In 2016, for the first time for our Club, and also a first for any other Little Athletics Victorian Club, we introduced a Multi Class Team to run, jump and throw alongside current Cranbourne Little Athletics (CLA) participants.

The Multi Class Team is a team of children/teens (from ages 5-16 years) and will initially be clustered together (irrespective of age/gender) and compete in events each week. Children with an intellectual &/or physical impairment are encouraged to register online www.lavic.com.au.

The meets (times we compete) are usually on a Saturday morning, and also some Friday night twilight meets (usually when there is a long weekend). Our meets start with a warm up at about 8.15am, and events begin shortly after.

Multi Class Athletes will compete in the following events at CLA:

  • 200m run
  • 100m run
  • Shot Put
  • Long Jump
  • Discus
  • Javelin/Turbo Javelin (depending on age and disability as turbo Javelin is much lighter)
  • 50m run
  • High Jump
  • 60m Hurdles (able bodied only) or 400m-wheelchair event.

These events will be divided up into 3 programs (A, B & C) to align with the current A, B & C programs. Each week will be a different program to provide variety, and maintain interest in the events/sport.  The idea of the team is to bond & encourage the Multi Class athletes, teach them about technique (of each event, relative to their ability) and then integrate each child (in their own time, if at all) into their respective age/gender group. Currently, our small number of special needs athletes at the club already, are integrated with their respective gender & age groups. CLA will endeavour to maintain this rather than split them or place them into the Multi Class Team. The club’s focus is on Personal Bests (PB’s), not who came first, last or in-between. Therefore, we are encouraging children to work on and challenge themselves on advancing their own Personal Best time/length with each event they participate in. We look forward to meeting the new Multi Class Team athletes and families and seeing each child achieve a new milestone in their athletics journey.

Parent assistance is required on field & track by all members of the club, however, each parent/guardian of Multi Class Athletes will be required to stay with their child at each event until it is agreed that all parties are comfortable with separation during events (parties include athlete themselves, parent/guardian & a committee member involved with the Multi Class Team). This is to ensure a smooth induction process for the athlete, reassurance, encouragement, support and teaching of correct technique during events.

Should your child compete at Region & State level, the following events are the “State Events” for Multi Class Athletes as instructed by Little Athletics Australia:

  • 200m run
  • 100m run
  • Shot Put
  • Long Jump