Awards Criteria – Maroochy Little Athletics

ATHLETES – It isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game!

Athlete of the Month Award – Each month an athlete will be presented with this award which is based on Improvement criteria and general sportsmanship to fellow athletes at Maroochy Centre meets. Presentation is made at the end of each month on completion of competition and their photo will be displayed on the notice board.

Encouragement Awards (Guzman Y Gomez Vouchers) are presented to athletes who have shown improvement in their own performances and participation during the weekly meets within their specific age groups.  Vouchers are presented each evening at the completion of competition.

Athletes are encouraged to “BE YOUR BEST” and work on improving your own Personal Best Performances throughout the Season.

Tiny Tots and Under 6’s will receive participation and encouragement awards throughout the season

100% Attendance Award Trophies
Athletes must have attended and competed in at least 3 (three) events at each Friday night weekly meet throughout the season. If an athlete is unable to compete on a Friday night with us, they can attend another Little Athletics Centre, that week, and have their attendance there count towards 100% attendance.

To be eligible for any of the below end of season Centre Awards an athlete must have participated at 75% of the Centre meets for the season and competed in 3 or more events weekly.

Encouragement Trophies Under 6 and Under 7
Athletes who have not attended 75% of weekly meets will be awarded a participation medal

Age Group Improvement Awards – Under 8s to Under 17s – Boys and Girls
These are presented at the End of Season Presentation each year to the Most Improved and Runner Ups in each age group. Encouragement medals are also presented to other athletes in the group who have met the attendance and participation eligibility requirements.

The Tony Allen Memorial Trophy for Sportsmanship
Tony was a member of our Centre and he specialised in race walking. He was selected and competed in the U/12 Qld State team in 1986. Tony passed away at the age of 13, due to an accident. He was a shining example of the Little Athletics philosophy, constantly displaying good sportsmanship. The recipient must have consistently demonstrated good sportsmanship to their fellow athletes. Selection is made by the committee.

The John Caffrey Memorial Trophy for Dedication
John was a role model to other Athletes at our Centre and displayed true dedication – living the LA Motto of Family, Fun and Fitness. John passed away after an accident in 1984 at the age of 13. The recipient must have demonstrated the same dedication to the Centre in his/her approach to Little Athletics as a sport. Selection is made by the committee.

Patron’s Trophy (U9 – U17)
The recipient of this award has attained the most Improvement points overall at Maroochy Centre and Tri-centre meets.

Centre Manager’s Encouragement Award (U9 – U17)
The recipient of this award competes with great sportsmanship and persistence. They are an ambassador to the Little Athletics philosophy of family, fun and fitness

North Coast Trophies Award – Outstanding performance at State level
This award is presented to an athlete who has demonstrated outstanding performance at State Championships (eg: selection in State team etc…)

Jessie Schroder Memorial Trophy (U6 – U8)
This trophy was first introduced in the 2008/2009 Season in memory of Jessie Schroder, an Under 6 Athlete at our Centre who loved all things pink. Jessie was diagnosed with cancer – stage four Wilm’s tumour and passed away on Tuesday, January 13 2009. Jessie also represented the Little Athletic philosophy of family, fun and fitness. This trophy is awarded to an athlete in the younger age groups, and is an encouragement award. The recipient is an athlete who always try’s their hardest, does it with a smile and contributes the Little Athletics Philosophy, just like young Jessie did every time she participated.

Alison Quirke Membership Award – (U13 – U17)  min 10 years
Alison Quirke has been awarded Life membership of Australian Little Athletics and Queensland Little Athletics and as a founding member of Maroochy Little Athletics. She was actively involved with the Centre starting in 1981 as Secretary then as Centre Manager until 1996 when she joined the State Board as a Manager and later held the position of President LAQ from 2000 – 2008. She qualified in Coaching and Officials certification at both Centre and State levels.  Over the years Alison has been granted impressive awards in recognition for the dedication and service she has shown for the Little Athletics movement in Queensland and Australia along with her service to the sport locally on the Sunshine Coast.

This award is presented to an athlete from the U/13’s – U/17’s who has demonstrated long term membership (min 10 yrs) of Maroochy Little Athletics Centre and upholds the principles and philosophies of Little Athletics.

Laurie Baartz Memorial Trophy (U9 – U17)
This perpetual trophy is presented each year in memory of Laurie Baartz, who was the Manager of Coaching on the Board of Management of LAQ in the 1980s. This award is open to all athletes and is based on the overall ‘personal best’ achievements for hurdles/sprints, middle distance/walks, throws and jumps event groups over a specific period in the current season.Criteria for this award is set out by the State Association and Maroochy presents a trophy in recognition of the Centre nominee for the State award.He/she will be presented with a perpetual trophy (which is held at the centre) and they will receive a small replica of the trophy to keep as a memento.

George Harvey Leadership Award (U15 – U17)
George Harvey has been awarded Life Membership of both Australian and Queensland Little Athletic Associations. He became involved in 1975 at Centre Level when LA was first introduced to Queensland before moving onto the QLD State Board of Management, serving as President of the Association during it’s formative years through the 1980s. This award is presented to an athlete in the U15-U17 age groups, who best demonstrates the ideals of Little Athletics. He/she must have been involved in Little Athletics for a minimum of 5 years and is required to have the following attributes: Leadership, Respect, Perseverance, Sportsmanship, Enthusiasm and an Ambassador for Little Athletics.

Criteria for this award is set out by the State Association and Maroochy presents a trophy in recognition of the Centre nominee for the State award.