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, COVID-19 and centre meets/calendar.

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During the season, all information will be shared on Team App. It is really important that all families have access to this app.  We will use email initially but after a few weeks, we will move solely to Team App.  Team App will provide:

  • Meet information, including volunteer signup.

  • Coaching sessions, including signup.

  • News section 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.  We also need to fill all track and field officialling roles.  There is a Duty Roster option within Team App to enable you to register for a role in the meet.  

If you are unsure about volunteering, please don’t be shy, come and see us at the officials desk.  Barbara our officials coordinator (officials@toowongharriers.org.au) will be available to answer any of your questions.  The officials 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, Trudy our centre manager or 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 2022 when 12 volunteer sessions per family have been completed for the season.  It is important to ensure your session has been correctly recorded so please make your way to Barbara before the meet starts to record your attendance.  This is regardless of using Duty Roster via Team App to register for a role.

 

If time gets away on you, as it tends to do, and you did not preregister a role, please make your way to Barbara 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 (coaching@toowongharriers.org.au) or centre manager (manager@toowongharriers.org.au) will be able to provide you with more information.​

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.

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