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Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Registrations open on Monday, 1 August 2022

We have over 500 registrations per season with the most popular age groups U7, U8 and U9. Be sure to register early so you don’t miss out as we have a cap of 40 girls and 40 boys in these age groups per season.

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Saturday, 26 March 2022
2021/22 Season Wrap Up

The season may have ended with a cancellation but the ESLAC State Team didn’t let that dampen their performances at State Titles last weekend.

We had 38 competitors and 1 relay team in 85 events. Unfortunately, 3 couldn’t attend due to COVID isolation and we hope they have a speedy recovery and return to State next season.

It was the best ESLAC performance in many years. As a comparison, in 2017 we won 4 medals whereas at state this year we won 24 medals. We had 6 multiple medal winners. Our Instagram page has some great footage and photos. Our Junior Girls Relay of Bille, Marnie, Aria and Elizabeth won gold again, repeating the feat of last year with a convincing win. Billie joined the team this year as our under 9 and ran a great first leg with Marnie, Aria and Elizabeth showing their class and speed with ESLAC winning by 20m and 50m in front of most of the field.

Our under 10 girls continued their exceptional form, winning every event sprint from 60m hurdles to the 400m, as well as Silver in the Long Jump and High Jump. They filled the entire podium when they finished Gold Silver and Bronze in the 200m. A feat Mal hasn’t seen in the last 20 years at Little Athletics State Titles. Marnie finished with 5 Gold, Capri 2 Gold and 2 Silver and Chloe with 2 silver and 1 Bronze. 12 medals from 3 girls and 50% of the whole club’s medals. They are exceptional young athletes.

Harvey won 3 medals, Gold in Long Jump, Silver in Javelin and silver in Hurdles. Evan also won 3 medals Bronze in 400m, Silver in the 800m and Bronze in the 1500m, all in his first season with us. Aria won two medals a Gold in the relay and a well-deserved Bronze in the 200m. Elizabeth also won 2 medals Gold in the relay and silver in the 400. Gabi our U17 won Bronze in the triple jump in our last year with us. There were many more medallists, finalists and PBs. All supported by dedicated parents and Club Coaches Mal Jemima and Leo.

We also had many top 8 finishers and PBs. State titles can be daunting so well done to all. If you keep up the training and get a good coach you will be surprised what you can achieve. For example, Archie Daley ran a PB to qualify for State in 2021 and ran 10 mins 35 seconds to finish 13th in the 3km. Then 12 months later with some hard work and good coaching from Jeremy Roff he ran 9:16 to take silver with Nationals 3Km to follow tomorrow. That is a massive improvement and one that shows if you set the goal, put in the hard work and have a good coach you can achieve great results. At ESLAC we can help you achieve these goals.

Also good luck to our athletes that are competing at the Australian Track and Field Championships over the next seven days. This includes Piper Simpson, Eliette Millecamps, Gabriella Guerra, Archie Daley, Jack Richardson, Evan Rowbothom and Max Wende. Sprints coach Leo King is also competing. Apologies if we missed anyone.

Winter Coaching Options

All fees please pay the ESLAC bank account

Eastern Suburbs Little Athletics BSB: 012241 Account Number: 254 095 775. When paying, put your name and the night for which you are paying in the comments field, for example – $120 Tue/Wed H. Holt.

Winter coaching for ESLAC member are as follows please refer to the coaching section of the website

Throws with Jemima Sunday 3-5 Pm (Sunday 27th only 1-3pm) at Queens Park throws circles opposite Waverley Pavilion with the fee $100 for winter.

Sprints and Hurdles with Mal
Tuesday 330-430 McKay 29th March then from Monday 4 April 1730-1900 – Starts first then hurdles Snape Park Snape Street Maroubra
Wednesday 430-530 McKay Oval until ES Marks reopens
The fee for Mal is $150 for the winter you can attend one day or both but the fee is $150 for winter

Distance Jeremy Roff (Australian rep at World Champs and two Commonwealth games) has agreed to oversee our distance and cross country program with one of his coaches Alex Talbot. If you have interest we will set up the group and the fee for one training night and guidance on other sessions. If you have interest email drewarichardson@gmail.com

Jumps (Long and Triple) please see our coaching page on the website for Maxim’s details for Private coaching

Mal and Jemima are also available for private coaching and can cover all sprints, hurdles, throws and jumps. Jemima specialises in mulit events too.

Presentation – Date to be confirmed

Next Season we are back at ES Marks – Season Registrations will open in August for a September start. Please get in early as we reached our limit in the U8-10 age groups this year. Please encourage your friends to join us. Our competition team is looking for more athletes too that might want great racing and coaching options.

Thanks to all of our age Managers, volunteers and committee members for their efforts. Also thanks to Robert who helped us out with the timing gear and other duties again this year, even though he retired last year.

Thanks to Paul, Vanessa, Max and Anika from the Wende-Dunstan family for all of their help. Max still holds many records at the club, is a retiring Club Captain and helps every Friday. Also thanks to Lara also a retiring also Club Captain and her mum Kimi for all of her help over the years. The club just wouldn’t function without people like you.

Friday, 18 March 2022
Friday 18 March – Cancelled

We are sad to say that McKay oval remains closed due water, so we are not able to access it tonight for our last event of the season.  Clearly a challenging season that was delayed due to COVID restrictions, disrupted by the renovation of ES Marks and now the inability to access McKay.

This is especially disappointing as we wanted to farewell our under 17 Athletes and give our Tots their trophies.

We will advise of the date of the Presentation in the coming weeks.  All those with Age Champion shields please drop them off at the front door of 17 Lugar Street Bronte or for those competing please give them to Drew this weekend at State Titles.

Our season isn’t over yet for the State Athletes who will compete over the weekend for the club. Best of luck and we are sure you will do well. Mal will be there for warm ups both days on the warm up track back straight.  Our Instagram will be updated with the results over the weekend, so stay tuned for some great results.

Thanks to all the Age Managers, Committee members and parent helpers.  There is a lot of work that goes into each Friday night and without your help we simply would not have an event or a club.

We look forward to a full season starting in September, so please let your friends know about ESLAC and encourage them to join.  Registrations will open in August and best to get in early especially in the U8s,U9 and U10 age groups, as we reached our limits in those age groups this year.

Finally, for this years members, we have our winter coaching options with Mal 330-430 Tuesday and 430-530 Wednesday, Jemima and her throws group 3pm-5pm Sundays.  These run from next week until September with breaks for school holidays.  The fees will be updated on the website but the club subsidises the coaching for our members.  We will update the coaching section of the website for our distance running and other options next week.

Thanks for your support this year and we look forward to our return to ES Marks and the benefits of the all weather track!

Drew Richardson

ESLAC President

Saturday, 12 March 2022
ESLAC Gift Cancelled but we have a session at Sylvania Waters Athletics Track 1100-1300 tomorrow

Unfortunately, the gift has been cancelled tomorrow as McKay is still closed today and the event organisers need to make the call today.  Whilst some of the CP fields opened today, McKay didn’t. I trained there today and it is still very wet around the north eastern side. The lane lines have faded and it is only half mowed I guess because of the water.  It is a shame as I saw the handicaps and I was looking forward to watching the racing and seeing the results.  Thanks again Brian Wright for including us, we will try again next year and with ES Marks back we won’t have the ground access problem.

We have however arranged for Mal tomorrow from 1100-1300 at Sylvania Athletics Track for coaching.  This is open to all of our state competitors.  I will be there and we can cover the middle distance runners too.  Maxim will be there from 1030 for any log jumpers.  It is a good training option a week out from State.  It is 30-40 mins from the East.  There is a gate at the northern end car park if the southern gate is closed.

Distance runners if you had planned a session maybe come out and join us. Our junior girls relay team will do some practice too.

State Team athletes, Bec has arranged some great jackets this year which will arrive this week.  So you can collect them at Homebush next weekend from me or the ESLAC rep if I am not there.

Thursday, 10 March 2022
Friday 11th March – Update

Update (as of 11/03/22):

McKay Oval is closed and it is not accessible to us,  so unfortunately, no Little Athletics tonight. Hopefully next week McKay is open for our last night of the season.

Update (as of 10/03/22):

McKay Oval is still very wet and muddy in large sections of the field.  We will await Centennial Parklands (CP) advice on the field status early am tomorrow and provide a further update.  We note that Primary School sport in our zone that also access CP fields has already been cancelled for tomorrow.  Unfortunately, CP determine whether we are allowed to access the oval for our Friday night event. Whilst McKay is a great oval it is times like these that we wish we were back at ES Marks.

A big congratulations to our athletes that competed at the State Combined Carnival.  The athletes do six events over two days which include 100m (200m for older ages), sprint hurdles, 800m, Long Jump, Shot Put and Discus.  There were some fantastic results against quality competition including Chloe winning gold in the U10 girls with Capri securing Bronze.  We also had Julian in 4th just missing a medal in the under 13 boys. The other results included  9 girls Bille 6th and Indiana 31st,  11 girls Aria 7th, 12 Girls Lola 12th, U8 girls Charlotte 20th and 8 boys Callum 27th.  Something for next year’s calendar for our talented all round athletes.  For all the keen combined/multi athletes remember our throws coach Jemima has her 3-5 pm Sunday throws coaching group at Queens Park.  Jemima was one of our best and most consistent combined/multi athletes, so she has some good advice.

The first every ESLAC Gift is planned for this Sunday at McKay oval with any cancellation advice provided Saturday morning.  Thanks to Brian Wright and the NSW Athletic League for fitting our first ESLAC gift into the program.  This is for our Regional and State 100m/400m competitors.  Click HERE for the timetable and a list of our competitors.

Friday, 4 March 2022
Friday 4th March – Cancelled due to weather

Whilst there may be a few patches of sunshine today, tonight’s event is cancelled as McKay oval is closed to all sports today.  Centennial Parklands made the assessment this morning not ESLAC, so we don’t have an option to run our event tonight.

We are hopeful of better weather conditions next week, as we have two weeks to go and State Titles for our competitors on 19 and 20 March.

We wish our 12 athletes competing at the State Multi Event Carnival this weekend the best of luck. It is a challenging program but we are sure you will all do well.  Good luck  Aria, Asher, Billie, Callie,  Callum, Capri, Chloe, Charlotte, Eliza, Indiana Julian and Lola.  From a review of the names, it looks like they will get some good hurdles and sprint points during the program.

Friday, 25 February 2022
Friday night 25 Februray – Cancelled

Unfortunately, this evening’s event is cancelled as Centennial Parklands have closed the grounds.  Whilst the weather may be marginally better this afternoon, the ground status will not change and the ground is not accessible.  The move to McKay has been enjoyable but on days like these, we wish we were back at ES Marks.

We look forward to next Friday.  We wish all of our athletes competing at NSW Junior Championships tonight and over the weekend the best of luck.  Also good luck to the ESLAC athletes at the NSW Nipper Championships today and over the weekend.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022
Regionals Wrap Up and State Qualifiers Announced
Hi Parents and Carers,

Sorry for the slow summary on Regionals, I think I only just recovered. Imagine how the athletes feel. Thanks to Leone for all of her Instagram updates.

It was fantastic to see the athletes perform so well. There were incredible performances everywhere. Mal did a great job at the warm-up area over two long days. Even our poor walkers performed well and dealt with the disappointment where we had at least four athletes get carded out after finishing in first or second. More time is needed with Anne I reckon. Thanks also to Jemima, John, Leo, Ghaoorisha, Richard and Phoebe for their work on our duties for the club over two long challenging days.

I have clearly been around a while and remember my first Regionals in 2016 trying to squeeze into the small tent, on hot day under the power pole beside the car park at Sylvania. Robert still talks about it! At the end of that event, we had 29 athletes progress to States and we ended up with 5 medals from State with no relays progressing. The comparison to this year is interesting, where Eastern Suburbs will have 38 progressing to state including our Regional Record setting Junior relay team. After organising the caps for us, Bec is organising a jacket this year for the State Team so we may be in touch about sizing.

Click here to view athletes who qualified.

It is also awesome to see four Senior Girls progress to State in their last year with us. Well done Lara, Larisa, Gabriella and Eden. You are all talented athletes and we are lucky to have had you represent the club.

Henry, Capri, Chloe, Marnie, Aria, Harvey and Rory all made it to State in four events which is shows their talent across the events. To break a Regional Record is a real achievement, so well done and lets hope they stay there for a while. The Regional Record breakers were Marnie for the 70m and 200m , Harvey and Hugo in the 80m hurdles, Evan in the 400m and the Junior Girls Relay of Billie, Marnie, Aria and Elizabeth. That record was held by a very good Balmain team so well done to our girls.

I reckon Instagram has most of the other athletes covered but if you haven’t already please send Leone your photo from the weekend. I will say I have watched a lot of athletics competitions over the years and what stood out for me was how well the ESLAC athletes competed. You can also see it in the consistency of results between zone and regionals, even though zone had very favourable sprint conditions. Clearly a result of talent, encouragement, coaching and application.

The Under 8’s were awesome. Regionals is daunting and we have one of the strongest Regionals in the State. Many of our State Medalists in the older ages did not win the under 8 medals at Regionals, so I encourage all of our under 8’s to continue to pursue competition. Well done Charlotte, Sienna, Nicholas, Aoife, Destiny, Sebastien, Lachlan and Zara. We hope to see you back there next year and progressing to State for the first time.

Our coaching options with Mal Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday continue with Leo and Maxim on Fridays. Mal’s sessions will continue through winter and there will be a winter training levy to join him. This will commence Tuesday 22 March and the levy for winter will be $150.

Jemima will start a Sunday 1500-1700 at Queens park throws group supported by the club. I will work out the levy once we know the numbers. To lock in a spot text Jemima on 0452 653 763 please note it will be a group coaching, not private sessions.

Also, I am close to having a distance coach to support our distance athletes that aren’t already coached outside the club.

Anne will help us for walks and I will also see if I can get some 400m sessions for our 400m crew going to state.

ESLAC Sprint Gift Sunday 13 March 1000 – 1300
Finally, on Sunday 13 March there will be a gift or “Pro” Race at Mackay Oval from 0900-1300 run by the NSW Athletic League run by Brian Wright who is also at our club. We have secured the ESLAC Boys sprint gift and the ESLAC Girls sprint gift. All those that ran the 70m or 100m at Regionals are eligible. The races are handicapped, so I am looking forward to Nicholas our under 8 100m gold medallist taking on James or Ryan our under 11 and 12 gold medalists for a prize.

More details will follow but for the sprinters put it in the diary. It is a great racing opportunity a week before State. I will also try to secure a handicapped 300m race for our State 400m representatives.

Again all parents, carers, coaches and most importantly the athletes should feel proud of how they performed at Regionals.




Friday, 18 February 2022
Friday 18 February & Regionals this weekend

Again, we had a couple of challenges last week but luckily the rain only arrived during our last few races.  Thanks Leone for organising the first group photo in a very long time and probably the only one we will ever have at McKay Oval.  Thanks to the crew that helped unpack and pack the gear into the container the event cannot occur without your assistance.

This Friday the weather looks a bit challenging and if we cancel, we will advise via Instagram etc.  With Regionals this week, there are no points.  Under 7 parents that aren’t helping their age manager, please assist at the BBQ from 1730-1830.  Under 9 parents that aren’t helping their age manager, please help at the BBQ from 1830 to 2000.

This week we will go back to the McKay Oval Week A program but with a few tweaks to make sure all the age groups cycle through our limited field events. Please download a copy of ESLAC McKay Oval Week A2 Feb 18, 2022 to see what events your age group is competing in this week.

The Oxford Street gate remains open until at least 2100 if there are concerns about exiting the park after 8 pm.

The Uniform Shop will be open again and we have the new Easts T-shirts available for sale for $25 in all sizes.

Please remember

  1. Our Tots to Under 8s event is from 1730-1830
  2. Our U9s to U17s event is from 1830-1945
  3. Please just line up at the relevant age flag positioned on the field to enable the event to commence

Our usual Friday night coaching will occur from 1730-1820 across hurdles (Mal), sprints and Long Jump (Maxim) this week as Leo is running at State Titles in the Open 100m.  Go Leo!

Regional Championships

Good luck to all of our Regional Athletes on the weekend.  Please collect your ESLAC Regional Cap over the weekend from Drew, Michael or Bec.  Please note that they may be rules based on the age patch, Coles patch etc this weekend.  Our Instagram has the location of our allocated seating in the stand given the expected wet weather.  Parents who have not paid the non-volunteer levy, please access the sign-up page https://signup.com/go/fgecoru and nominate yourself for a duty.  The Regional Fee is $20 and the non-volunteer fee is $50.  You can pay with cash at the event, on Friday night or via the account.  All competitors will receive the new ESLAC Cap.  The non-volunteer fee funds the resources the club will provide to fill all of our club duties over the weekend that normally parents would fill. Our account details are: Eastern Suburbs Little Athletics BSB: 012241 Account Number: 254 095 775. When paying please put your name

Some key information about our event Friday night is outlined below:

  1. If we cancel due to weather this will be notified by 1300 on a Friday (website, Instagram and facebook).  We try to ensure we hold the event but if heavy rain/storms are forecast at the time of our event we will cancel as our electronic timing gear is impacted by the heavy rain.
  2. New members collecting your registrations, please bring proof of age for your athlete (birth certificate or passport) 
  3. For Registration please remember you will need to complete the working with children form (required by Little Athletics NSW) as you will be accessing the general area.  Please note that you will not need to have a Working With Children clearance, just complete the form if you are only performing limited parent helper duties etc.  Registration collection will be available from 1700
  4. At registrations, you will also need to complete the parental obligations form to advise whether you will help the age manager, help on the BBQ or be paying the non-volunteer fee of $70 for a child or $120 for a family.  We require one carer from each family to assist each week and if this is not possible, please pay the non-volunteer fee at registration. We use this money to arrange a large crew of ex-athletes to ensure the event functions each week.
Tuesday, 15 February 2022
Region 8 Championships – Important information for this weekend

Congratulations again to our 82 athletes who have qualified for Regionals this weekend. Here is some important information

  • Program with start lists and times
  • Here are Entries by event and Entries by centre
  • Venue – Crest Athletics Track at Bankstown (same place as Zones)
  • We will have normal little ESLAC little Athletics Friday 18 February but I imagine most Regional competitors won’t attend.  Just a note age managers, I will need your help as most Regional kids parents are Age Managers in the 9+ age groups.
  • There will be a call room for both track and field at Regionals.  The event times are not before with marshalling 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • We will try to put the ESLAC tent up in the same spot and secure some space in the same place in the stand.
  • Mal will be there for warm-ups again and if we have a spare tent I will put one over on the back straight to provide some shade for warm-ups
  • The volunteer registration is via sign up: https://signup.com/go/fgecoru  Sign up asap to secure something that works for you.  Otherwise, non-volunteer levy is $50 as usual and it could be the best $50 you have spent this year.
  • The regional entry fee is $20, you can pay on Friday,  online, or bring $20 cash to Regionals.  We have some new club caps on order for all of the Regional competitors to add to the shirts and the socks from many from last year.  Under 8 parents and Under 9 parents, see Drew at Regionals as I have some socks left over for $15.  They are Steigen running socks with the Rooster logo so they are good quality and were part of last years Regional kit.
  • To pay the regional fee direct $20 to account our details are as follows: Eastern Suburbs Little Athletics BSB: 012241 Account Number: 254 095 775. When paying, put your name.
  • The first two at Regionals automatically qualify for State (U9+) then the next 8 fastest/highest/longest across all 8 regions.
  • There are medals at Regionals for top 3 finishes