State Championships

The State Track & Field Championships are the culmination of the track & field competition season. This season the Championships were held on 21-23 March 2014 at  Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre. Athletes in the age groups U9 through to U17 are eligible for this event. Qualifying to State is via performances at each of the five Regionals.

The State Track & Field Championships will have up to 24 competitors in every individual event

The 24 competitors have been determined as follows: -

Automatic Qualifiers (up to 16 competitors across the eight Regions)

  • First and second place from each of the eight Regions

Additional Performance Based Qualifiers

  • Up to eight additional competitors from across all Regions.

To determine the additional performance based qualifiers, all athletes (from finals) after the automatic qualifiers, across all Regions, will be collated and the best eight determined.  Where there were equal performances for the 8th position, all athletes on that equal performance will be excluded. (ie. Some events may have less than eight additional competitors).

The additional performance based qualifiers for each of the three days of the State Track & Field Championships will be posted here following the completion of all eight Regions.

To view the 2014 State Track & Field Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), please click HERE.   If you have any further queries, please contact the LANSW office on 9633 4511.

For a map of the SOPAC Main Track, click HERE
For a map of the SOPAC Warm Up Track, click HERE

ATHLETES WITH A DISABILITY
Little Athletics NSW will conduct invitational events for athletes with a disability (AWD) at the State Track & Field Championships.  The AWD events will be conducted on the Sunday.  Entries will close at the end of February.  Date TBA. There is NO entry fee.

The Events
The following events will be available for athletes with a disability: 100m; 800m; Long Jump; Discus

Age Groups
The events will be conducted in the following age groups: -

  • U9 & U10                           Boys & Girls

  • U11 & U12                         Boys & Girls

  • U13 & U14                         Boys & Girls

  • U15 – U17                         Boys & Girls

Format
All events will be conducted as multi-disability events.  Competitors will compete against a multi-disability standard time or distance for their disability classification.  Placings will be determined by the competitor’s time/distance calculated against a percentage of the multi disability standard for their classification.

  • Track events will be conducted as timed events.

  • Field events will be restricted to three trials per athlete.

  • Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Certificates will be awarded for 1st to 8th places.

  • There will be no limit on the number of entries.

  • Athletes may nominate to compete in all events on offer.

The Entry Process
ONLINE entry is preferred OR you will be able to download the entry form HERE and forward to Little Athletics NSW before close of entries on TBA. Please note that current proof of the athlete’s disability classification MUST be submitted to Little Athletics NSW for the entry to be accepted.

NOTE: Proof of classification MUST be submitted with an entry even if the athlete has previously competed in these particular championships in the AWD events.

The Invitation Process
“Invitational events” refers to the fact that the athletes competing in the multi-disability events at the State Track & Field Championships will not have been required to compete at the Zone or Region Championships in order to qualify.  Rather, a simple entry procedure will apply.

  • Competitors must be fully registered Little Athletes and compete in their 2014/2015 centre uniform.

  • Entry forms are to be done online or sent directly to the LANSW office.

  • A competitor may only compete in one age grouping.

  • Late entries will not be accepted.

  • Proof of the athlete’s classification will need to be provided with the entry form, even if the athlete has previously competed at this event.

NOTE: Athletes who are nominating to compete in the multi-disability events at the State Championships may choose to also compete in able-bodied events at the Zone, Region and State Championships.  Athletes may, however, only qualify to compete in a maximum of four individual events at the State Championships.

Athletes are not permitted to compete in both the able bodied and multi-disability version of the same event.

Rules & Event/Equipment Specifications

The AWD events will be conducted according to the LANSW Rules of Competition (2012 Edition). It is the responsibility of all athletes, their parents/guardians and their coaches to make sure they understand the relevant rules and how they operate. (To find these rules go to the NSW section of the Little Athletics website. Click on ‘Competitions’, then ‘Rules of Competition’).

Classification
All athletes with a disability who compete at the 2015 Little Athletics NSW State Track & Field Championships must have received at least national provisional classification prior to the event.

Classification is a way of grouping athletes of similar function or ability for the purpose of competition.  Classification exists to try and create a “fair” competition amongst athletes with different disabilities.

The following disabilities can be classified for athletics and therefore be eligible to compete in the multi-disability events: -

T/F 01         -             Deaf or hearing impaired
T/F 11-13    -              Visually impaired
T/F 20         -              Intellectually disabled
T/F 32-38    -              Cerebral Palsy
T/F 40-46    -              Amputee & Les Autres (includes Little People)
T 52-54       -              Wheelchair (track)
F 52-58       -              Wheelchair (field)
T/F 60         -              Transplantee

See the Little Athletics NSW Classification Guidelines for Athletes with a Disability for more information about classification requirements.

For further enquiries, contact the LANSW office on 02 9633 4511 or 1800 451 295 or email admin@lansw.com.au

 

LANSW STATE TEAM
At the completion of the State Track & Field Championships, a team of 22 x U13 athletes will be selected to compete in the Australian Little Athletics Championships. Each year the event is hosted by a different State/Territory Association. In 2014 the event will be conducted in Melbourne on 3 May. 

More information can be found HERE.