BLAC 2017/18 AGM & 2021 Strategic Plan
We recently had our BLAC Annual General Meeting at Elsternwick Bowls Club. Thanks to those who took some time out of their busy schedule to attend and play a part in our clubs exciting future. The Committee presented a new three year Strategic Plan and the results of our recent member survey. We also presented our Annual Report. Our Strategic Plan Summary, the document itself and our Annual report can be seen and or downloaded below.
Coaching News - Damien & Jack Commonwealth Games selection
Brighton Little Athletics Centre congratulates our two throws coaches, Jack Dalton and Damien Birkinhead, on their selection in the Australian Track and Field team for next months’ Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Their inclusion in the 109-strong team—Australia’s second-largest ever contingent for a Commonwealth Games—comes on the back of stellar performances at last months’ national track and field championships, which were also held on the Gold Coast. Damian nabbed gold in the shot put, while Jack picked up silver in the hammer throw, earning him his first outing in the green and gold at senior level.
Jack and Damien are both hoping their appearance at the Games will inspire young athletes at Dendy Park to chase their own dreams and maybe one day represent their country at a major athletics event. Jack says his weekly coaching sessions mean a lot to him and he loves being a role model for young throwers.
“There’s probably going to be kids who’ll watch us on tv at the Games and be like ‘I know those guys, I trained with them,’ and that’ll be something that motivates them,” Dalton says. “It felt great to give back to some of the kids.”
Jack is a true local boy, having competed at Brighton Little Athletics Centre as a kid. His two years coaching at BLAC have been a chance to give back to the club where his athletic career began. Coaching kids has also helped his own preparation and understanding of his sport.
“When you’re teaching someone it actually helps you learn the event even better because instead of just thinking about the feeling, you’re thinking about a way of describing it, which can give you a different perspective of what you’re doing,” he says.
Damien, who originally hails from Geelong, finished in the top 10 at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and is hoping to build on that result next month. Wearing the green and gold at a major athletics event is a huge honour, he says.
“It’s something that everyone in athletics strives for and to be able to do it at a Commonwealth Games or Olympics, It’s something you can say you’ve done and not many get to do it, so it’s exciting.”
Damien joined our coaching team this year and we’re already seeing the fruits of his wisdom in the ring.
It has been a long hard road for both of them and we’re proud of them and extremely lucky to have them on board at our club.
Please join us in congratulating them on their selection and wishing them the very best of luck on the Gold Coast.
Bayside Cross Country - 2018 Season Calendar
Bayside Cross Country Season 2018 is officially opened for registrations in late March. Under the leadership of Brian Ballamy (yes... that's 'our' Brian), Bayside XC has finalised their calendar for the upcoming exciting season. We encourage all BLAC members to partake in Bayside XC throughout winter. It's one of the few sports parents can partake in with their children and is an economical and fun way to enjoy fitness within the Bayside area across winter. Please feel free to approach Brian with any questions anytime or click on the links below.
Life Members Season 2017-18
New 2017-18 inductees into Life Membership at BLAC
Each year we induct a number of athletes as Life Members of the club. The criteria for an athlete Life Member is 5 years competition at Brighton with at least 1 year in the U12 age group. We are thrilled to welcome the following athletes into the club as Life Members:
- Kitty Smyth
- Lachlan Teal
- Grace Bolton
- Francesca Dever
- Lola Gorton
- Jones Gorton
- Zac Barling
- Tommy Breen
- Spencer Greenberg
- Kai Vivian
- Louis Breguet
- James Tan
- Hugo Richey
Stay tuned for more news on 7-year athletes who are acknowledged by LA Vic and more award winners as we get close to our end of season presentation day on 24 March 2018.
State Relay Championships!!!
Team BLAC put on an awesome show at the State Relay Championships on Saturday the 16th December. With 12 teams competing, we had 5 qualify for finals (3 on the day against the State's best). Amongst some great runs - and with our team watching some of the best runs they've ever seen from other teams - the U9 Boys almost triumphed for gold in the 4 x 100 mtrs. A hugely deserved silver (check out that pennant!) was a big highlight from the day - congrats boys. Almost overshadowed by their immediate appearance on LA Vic TV!
Thats the wrap for the teams events this year. Focus now shifts to the State Multi-Event and the SMR Track & Field event. Full details here - http://www.lavic.com.au/Competition/Events
Update - Little Athletics changes to age groups
Centres voted in favour of implementing the ‘age group change’ at the Special General Meeting held on Saturday 16th December.
A huge thank you for those Centres in attendance.....
Tuesday and Thursday nights are the new black…at BLAC! Field coaching on Tuesday. Track on Thursday. Final details being pulled together by David Saunders, our new Coaching Director. Returning coaches include Jack Dalton (throws), Allan Poynton (hurdles), Brett Lewis (long and triple jump) and Gaby Howard (high jump). New coaches…welcome Laura Bainbridge (sprints), Cam Hughes (javelin) and Cam Tampion (relay lead).
If any of our parents want to get involved in coaching please email David at email@example.com who can help facilitate the Intro to Coaching course (details at -http://brightonlittleaths.squarespace.com/whats-on/) The Kids get an enormous amount out of coaching – please help where you can.
U13+ “Circuit” competition
I’m so excited to announce that 5 of the premier SMR clubs have banded together to launch a dedicated competition to help retain and develop U13+ athletes. Dubbed “The Circuit”, the program is intended to foster the great social connections athletes make as they get older, and promote a fun, competitive environment whilst representing their club. The 1st of 3 rounds is on 9 November at Mentone – kicking off under lights. Brighton hosts the 2nd round on 9 December. The 3rd and final round is at Sandringham at the start of Feb. I urge you to spread the word and encourage all older athletes to sign up.