National U15 Camp

The Board of Little Athletics Australia are monitoring the evolving situation of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). At this stage the National U15 Camp will still proceed however the situation will be monitored over the coming months and updates will be provided. 

 

The National Camp will be held from Sunday 4th October to Wednesday 7th October 2020 at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, ACT.

The live-in camp is designed to provide elite coaching and active participation in athletics. Situated at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, we are able to take full advantage of these world class facilities. With coaching sessions planned each day, you will be able to enhance your performance in your event and improve your general fitness. Workshops will be held on various topics such as strength & conditioning and stretching; there will also be guest appearances by senior elite athletes.

Selection Process

Athletes who achieved the national qualification standard set by Coles Little Athletics Australia and maybe invited to attend the National Camp.

National qualification standards are based around the results from the State Championships. Athletes are selected based on their State Championships results and ranked against the very best athletes across Australia. In some circumstances if an athlete was unable to attend their State Championships due to unforeseeable circumstances this may be taken into consideration. These athletes will need to be nominated by their State Association.

There are 3 female and 3 male (may be adjusted at LAA discretion) athletes will be invited for each of the 14 Track and Field events as well as a female and male Multi athletes from each State Association.

In 2020 Children with a Disability (CWD) -children not currently participating in little athletics as well as Athletes with a Disability (AWD) -those that are currently participating in little athletics, will also be invited (after being nominated by their State Association) to participate in the 2020 camp.

Details

Date: Sunday 4th October to Wednesday 7th October 2020

Vacancies: Approx. 120 elite athletes will be invited to attend the National Camp.

Supervision: Camp Coordinators (Coles Little Athletics Australia Employees) and Athlete Managers. All Athlete Managers have a Working with Children Check (or State equivalent) and are minimum Level 2 coach accredited.

Accommodation: Single and double rooms with shared bathrooms in the AIS Halls of Residence. Males and females will be accommodated in separate blocks within the Residences.

Arrival Time: Approx. 1pm Sunday 4th October 2020*

Departure Time: Approx. 12 pm Wednesday 7th October 2020*

This is a great opportunity for athletes to be coached by some of Australia’s best coaches, and to receive expert training and education in a range of areas, both physical and theoretical.

Athletes with a Disability (Multi Class athletes) Camp Selection criteria:

LAA will consider all nominations for the camp from the Under 13 to under 15 age groups inclusive. LAA encourages applications to be made, even if there is some uncertainty about meeting the criteria.  Click here to complete the nomination form which needs to forwarded back to LAA through their Member Association.

  1. Athletes need to be registered Little Athlete for season 2020-2021
  2. Athletes need to be EITHER formerly classified by a recognised organisation, prior to being considered for the camp, OR in the process of seeking a classification to the satisfaction of LAA.

Classification
All multi-class athletes must have received or be in the process of achieving at minimum, a provisional classification PRIOR to the event.

Classification is a recognised way of grouping athletes of similar function or ability for the purpose of competition. Classification exists to try and create a “fair” competition amongst athletes with different disabilities.

The following disabilities can currently be classified for athletics and therefore be eligible to compete in the multi-class events and be eligible for the camp:

  • T/F 01 – Hearing Impairment
  • T/F 11-13 – Visual Impairment
  • T/F 20 – Intellectual Impairment
  • T31-54 & 61-64; F31-57 & 61-64 – Physical Impairment
  • T/F 60 – Transplant Athletes

See the https://www.athletics.com.au/get-involved-athletics/multi-class/   for more information about classification requirements.

There are times when this process can seem daunting or cumbersome. If the athlete requires support, or there is some difficulty in the process, LAA will consider firstly, providing support for that athlete to gain classification, and secondly, waiving the requirement, upon provision of information to the satisfaction of LAA that a classification would be likely.

  1. Athlete will have ideally competed at their Regional or State Championships in the year prior;

This will be subject to exemption in the case of injury, exceptional circumstances that meant they weren’t able to compete, not having joined little Athletics before (20/21 being their inaugural year), or the events in which the athlete is considered to have potential were not offered at Regional or State Championships.

In this case, State and territory bodies are encouraged to identify athletes with disability who may have potential in ANY of the events offered at Little Athletics and accept results for Schools regional or State competitions for the purposes of identifying potential. State and territory bodies are encouraged to use the School Qualifying standards for their relevant State or territory as a guide, or to refer the results to LAA for consideration. If in doubt, LAA encourages the athlete to be nominated.

  1. Each application should include a short (no more than 100 words) statement from the child or their parents setting out their journey in athletics so far, including any barriers they have faced, and their goals and aspirations for the future. 

Multi Class Athlete Nomination Form

Each applicant or nomination needs to be endorsed through the State Association prior to being forwarded to Cole Little Athletics Australia.

LAA will have the final say on who is invited to the camp.

Please Note:
  • There is a cost to the athlete that will be outlined once an invite has been forwarded to the successful nomination.
  • Each confirmed athlete will be accompanied by their main carer (if required) and this person will be funded by LAA.

For more information on the National Camp or to learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process, please the Coles Little Athletics Australia office at a.johnston@littleathletics.com.au or 03 9682 1511.