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  Next competition
Our next competition will take place on Saturday, 7 March 2015, commencing at 7:30am with an optional
There are two more weeks of summer competition
Our last competition will be on Saturday, 14 March
middle distance 1500m or 3000m run, or a 700m, 1100m or 1500m walk. There will be a warm-up at 7:50am (for those not competing in the middle distance events) and competition will start at 8:00am. Field and equipment set‑up will be by the U12 parents plus whoever is able to help. [U12 parents were sent a reminder e‑mail earlier in the week.] The 6‑event program will be Program P2 which you can download now.
Under 10 boys between events on 28 February 2015
Under 10 boys between events on 28 February 2015 [Photo: Karen Mitchell - U10B Age Manager]

  Equipment setup
On 7 March 2015, parents of U12 athletes are rostered to setup from 6:30am. U12 parents will also be asked to provide two parents to staff the canteen in the morning from 10:30am to 11:30am and two parents to assist with operating the barbecue. A reminder e-mail was sent out to U12 parents during the coming week.

  Last competition
The results of our competition held on Saturday, 28 February 2015, are on line. You can also download the list of Personal Bests as they stand at the end of last weeks competition. There was one Centre records broken and this is described below. You can download the current Centre records as they currently stand. The weather was fine and, with temperatures in the mid-20s, conditions were quite pleasant for most of the morning.

  Star Awards
At competition on Saturday, 28 February, there were several Yellow, Green and Red Stars awarded as well as a Nathan Ramsay
Nathaneal
Ramsay
Gold Star to U8B Nathaneal Ramsay. Here's a picture of Nathaneal, to the right. Congratulations! A change that came into effect this season is that an athlete will be awarded only one star each week. This is to avoid the typical end-of-season situation where claims for all stars from yellow to gold are made in the last weeks of competition. More...

Star Awards criteria fine-tuned
Some adjustments have meen made to the Gold criteria in some age groups because of the change from manual to electronic recording for track events. The age groups with changes are marked in the table on the Star Awards page with asterisks. Details of the current star awards procedure are shown on the Star Awards page and you can download the adjusted criteria for the 2014/2015 season for Boys (76kB pdf) and Girls (76kB pdf). More...

  Centre Records
One centre record was broken at competition on 28 February. Nathaneal Ramsay broke the U8B 100 metres sprint record in a time of 16.54 seconds to beat the previous record set earlier in the season by 0.05 seconds! That's Nathan, pictured to thte right. Congratulations, Nathan! You can download the current Centre Records (7kB pdf) as they stand at the end of competition on 28 February and you can also download the current list of Personal Bests. Also listed are both manually and electronically-timed records for all sprint (laned) events. More...

  State qualifiers
Results from the Region 5 Championships that were held at Narrabeen over the weekend of 14-15 February have now been published by LANSW and you can download the complete list for all competitors. You can now download the list of Hornsby athletes who have progressed to the State Championships that will take place at SOPAC on 21-22 March.

Septathlon presentation
Presentation of awards from our Septathlon competition that was held on 31 January took place before competition on 21 February. Certificates were awarded to each athlete who participated, with Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates for the first three place-getters in each age group. (These athletes will also receive an engraved medal on 14 March during our presentation to our State athletes.) Junior, Intermediate and Senior Boys and Girls champions received a trophy. You can download the list of Septathlon awards as well as the results from the 31 January Septathlon competition.

The Athlete's Foot Little A's is a fun way to learn new skills, increase fitness, promote good sportsmanship and making new friends. TAF Hornsby is a proud sponsor of the Hornsby District Little A's - the team is donating $5 back to the club for every shoe purchased during the season! The Athlete's Foot is located at Shop 1082, Westfield Hornsby and can be contacted on 9477-7752. Check The Athlete's Foot website for details.
Key officials training
We need parents to become Little Athletics event officials! Would you like to act as an Event Official at Centre or Championship carnivals in throws or jumps events? Don't wait any longer - it's simple to get started now! Simply log on to the LANSW website, select the Online Officials Assessment tab and register to get started. Note that this facility will be discontinued from 31 March 2015 - after that the practical component will take 15 days! More . . .

Rules of Competition - September 2013
The latest LANSW Rules of Competition [September 2013 edition] is now available for download from the LANSW Rules page of our website. More...
About registration numbers and age patches
Athletes - please ensure you display your current season registration number patch - please don't compete with last year's number! Parents (mothers, probably) - please ensure that age and rego patches are sewn on with a white border no less than the width of the red line. Check our Uniform page for more information.
New program format
From this season, the Centre will be using a fixed, 4-week rotating program. To ensure that athletes compete in all events in their age group, there are no event choices. The four programs, including two wet-weather schedules, can now be downloaded and athletes and parents are encouraged to review and comment on them via e-mail to info@hdlac.org.au.
Are you fit to compete?
We had a couple of incidents at competition recently with athletes fainting or developing muscle cramps because they hadn't had breakfast or warmed up properly. Parents, please ensure that your athletes have a good breakfast before coming to the oval and make sure they warm up properly before starting competition events, to avoid these problems. Check our Health & Fitness page for more information.
Age Managers for the coming season
Expressions of interest are invited from parents to be appointed as Age Managers for the coming summer athletics season.
Achievement Record Books
Disregard the headings on the achievement book pages and stick your result tickets on each page (from the start of the book) in date order of your events for each Saturday, progressively on each page.
If you are interested in this level of involvement and commitment with the Centre, you should contact Karen Williamson (Age Manager Coordinator) on 0412-998-926 or by e-mail to kniccol@optusnet.com.au. More...

Codes of Behaviour
The Australian Sports Commission has developed Codes of Behaviour for use in sporting programs for children. Little Athletics is a community activity, which utilises athletics to help foster the development of Australia's children, and as such, totally endorses these Codes for all its participants. More...

LANSW smoke-free policy
Little Athletics NSW understands the harmful effects of smoking on health, fitness and performance in sport and that passive smoking is also hazardous to health. It is acknowledged that non-smokers should be protected from the involuntary inhalation of tobacco smoke and as a result Little Athletics NSW has adopted the following policy. More...

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