An OVERVIEW of TRACK & FIELD in Tasmania
Track & Field (‘Athletics’ or also called ‘Interclub’) is one of the opportunities available to Tasmanian runners throughout summer; here we provide a brief overview to help get you started, but please see the websites below for more information. Note that TRR is a recreational running organisation, not an Athletics Club (which are governed by Athletics Tasmania) – and so TRR membership does not cover you for Track & Field events (you are required to join an Athletics Club). Athletics Tasmania is the state-wide governing body for Athletics in Tasmania. Athletics South is the body that looks after the southern Tasmanian Clubs.
What is Track & Field?
Track & Field events are held most Saturdays at the Domain Athletic Centre, October-March. Events start at 1:30pm; each week is a different program of events, usually starting with the longest run (up to maximum 10k, but including sprints and usually up to 3 or 5km). On arrival, register for an event by writing your name on the clipboards for particular events. You must register at least half an hour before the event starting time, and you must be registered with an Athletics South Club.
Who can join?
Anyone! You can participate for one Saturday without being registered with a Club, but then you need to choose one. The first day of the season is a “Come & Try” day, where new people are encouraged to turn up and have a go. Anyone over the age of 10 is able to participate, and all abilities are welcome. Last year there were athletes from 10 to 78 years of age competing. The Come & Try day is Saturday OCTOBER 15 2016.
Which Club should I join?
There are currently 5 Clubs in the Athletics South competition. You need to join a Club to be able to compete. Originally people joined Clubs based on location – but it doesn’t really matter. Once registered you are encouraged to wear club colours, and will be issued a bib number which you need to wear each week. The Athletics South Clubs are:
- Tasmanian Masters Athletics (for people over 30)
- Northern Suburbs Athletic Club
- Old Virgilians Association
- Sandy Bay Harrier Club
- Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club
- University of Tasmania Athletics Club (do NOT need to be University student / staff).
Apart from allowing you to compete, once you are a member of a club you also have access to various coaches who can provide coaching on running or any of the other athletic events (throws and jumps etc.).
Can anyone train on the track?
YES, but you need to pay a track fee of $55 per year:
For more information: