A warm welcome to all of our new and returning families.
At Toowong Harriers we pride ourselves on the supportive environment we offer. On the track and in the field, we aim to offer an inclusive and accepting environment which encourages children to be their best. We ask that all parents and supporters are encouraging of all our athletes and help our children to do the same.
Our centre handbook is a great resource as it contains most of the information for the upcoming season. Please also familiarise yourself with the following sections of our website; uniform, coaching and centre meets/calendar.
During the season, all information will be shared on the Team App. It is really important that all families have access to this App to stay informed about the following:
Meet information, including volunteer signup.
Coaching sessions, including signup.
Keep an eye on the news section as this is where we will post important updates, including any cancellations due to weather.
Little Athletics relies on volunteers. Our weekly meets and regular coaching sessions cannot run without parents/family members assisting. In particular, each week we need assistance in setting up and putting away the equipment. This year we are trialling a distribution of jobs to a given age group on a rotational basis. Each age group will have a co-ordinator that will oversee the sign-up to volunteer roles where they are required. Additionally, they will ensure fair distribution of the load among parents. Duty rosters will be made available in Team App to enable you to register for a role.
If you are unsure about volunteering, please don’t be shy, come and see us at the official's desk. Sally our official's coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be available to answer any of your questions. The official's desk can generally be found in the tent adjacent the clubhouse and is easily spotted by the line of volunteers getting their names recorded! Alternatively, any committee member are always available to answer your questions.
To thank you for volunteering, the family deposit portion of your fees will be refunded in approx. May 2024 when 10 volunteer sessions per family have been completed for the season. Please refer to the Parent Participation Deposit Refunds section for further information.
If time gets away on you as it tends to do and you did not preregister a role, please make your way to Sally to see what roles are vacant.
It is important that volunteers officiating at events know what they are doing and convey this to the athletes. All the rules are provided in the folders located at each field event. Alternatively, don’t be afraid to ask one of our committee members. We are always willing to provide assistance.
The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme offers Level 1 Officiating courses online (free of charge) for all athletic events. Level 1 is the basic grading level aimed at officials wishing to officiate to a local club/centre/school level. We would love to see some of our parents take the opportunity to become accredited in a couple of events. Each course takes about 1 hour. Our coaching coordinator (email@example.com) will be able to provide you with more information. Alternatively, one of our committee members will response to your enquiry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is centre policy that all children under 12 years of age participating in meets or coaching sessions require a parent/guardian present at the venue. If you need to nominate an adult who is willing to take responsibility for your child/children (this person must be known to your child) please fill out the Child Supervision Register at the recording desk. Please be aware that our volunteers and coaches are not babysitters and you remain responsible for your own children.
Finally, if you have any questions please speak to one of our committee members (usually spotted wearing a Toowong Harriers polo shirt). They are always willing to help.
We hope your family enjoys the season.