Multi event at Northern Suburbs this Saturday (Feb 24). See details in news.


Community Nitro Event

Athletics NSW is planning to host a “Community Nitro Event” on at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Thursday March 15 from 6pm to 8pm.

Community Nitro will be a team event for young athletes in years 7 and 8. The teams will be made up of six competitors; either all male, all female or mixed with a 50% split.

The events will include:

• 60m sprint – 2 athletes per team (in mixed team 1 male & 1 female)

• 150m sprint – 2 athletes per team (in mixed team 1 male & 1 female)

• 800m elimination, after 400m raced, the bottom half the field to be eliminated – 2 athletes per team (in mixed team 1 male & 1 female)

• 2 x 100m relay – 2 athletes per team (in mixed team 1 male & 1 female)

• Medley relay, 2 x 100m, 1 x 200m, 1 x 400m – 4 athletes per team (in mixed team 2 males & 2 females)

• Shot put – 2 athletes per team, males & females to throw gender appropriate weights – (in mixed team 1 male & 1 female)

• Long Jump, 10m run up all other long jump rules apply – 2 athletes per team (in mixed team 1 male & 1 female), distances of both team members to be combined

• Vortex target throw – 2 athletes per team (in mixed team 1 male & 1 female), results of both team members to be combined.


MWLAC will consider fielding teams in any or each of the categories, if there is sufficient interest from our athletes.

To assess the level of interest, we would ask any of our interested athletes who are in school years 7 or 8 to email Michael Mapstone via

Expressions of interest will need to be received by February 28. Those who express interest will be notified whether or not we have sufficient numbers to form teams for the event.

An event flyer can be viewed here: /client_files/Files/Community%20Nitro%20Poster.jpg.

Multi Event at Northern Suburbs

Northern Suburbs LAC will be holding its multi-event carnival this Saturday (February 24), with Manly Warringah competitors welcome to take part - and contend for medals.

There will be gold, silver and bronze medals for each age: U6 and up, boys and girls. NSLAC hopes to present all medals on the day.

The event program breaks all age groups into separate groups (boys and girls apart), and sets times for the events to be run. These must be adhered to in order to get through all the events on the day.  All events must be completed on the day and athletes must enter all events to be eligible for results.

The program can be found here: /client_files/Files/2017_18MultiProgram.pdf.

A revised event layout diagram is here: /client_files/Files/2018%20multi%20event%20rotary%20map.jpg.

The program and revised layout are also available on the NSLAC website.

Larger groups MUST limit their athletes to two trials in field events .  NO coaching at all.

Every year NSLAC holds a fundraiser in conjunction with its Multi Event. This year's chosen charity is “batyr”, a group that promotes healthy discussion of mental health issues among young people (see

Each age manager will have a container for donations. NSLAC encourages a gold coin donation for each PB!  But of course all contributions are very welcome.

Details of fun socks which can be purchased to support batyr can be found on the NSLAC website.

Age Group Photo Day at Rotary

On the last day of competition at Rotary – Saturday March 17 – Northern Suburbs LAC will have a professional photographer taking age group photos and also some action shots on the field.   These are used in the NSLAC year book.  

The NSLAC committee has decided to include Manly athletes in these age group shots, if they would like to be included. 

Any Manly Warringah LAC parents who do not want photos of their child published in the NSLAC book should ensure their child does not go into the group shot. 

Please also advise if there are any kids who should not be included in action shots during competition, as these may also be used in the year book. Please provide the child’s name, age and, most importantly, rego number in order to identify them.

Kids who are in the photos should be wearing their correct registration number as this is how NSLAC will identify them, and the photographer will print names on each print.

A4 glossy copies of the age group photos can be purchased by any parents – the cost will be about $25, which will include postage as there will not be an opportunity to collect them after the season finishes.   Orders must be placed with Sally Richardson at the desk on the day.

Purchasing the photos will provide memories of the fun time Manly and Northern Suburbs have had all together.

Further details will be available on the NSLAC website.


Zone Championship photo gallery

A gallery of photos of Manly Warringah athletes in action at the 2017 Zone Championships is available on this website. Click here to view.

Track Upgrade Q&A

When will the track close?

UPDATE: The Academy of Sport has now advised that the date has been moved to MONDAY DECEMBER 18, 2017, in order to enable MWLAC to complete our final scheduled week of 2017 competition. MWLAC had previously been advised the closure would occur three days sooner.

Why is the track closing?

MWLAC has been an advocate for the desperately needed track resurfacing and is pleased that Government funding has been committed to the project. Unfortunately, the timing of the resurfacing will cause severe disruption to the second half of the 2017/18 season.

The resurfacing will result in a much-improved facility for 2018/19. The upgrade will also include refurbishment of the canteen, computer/meeting room and amenities block.

When will the upgrade take place?

The Academy of Sport has advised that completion of the upgrade is scheduled for February 28, 2018 “pending suitable weather to complete the job.”

Where will my child(ren) compete in early 2018?

MWLAC is committed to ensuring our Little Athletes are still able to compete and train during the track closure.

UPDATE: Northern Suburbs Little Athletics is to be the official centre for our athletes, where they will be welcomed to continue their competition.

Northern Suburbs Little Athletics holds competition at Rotary Field, Chatswood on Saturday mornings.

It has been decided to link in our competition at a single centre, as this makes the logistics of providing support (age managers and parent helpers) and co-ordinating athletes much easier.

Competition is due to resume at Rotary Field on January 13, 2018.

There will be no twilight meets this year.

Weekly programs for Northern Suburbs Little Athletics can be found on their website at

Competitors who chose not to compete at Rotary field also have the option of competing as a visitor at another centre, such as Kuring-gai Little Athletics (at Bannockburn Oval, Pymble). Visitor fees may apply at some centres.

How can I help?

You will soon be sent a Signup Genius. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please respond to let us know if you will be attending either the training or the competition, or both. We know our competition numbers do tend to roll off after Christmas, and we would like to provide Northern Suburbs with some idea of what they can expect numbers-wise.

Both MWLAC and NSLAC will welcome any volunteers assistance to run what will become an enlarged competition for Northern Suburbs on Saturdays, including setting up and packing away.

Will it count if an athlete breaks a Manly Centre record at the Northern Suburbs-operated competition?

Any record broken at NSLAC will not be recognised/recorded as a MWLA Centre Record, given it is not at the Narrabeen track.

How will the pointscoring system work?

Committee Members are working with NSLAC to determine if the results of MWLAC athletes can be extracted from the Northern Suburbs results recording system.

A decision of whether results from NSLAC (only - and no other centre) will be counted, or whether points will be cut off from 16th December will be notified as soon as possible.

What about training?

The last scheduled Monday night training at Narrabeen is on December 11, 2017.

UPDATE: Specialist training that usually occurs at Narrabeen on Mondays will instead be held at at Lionel Watts Reserve on Wednesdays, commencing from January 10. It will run in parallel with the Wakehurst club's usual Wednesday night training, from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Wednesday night club training will continue as scheduled at Seaforth and Beacon Hill.

Will under-6 competition take place this season?

Unfortunately, the track closure means that no under-6 competition will take place this season.

Where can I find out more?

The MWLAC website and Facebook page will be updated as soon as practicable once new information comes to hand. Please do not contact committee members seeking information about the relocation. Any relevant information they have will be passed on through the above channels.

Please check this page regularly for updates and/or changes.

Zone Championships results

Results from the Zone Carnival can be found here or you could check it at