmain Little Athletics Club all athletes who register will receive a special "50th Pack" that includes a club competition singlet, training t-shirt and club socks. These packs will be distributed at King George Oval, Manning Street, Rozelle on Saturday mornings. 

A parent or caregiver from each family (other than age managers) must sign up to assist in the Canteen or on the BBQ once during the season. Please sign up before registration pack collection.

Competition Week 1 start date will be advertised once the return to sport process has been established by NSW Health and LANSW. Further information willl be posted here and on our Facebook page over the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you for the start of our 50th season.