The Seniors’ Division caters for athletes and officials from 11 years (at season start) 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 to financially registered Seniors. 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.
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. Dual registered Ryde 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: Red,white and Blue Crop top or singlet with Black skins or shorts. The Club top is available from our Uniform shop at Dunbar Park on Saturday mornings during the season.
Our dual registered little athletes should note that they need to wear their athlete number both on the front and back of their uniform for any ANSW meets.
Ryde Little Athletes in the U12-U17 Age group – when you register as a Little Athlete you can select Ryde as your Senior club at the same time for no additional fee.
Non- Ryde Little Athletes in the U12-U17 Age Group – when you register as a Little Athlete if you select Ryde as your Senior Club then you will need to pay a Ryde Club fee of $40 a season. This will cover you for entry to all Ryde team events that you are selected in as well as contribute to the Club’s affiliation fee, trophies and financial support we give to our Representative athletes. Details on how to pay that fee can be obtained from our Registrar on 9801-4407.
Other athletes who wish to register as a Senior Athlete will need to do that at the ANSW website, where current fees etc are available at the beginning of each season. https://www.nswathletics.org.au/get-involved/membership/
All athletes who join receive a free e-newsletter from Athletics NSW and will receive the Ryde newsletter Footprint via email to keep informed of upcoming events.
The Senior Division organises various fund-raising activities, which include:
BLACKMORES MARATHON – Volunteer helpers.
BUNNINGS BBQ – Volunteer helpers.
SENIORS BBQ AND CAKE STALL AT DUNBAR PARK – cooks and volunteer helpers. .
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. Assistance to those athletes is dependent on their family volunteering at at least one fundraising event during the season. 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.