Welcome to Toowong Harriers Little Athletics. We look forward to your family’s company for the 2020/21 season. As you read through this website you will begin to realise that Little Athletics requires 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 with 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, our Centre would slowly grind to a halt. We understand that you may feel apprehensive, however there are many roles (assisting at an event – eg. collecting shot puts/discus, raking long jump pits etc) which are incredibly necessary and require little experience.
Weekly Centre Meets
The successful operation of our weekly Centre meets relies on parents/carers pitching in and helping out. We need between 70 and 90 adult volunteers each week to ensure our meet runs smoothly and safely. There are a variety of roles, so 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 endeavour to find a role that you are comfortable with.
Each week our Centre Manager will send out an email about the upcoming meet and upcoming events/news if any. In this email there will be a link to enable you to register for a volunteer role. Please use this link to register your role in the days prior to the meet as this assists us to plan for the meet.
The program for the upcoming meet can be found under the Season Calendar section of our website. Here you can also register for a volunteer role in the upcoming meet; just in case you have misplaced the email.
When you arrive at the meet please come and mark your name off at the Officials Coordinators desk located under the tent adjacent to the clubhouse. This is to ensure we have a record of your assistance as the family deposit portion of your fee is refunded at the end of the season if you assist 12 times, however 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 did not pre register for a volunteer role, you are still able to sign up for one when you arrive. Please go to the Officials Coordinators desk to see what positions are still vacant.
Welcome back! Particularly to the many regular helpers who make our Centre such a great success, week in week out. If you have not been able to assist 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 coordinating the Official's portfolio and will be available at the Officials Coordinators desk, located under the tent adjacent to the clubhouse, to answer any questions you may have.
It is our Centre policy that all children participating in meets and training sessions must have a parent/guardian present at the venue throughout the entire meet or session. This is for safety reasons should your child become injured or fall ill during the meet. It is also in the case of the meet ending early due to a weather event or the age group finishing earlier than scheduled. In this case it places an unfair burden on the Age Marshals and Centre volunteers to care for children until they are collected.
Whilst it is our preference for all parents/guardians to remain at the meet and have fun participating with their children and helping to keep the meet running smoothly, we recognise that this cannot always be the case. If circumstances prevent you from remaining at the Centre, you are asked to nominate another parent who is known to you and your child who is remaining at the event to act as a contact. Please complete the register at the Recording desk with the relevant details, including your contact details, before leaving the venue.
For regular helpers, once you have gained a little experience we encourage you to undertake 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 test are not difficult and once taken provide a great boost to your confidence in assisting with events. If you have any questions about any of the above, please let us know.