Welcome to the Athletics New South Wales 2017/18 Summer Season!
To begin with, I would like to report on the election of a Chair of Athletics NSW. At its September meeting, the Directors elected Dr Peter Higgins as the new Chair, replacing Brian White who has stepped down from the Board after five years of service as a Director. Regular competitors will know Peter from his role as one of the senior officials in our sport, a commitment that has seen Peter appointed to the officiating team at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Peter has served ANSW in numerous ways over the years, most recently as a member of both the Risk Committee and Marketing Advisory Panel, and he also has years of involvement with UTS Norths including as a Committee Member. Peter will be making touch with our Member Clubs in the coming days, however in the meantime I will simply congratulate Peter on his election and thank him for taking on this role.
With the warmth starting to return, we hope that everyone is looking forward to the coming track and field season, which kicked off last weekend with an All Comers hosted by Bankstown Sports Athletics Club and Beachletics at Shelley Beach. This weekend sees an All Comers at SOPAC (click here to register), doubling as the NSW All Schools Multi Event Championships and a warm up for the rest of the All Schools event. This will be followed by the first Treloar Shield meet of the season next Saturday at E.S. Marks. It’s a jam packed calendar between now and Christmas, click here to see all the event details.
The biggest difference from this year to last year is that the number of Treloar Shield events has been increased from five rounds to seven. This is in accordance with feedback received from last year’s summer participation survey. We have also sought to respect the majority view from this survey by extending the inter-Club competitions into the new year, with the final Treloar Shield round to take place in January. We appreciate that for many athletes the opportunity to compete ‘Club vs Club’ is one of the things that makes our competitions special. While the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast means that we haven’t been able to extend inter-Club comps too far this season, it remains a key priority going forward, to give more athletes more opportunities to compete through January and February.
Speaking of surveys, thank you for everyone who participated in our winter participation survey in the past few weeks. We are in the process of collating the results and I will report back on these next month, however there are a couple of clear messages which stand out at this point:
1. More people preferred the 2017 winter events to the 2016 events than vice versa (Good news!), reflecting that some of the strategic initiatives for this year were successful; and
2. It’s clear that ANSW still has some work to do around improving its processes for Club point score and results (Bad news!) as there were simply too many mistakes and delays this winter and that’s something that we will need to work on.
ANSW is committed to collecting data through surveys and we thank you for taking the time to be a part of this process. The more feedback we are able to collect the better the conversations will be and the better ANSW will be able to provide members with the events and services that they are looking for.
Finally for this month, I would like to make special mention of John Morris, who is to be recognised in the Athletics Australia Honours List for 30 years’ service as an official. This is an amazing achievement and we are fortunate to have John in the fold not only at ANSW events but also working with the Department of Education in educating the next wave of officials. Click here for further details of all of the officials who have registered a significant number of years of service and, next time you see John or one of our other wonderful officials at the track, remember to say hi and thanks!
See you at the track