Championships and Gala Day Information

Changes for the 2020/21 Season

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.

More information to come.

Championships – Zone / Regional / State & State Multi

  • Zone – Not going ahead 2020/21 Season
  • Regional Qualifier (9-12 year olds only) – Tamworth Regional Athletics track – 30th Jan 2021 to 31st Jan 2021
  • State – Olympic Park, Sydney –LANSW Littles State Championships (U9-U12s) – 20-21 March 2021

    LANSW Youth State Championships (U13-U17s) – 27-28 March 2021

All Little Athletics centres in NSW are divided into zones and regions. Tamworth LAC is in the New England Zone. The other centres in the Zone are Quirindi, Gunnedah, Inverell, Glen Innes, Armidale, Moree & Narrabri. The New England Zone is part of Region 1. There is an 8 region structure (4 metropolitan and 4 country).
For an athlete to compete in the Championships a parent or family member must be prepared to volunteer their time at the Championships. If you are unable or not prepared to do this then you may need to reconsider the athletes nomination. Athletes must compete in full Club uniform at all championships.

Zone Nomination Form, List of events and Event details & Specification (will be attached below when the carnival gets closer) – Not going ahead this season 2020/21

Nominations to the Club Secretary will close on DATE TBC – No late entries will be accepted

Zone Nomination Form TBC – please print, complete and bring to the Clubhouse with payment

Job Description Zone If you are unsure what a duty involves this may assist you.

Entry cost TBC per athlete.

Information about Zone Championships

Zone Championships are the qualifying stage process to regional and state championships. Selected athletes from U7-U17 age groups from all centres within our Zone are eligible to compete at the New England Zone. The venue will change from year to year.

Zone is the 1st individual championship event on the Little Athletics Calendar. Athletes from U7 – U17 are able to compete. First call is normally 8.30am time to be confirmed and will be held at Gunnedah Athletics track. To compete at Zone entry is by nomination, you do not need to be selected. A Club nomination form needs to be completed and submitted with Payment by TBA Friday night at the Clubhouse. Zone nomination is not compulsory it is personal preference, it is OK just to attend Friday nights and not compete at Zone. All athletes must wear the correct full Tamworth Centre uniform and have numbers/patches fastened correctly. All athletes and parents must abide by the LANSW Rules of Completion (these rules are available on www.lansw.com.au this includes spikes and starting blocks apply to U11 and above and wearing shorts over compression pants) Parents can not enter the marshalling area or competition area unless they are a rostered volunteer Zone is run by qualified officials. Athletes can not be coached from the sideline. Parents that take the field to complete a duty must have fully enclosed shoes. Once Club nominations have closed they will be collated and to you will be advised of events and duty roster.

U7 are awarded placings at Zone and do not progress to Regionals. First 4 placings in U8-U17 at Zone progress to Regionals.

U8 are awarded placings at Regionals and do not progress to State. U9 to U17 medalists will then compete at State in Sydney OPAC. Travel & Accommodation to Zone, Regionals & State is own care and cost. You will need to complete duties at Regionals and State should the athlete progress to these rounds.

  • U7 – U12 may compete in 4 events + Relay only,
  • U13-U17’s may compete in up to 6 events + Relay.

Tamworth can only nominate a max of 6 athletes per event/per age group, if more than 6 athletes nominate, the higher ranked athlete will take precedence. Please nominate reserve events, we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s request and ensure each athlete competes in as many events as possible.
Each club must complete duties to assist with events, therefore a parent for each athlete must complete a duty & sign to acknowledgement that a rostered duty will be undertaken. Duties are allocated relative to experience. Duty is not optional. Failure to complete your rostered duty will result in not being able to progress to the next level or your Zone nomination not being accepted for next year.

Regional Championships

Regional Championships are the next qualifying stage to the State Championships. Regional Championships are held over one full weekend in late January or February. Our Region Championships are made up of qualifiers from 3 Zones. This is much like the Zone Championships, excluding the U7 age group and athletes must have qualified through Zone. The location of the Regional Championships varies each season within our Region. Each season a different Zone is asked to host these championships.
State Championships
The State Championships are usually held towards the end of March, at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre. This is a 2 day carnival. You must have progressed from the Regional Championships to be able to participate at this championship.
Rules of Competition are accessible @ http://lansw.com.au/Competition/Rules-of-Competition
More information relating to Championships is available at http://lansw.com.au/Competition/Championships


The State Multi-Event Championships are held on the first full weekend in March each year. Athletes participate in ALL of the events on offer for their particular age group. Performances for all events are allocated points, based on the LAANSW Multi-Event pointscore system. The points are then added together to determine final results. 2021 State Multi-Event Championships – Beaton Park, Wollongong on Saturday and Sunday, 6 & 7 March 2021.
More information regarding the State Multi Event can be found on the Little Athletics NSW website.


During the season some Centres throughout the state hold their own carnivals. Entry is usually done on the day of the carnival.