The Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC) for Under 13’s and Australian Combined Event Championships (ACECs) for Under 15’s are a wonderful opportunity for selected under 13’s and under 15’s to represent the ACT at the Australian Little Athletics Championships.
The venue for the 2020 championships will be Canberra from 16th to 19th April 2020 with competition on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April at the AIS.
This opportunity is not just about the competition. For 4 days the team will live together and there will be time for activities as well.
There will be 2 representatives from the ACT in all 13 U13 events plus relays in boys and girls but only a maximum of 26 athletes can be chosen to cover all the events. For the U15 Combined Event Championships a maximum of 3 boys and 3 girls can be chosen to compete.
Read what past athletes thought of the ALAC/ACEC Experience:
My ALAC experience was definitely a time of my life I will never forget. It was my first time away to a championship. And my first time to captain a side too. That was humbling. Nervous as I was, I was given the best support. What I most enjoyed about ALAC was meeting new people, and not just meeting people representing ACT but people from other states too. The competition is not just about winning events and getting medals; needless to say that is what really drives us the most, but also bonding and creating life long friends. I really loved the fact that everything we did, we did as a team. No one is seen as the best. We are all equal and aim for the same. Going into ALAC was quite nervy but once you are at the airport a feeling of joy and excitement comes over you. Knowing that everyone is going through the same feeling is quite relieving.
My advice to the athletes would be to make the most of every opportunity because this really is the beginning of once in a lifetime experience. I would also advise that when competing try your absolute best just to get a result because even coming last counts for the team, and this competition is all about the team. Most of all, we had an opportunity to have fun and be kids. There were other fun activities we did. We went out swimming, had group dinner, the best was the trip to Movie World. Go out and enjoy.
In late April I was fortunate enough to go to the Gold Coast with a group of talented athletes for ALAC 2018. From the moment we arrived right up till the end, I enjoyed my time there and I believe it was managed well.
There was never a boring moment as there were fun activities planned and a lot of things to do around the sports centre. There were also many opportunities to get to know the athletes from my state and the others, so we were able to make many life-long friends.
When It came to competition days, state managers were well prepared and took great care of us kids. We were provided with endless support from coaches and motivation, especially when you didn’t get the result you were hoping for.
I would encourage any future athletes to participate in the ALAC championships because you will have a great time and you don’t want to miss out!
I would describe my time at ALAC 2018 as one of the most fun athletic experiences I have had. From the new people I got to meet to all the places that went it was extremely fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat. ALAC 2018 was also very well managed. Everyone who was there helped each other to make sure that they were performing at their best. Everyone worked as a team to create the best environment in ALAC.
I would strongly recommend ALAC to anyone who’s good at Athletics and wants to have a bit of fun.
It was an amazing experience being able to travel with the team and represent the state at my first athletics national championships. By the time we got back to Canberra I had made many friends who I had so much support from on competition days and who I made many unforgettable memories with. During training before the championships, I was wanting to push myself as hard as I could so I could perform my very best when we got there. During the competition I was amazed by the standards set by other states which made me want to work harder. After returning, I was keen to keep working on my skills and hope to go to many more championships. This resulted in me getting my own javelin and discus so I could continue working on my technique outside of training. I can do many more drills now that I have my own equipment that I can use whenever I want. ALAC was an amazing experience and has made me want to work as hard as I can to do more with my athletics journey.
Erin Duncan U13
Further details and registrations will be available shortly.