Each year, Little Athletics Queensland selects a State Team to compete at the Australian Little Athletics Championships. These Championships are held over two days (usually in April) and are hosted by each Little Athletics State and Territory across the country. Little Athletics Queensland selects a Team of 32 athletes each year to compete at these Championships. The Team is made up of 26 x Under 13 athletes who compete in individual events as well as 6 x Under 15 athletes who compete in the Multi Event competition. Athletes are selected at the State Championships (U13) and Multi Event Championships (U15), which are held in March. It is a Teams Championships and although recognition is given to individual placegetters, the emphasis is on the Team performance and the main trophy for the day is the Under 13 trophy. There is also a Team trophy for the U15 athletes. You will find below, further details regarding the Team, the competition and eligibility criteria.
The 2020 ALAC’s will be held in Canberra, ACT on the 18th & 19th of April. The selected team will be in Canberra from the 16th – 20th April. All travel and accommodation is booked by LAQ and all athletes are expected to travel and stay with the team. There are no exceptions.
To support the safe and effective function of this team, LAQ has appointed five Team Personnel to accompany the athletes. They are Shannon Kruger, Joanna Spyro, Donna Thomas, Adam White and Gary Patterson.
Eligibility for selection to the Queensland Team for the Australian Little Athletics Championships be limited to those children who have satisfied the following criteria:
U13 athletes must have satisfied the criteria to attend their respective Regional Championships and have attended at least four of their Little Athletic actual Centre competition days prior to these Regional Championships in the year of selection. They must also attend and compete at the Regional Championships and LAQ State Championships in the year of selection. There will be no selections based on medical or compassionate grounds.
U15 athletes must have satisfied the criteria to attend their respective Regional Championships and have attended at least four of their Little Athletic actual Centre competition days prior to these Regional Championships in the year of selection. They must attend and compete at the LAQ Multi Event Championships in the year of selection. There will be no selections based on medical or compassionate grounds.
Actual Centre competition days is from the first week the Centre commences their competition period to the last week prior to their Regional Championships and does not include rain days or any LAQ Association Carnivals.
The team will be selected, principally, on their performances at State Championships (U13) and Multi Event Championships (U15), then if necessary, performances at other recently held LAQ sanctioned events will be taken into consideration in the final selection process.
Generally, the U13 athletes will not be selected for one event only, therefore, should endeavour to qualify in the maximum number of events at Regional Championships to increase their opportunity of selection in the State Team. Please note, that placing at States does not guarantee selection in the team.
The U15 athletes will be announced at the conclusion of the Multi Event Championships and the U13 athletes will be announced on the Sunday afternoon of the State Championships.
LAQ has appointed Chris Anderson, Bec Brice, Rik Hedge and Steve Langley as the State Team Selectors for 2020.
U13s – 80m Hurdles; 200m Hurdles; 100 meters; 200 metres; 400 metres; 800 metres; 1500 metres; 1500 walk; 4x100m relay; Discus; Shot Put; Javelin; High Jump; Long Jump; Triple Jump. No athlete may compete in more than five events overall (relay counts as one event.)
U15s – Boys: 100m Hurdles; Discus; 100 meters; Long Jump; Javelin; High Jump; 800 metres; 4x100m relay.
Girls: 90m Hurdles; High Jump; Shot Put; 200 meters; Long Jump; Javelin; 800 metres; 4x100m relay.
The competition is held over two days. It is a Teams Championship and although recognition is given to individual placegetters, the emphasis is on the Team performances and the main trophy for the day is the U13 Team Trophy. There is also a Team Trophy for the U15 athletes. It is important to note that this competition is considerably different to other Track and Field Championships.
Athletes will be required to contribute $550 towards travel, accommodation, meal expenses, uniforms, activities and attending the compulsory Team camp that is usually held in early-April.
If you would like a more detailed booklet on the selection process and requirements of State Team members, see the links below or contact the LAQ Office on (07) 3892 9400. If you are interested in nominating for a position as a State Team Selector or Team Personnel, please contact Shannon Kruger in the LAQ Office on (07) 3892 9409.