Re: Arrangements for Summer Season 2010-2011
As you are probably aware, Santos Stadium will be undergoing an upgrade to the competition area during 2010 which will impact Athletics SA’s regular track and field season. In the interests of keeping everyone informed in relation to the upgrade, we are writing to past and present Athletics SA members. Please see below for some important information regarding the upgrade and the impact this will have on competition in season 2010/11.
In 2009, the South Australian Government announced that it would allocate $1.7 million to the upgrade of the Santos Stadium arena, specifically for the resurfacing of the track. In the announcement, it was specified that the funding for this project would only be available from the 1st of July, 2010. For the past 18 months, Athletics SA has been working with the Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) in relation to the upgrade. Athletics SA has had significant input into the project, along with other stadium users including Little Athletics. ORS recently allocated an extra $292,000 to the upgrade, taking the project funding to nearly $2 million.
At the time of writing, the project has completed the tender phase. There will now be a four week engagement and contract process, so we suspect the upgrade will commence in late August. We can disclose that the scope of the upgrade includes the following in addition to a new track surface:
- An additional two lanes on the front straight and construction of new long/triple jump run-up pits.
- Infield works (installation of utility bollards).
- Synthetic grass to non-competition area
- Alternative track colour (Blue)
Athletics SA will have little input into this aspect of the project, but the final decision on surface type, colour, and the full extent of the works will made by the Project Control Group. Ultimately, the full extent of the works and the contractor that will be engaged will depend on the project costs submitted by the tendering companies in relation to the available funds.
Work on the project is expected to be completed by the end of February 2011. Athletics SA is hoping that this is a conservative estimate and that the venue will be ready for competition much earlier in the new year, however, we can only wait and see.
Impact on Athletics SA operations
Obviously this will significantly impact the regular competition season. Athletics SA has continually stressed to ORS that completion time is crucial for our competition season, particularly given that there is no alterative synthetic track in South Australia. Unfortunately, there is little that Athletics SA can do and we realise that the upgrade is an inconvenience to all of our athletes, coaches, officials, and supporters.
Competition in season 2010-11
Due to the upgrade and the unavailability of Santos Stadium for a portion of the competition season, Athletics SA will hold competition at an alternate venue. The aim is to have the Premiership Cup season continue in as much the same format as possible to regular competition at a single venue. We will provide competition at an alternate venue for the purposes of giving our members access to sanctioned competition.
Athletics SA also intends to allow clubs to conduct their own club based competitions at approved venues. Clubs will be sent information allowing them to apply for state based competition permits in the near future. These events will be in addition to regular Premiership Cup competition and will only be available to registered Athletics SA athletes.
The alternate venue
In deciding upon an alternate temporary venue for competition, Athletics SA considered numerous venues around metropolitan Adelaide. To determine the most appropriate venue for competition, Athletics SA considered things like availability, facilities (amenities and athletics infrastructure), parking, appropriateness for regular competition, other sports at the venue, and risk management issues.
Ultimately, it was decided that St Albans Reserve at Enfield (home of the Enfield Harriers Athletic Club) was the most appropriate venue.
In terms of infrastructure and its ability to host a competition as close to normal as possible, St Albans was the obvious choice. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield has invested in excess of $1 million into the establishment and ongoing development of this facility and have pledged assistance in the upkeep of the venue during the summer season.
Whilst Athletics SA acknowledges that this solution isn’t ideal for all of our members, we believe that the temporary inconvenience of relocation will be nullified by the significantly improved competition arena that will be available for competition in early 2011.
Qualification for events
Qualification for national events will obviously be impacted by the temporary unavailability of the track. However, due to the changes in qualification for national championships, this is likely to have little impact on South Australian athletes. Under the changes, which were implemented last season, the first three placed athletes at the relevant state championship are automatic qualifiers for nationals, regardless of whether or not they have achieved the qualifying standard.
As part of your registration, all Athletics SA members are covered under the Athletics Australia personal insurance policy through Willis Australia (underwritten by QBE) which covers individuals anywhere in the world. Each club has a copy of the insurance booklet, so if you are interested to know more, please contact your club or the ASA office.
In the event of a claim, Athletics SA will be asked to verify insurance coverage of the claimant. Only financial registered members are covered, with the period of coverage in line with the registration year, which runs from April 1 to March 31 each year. It is important therefore to register at the beginning of each registration year.
Help support us so that we can continue to support you!
Athletics SA is a not-for-profit organisation. Any surplus we accumulate is ultimately invested back in to the sport of athletics and therefore helps the athletics community. We rely heavily on the registration monies from our members to function. There is much talk around about athletes not registering this season due to the upgrade. On behalf of the sport, I appeal to all of our members to stick with us through this difficult period. There will be a number of opportunities to compete in events on the new track this coming summer season, including the state championships and competition in various forms will continue, just at a different venue temporarily. Your support of Athletics SA is crucial during this challenging time. Athletics SA will do whatever it can to support it’s members, including the provision of a subsidised opportunity to travel interstate to compete in an interclub event or two interstate.
Athletics SA thanks you for your patience and your ongoing support during the upgrade to Santos Stadium. Along with the stadium upgrade, we are continuing to look at ways in which we can better service our members and the sport of athletics. We believe we have some exciting things in the pipeline and look forward to being able to share these with you in the near future.
Executive Director, Athletics SA
From the Development Officer
Important Information for ALL coaches, parents and junior athletes.
The information below concerns the Australian All Schools Championships, Australian Junior Championships and the Powerade Games.
Australian All Schools Championship
Athletics Australia has announced that the Australian All Schools Championships will be held at Doncaster Athletics Track, Melbourne from 4th – 5th December 2010. Athletics Australia will be introducing a number of changes to the format of the Australian All Schools Championship. These changes are designed to support by the new Athletics Australia Transition Program.
The main changes to the All Schools competition will be the move from an individual National Championships, to a Team based competition where athletes compete for points in a head to head competition format against other states. Team size has been restricted and there will only be U14, U16 and U18 age groups.
Athletics SA will be selecting a team to compete in these championships, however due to the new format it is necessary to hold an Athletics SA All Schools Selection Trial in place of the Powerade Games. This selection trial will be held October 23rd – 24th 2010, and will follow the same competition format as the National Championship event (U14, U16 and U18 events and age groups only). This selection trial will be compulsory for ALL
Athletes wishing to gain selection for the Athletics SA All Schools State Team to compete in Melbourne, 4th – 5th December 2010.
A formal selection policy for the Athletics SA Australian All Schools Championship State Team will be made available on the Athletics SA website (athleticssa.org) by Thursday 29th July.
For full details on the National All Schools Championship, including explanation of changes visit www.athletics.com.au/competition/events/2010_australian_all_schools_ch
Australian Junior Championships and Powerade Games
As many athletes would be aware Athletics Australia introduced its new Junior National Championship in March 2010. It is for this reason the new Athletics SA All Schools Selection Trial as mentioned above, will replace the Powerade Games in October 2010, with the Powerade Games being moved to February 2011 and will act as the main selection trial for the 2011 Australian Junior Championships. Powerade Games venue and date (TBA).
Please note that the Australian Junior Championships, being an individual championship, becomes the main point of focus for junior/school aged athletes. The Australian Junior Championships will be held at Sydney Olympic Park from 10th – 13th March 2011.
If you have any questions or queries regarding these changes and what they may mean for you or your athletes, please do not hesitate to get into contact with me at the office on 8354 3477 or email email@example.com.
Please note that I now work part time Mon – Thurs 11 – 5pm.
Athletics SA Development Officer.