Another week has gone by and still new things are happening. I am supremely impressed by everyone’s passion for athletics at Ginninderra. They are constantly looking for new ways to get more people involved in athletics so they can share their passion with the rest of the ACT and even Australia. Currently Ginninderra is looking into ways of how they can best cater for deaf athletes. They were inspired by the deaf games and wanted to get a team together for the games in 2019. Ginninderra has tasked me with trying to make this happen. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead. However I do have a good base to start with because Ginninderra currently has 4 deaf athletes and 1 disabled athlete. Neil the ACT deaf athletics coach who is working with Ginninderra has built starting lights for the deaf for us to use.
I am currently working with him to try and entice more deaf athletes to join the club. It is beautiful to see that a sporting club is actively searching for new and innovative ways of including athletes that unfortunately don’t get the attention they deserve. The best thing about having the light system is, eventually there will be integrated sound to match the lights. Meaning that both abled hearing and deaf athletes will all be able to compete together. Once again creating that feeling of inclusiveness that I have come to associate with Ginninderra
Ginninderra has once again offered me another fantastic opportunity. I held my first under 11’s training session yesterday afternoon. Now they have offered me the chance to work with Elijah and younger kids. Giving me a good range of experience across multiple age groups. I am sure this will give me the exposure and experience I need to make me a more adaptable professional once I FINALLY ATTAIN MY DEGREE!!! ( :p ). The session went well I was told that the best way to plan a session with this age group, is to have a session goal (speed, acceleration, finishes etc) and try to build fun drills with those goals in mind. I chose acceleration as my session goal and then had to build these drills. It was a little difficult for me to get my head around at first. At Uni whilst we have had the odd lecture on training kids and a class or two on development throughout a lifespan. But in general when we talk about fitness and training modalities, it’s usually with adult or elite athletes in mind. I am glad Ginninderra gave me the opportunity which, in turn forced me to think outside the box. The drills I ended up going with were chase your partner and best of three wins. The idea behind the drill is that one athlete starts 2m behind another. They both start running at the same time and the kid that started at the back has to catch the runner in front of him. It makes the kids really focus on their starts and driving with power. Keeping their stride length smaller and faster as they start. As they get closer to the athlete in front of them it teaches them to start striding at full length to get into their top speed. I look forward to holding more sessions and continuing the challenge
Where do I start with week 6. Yet again Ginninderra Athletics has given me the connections to propel my carer forward. This weekend I was introduced to an ex-Paralympic gold medalist and current AIS coach. I spoke with him about Elijah and the work I have been doing with him. By the end of the conversation he had invited both me and Elijah to come alone to his training sessions at the AIS. This is a dream come true for me. To be mentored and guided in program prescription, implementation, and evaluation by a coach and athlete of his standing is just unreal. I am also so excited for Elijah and all of the great opportunities it will give him. To be able to be trained by elite coaches so that the work we do with him could potentially help him reach his goal of doing wheelchair long distance racing. The possibilities are endless and just so exciting.
Elijah on the weekend during our training sessions also improved his throwing distance by 25cms. Which for the second sessions is just such an impressive increase. It is really rewarding to see that the research and thought that goes into creating the program can pay off in such a small amount of time. It’s also interesting to see the difference in coaching experience. What I mean by this is Steve has been training and coaching in athletics for a majority of his life. So he is very good at picking up the small in consistencies in peoples form or technique which in turn improves their overall running speed once those inconsistencies have been corrected. Since working with him and learning how he looks at athletes I have noticed that it has started to rub off on me. Because I have gotten the background from university and my own research I am able to think through the issues with Elijah’s form and suggest alternatives to improve his form. I am just so stoked with my experiences and opportunities that Ginninderra are providing.
With the AIS Athletics Track being closed, the UC Ginninderra Athletics Club is offering all athletes aged 12-years to Masters the chance to participate in the only grassroots competition in North Canberra for senior athletes this year. The Tigers are based in Belconnen on Ginninderra Drive.
There is free Club training sessions available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Charnwood Athletics Field from IAAF and Athletics Australia accredited Coaches in all event disciplines. Entry to the Track is paid by the Club through the generosity of our sponsors.
Registration Little Athletes (Under 12 to Under 17) can join the UC Tigers for free and wear their Little As uniform when competing. Older athletes have the biggest choice of registrations from grassroots social memberships to a full membership with AACT. The Club uniform is the best value in town at $25.
The 2017-18 Season starts on the 7th October 2017 and our new Intraclub season commences on Saturday 14th October.
Athletics ACT have opened the Online Registration system and UC Ginninderra Athletics Club is accepting new and returning members.
Athletics ACT have created a new Registration option this season: the Gold membership. Athletes taking out Gold membership do not entry fees to any Athletics ACT (AACT) competition, including all Championship events, but only if they enter using the On-Line entry system.
The normal Basic Registration Options for Dual Registered Little Athletes and Under 14 to Open Athletes have not changed. This registration option provides Athletics Australia insurance coverage to the athlete for the period 1 October to 30 September each year (or part thereof). Athletes taking out basic membership still pay the standard entry fee for entry to all Athletics ACT competitions, including Championship events.
Little Athletes (Under 12 to Under 17) can join UC Ginninderra Athletics Club for free as a dual registered athlete.
UC Ginninderra Athletics is once again proud to offer our $65 Social Membership to all interested athletes. This is ideal for anyone looking to train and/or participate in our Intraclub meets at Charnwood Athletics Field over summer. This registration option provides Athletics Australia insurance coverage to the athlete, however they must upgrade to a basic or gold membership if they wish to compete at Athletics Australia or AACT competitions.
For our Masters Athletes the training sessions start on Monday 16th October from 5:30pm with Thursday Throwers starting on 19th October also 5:30pm. Our membership options for 25 years and over are:
Grassroots membership: Train and Participate at Charnwood Athletics Field;
Basic Athletics ACT membership: Includes Grassroots membership plus compete at AACT events;
AACT Masters membership: Includes Basic AACT membership plus compete with Australian Masters Athletics events
This season Ginninderra Athletics will have a new Uniform Item, Tiger Compression Tights in full length and half length options.
An initial order with our supplier has been placed and Athletes are encouraged to pre-order now. The Tights will be available to pick-up at the end of September 2017.
If the number of subsequent pre-orders requires a second batch from the supplier this will arrive by mid October (in time for the start of the season). Tights will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.