Category Archives: Masters

Winter is Here – Week 3

Week three of the winter season was a success. The number of people showing up is consistent which is great to see. Means that people are enjoying what we are delivering. Whilst it was cold the rain did not bother us this week so we were able to complete the full program. Once again we had some terrific parent involvement this weekend. I really do think that the parents are starting to enjoy it just as much as the kids. It was even better to see the parents helping us pack up all the activities. Ginninderra really appreciates all the help it can get because a lot of the people bringing the members all this great stuff are volunteers. Any extra help we get from the parents means it makes the volunteers life easier and everyone can get out of the cold sooner.

I have been so excited about our winter program and working with the kids, I have neglected to talk about our fantastic cross country events. Our cross country events happen at different places around Belconnen every Wednesday at 4:45pm. They are run by our fantastic long distance running Coach Brian Daley and our new intern Natasja Vasta, I just lend a helping hand where I can. Brian Daley is one of if not our longest serving coaches at an incredible 30 years. He has had an athlete of his represent the State or Australia for the last 10-15 years in long distance. Needless to say he is an experienced coach and really knows his stuff. With all of that experience in long distance and in Canberra, so he knows all the great running tracks around the place. The event is split into three different courses a short, medium, and long course. The short course is between 1-1.5km the medium course is between 2-3km and the long course varies it can be between 4-6km.

As per usual Ginninderra has a good spread of age groups attending, from under 6’s all the way up to the Masters age group. There is a good spread of skill levels too, from the serious all the way to those who are just trying to get a little fitter. So if you’re interested in getting fit or testing your times come along and try it out. It is great to see one of the families come out every Wednesday to run together. Last Wednesday Uren and Satya ran the short and medium courses and their mother ran the long course which was 5km. It was great to see the family get involved. One thing they all share is running hard all the way to the line. Even the two boys who must only be about 7 have this look of determination on their face up until the point they blow past the finish line. Then the look turns into triumph and relief.

One of the things that is great to see at the cross country events is the older kids that have been running with Brian for a few years now. Seeing them lead the warm up and encourage the shy 6 year olds that are trying it for the first time. Without asking they tell Brian that they will start the warm up and they round all the athletes up and take them on the warm up run. Lead them through all the stretches and demonstrate them first for any of the kids that haven’t seen them before. If the older boys finish before the others get back (which isn’t often because they are the few that do the long course) they will also run a cool down jog for everyone. The team orientated nature of Ginninderra constantly blows me away. Athletics is primarily seen as an individual sport because all the events but the relay are performed. Ginninderra proves that athletics is much more than just an individual or a team sport, it’s a family.

Alex Gill

Behind the Blocks – Week 2

This week was just as full on as the last one, with meeting more people, having more fun and pushing myself to meet little goals both personally and for my internship.

 This week I again attended the FAST training session at the AIS Track and Field centre. After we warmed up, we got into teams of 3 or 4 and participated in a 200-metre continuous relay. The aim of this activity was for each group to run consistent times every run and to focus on their pace. I ran in a group with Steve and Rose and we consistently stayed around the time of 42 seconds each lap. For me, this time was pretty good as I haven’t run competitively since year 12, which was 4 years ago! And when I mean compete competitively, I am referring to our school sports carnivals. Whilst I was running I was also getting pretty tired as we were running at 70% and I was pushing myself to keep going. As I was getting tired I started to focus on my arm movements, as Steve pointed out that the faster you move your arms the more they work your legs. This is something that has stuck in my head since my first day.

On the Saturday, we had our second Winter Wonderland day. Although the weather was threatening, we continued to set up each station of activities. Around 50 kids and parents joined in to have fun, learn new skills and to keep warm. Throughout the morning I was taking pictures again of all the participants, mostly focusing on capturing their emotions of smiling and having fun with each other. Towards the end of the session it started to rain, however everyone kept participating in the activities which showed willingness and determination for each participant to improve on their skills and fitness levels.

On Sunday we journeyed to Governor General’s Hill, which I was dreading after everyone on Thursday mentioned how intense and hard it was. We started with our usual warm ups but added in calf stretches and leg swings as the hill is pretty steep and a hard surface. As I am not a fast or long-distance runner, I was placed in the shorter distance group which was still a struggle to complete. Our group ran 230 metres to start off with, which was challenging as you started at the bottom of the hill and could see how far you had to go, which was pretty daunting. Next, we did 150 metres, which was much easier to complete, however my legs were starting to get tired and stiff. Next, we completed two stints of 100 metres which I found relatively easy as well, as it is a shorted distance. Overall, I completed the 150 metre and 100 metre stints much quicker and found it easier as my competitive side came out as I wanted to beat the boys who started at the same time as me, but at a longer distance. Throughout each run I was constantly focusing on my arms as I am trying to break my habit of my arms crossing my body when I run to allow for more movement and drive. After each run we had approximately 4-5 min recovery – which was unquestionably the best thing ever!

Overall, this week has provided me with both learning opportunities and experiences. I am thoroughly enjoying all my sessions under Steve’s guidance and hope that the next few weeks provide me with more opportunities to improve both my sprinting abilities and my understanding of training from an athlete’s perspective.

Lindsay Mitton

Winter is Here – Week 1

Ginninderra had the first weekend of the winter season and it was a great success. It was fantastic to see all the smiles on the kids’ faces. It was beautiful to see the parents getting involved and seeing them playing with their kids and taking more of an active part of their child’s sport and development. I think the parents were also surprised at how much fun they had themselves.

The first week activities were focused on developing the kids running and jumping skills. So all the games we played had a more specific goal than just to have fun. However having fun is our most important goal. Not only was it the first week of winter season, it was also the first time I have coached kids in that age group. I have never considered myself a kid’s person. I would prefer to coach the older kids or adults as I feel it is more conducive with my personality. I wanted to take this role on in order to force myself out of my comfort zone and develop as a coach. I feel if I’m comfortable coaching all ages I’ll be able to coach any sport at any age thanks to the study I have done and the experiences I have had with Ginninderra.  I found the experience pleasantly enjoyable, which if I’m honest surprised the hell out of me. I found it somewhat frustrating that the kids were too excited and having too much fun to concentrate on instructions properly. I quickly realised that if they’re not listening because they are having fun then I am achieving the main goal. I also enjoyed the fact that I was teaching them valuable skills without their knowledge. I like the idea of being able to teach people without them even knowing they are learning. I think it’s the most effective and lasting way of teaching someone. However it was difficult for me to bite my tongue and not focus to much on the skill element due to the fact that it’s what I have been focusing on most so far.

It was great to see the new team of interns and junior coaches working so well together. I don’t think the new interns were expecting to be so involved and doing such hands on work so soon into the internship. I know when I was first starting out with Ginninderra I was certainly surprised by how fast the progression was. They have taken on the challenge and are excelling, which is great to see. I work with Jordan Green (link his blog) to develop and prescribe the activities for the kids and parents on the weekend. It has been an amazing change of pace for me. As I was developing programs for my U9-12’s training sessions on my own with supervision and guidance from Steve. It has been really useful to have someone else there to bounce ideas off and collaborate with. Makes my job certainly easier and at the same time gives me the opportunity to learn what it might be like to work within a team in the work force. University tries to give you the same exposure through group assignments etc. It doesn’t often work however because either people are too concerned about their grade or not concerned enough. The problem with that mix is that the true aim/goal of the assignment is lost. Where as in this environment there is no grade involved everyone just wants to produce their best work for the sake of the members of Ginninderra due to the family orientated atmosphere of the club.

Alex Gill

Winter is coming

Ginninderra Athletics is coming to Winter and we are offering a new, exciting training and fitness activities for athletes of all ages starting in May 2018 under the qualified supervision of our Interns from the University of Canberra as well as experienced Coaches and Senior Athletes.

Come and enjoy in the warm and welcoming community atmosphere at the Ginninderra track at Charnwood. There are new friendships to be made, different activities to try and coaches to help develop your skills, fitness, balance and strength. There are opportunities for both individual and team pursuits. It is a place where boys and girls from as young as 3 to Masters Athletes to enjoy, have fun, connect, grow, learn, laugh and develop.

Through the enjoyment of our Winter program each and every individual will have the opportunity to feel a club that prides itself on belonging and inclusion, encourages and emphasises fun, family, development and fitness and supports each person to be the best they can be.


Tiny Tots is $80 for both terms and Tiger Cubs to Under 24s is $100. Cross Country is free to all registered members.

Masters Athletes aged 25 years and older can participate for just $10 for the entire Winter Program thanks to the support of UC Life. Do as much or as little as you like. All activities will be age and skill appropriate with people of a similar level and fitness.

Registration is now open

Returning Athlete registration

For Athletes who have a ResultsHQ Login, please sign up and register by using the Nomination process on ResultsHQ. Please read the Nomination Step by Step Guide for help.

New Athlete registration

If you do not have a ResultsHQ Login you should sign up and register using this method. Read the Online Registration – Step by Step Guide for assistance with the System.

When and Where?

Activities will be hosted on Wednesday afternoons (Tiny Tots and Cross Country) and Saturday mornings (ALL ages athletics – Tiny Tots (3-5 years), Tiger Cubs (6-8 years), Winter Track and Field – 9 years to Masters).

Athletics ACT events including High Noon and Run_ACT will also be run concurrently on a Sunday – see dates below for more details.

Winter Season Track and Field – Charnwood Athletics Field – Saturdays 9:00am to 10:00am

  • 5th May
  • 12th May
  • 19th May
  • 26th May
  • 2nd June
  • 9th June
  • 16th June
  • 23rd June
  • 30th June
  • 28th July
  • 4th August
  • 11th August
  • 18th August
  • 25th August
  • 1st September

Winter Cross Country – Wednesdays 4:45pm to 5:30pm

  • 2nd May (Charnwood)
  • 9th May (Mt Rogers)
  • 16th May (The Pinnacle)
  • 23rd May (Charnwood)
  • 30th May (Mt Rogers)
  • 6th June (The Pinnacle)
  • 13th June (Charnwood)
  • 20th June (Mt Rogers)
  • 27th June (The Pinnacle)
  • 25th July (Charnwood)
  • 1st August (Mt Rogers)
  • 8th August (The Pinnacle)
  • 15th August (Charnwood)
  • 22nd August (Mt Rogers)

High Noon (AIS Athletics Track) – Twelves years and up – Sundays 12:00pm

  • 6th May
  • 20th May
  • 17th June
  • 7th July (TBC)
  • 22nd July
  • 5th August
  • 2nd September
  • 16th September

Run_ACT Senior Series – Over 12 – Saturdays

  • 21st July
  • 4th August
  • 9th September

Run_ACT Junior Series – Under 12 – Sundays

  • 29th April – Menindee Drive, Lake Burley Griffin
  • 13th May – Lake Ginninderra
  • 27th May – Fadden Pines
  • 3rd June – Lake Ginninderra
  • 23rd June – Stromlo – Age Handicap
  • 30th June – ACT LA XC Champs – Stromlo




Whole new Winter Season Is Coming

Winter is coming and that means that Ginninderra’s athletic season is over, or does it? Ginninderra this winter will be hosting their first ever winter season. Bringing the family orientated and fun athletics meets that you all knowand love into the new winter season. This season there will be a bit of a twist. Ginninderra will be hosting tiny tots for the Under 3’s to under 5’s which will be jammed packed full of fun games that focus specifically on developing FUNdamental locomotion and movement skills for your child. Whilst giving the parents the opportunity to join in, bond with their kids, and have fun. For the slightly older kids, so the under 6’s to the under 8’s we have on offer out tiger cubs program. Which is also comprised of a tone of fun games for both the kids and parents. The only difference is that these games are focused more on developing more specific skill based movement (jumping, catching, throwing) in order to prepare them for future involvement in athletics. The great thing about athletics is that all of the skills that you learn from us you can use in any sport or just life in general

We have our fantastic Junior Coaches helping out on the weekend as well. Our Junior Coaches are great with kids and have plenty of experience dealing with all ages. Our junior coaches are also there to give an extra helping hand to those kids that may need it due to learning or social difficulties. So your child no matter what is catered for.

For everyone else that is over the age of 8 don’t worry we still have you covered as well. We have some of our best coaches putting together an athletics boot camp to improve your preferred event in “off season” (at Ginninderra there is no such thing as a true off season) or if you want to use it as a way to stay in shape in the off season it’s also great for that too. It will be focusing on things like improving, fitness, running speed, agility, quickness, jumping height and distance and much more, so whether you’re a runner a jumper or even play a team sport it’s the boot camp for you!!

Ginninderra has a good reputation for starting new things and always looking at ways of getting more kids and parents involved in the sport of athletics. But they haven’t stopped there, this year they have brought on 5 new university interns to join the Ginninderra family. With these 5 new interns it means that Ginninderra can continue to work hard and deliver new and exciting things. As the first intern that joined the family last year I am excited to work with these new interns. I look forward to sharing my experience of the club and working closely with them to bring you guys all that we have in store. I am also excited to see their development under Steve. The club has also brought these interns in from all different vocations so that we all can bring our own unique view and goal to the club. Which in turn will expand our reach as a club and mean more and better things for its members.

Alex Gill