Winter Competition

Winter Competition

The Winter Program consists of cross-country running and race-walking, and runs from April to August each year. It is open to all registered athletes.

All Little Athletes who have registered for the Summer Competition may also compete in the Inter-Centre Winter Competition. Little Athletes compete in the same age group as the preceding summer, with no further registration fee required. New registrations are also welcome – contact registrations@melvilleroar.com. The cost for the winter season only is $100 per athlete.

Athletes compete for Melville Centre – not their Club – and are required to wear a Melville Roar singlet (with plain black shorts). The athlete’s age tags and registration numbers from the summer season are used, and must be transferred to their Melville Roar singlet. Athletes in U7 – U9 age groups are permitted to compete in their Club singlets.

Program

The Winter Program is a series of Inter-Centre competitions. Events are hosted by different Little Athletics Centres across the Perth area, and are organised by the hosting Centre in conjunction with WA Little Athletics. The 2017 Winter Program will be made available here when available. Upcoming events – with location maps & competition times – will be advertised on the Latest News page of this website.

Training

Melville Centre holds mid-week training for cross-country running at Piney Lakes. Parental support is required for training.

U11 and upwards:

  • Mondays 5pm
  • Wednesdays 4.30pm

U7 to U10

  • Wednesdays 4.30pm

Piney Lakes – Enter car park off Murdoch Drive. Meet on the grassed area in front of the Lake for warm up.

Rosters

Events hosted by Melville Centre during the Winter Program will require parents of athletes who compete during the Winter Program to complete a roster. There are no parent roster requirements at events hosted by other Little Athletics Centres.

Cross Country Runs

Competition is held every second Saturday afternoon between April and August. Athletes compete against other athletes in their own age group only (eg. U11G). The first race of the season is a scratch race, where all athletes start their race at the same time – a second scratch race is held mid-season. The remainder of the competition races are handicapped, with the fastest runners leaving the start line last.

Athletes can compete in as many or as few competitions as they choose. However, an athlete is required to compete in a minimum of five events to be eligible to compete in the State Championships in August. The order of the age-group races changes from event to event – please check the Winter Program published by WA Little Athletics.

Race Distances

U7 – U9 athletes race over 1500m

U10 – U12 athletes race over 2000m

U13 – U17 athletes race over 3000m

Registration

When arriving at the venue, each athlete must register in their age group with the officials at the Registration tent. Athletes will be marshalled to the race start – over the PA system – usually 15-20 minutes before the start time of their event.

Courses

There is an opportunity to walk the course before competition commences, but athletes and parents are asked to be aware of not obstructing runners once competition commences.

Results

Times and placing are available from the WA Little Athletics website, and will also be posted to the Winter Results page of this site as they are available each week.

Road Walks

Competition is held on alternate Saturday afternoons to cross country runs. Races are held in closed car parks of Universities, Shopping Centres etc. in different locations around the Perth area. Athletes compete against other athletes in similar age groups (eg. U7 – U9G). The first race of the season is a scratch race, where all athletes start their race at the same time – a second scratch race is held mid-season. The remainder of the competition races are handicapped, with the fastest walkers leaving the start line last.

Athletes can compete in as many or as few competitions as they choose. However, an athlete is required to compete in a minimum of four events to be eligible to compete in State Championships in August. The order of the age-group races changes from event to event – please check the Winter Program published by WA Little Athletics.

Race Distances

U7 – U9 athletes race over 1000m

U10 – U12 athletes race over 1500m

U13 – U17 athletes race over 2000m

Registration

When arriving at the venue, each athlete must register in their age group with the officials at the Registration tent. Athletes will be marshalled to the race start – over the PA system – usually 10 minutes before the start time of their event.

Results

Times and placing are available from the WA Little Athletics website, and will also be posted to the Winter Results page of this site as they are available each week.

Enquiries

Enquiries about the Winter Program should be directed to Melville Centre’s Winter Competition Manager.