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Hornsby District Little Athletics Centre Inc.
HOME GROUND: Pennant Hills No 2 Oval, Britannia Street PENNANT HILLS


  Trans Tasman Challenge
The Trans Tasman is for athletes in the U11 and U12 age groups, from both NSW and Auckland. Every second year, a team from NSW (boys and girls in both the U11 and U12 age groups), travel to Auckland for the Trans Tasman Tour. On alternate years, a team from Auckland travels to Sydney. Closing date for nominations is 21 October. More...
  Results of latest Centre competition
The results of our second competition for the season, held on Saturday, 3 October 2015, are now on line. Long Jump coming soon!
Long Jump coming soon!

You can also download the list of Personal Bests as they stand after the second week of the 2015/2016 Summer season. Although there were no Centre records broken, you can download the current Centre records as they currently stand.

The weather was fine and warm, with temperatures reaching the high 20's. However, conditions were pleasant for most of the morning and those athletes who competed had a great time. We had a terrific turnout from the U11 and U12G parents for pre-competition set-up - thank you!

  Next competition
Our next competition will take place on Saturday, 10 October 2015, commencing at 7:30am with an optional middle distance 1500m or 3000m run, or a 700m, 1100m or 1500m walk. There will be a warm-up at 7:45am (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 U12B and U13 parents plus whoever is able to help. [U12B and U13 parents will be sent a reminder e‑mail later in the week.] The 6‑event program will be Program P3, which you can download now. This program will include all events except long and triple jump. This is because the Council work on our new long jump area has not yet been completed.

  Equipment setup
On 10 October 2015, parents of U12B and U13 athletes are rostered to setup from 6:30am. U12B and U13 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. An e‑mail reminder will be sent out to U12B and U13 parents during the coming week. Your assistance with setup would be greatly appreciated!

  Council works on our oval - please be patient!
Parents and athletes will notice an enormous amount of work being carried out on our oval by Hornsby Shire Council. Our long jump area is being completely rebuilt and will be available for our use in the next few weeks (we hope by 17 October). There are also drainage works being done on the No 1 (top) oval. Meanwhile, please be patient with our competition program for the next few weeks. Although we won't be able to offer long or triple jump until mid October, we're providing additional events, such as high jump using our new mats that were funded in part by a generous grant from Telstra.

  Centre Records
Although there were no Centre records broken on 3 October, we're expecting many of our records to tumble as athletes get back into the swing of competition. Nevertheless, you can download the current Centre Records (7kB pdf) as they stand as of 3 October 2015. You can also download the list of Personal Bests at the end of competition on 3 October, including the manually and electronically-timed records for all sprint (laned) events. More...

  Star Awards
After only one week of competition, there were 25 yellow stars awarded on 3 October. Who will achieve the first Green star for season remains to be seen! Details of the current star awards procedure are shown on the Star Awards page and you can download the adjusted criteria for the 2015/2016 season for Boys (76kB pdf) and Girls (76kB pdf). More...

  Additional novelty event for U6-U8 athletes
For the next few weeks, when we won't have access to our long jump area, we have programmed additional events for our older athletes instead of long and triple jump. For our U6-U8 athletes, we will be introducing, for the next few weeks only, a standing jump event; details of this event will be provided to age managers before competition. The event won't count towards records or Star awards, although results and PBs will be recorded.

Great news! Telstra Kids grant!

We are delighted to announce our success in applying for a $1,200 grant from Telstra. Telstra Kids funds the little things that can make a big difference to kids' lives, helping kids to play and learn. Our Telstra Kids grant will be used to purchase additional high jump mats.

A huge thanks to Telstra for making this funding available for us. We are very excited to share in the million dollars the Telstra Foundation provides each year to help kids across Australia.
The Athlete's Foot 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. If you need any athletic footwear, go to The Athlete's Foot Hornsby while stocks last. Don't forget to tell the staff you are a member of Hornsby Little Athletics Centre!
It's not too late to register!
It's not too late to register for the 2015/2016 season! The easiest way to register is ON-LINE before you come to the oval. See the Registration page for details. Alternatively, you can register on your first attendance at competition. Even if you register on-line before hand, you will still need to come to the oval to purchase uniforms (if necessary) and to pick up athlete numbers and age patches, achievement record books and other documentation. More...

HDLAC needs an equipment officer!
If you would like to be closely involved in the Centre's activities and be a key person in running our Saturday competitions as Equipment Officer, contact Marion Mitchell on 0409-826-942 or by e-mail to

Patch sewing service available
Do you hate sewing and dread the start of a new athletics season? Does your athlete spend half the season with numbers pinned untidily to their uniform? Let Terri rescue you! For only $6 per patch (cash only please), you can have the rego number and age patch machine-sewn onto your athlete's uniform plus $2 per patch to unpick previous season's patches. Come and see Terri in the Computer Room with patches and your athlete (wearing uniform) when you register.

Save time and register on-line at home!
Save time! Complete the LANSW On-line form and download and complete the Member Protection Declaration, the Parent Obligation and the Medical Questionnaire and bring them with you to the oval on Registration Day. There will be others doing the same, so please be patient! More...

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. If you are interested in this level of involvement and commitment with the Centre, you should contact Marion Mitchell on 0409-826-942 or by e-mail to More...

Vacant Committee positions
While many positions were filled at the Annual General Meeting, there are still a number of key positions that remain vacant and require filling for the Centre is to run effectively next season. Put your hand up and have a say in the running of your Centre!
EXECUTIVE - 2015/16
President Marion Mitchell
Vice-president Jack Bassett
Secretary (vacant)
Treasurer Christine Corke
Registrar Fiona Bassett
Officials & Age Managers Karen Williamson
Championships Aidan Cahill
Records & Ranking Leonard Yates
Assistant to O&AM (vacant)
Webmaster Leonard Yates
Publicity Oscar Martin
Tech & Equipment (vacant)
Assistant Tech & Equip (vacant)
Track Officer Scott Hartley
Field Officer Mal Warland
Coaching Officer David Forster
Canteen Officer Jane Williamson
Special Awards Karen Niccol
First Aid (vacant)
Uniforms Amanda Woods
School Liaison Mal Warland
Social Activities (vacant)
Cross Country Phil Cribb
You can download the Job Descriptions for these Committee positions. You can also download the Centre Constitution and the 2015/16 Annual Report (308kB pdf) that was presented at the AGM. More...

Presentation Day - 3 May 2015
Our annual Presentation Day took take place at Pennant Hills Bowling Club on Sunday, 3 May, when families braved the rainy conditions to celebrate the achievements of our athletes. In each age group, awards were made to the best athlete, most improved athlete and to the age manager's nominee. Presentations were also made for the many HDLAC Perpetual Awards as well as to Zone, Regional and State competitors. You can download details of the recipients HERE (68kB pdf). You can now view the first batch and the second batch of photos that were taken of the age groups. More...

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 . . .

Are you fit to compete?
There have been incidents at competition 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.

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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