Welcome to the 2021/22 season at Wangaratta Little Athletics; and an extra special welcome to all our new members.
Many young people in our community have not had the opportunity to participate in sporting and recreational activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year. We are really excited to have approval from LAVic to run an athletics program in Wangaratta, under strict COVID-Safe protocols.
Kate Finnigan and I have been appointed as our COVID Safe Officials and will play an important role in ensuring compliance with LAVic’s Competition and Training Protocols and the delivery of a safe little athletics program for Wangaratta.
The guiding principle for this season is “Get in, Compete, Get Out”.
We have had to make some fundamental changes to the way in which our program runs to comply with LAVic Protocols. It is important that all athletes, parents, and guardians understand these changes prior to registering. The most important change is that every child must be directly supervised by a parent or guardian at little athletics, and all parents/guardians must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
There will be staggered arrival times for Junior, Intermediate and Senior athletes to allow each cohort of athletes to “get in, compete, get out”. We know from last year that this approach ensured the smooth running of events, and meant that we did not have a large number of people standing around waiting to compete.
Every athlete will be required to have a supervising parent/guardian with them at every event, and every parent/guardian must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or have a medical exemption). No exceptions. This applies to all age groups, even our Seniors in U16. We appreciate that there will be practical issues for families with more than one child competing, but this will be managed sensibly.
The Event Officials will call upon supervising parents/guardians to assist with running each event (i.e. measuring and recording results, disinfecting equipment, hand sanitising before and after each event/attempt). Supervising parents will also play a key role in ensuring that there is no contact between athletes, 1.5m physical distancing is strictly observed along with good hygiene practices.
There will be a QR Code for check-in at each entry to the track. Spectators are discouraged from attending whilst COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.
We thank you for your support in making this season work. I invite anyone with concerns regarding the vaccination requirements to contact me directly - by phone or email.
Donovan Jacka, President