In addition to our weekly carnivals, our athletes also have the opportunity to compete against athletes from other clubs in various championship events throughout the year. Refer to our season calendar for dates and venues for this season.
Note: SOPAC = Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre
- Zone Championships
- Region Championships
- State Championships
- Australian Little Athletics Championships
- State Relay Championships
- State Combined Events Carnival
- State Cross Country Championships
- State Road Walks Championships
The first level of competition is the Zone Championships which are open to all athletes from U7 and above. There are limits on the number of athletes from each club who can compete in each event, and there are limits to the number of events that each athlete can compete in. Within those limitations, we do try to give as many of our athletes a chance to compete as possible.
There are five clubs in the Northern Metropolitan Zone: Northern Suburbs; Parramatta; North Rocks/Carlingford; Ryde; and Cherrybrook who compete at our Zone Championships in late November or early December, usually at Barton Park in Parramatta. The event takes place over two days on a Saturday and Sunday.
U7 athletes who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at Zone receive medals all other age groups receive ribbons for placing or making the final.
U8 and above athletes who finish in the top 6, plus the next 4 best results across both zones in our region – will qualify to compete at the Region 5 Championships.
As an additional event at Zone, clubs can enter junior and senior 4x100m relay teams for both boys and girls relays. The junior team consists of one athlete from each of the U9, U10, U11 and U12 age groups, while the senior team consists of one athlete from each of the U13, U14, U15 and U17 age groups. The top 2 teams from each race progress to the Region 5 Championships.
The 5 clubs of the Northern Metropolitan Zone, plus another 5 clubs from the North East Metropolitan Zone (Hornsby; Ku-Ring-Gai; Manly Warringah; Mosman; Northern Districts) join together to compete in the Region 5 championships in February. The event is usually held at either SOPAC or at Narrabeen and takes place over two days on a Saturday and Sunday.
All athletes who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at Region level receive medals.
U9 and above athletes who finish 1st or 2nd at Region, plus the next 8 best results from across all 8 regions in the state – will qualify to compete at the State Championships.
For the junior and senior relay races, only the winning team for each event will qualify to compete at the State Championships.
There are 8 regions across the state that come together to compete in the State Championships at the end of the season, usually in March at SOPAC. The event takes place over two days on a Saturday and Sunday, although they sometimes hold events on the preceding Friday night as well.
All athletes who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at State level receive medals.
Little Athletics NSW will select a team based on the best performances from the U13 age group to compete at the Australian Little Athletics Championships. This typically means the top 2 place getters in each event – although the actual selection process is at the discretion of LANSW.
Australian Little Athletics Championships
Athletes from each state in the U13 age group are selected by their respective Little Athletics organisations to compete at the Australian Little Athletics Championships in April. The venue typically changes each year, rotating between the states and the event runs over 3 days.
Additionally, athletes from each state in the U15 age group are selected to compete in the Australian Combined Events Championships, held at the same time as part of the ALAC event.
It is considered a great honour to be selected to compete against the best athletes in Australia and Little Athletics NSW usually holds a team bonding and training camp before the event and the team travels together to compete.
State Relay Championships
Each November, Little Athletics NSW runs the State Relay Championships – the largest event on the LANSW calendar in terms of the number of competitors and considered the largest athletic carnival in the Southern Hemisphere.
The event is split between two days, with juniors (U8-U11) on the Saturday and seniors (U12-U17) competing on the Sunday. The event is held at SOPAC.
There are a variety of relay races available to participate in across both track and field disciplines:
- 4x100m (U8-U17)
- 4x200m mixed 2 boys + 2 girls (U8-U9)
- 4x400m mixed 2 boys + 2 girls (U10-U17)
- Junior middle distance relay (700m U8 + 3x800m U9-U11)
- Senior middle distance relay (4x800m U12-U15)
- Jumps relay (3x long jump) (U8-U10)
- Jumps relay (1x long jump + 1x high jump + 1x triple jump) (U11-U17)
- Throws relay (2x discus + 1x shotput) (U8-U10)
- Throws relay (1x shotput + 1x discus + 1x javelin) (U11-U17)
We try to encourage as many of our athletes as possible to participate – it is a fun event and gives our athletes a chance to compete at our biggest athletics stadium in NSW with fantastic atmosphere given the large crowds in attendence.
State Combined Events Carnival
At the beginning of March, Little Athletics NSW runs the State Combined Events Carnival – a multi-event competition for our all-rounders.
Open to all athletes in the U7-17 age groups – the event is usually held at a regional location outside of the Sydney metropolitain area, with past events held in Dubbo, Tamworth and Wollongong.
This is a fun and relaxed event and we encourage as many of our athlete to participate as possible.
The best athletes from the U15 age group will be selected by Little Athletics NSW to compete at the Australian Combined Events Championships – part of the Australian Little Athletics Championships in April.
State Cross Country Championships
In conjunction with Athletics NSW, the State Cross Country Championships are held in July or August each year.
State Road Walks Championships
In conjunction with Athletics NSW, the State Road Walks Championships are held in May or June each year.