Annual General Meeting - 7pm Wednesday May 14

The HDLAC AGM will be held at Cooleys Hotel, Moonah at 7pm on Wednesday May 14.

If you would like to contribute to the direction of the Centre, all committee positions will become vacant and will be available to be filled at the AGM.

If you just want to observe proceedings, you're more than welcome; please come along. The first meeting of the new committee will take place immediately after the AGM.


Cross Country Season

The TLAA have released the cross country calendar pdf for 2014. The season runs from April 5 until September; most runs are on a Saturday morning and are at various locations; and the season registration fee is $15.

Help us win the Southern Centre Challenge Shield for the first time.


And so the season ends...

The curtain came down on season 2013-14 with the traditional Handicap Day and Presentation Ceremony. Nearly 120 athletes raced their way through heats, repechage heats, and semi-finals to arrive at an 8 boy final and 8 girl final. The very excited winners were Jalen Coppleman (U7 boys) and Kiarna Nibbs (U12 girls).

Every race was composed of kids across all age groups with the handicapping resulting in starting marks ranging from 50m for a tiny tot, right up to 110m for our fastest u15 boy. If the handicapping was good then a blanket finish would eventuate - and sometimes it did. The excitement on the faces of the younger kids, knowing that they had just beaten some of the older superstars, was truly magical.

A number of awards were handed out today; some to celebrate recent performances, some to celebrate year-long performances, and some to celebrate the commitment of parents. So many Centre Records and State Records were set last week at the State Individual Championships that we'll summarise them elsewhere. The special awards announced today were

Award Male Recipient Female Recipient
Gaylene Goodwin & John Tubbs Handicap Winners Jalen Coppleman U7 Kiarna Nibbs U12
John Hay Memorial Award - Most Improved Nathanial Sulzberger U8 - 35PBs / 75 events = 47% Georgia Enright U10 - 28 PBs / 64 events = 44%
Paul Street Highest HDLAC Event Participation Jordan Blackwell U11: 63 events
All Round High Achiever Nathaniel Sulzberger U8: 3 Gold stars, 11/11 events
qualified, 78 qualifiers / 87 performances = 90%
Best Volunteer Kathy Lucas - Canteen

In recognition of his commitment to Hobart Districts since 1989, Past President Andrew "Shep" Shepherd was awarded Life Membership. The announcement came as a surprise to Shep and, surely for the first time ever, he was at a loss after receiving his award from another Centre Life Member, Chris Fox. This award is a symbolic thank you for everything you have done Shep. Congratulations.

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The final act of the day was a multi-event for parents: long jump, vortex, and shuttle relays. Roles were reversed with the kids looking after officiating duties and the parents trying to relive past performances. Most parents have already made Monday appointments with their physiotherapists. The kids were super-impressed with the throwing ability of Jono Kearney and Dan Sulzberger, and not so impressed with the long jumping of any of the parents. Most kids can safely claim to be the long jump king or queen in their household. Check out some of the action in the photos. If you have any photos from the day, please contact Michael Brideson for details on how to upload them to the Hobart Districts SkyDrive photo album.


State Individual Championships, Launceston, March 8 and 9

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With their families and friends along for support, 36 Hobart Districts athletes enjoyed a wonderful weekend of competition at the State Individual Championships in Launceston. No matter how experienced the athlete, all would have felt the tournament butterflies. Some went on to feel the joy of success, some just enjoyed being in the competition, and others lamented a poor performance or missed opportunity. Whatever the case, every single one of our athletes did themselves, their families, and Hobart Districts proud.

Full meet results as well as results for just Hobart Districts athletes (for PBs and Centre Record comparisons) are posted under Current Season Results. A summary of results for Hobart Districts athletes is also available.

For people who like statistics, our 36 athletes returned with 30 gold, 36 silver, and 20 bronze. Once the results have been ratified by the TLAA we'll be able to give you a break-down of State Records, Centre Records, and PBs - and there will be quite a lot.

It is very difficult to highlight athletes when everybody did so well, but it would also be unfair to not mention the achievements of a couple of athletes. Nathaniel Sulzberger (u8 boys) and Max Brideson (u10 boys) won 9 gold medals and 7 gold medals respectively. Nathaniel bettered 4 State Records, one of which was 32 years old! A wonderful capstone to that performance was that Terry Plumbridge, who set that triple jump record in 1982, presented Nathanial with his gold medal (the Weekend Examiner documented it as well - photo and story on TLAA website).

Members of the Under 13 State Team and Under 15 State Multi-event Team were announced at the conclusion of the Championships. Congratulations to Jordan Cox (U13 Captain), Bradley Young, Kaela Beechey, and Fraser Rose (U15) on their selections. Congratulations also to Kaela Beechey on being runner-up in the Sportsmanship Award.

A successful Championships is not possible without the involement of all the parents who came to support their kids and complete tasks at event sites. A big thank you to our team managers, Susan McLeod and Judy Enright, who ensured everybody knew what, when, and where. A special thank you to the Allens who were not involved in competition but still came to support the team on both days. Moreover, Dave even took over officiating duties on a number of occasions so that parents could watch their kids compete. Little Athletics relies on volunteering for its success, but that level of selflessnees is above and beyond.

If you have any photos from the weekend, please contact Michael Brideson for details on how to upload them to the Hobart Districts SkyDrive photo album.


State Team Selections

Athletics Tasmania has announced the first group of athletes who will be representing the State at the 2014 Australian Junior and Age Athletics Championships to be held in Sydney, March 12-16.

A big congratulations to two of our athletes who have been named: Emily Canham (U16 & U18 Hammer Throw) and Patrick Kearney (U16 200m Hurdles).


IGA docket competition

IGA is a proud sponsor of Little Athletics throughout Australia. In Tasmania, IGA is running a docket competition in which prizes will be awarded to the Centre with the highest ratio of IGA dockets to athletes. Keep your receipts and hand them in at the next meet.

The Hill Street Grocer stores in New Town and West Hobart are the local IGA stores for our Centre. With your kids still in their HDLAC uniform, do your shopping on a Saturday and Hill Street will discount your grocery bill by 5%.