Welcome to this month's CEO message
I can report that Athletics NSW Limited held its 22nd AGM on Wednesday 16 August. Importantly, this saw the election of two new Board members to assist in the leadership of your Association. As well as the re-election of Kerry O'Keefe, Andrew Watson and Matt Whitbread, we also welcome Stephanie Croft and Terry Manns to the Board. Stephanie brings with her extensive professional experience including in the government sector as well as being the parent of a current national junior representative, while Terry will be known to many of you through his involvement with and leadership of Campbelltown Collegian Athletics Club. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both Neil Hinton and Merrilee Barnes for their contributions in their time with the Board.
I spoke at the AGM regarding the progress towards our OneSport objectives. If you have not yet had a chance to view the video outlining the OneSport strategy, I would urge you to take a look at it, as well as some supporting information, here. In this month's report I would like to speak briefly on one of the barriers to OneSport that we need to break down, the apparent 'us vs them' mentality that exists on some levels within ANSW's relationship with Little Athletics. Specifically there is a perception that there is a lack of understanding between these two arms of the sport. It's worth noting that of the nine non-executive Directors of ANSW:
- 2 participated in Little Athletics as kids (a few years ago)
- 4 are the parents of children who participate in Little A's
- 3 have been Little A's Age Coordinators
- 4 sit on the committees of OneSport or Closely Aligned Clubs
- 5 volunteer or officiate at LANSW events
- 4 have sat on committees or advisory panels or been employed in areas involving Little Athletics
And of course this includes Kerry O'Keefe, the CEO of Little Athletics NSW, who is one of your Directors. The reality is that we are closer to OneSport than some people may realise.
On the track, a hearty congratulation to all of the ANSW athletes who competed at the World Championships in London, and especially to Dani Stevens who claimed silver while also smashing the Australian record in the discus. You can read more from David Tarbottom here.
For the track and field athletes who spend the winter months waiting for the summer season, I hope you have had a chance to look at the summer calendar as it currently stands. In truth the Commonwealth Games have made this a difficult season to create a program for, however we remain committed to trying to provide opportunities for all athletes to compete. Good luck with the planning and preparation for your summer campaign.
In the office, I am pleased to confirm that Ben Offereins started this week with us as the new Competitions Manager. He brings with him strong administrative experience from his time as Executive Officer for Athletics ACT, as well as the perspective of an athlete who understands the requirements of our competitors. Ben has been a national champion and run international level for many years, including achieving a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. We have also welcomed Ashleigh Crook to the comps team, with Ashleigh taking on the role of Officials Coordinator after having worked for the first half of the year as an intern in the Membership team. If you are around the office any time soon please pop your head in and say hi (and if you know anyone who may be interested in an internship with ANSW, please don’t hesitate to get in contact).
As the winter season draws to a close, please keep an eye out for our end of season survey. The results of this survey will be instrumental in shaping the winter calendar, so make your voice heard! Finally a reminder that next weekend sees the running of the SydneyHalf at Olympic Park. Don't be put off by the name, there are races over 4km and 7km as well as 21km, so there's something for everyone. Remember, ANSW members get free entry if entering online before August 31, while Dual members get half price entry to the 4km race. Click here to register.
Thanks as always for your involvement in our sport