For New Parents
Welcome to Toowong Harriers Little Athletics - we look forward to your family’s company for the 2019/20 season. As you read through this website you will probably begin to realise that Little Athletics takes quite a bit of organisation both on the competition days and behind the scenes. This is where we need your help!
All the officials you see are volunteers with varying degrees of experience, yet one thing in common - they jumped in at some stage knowing absolutely nothing, and offered to help. Without the help of new parents each year, the Centre would slowly grind to a halt.
The successful operation of our weekly Centre meets relies on parents/carers pitching in and helping out. We need between 60 and 80 adult volunteers each week to ensure our meet runs smoothly and safely. There are a variety of roles, so please if you are new/unsure, please come and talk to Barbara Maenhaut (Officials Coordinator) or Trudy Lennox (Centre Manger) just prior to the meet and we will ensure we find a role that you can cope with.
We are introducing this season, an online volunteering registration system, Signup. Please use the link below to signup each week
We will send a reminder email each week to Signup. By using this Signup (in the few days PRIOR to the meet) you will save a spot in advance, which will assist our volunteers, as critical gaps will be visible in signup, and we can avoid the last minute rush trying to fill positions.
Volunteers, please come and mark your name off at the Officials Coordinators desk when you arrive.
As you will see, a lot of equipment must be placed correctly on the field before a competition meeting can take place. So, as well as officiating at competitions when they can, we need volunteers to set up equipment for meets and help return and pack it away afterwards (field officials are expected to bring in everything except high jump mats). Just arrive a little early and we’ll give you a task. Many hands make light work.
Remember, the Parent Participation Fee is refunded if you assist 12 times, but we do encourage and need more assistance if possible. The best reward you’ll get is being involved in the same activities as your kids and their friends!
If you are not sure on what to do, please come and talk to Barbara or Trudy at the Officials Table.
Welcome back, particularly to the many regular helpers who make our Centre such a great success, week in, week out. If you haven’t been able to help a lot in the past, and feel like participating more this season, please come and talk to us - everyone is welcome. This year, Barbara Maenhaut will be handling the Officials portfolio and will be available at the Officials’ table to answer any questions you may have.
For All Families
This season we are asking that all families with children under 12 have a parent in attendance at Competition meets...who can assist. When unable to be there they must appoint a parent from another family to act on their behalf.
For regular helpers, once you’ve gained a little experience, we encourage you to take some simple “multiple choice” tests and become “Qualified” Centre Level Officials. The more experienced and qualified officials we have, the better off the kids will be whether they compete at State, Regional or purely Centre level. The exams aren’t hard, and once taken, provide a great boost to your confidence in handling events. If you have any questions about any of the above, please let us know.