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 in Melbourne. Little Athletics Queensland selects a Team of up t0 50 athletes to compete at these Championships. The Team is made up of up to 40 x Under 13 athletes who compete in individual events as well as 6 x Under 15 athletes who compete in the Combined Event competition. Up to 4 x Multi Class athletes (2 x U13 & 2 x U15) may also be selected.
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.
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.
U13 Multi Class athletes will be required to meet a competition standard to be considered for selection. This detail is still to be confirmed.
The U15 athletes will be announced at the conclusion of the Multi Event Championships and the U13 athletes will be announced in the days following the State Championships.
U13 Able Bodied Athletes
80m Hurdles; 200m Hurdles; 100 meters; 200 metres; 400 metres; 800 metres; 1500 metres; 1500 walk; 4x100m relay; 4 x Swedish Medley 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.)
U13 Multi Class Athletes
100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus, 4x100m mixed gender relay
U15 Able Bodied Athletes
Boys: 100m Hurdles; Discus; 100 meters; Long Jump; Javelin; High Jump; 800 metres; 4x100m mixed relay.
Girls: 90m Hurdles; High Jump; Shot Put; 200 meters; Long Jump; Javelin; 800 metres; 4x100m mixed relay.
U15 Multi Class Athletes
Girls: 200m, Shot Put, 100m, Long Jump, 400m
Boys: 200m, Long Jump, 100m, Discus, 400m
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.
In 2022, individual athletes will be required to contribute approximately $350 for their place on the team. This covers all their camp expenses, all uniforms and all meals on the two competition days. Additional costs will include travelling to and from Melbourne as well as accommodation, as all athletes are required to travel and accommodate with a parent / guardian / family.
Congratulations to the 50 athletes selected in this year’s State Team. This represents a total of 29 LAQ Centres from across the State. Please click here for a full list of athletes and their events.
If you would like a more detailed booklet on the selection process and requirements of State Team members, see the link 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.