How do I contact Athletics Wollongong?

Email us at athleticswollongong@gmail.com, post to our facebook page or mail things to us at PO Box 7153, Gwynneville, NSW, 2500.  Else, there are phone numbers of some members of the Club Committee noted on the Committee page (reminder: Athletics Wollongong is a volunteer-run organisation; those on the Committee are volunteering their time when able - don't necessarily expect someone to be available 24/7).


I haven't done athletics in ages and I'm not sure it's for me....

We have members who cover the range from total novice to elite international athlete.  We strive for a warm and encouraging environment throughout our operations, where everyone is treated equally.  If you're slower than you'd prefer or jiggle more than you'd like, rest assured that there are other people in the Club just like you, stoked that you're thinking of joining us and not at all disappointed that you aren't Usain Bolt.  To see if we're a good fit for each other, Athletics Wollongong offers a free 2-week trial period.  Complete a Trialling Athlete form each week (available on the Registration page) and hand it into the office - this is for insurance purposes.


How do I register?  Which membership should I take up?

Register online.  If you're unsure about which membership, talk to our Registrar or follow this brief guide: only interested in competing on a Wednesday?  Community Athlete is the way to go.  Want to compete anywhere and everywhere?  It's Open, Junior, Youth or Concession (depending on your age).  Have several people in your family who want to compete anywhere and everywhere?  Do the math and see if a Family Rego works out cheaper.  Already a member of a Little Athletics Centre and want Dual membership?  You don't have to do anything extra, it all happened during your Little Athletics registration - we'll be in contact once we're made aware of your selection.


Are there Club training sessions?

There are a number of accredited coaches affiliated with the Club who are available at a variety of times and in most disciplines.  You can find their contact details on the Coaching page.  In our experience, members prefer this arrangement over a set, Club-wide training time.


How do I do the events?

For at least the first time an event is scheduled for an age group each season, there will be a club member on hand to give tips and direction to competitors and officials (i.e. parents/helpers).  At other times there will be experienced athletes competing alongside you and  they will likely be more than happy to give you some tips.  The IAAF gives a brief rundown of each Olympic event here There are plenty of other resources on the web which go into greater detail, for example TeachPE.  The best resource we have to offer though are our coaches. For a full understanding of an event, join them for a few sessions.


How are Wednesday nights organised?

Our local meets on a Wednesday are quite relaxed.  You don't need to enter beforehand, just be at each event as it is occuring.  Note that you do have to pay an entry fee to use the Beaton Park facility at the front desk, but otherwise there is no charge.  The evening is divided into periods with each age group scheduled to do different events.  You don't have to com events you're not interested in.  You don't have to compete solely within your age group: in running events you can compete alongside friends/family or people of the same/greater ability. In field events you can participate in events not programmed for your group (so long as you don't negatively impact the people whose group is actually programmed to do the event).  Note that you can only break Club records, set season bests etc, in the events that are programmed for your group.  The schedule of events can be viewed on the Competition page, with the actual event order posted on facebook on the Sunday prior to competition.


What happens in the event of poor weather on a Wednesday?

If there's lightning nearby we suspend competition with regard to the 30-30 rule: i.e, if there's 30 seconds or less between the flash of lightning and the crack of thunder, we stop.  We resume once 30 minutes has passed since the last observed lightning.  If it's raining (or the infield is closed) we continue participating, though perhaps with some changes to the program for safety reasons - we may shelter briefly if conditions are particularly uncomfortable, but will continue as soon as practicable.


What time do Wednesdays start/finish?

We start at 5:30pm with some brief Club news and announcements regarding the competition, before commencing the first event.  Athletes should arrive well before then, having allowed enough time to warm up and prepare.  We generally schedule a distance running event for 7pm and endeavour to have all events completed by 7:30pm.


I'm from another athletics Club, can I participate on Wednesdays as well?

If you're a member of an ANSW-affiliated Club you have insurance coverage at our meets, and are welcome to participate. If you wish to maintain membership of your Club but also be eligible to set AW records, qualify for prizes/awards/trophies etc, you can pay the Athletics Wollongong Club portion of the rego fee (see the Registrar, this cannot be done online).  If you're an U12-U17 Little A's member and specified AW as your senior Club, you already have a Dual Registration and are a club member.  If you're a Little A's member and younger than U12s, then sadly - for insurance purposes - you'll need to take out an additional membership so that you're covered at our events. The cheapest is Community Membership.


I'm a parent of a child athlete, where is the volunteer roster?

Athletics Wollongong is a senior club.  We don't expect that everyone attends weekly; only as they feel fit, motivated and when their "regular life" allows.  Consequently we can't demand parents/helpers are available on any given evening and hence, there is no volunteer roster.  There are rules, however.  Every member under the age of 16 must have a parent in attendance.  We are not the babysitter; we have no qualifications in childcare; we are near-total strangers, with your child, in an environment where there are weapons flying through the air.  Be there.  We can forbid children from competing if they've no parental supervision but we'd rather common sense was the driving factor in you being there.  Each event must have at least two adults helping.  This is a child protection requirement by law.  If we don't have an appropriate number of helpers, that particular event will be abandoned.  You don't have to help at every event, take turns with other parents/helpers in attendance.  Note that we expect parents who themselves compete to also assist with their child's events - they will have to forgo some of their own occasionally.


How do I get a uniform?

If you're only competing at our local Club meets on a Wednesday night, it's not compulsory. However if you   represent Athletics Wollongong in any Athletics NSW events, you must wear the club singlet or crop top and privately sourced royal blue (or black) shorts. Tops are available for sale at our Wednesday meets (preferably between 5-5:30pm).  If you can't make it on a Wednesday, contact us for alternate arrangements. 


Where do I get my registration numbers from?

If you have a Community registration there are no numbers (as you don't need to wear them at our Club meets).  Dual-registered athletes will receive rego numbers from their Little A's Centre's Registrar.  For all others, bibs are collected from Athlete Check-in at the first ANSW event in which you participate.  When entering online, enter your number as '0' (zero) ahead of your first event - this will highlight to Check-in staff that you need to collect your bib from them.


I have a question not answered by this FAQ; what now?

The most comprehensive reading material regarding Athletics Wollongong is The Red Book (on the Competition page).  Otherwise talk to Committee members on a Club night, or contact us via any of the aforementioned means.