Sydney Academy of Sport, Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen

Latest News: Tuesday, 28 July 2020
2020/21 Season Update

September 19: Monday training reminder

A reminder to all athletes from under-9 and above, that Centre Training is held each Monday night at the Academy of Sport.

For athletes aged under-13 and upwards a 3000 metre race is held at 5.45pm.

Training follows from 6pm, with specialist coaches in all our various events: sprints, middle distance, racing walking, jumps (high, long and triple) and throws (discus, shot and javelin).

Centre training provides an ideal opportunity for athletes looking to improve their performance in a particular event/discipline.


September 14 update: Rego still open

We’ve had a lot of queries in recent days around whether you can still register kids after the season has started. The short answer is YES!!

Unlike many other sports (and even some other centres), we are not required to cap our numbers at this stage and look forward to welcoming as many athletes to MWLAC as possible.

We understand many people might be waiting for winter sports to finish so we are keeping registration open so they can jump on and sign up when they are ready.

Also, if you have registered and are concerned you have missed pick up dates, you haven’t! We will have your registration packs waiting for you at the track. Just come early to the computer room where someone will be there to hand to you. The same applies for uniforms, which are being sold in the computer room. All tops $35!


September 3 update – Clarification re: Friday night competition

MWLA would like to clarify for its members that the proposed Friday night competition for older age groups will be for the first five weeks of the season only.

As outlined in our first update below, regular competition is being split between Friday night (under-11 to under-17) and Saturday morning (under-7 to under-10) for the first five weeks of the season.

The competition is being split in order for MWLA to meet government health guidelines which restrict the number of people attending the Academy track and field area at one time.

From Saturday October 17 competition for all age groups will be held on Saturday (with the exception of January’s Friday night twilight meets, which we hope to run as scheduled).

It is still to be determined (based on health advice at the time) whether Saturday competition from mid-October will be run as “normal”, or whether it will be split into two sessions.


August 26 update – Zone and Region off, State Championship to go ahead

LANSW has advised that Zone and Regional Championships will not be held in the 2020/21 season. However, the State Championships will go ahead.

A series of “State Qualifier” meets will be conducted to determine State Championship competitors. Further details are to come. An LANSW statement read:

Little Athletics NSW would like to provide our Centres and Members with an update in relation to Championship (Zone/Region/State) events for the 2020/2021 season.

The Covid-19 Pandemic will have an impact on how we deliver our championship events this season. The board is committed to delivering quality events that keep our members safe. The staff and championships committee have been considering a number of options to achieve this. Whilst we currently do not have the final details we would like to share some of the details with you all:

The traditional Zone and Region Championships will not take place this season.

A number of State Qualifying meets will be held in the early part of 2021, most likely February.

A State Championship Event will be held in March.

The full details of the above will be announced in the coming weeks.



August 23 update – Parent Duty Sign Up

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organise our 2020/21 SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/onDKfyK
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

COVID-19 has created some Duty challenges – especially in the canteen area. The Centre Committee worked to remove a number of duties in a bid to keep the Parent / Carer numbers down to a minimum, and to allow as many athletes inside the fenced area as possible – all the while complying with the appropriate COVID-19 safety requirements.

Please select your preferred Duty from the restricted Duty list. We still absolutely need your help to run the Centre – even more so with the split program of Friday nights and Saturday mornings.

I’ve created the first 5 weeks of Friday evenings and Saturday mornings as a start. As the Centre Committee assesses attendances, operational efficiency and the COVID-19 requirements, we may modify our program. If we stay with a split Fri/Sat, or modify to some other format, I will create more Duties to reflect the updated operating environment.  I hope you understand the situation…

For those super keen folks who had already registered for a Duty on the old (shouldn’t-have-been-live-but-it-was) register, please note that I sun-downed that today and archived 2019-20. Unfortunately, you will need to SignUp for a Duty on the new register.

I look forward to getting the athletes back on track (and field) and seeing you at Narrabeen. Hopefully we can get back to competing with minimal disruption. If you have any questions on Duties, please call me on 0477555518.


Andrew Davis

MWLAC Committee Member, Age Manager, Volunteer


August 13 update – State Relays cancellation

LANSW has advised that the 2020 LANSW State Relays, which were scheduled for November, will be cancelled.

LANSW has advised:

“Little Athletics NSW have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 State Relay Championships, scheduled to be held in November. This decision has not been made lightly, but it is in line with the current NSW Government and NSW Department of Health restrictions regarding COVID-19.

The 2019 State Relays attracted approximately 3,500 attendees, including athletes, parents, and spectators. As the current restrictions sit at limiting events to under 500 people, it is not feasible to schedule an event of this size in the near future. Therefore, a decision was reached that Little Athletics NSW could not provide a quality State Relays event that fit under these restrictions. It is also unknown when these restrictions will be lifted or how they may be altered in the future.

Along with this, many centres will not be commencing their seasons until mid-October to mid-November. The new commencement dates would have made it difficult for centres to organise teams.

Little Athletics NSW believes that centres and members will appreciate the early notice of this cancellation. Little Athletics NSW will continue to provide updates about the impacts of COVID-19 and the 2020/21 season, which will be updated here.

Little Athletics NSW’s main priority is assisting our centres in any way possible to get up and running for the 2020/2021 season and provide the best possible Little Athletics experience under these difficult circumstances.”

MWLAC is continuing to work towards commencing its season on Friday September 11 and Saturday September 12, as outlined below.


August 3 Update

LANSW delayed the opening of registration to 15th August for all centres.  This was to give centres time to have a COVID plan developed and sent to LANSW for approval.  Only then, will they open up registration for our centre.

With the best intentions we are planning to run a competition from 11 September 2020 but  we are dealing with a fluid situation of which we have little control if lockdown hits NSW again.

Thank you once again for your patience and understanding.

Stay safe.

MWLAC Committee



July 28 Update:

I wanted to give you an update on MWLAC and the 2020/21 Season. I am very pleased to share that YES we will be having a season and hopefully a full season at that.

The Committee has been working very hard over the past month to come up with a season format that is as normal as possible while addressing the myriad of challenges we are all facing this year.

In developing the format for this season, we placed our athletes and parents at the top of our priority list with safety, compassion and “bringing normal back” being our focus. In addition, we are aware that many winter codes are running into the traditional summer season so we have tried to, where possible, accommodate this to minimise impacts to our athletes and their winter teams.

We also felt it was important to collectively try and get both winter and summer seasons back to normal as quickly as possible. To do this we have chosen to “stay within our lane” by completing our season on time and not impact the winter codes in 2021 by running over. Therefore, we have chosen to start our season in line with our normal dates but have changed the format slightly.

Our Key Focus Areas:

  1. Strictly adhere to all Covid Safe guidelines and restrictions (incl. the 500 max person limit),
  2. Acknowledge that we use a NSW Government venue and that comes with a heavy responsibility to uphold all rules and restrictions in place,
  3. Provide a full season and best possible chance for success and progression for our athletes,
  4. Where possible, minimise impact to athletes with winter sport commitments,
  5. Build contingency plans for any changes to Covid restrictions.


2020/21 Season Format

Phase 1 – Split Format (5 weeks)

Start Date/Time:

U11 – U17: Friday 11th September @ 5:30pm

U7 – U10: Saturday 12th September @ 10am



  • This is a very fluid situation and as such spectators will be limited while we work through the initial weeks.
  • We envisage needing more parent helpers than normal due to additional Covid related duties being fulfilled by Committee members, so we ask that any parents/carers who attend make themselves available to help out.
  • If possible, arriving early for your session would be appreciated as we will be registering all on arrival.
  • All standard social distancing rules apply.


Phase 2 (WIP) – Normal format or staggered Saturday comp

Start Date/Time: Saturday 17th October @ 8am

  • At this stage we are hoping to return to normal format for Phase 2.
  • This will be dependent on Covid restrictions at the time and following a review of Phase 1.
  • If a format of all groups together isn’t feasible, we will look to run 2 groups but both on Saturday.


There is a mountain for work still to do in relation to what we need to do differently this year and your committee is busy working through all the elements so we kick things off with everyone being safe and having fun.

I acknowledge that the format we have put in place will not suit every one of our 500+ wonderful families but feel we have put a format in place that meets the challenges and will help get things back on track (pun intended) ASAP.

Lastly, we envisage that registrations will open as normal on 1st August, but we will notify via email, the website and Facebook once confirmed.

I ask for your patience, understanding and support as we work through this. If you have any questions, please email me directly.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the track soon!

Nik Ehnbom



E: president@manlywarringahlittleathletics.org.au

Manly Warringah Little Athletics is one of the oldest, largest and most successful Centres in NSW having begun on the Northern Beaches in 1970 – now in its 50th season. The following five Clubs compete together at Narrabeen on a Saturday morning from September to March:
Cromer   Manly   Peninsula   Seaforth   Wakehurst

The Clubs of MWLAC are differentiated by the colour of their uniform, and their Wednesday night training location. Families usually choose a club based upon their friendships, or where they live and go to school. Individual Club Training is held on a Wednesday evening and Centre Training (for specialist athletes from U9+) on a Monday evening at Narrabeen. Please select the “Centre Information” drop-down tab above for complete information regarding Registration, Training, Competition, Season Calendar and much more.

Traditionally, competition is held for 20 weeks at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen on Saturday mornings from 7:30am (with the occasional Friday night twilight session in January from 5:30pm).

The Manly Warringah Centre encourages participation in a large number of events for enjoyment and skill development combined with achieving personal bests and having fun. It caters for male and female athletes from U/7 to U/17 and welcomes our U/6 Pocket Rockets half way through the season – commencing in January


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