ATHLETICS

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Club Days

Sunday Afternoons


1.45pm Warm Up     2.00pm Start


Friday Evenings


5.45pm Warm Up      6.00pm Start


***  Please refer to the Calendar page for actual club days ***

Warm Up

All Athletes are required to participate in the warm-ups.  This includes jogging and stretching exercises.  Club Captains and senior athletes will direct other age groups through the warm up routine.


When signing on, children will be allocated to age groups according to Athletics North Queensland (ANQ) regulations.  Your child is to compete in their allocated age group for the entire season.


At commencement of club day, children are organised into their age groups and parent helpers are asked to gather with appropriate groups.  No event will start unless an age marshall and minimum of two parent helpers are present.


Each age group will have five events for the day to complete.  Routinely Cairns Athletics will run three events, have a break for about 15 minutes and then finish with the final two events.  Children should carry their water bottles with them to events, leaving their snack food in the grandstand until break time.


Age Marshalls and parent helpers are asked to ensure their group follows the set program as it can significantly impact on the flow of the day.  

Senior Athletes please note:  Senior athletes (13 years and above) are to sign on to each of their events before the commencement of warm up. The folders will be set up at the registration desk on club days.


Program What to Bring The Role of the Parent

Cairns Athletics is run entirely by volunteer parents. On competition days, there can be up to 100 children taking part in four or five events each. With at least twelve age groups, this makes for a busy day.


Parents must be prepared to help at club days to ensure everything runs smoothly and children obtain the maximum benefit from their events. We need parents to help with a variety of tasks ranging from assisting at a field event, acting as Age Marshalls or being a time keeper.

Children appreciate the presence of their parents as volunteers. It is a family undertaking and it is an enjoyable and rewarding task if everyone does their share. No previous experience is needed to assist out on the field or with timekeeping for the track events and there are a number of qualified officials to guide parents.

On the first Club Day, familiarisation sessions for parents will be held as part of Orientation to explain what is involved in officiating in the various track and field events.


Athletics probably makes more demands on parents support than any other sport. We need your help all throughout the season. Usually parents and carers move around the grounds with their child’s group to watch them participate in the day’s events. This is where you can also assist in the various tasks that are essential for each event. These tasks include, but are not limited to:


 Track Events: Finish Line Placing's, Time Keeping, Record Results

 High Jump: Bar measurement, Bar Placement, Record Results

 Long / Triple Jump: Rake after each jump, Measure, Spike, Record Results

 Shot Put: Measure, Spike, Roll Shot back, Record Results

 Discus: Measure, Spike, Roll Discus back, Record Results

 Javelin: Measure, Spike, Retrieval, Record Results






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Time Keeping

Volunteers are required at each Club Day for time keeping of all track events.  Our Track Referee requires three or four parents before track events can commence.


Age Marshalls

Age Marshalls are required to supervise an age group during the whole of the afternoon or evening program.


The Age Marshall will be given a folder containing the program for their age group and field event result sheets. The Age Marshall is responsible for ensuring children attend each event programmed for them and encourage parents to come out with them. Without parents help we wouldn’t be able to run the program. Age Marshalls should ensure all athletes have their performances recorded, and receive their tickets.


There is always fifteen minutes allocated during club days so parents and children can have a break. The Club will endeavour to have the canteen operational on all Club Days. Parent assistance in the canteen on club days is essential.

Assistance in the canteen is also required for carnivals held throughout the year. Cairns Athletics is also given the opportunity to operate the canteen for the Peninsula School Sport primary and secondary school Peninsula Trials. Parental help is vital as operating the canteen at carnivals and at the Peninsula Trials provides important revenue for the Club and this revenue is used in furthering our athletes’ development.


A major expense for our club is our yearly rental of Barlow Park, which this year will be in the vicinity of $14,000. A profitable canteen keeps our fees very affordable.

Canteen