Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Knox LAC wishes all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

To our families and volunteers, thank you for your help during the season, without you we cannot run the centre as successfully as we do.

As we head into summer break, those of you travelling during the holidays please travel safely.

Our first comp in the New Year is the 21st Jan 2023 and we look forward to seeing everyone back at the Track in 2023.

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From the Knox LAC Executive Committee – Track Refurbishment – Update No. 2

With more than the first half of the season complete and as we are heading into the Christmas break, the Executive Committee would like to provide the centre an update on the current progress of the track refurbishment.

There have been a number of meetings between the tenant clubs (Knox Seniors and Little Aths) and the council since the update in August. These meetings have been important to ensure that the design of the track upgrades include all of the necessary equipment we need to conduct athletics. Knox council have also included some extra design features which will make our track even better.

With the design changes, this has meant that there has been a delay in finalising the project design and the budget for the project. Tender documentation has been released by Knox Council, and the tender period is due to close on 20 January 2023. The cost of works does still need to be approved by council and will happen at a council meeting in the new year.

Once the final design is approved, we will of course provide a copy of the plans. This will give you an opportunity to see what the track changes will look like.

Our Season will resume at the Knox Track after the Christmas Break on the 21st Jan 2023, and we will continue at our track until Council provides a firm start date for the project. We do have flexibility in our season, and we have options if we need to use them, if the start date for refurbishment interferes with the rest of the season.

FAQ’s

Will we be moving to another track?
At this stage we will continue to be at the Knox Track for as long as we can. This may mean we will finish the season at Knox and it is dependant on start dates provided by Knox Council. If we do need to finish our season at another track we have an agreement with Ringwood to be able to use their facility on a Sunday if we need to.

Where will we be conducting training sessions?
Training at the Centre will resume after the Christmas break as scheduled. Those that are involved with relay teams, relay training will resume after Christmas and will be at the Knox Track through to State Champs in February. Please check with your relay coach. The Committee is working with other centres with regard to training if we need to move training locations once the works begin.

When are the works starting?
The final project design and costs need to be approved at a council meeting. This is now scheduled to happen in the new year. At this point we do not have a start date for the works.

Can the season finish early?
We started the season early to give the centre the best opportunity to get a full season. If the council provides a start date that does not suit our current calendar, we are flexible around the finish date of our season, and when we can hold our Championship Day. Our season is still scheduled to finish in March after State Champs, however we can finish earlier if we need to to suit the track works.

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From the President – A Special Thank You

The Executive Committee would like to advise that Michael Hough and Kael Rushton are both finishing their roles at the centre. Both are starting new work placements and won’t be returning in 2023.

I would especially like to acknowledge Michael’s contribution to the centre over the past 16 years, not only as an athlete, but also as a coach and an official, and now more recently Michael’s role in First Aid. As an athlete Michael was awarded Best Overall Male Athlete in season 2015-16 and in season 2017-18 Michael was awarded the KLAC Volunteer Award for his contribution to the centre.

It has been a pleasure to watch Michael grow from an athlete to a coach, to an official and to become a mentor and friend to many of our younger athletes. I am sure that Michael will be missed by many.

The Executive Committee wishes both Michael and Kael best of luck for their new careers and all the best for the future. We thank Michael and Kael for their continued support of the centre over the years.

David Kearsley
President

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Message from the Knox Coaches – Christmas Holidays

In the lead up to Christmas, the Knox LAC coaches would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every athlete who’s taken part in any of our coaching sessions throughout this year. With the summer holidays fast approaching everyone is getting ready to take a well earned break for a few weeks.

Dates below have been provided by the coaches, however athletes/families should contact the individual event coaches to confirm their last sessions in 2022 and a resumption of coaching in Jan 2023.

Nathan Dux
Sprints – Last Session Wed 14th Dec 2022 – Resumes Wed 4th Jan 2023

Mike Donato
Juniors – Last Session Mon 12 Dec 2022 – Resume Mon 16 Jan 2023
Sprints – Last Session Wed 21 Dec 2022 – Resumes Sun 8 Jan 2021 then every Mon, Wed and Sun
Throws – Last Session wed 21 Dec 2022 – Resumes Sun 8 Jan 2023 then every Wed and Sun

Dave Kearsley
Throws – Last Session Wed 21 December 2022 – Resumes Mon 9 Jan 2023

Steve Hough / Steve Morris
Hurdles – Last Session Thurs 15 Dec 2022 – Resumes Thurs 19 Jan 2023

Mike Kerr
Middle Distance – Last Session Wed 21 Dec 2022 – Resumes Wed 4th Jan 2023

Fran Attard
Walks – Athletes to check with Fran directly.

Steve Morris
Long/Triple Jump – Last Session Mon 19 Dec 2022 – Resumes Mon 9 Jan 2023

Alan Louey
High Jump – Last Session 21 Dec 2022 – Resumes 11 Jan 2023 until 18th Jan 2023 and then away until 15 Feb 2023.

Brad Krawczyk
High/ Long Jump – Coaching Through – Please check with Brad directly for dates.

All the coaches would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Knox Open Twilight – Helpers Required for Setup

If you are heading to the Knox Open Twilight on Saturday we would like some helpers from each club to help with set up tomorrow morning from 10.00am.

If you can spare anytime it would be appreciated. Hope to see you at 10.00am.

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