The Summer Track and Field season is conducted between late September/early October and late March/early April.
In simple terms, (with the exception of holidays and different Championships) irrespective of competition structure, the season enables an athlete to compete weekly.
Competition structure is in two parts:
i) The Club Premiership is conducted from October to late December. This competition is designed to encourage participation of teenage and older athletes and involves Club teams.
Meets are conducted at various tracks throughout Sydney, including the Central Coast and Wollongong.
ii) Allcomer Meets are conducted after the Club Premiership, predominantly at SOPAC (Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre; that is, the Sydney 2000 Warm Up track at Homebush). Some meets are held at other tracks.
Unlike competitions in other States and Countries, there is no grading or qualification system in place. On the day, where required, heats of an event will be “seeded” according to ability. This means that elite, “ordinary” club, Masters/Veterans and junior athletes can compete together, if not in the same event, then in the same competition.
i) The NSW Open and AWD Championships are conducted in mid/late February. The NSW State Masters Championships are conducted subsequently as separate stand alone championships, as also are the combined NSW State U16, U18, U20 and U23 Championships.
ii) The NSW State 3000m, 5,000m and 10,000m Championships are conducted throughout the season and a great way for all members of the club to test themselves. These races are seeded races and make for a great opportunity for PBs.
iii) A highlight of the track season is the NSW State Relays (Junior, Open, Masters; 4 x 100m to 4 x 1500m) which are conducted in November. Athletics East is a regular and enthusiastic entrant in these Championships.
AE Track & Field
Tuesday & Thursday nights from 6pm.
At ES Marks Memorial Field (Sydney Athletic Field), Anzac Parade, Kensington – Entry from Boronia Street
An entrance fee is collected by the Centennial Park and Moore Park trust and coaching fees are payable directly to club coaches
The Club has numerous Athletics New South Wales accredited coaches of various levels, all of whom actively support Club members irrespective of the age or ability level of the member