The Seniors’ Division caters for athletes and officials from 11 years (at 30 Sept) to veterans through our affiliation with Athletics NSW.
We have a cross over with the Junior Division and we encourage athletes through the transition between junior and senior competition. We compete at Athletics NSW track and field competitions which have a wide range of meetings for individuals and teams at interclub and State level. Younger Seniors can also compete with the Junior Division in the Saturday morning competition at Dunbar Park.
The Centre is based at Dunbar Park, Sobraon Road, Marsfield.
Training is offered by fully qualified coaches in Track and Field. You do not need to be experienced to train, you just need an interest in keeping fit, or enjoying the social activities. Training is held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after school and continues until about 6.30pm to 7pm or later depending on daylight saving. In addition Sunday morning training is available from 10am.
Summer competition is available from September to March at Rotary Athletic Field on the corner of Mowbray Road and the Epping Highway from 12.30pm Saturday. A full program of events is held for all ages over a two-week period. Athletes can enter as many events as they like or they can choose to specialise.
A higher level of competition is also conducted during the summer season, usually at the Sydney Athletic Centre at Homebush, but also at various athletics venues around Sydney. These are usually held on Saturday afternoons from 12 noon. Visit www.nswathletics.org.au for a full list of competitions available and their entry fees.
To encourage participation in the ANSW events, all of our u12 and older little athletes are dual registered with our senior division. From the 2013-14 season, dual registered little athletes who contest ANSW/AA state or national championships, when a points event is held at Ryde, will receive average points for that day if competition was conducted at Dunbar.
Winter competition is also available. It primarily comprises cross country and road walking events conducted by ANSW, or other clubs with the permission of ANSW. Some centres also host winter track meets. The ANSW website is the best place to find information on all Seniors’ meets.
The same uniform is used for Juniors and Seniors. Colours are Red, White, Blue and Black. Men: Red, White and Blue Singlet with Black Shorts or Bike Pants. Women: Either a two-piece or a singlet with Black pants and a top of Red, White and Blue.
Our dual registered little athletes should note that the Seniors’ number allocated to them must be worn for all ANSW meets.
To compete with Seniors, you will need to register with the Senior Division of Ryde Athletics Centre. For the latest fee structure please contact one of our Registrars. (Ryde Little Athletes, from 11 years of age at 30 September, may Dual Register with Ryde Seniors at no additional cost)
All athletes who join receive a free e-newsletter from Athletics NSW.
The Senior Division organises various fund raising activities, which include:
CITY TO SURF – Volunteer helpers.
SYDNEY MARATHON – Volunteer helpers.
TRIVIA NIGHT. This is our main social function, open to all members, family and friends.
These fund raising activities are held to keep the Senior Division viable. We use the funds raised by the above to purchase equipment and assist talented athletes in their travel costs to National Championships. The success of the Senior Division is due to a small number of volunteers. We would welcome the participation of any athletes and their family members in assisting us to achieve the above.
WHO TO CALL
Please contact Ross Forster on 9801-4407 for more information.