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South Melbourne District Little Athletics
Welcome to South Melbourne District Little Athletics Centre (SMDLAC)!
Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic) has been established for over 50 years and has more than 20,000 children participating across Victoria in more than 100 centres or clubs.
SMDLAC is part of the Western Metro Region of Little Athletics Victoria.
South Melbourne District Little Athletics Centre is a community based club and was established by an enthusiastic group of local parents. SMDLAC are a young club and joined Little Athletics Victoria in 2006/2007 for their first season of competition. South Melbourne Little Athletics is one arm of the South Melbourne District Sports Club and it could never have begun without the support of our parent club committee. South Melbourne District Sports Club is the largest and most established community-based organisation in the Albert Park Reserve.
In the early years our athletes competed on grass on ovals in Albert Park. After much negotiation with the State Sports Trust, and with the support of South Melbourne District Sports Club executive committee and also our local member of Parliament at the time, Martin Foley, we were able to become tenants of Victoria’s world-standard athletics venue, Lakeside Stadium, when it opened in 2011. We are incredibly privileged to have the ongoing use of this wonderful track.
At South Melbourne District Little Athletics Centre it is all about fun! Out aim is to develop skills, confidence and fitness across a range of track and field event.
Little athletics is open to all children aged 5-15 years. We are an all inclusive club and children of all abilities are most welcome. Little Aths Victoria offer Multi Class events (for children with disabilities) at their State events specifically to cater for all types of athlete.
Our competition runs most Sunday mornings throughout terms 4 and 1. We are one of only 2 Little Athletic Centres who have competition on Sundays so attract families who cannot participate on a Saturday due to other sporting commitments. Due to the availability of Lakeside Stadium there are some weeks where we will compete later in the day or relocate to another track. We are very fortunate to have a terrific relationship with Williamstown Little Athletics Centre who allow us use of their track in Newport when ours is unavailable.
Track & Field is run through summer from October to March.
The season dates for the first 4 weeks are: 8th Oct - 9am-1130 - Lakeside 15th Oct - 3pm-530pm - Lakeside 22nd Oct - 9am-1130 - Williamstown 29th Oct - 3pm-530pm - Lakeside
Track & Field Events
Track / Sprints – 70m, 100m, 200m Distance - 400m, 800m, 1500m, hurdles.
Jumps - Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump Throws - Shot Put, Discus, Javelin
Ages 5 - 16 years
All children aged 6 (as of 1 October) to age 15 are welcome to register with South Melbourne District Little Athletics Centre (SMDLAC).
An Under 6 OnTrack program will be offered for children aged 5 years of age (as of 1 October 2012 ) subject to the volunteer involvement of parents.
For the 2017/2018 intake, if you were born on or after October 1 2013, you are unfortunately too young for Little Athletics but we look forward to seeing you in the future.
If you were born before October 1, 2001 you are unfortunately too old for Little Athletics but you can join South Melbourne District Athletics Club through Athletics Victoria.
Lakeside Stadium is conveniently located across from the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (MSAC) in Albert Park, further on down Aughtie Drive. SMDLAC operates at Lakeside Stadium, 31-33 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park (Melways 2K F6).
Melways Reference 2K, D7
World Class Facilities
Lakeside Stadium State Athletics Centre – Home of South Melbourne District Little Athletics Centre Lakeside Stadium is the home for athletics in Victoria. The $50 million facility provides state of the art facilities for training and competition at all levels.
The State Sport Centres Trust, a statutory authority that governs the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (MSAC), State Netball Hockey Centre (SNHC) and the MSAC Institute of Training, manages the facility.
Lakeside Stadium is the administrative centre for Athletics Victoria, Little Athletics Victoria and Little Athletics Australia. It is also the home of the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and South Melbourne Soccer Club.
- An IAAF-approved synthetic 8-lane blue running track with a 10-lane, 110 m straight. Plus:
- 4 long jump/triple jump pits
- Two discus cages
- Two high jump fans
- Five shot-put fans
- A six-lane warm up track
- Two grandstands
TRAIN: The nearest train station is the Southern Cross (Spencer Street) train station, which is located on the corner of Spencer and Collins Streets and is a five minute drive from Lakeside Stadium
TRAM: Route 96 (East Brunswick to St Kilda Beach) – Stop 129 Route 12 (City to South Melbourne/St Kilda) – Stop 131 For timetabling information, please visit www.yarratrams.com.au
PARKING: Enter through Gate 1 off Albert Road Drive. Parking is available along Albert Road Drive and next to the Stadium (enter Aughtie Drive). Parking permits are available from Parks Victoria. These exempt permit holders from paying the relevant parking fee – time restrictions still apply. Once athletes are registered with SMDLAC, a parking permit application can be collected from the Centre’s Registrar.
Hats, Sunscreen & Drink Bottles
Children should wear a hat (labelled with their name), cover themselves with sunscreen, and carry a drink bottle (also labelled with their name).
Athletes in the U9 and above age groups can wear the red and white striped competition singlet or T-Shirt at our weekly competitions. Only the competition singlet can be worn at Regional and higher level competitions.
For the U8 and below age groups the red and white striped competition T-Shirt should be worn. The old red competition polo can no longer be worn.
New singlets/T-Shirts can be purchased from our on-line shop as part of the Registration Process. Both the Singlet and T-Shirts are $40 each.
Once athletes register they are provided with a registration number/chest patch (collected at the Centre at designated times). The patch is worn at each competition as a safety, procedural and sponsorship requirement as well as to receive results.
Shorts must be black boxers, sports briefs or bike shorts (with no branding or white stripes) and not longer than 100mm above the knee measured whilst the athlete is kneeling.
LAVIC approved black shorts are available for purchase through our on-line shop (recommended for those that will compete at Regional and State Championships).
Compression or bike shorts may be worn as an undergarment but the colour of the shorts should also be black and again, no longer than 100mm above the knee.
Appropriate footwear must be worn in all events, by all athletes. The Association does not specify types of shoes for centre competition. However, there are changes regarding the use of spikes.
Good fitting running shoes with flexible soles, a firm supporting heel and laced so the foot cannot move in the shoe, can be used for all events. Feel free to speak to coaches for advice on running shoes.
Competition shoes can be used for all Hurdles, track events up to and including 400m, Long,
Triple and High jumps. Some Competition shoes have no heel and little shock absorption. They are not recommended for the full program and should not be used for the Walk, Middle Distance events and road training.
Athletes in the U11 to U12 age groups can wear spikes for hurdles, 70 m, 100 m, 200 m and 400 m i.e. track events where athletes compete in a separate lane. They may also wear spikes in Long jump, Triple jump, High jump, and javelin. U13—U15 athletes may wear spikes in all events except race walks.
Spikes can only be worn during an event but not to or from the event. Spikes must be cone or Christmas Tree shaped and no longer than 7mm. Spiked shoes with spikes removed are not permitted. Spikes can not be worn for cross country.
Middle distance spikes are the recommended shoe for this age group.
To purchase the SMDLAC club uniform click here
Parents are the driving force behind Little Athletics. Their role as committee members, area managers, age group managers, coaches and volunteers is fundamental to the success of the program.
We are very keen to see new parents join the SMDLAC committee – we need new energy each year! If you are interested in joining the committee members, area managers, age group managers, coaches and volunteers please send an email or come and have a chat to one of the committee members and find out how rewarding it is to give back to our kids.
Meet the people who volunteer their time to make the SMDLAC experience such a great one. Their tireless work behind the scenes have helped make this one of the more successful Little Athletics clubs in Australia.
- President - James Cornwell
- Vice-President – Tony Stubbs
- Secretary – Sue Connelly
- Treasurer – Sophie Williams
- Registrar – Sandra Davidson
- Timing Gates – James Psonis
- Coaching – Srini Mandava
- General Committee – Ann McAllister, Emily Harridge, Susan Harris & Mick Hegan
Thank you to Greg Scerri for his assistance last season, he has sadly retired from the committee as his girls are not returning to the club.
We follow the LaVic Rules and Regulations Codes of conduct View here
Child Safe Policy | Little Athletics Victoria View here
Download the South Melbourne Districts Little Athletics Handbook for parent information, policies, guidelines and more.Download PDF