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Darwin Athletics Club

Next Event is DAC Club Championships to be held over two nights on Friday 11 and 25 August

DAC Championships 2017 Program

DAC Athletes recently competed in interstate events during the June-July school holidays;

AWD athletes competed at the Special Olympics on the Gold Coast in late June attended by head Coach Paul Mitchener.

Toby Reynolds bronze in 100m walk and 100m sprint

Scott – silver in 100m walk; Peter bronze in 100m walk; April bronze in 100m walk

Well done to athletes from our AWD Squad!

On July 22-23, five athletes competed at the Coral Coast Carnival in Cairns and brought back a swag of medals:

Youth aged athletes (12-25) received $500 each to compete thanks to the NT Government Department of Youth Affairs.

Molly Trueman (12 Girls) – Gold in 100 and 200m and bronze in triple jump

Tully Vlahovic (12 Girls) – Gold in Long Jump, silver in triple jump and bronze in 100 and 200m

Jett Doyle (11 Boys) – Gold in high jump and 60m hurdles, silver in long jump, bronze in discus and shot put

Milly Doyle (9 Girls) – Bronze in long jump

Jenna Doyle (5 Girls) – Silver in Long Jump and bronze in 60m

Cairns Post – see article on Coral Coast Athletics Carnival

New singlets have arrived and will be available at training and competition nights.

Carers NT are providing cash assistance to our AWD program in the form of paid coaches  x 3 each week at our AWD sessions for the rest of 2017. Our AWD program numbers have increased to around 20. Thanks to Carers NT.

The club has recently installed an ice machine, new canteen fridge, club bbq and stainless bench along with two drinks eskies. These club items were purchased thanks to the NT Government Community Benefit Fund Grants. They are much appreciated and will be used to generate money for the club and keep everyone fed and fueled up to compete at their best.

 To register for 2017 click here:

 Training Times for 2017

Monday            Athletes with disability 5pm – 6pm

Tuesday            Whole club 5:30pm-6:30pm, >11yo development squad 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday      4:45-5:30pm for 5-10 yo, 5:30-7pm for 11 and overs (training with Tim                                    Ellison and  Darwin Triathlon Club along with DAC coaches) – new for                                     2017 . Kids can  train Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thursday           > 11yo skill development 5.15pm – 6.45pm

Friday                  5.30pm – 7pm   Whole Club Athletics, skills and technique sessions                                            including Tiny  Tots

Sunday               >11yo skill development 8.30am – 9.30am

Changes to the DAC program for 2017

After great support and coaching from NTIS in 2016, DAC will provide and support new home grown coaches in 2017. Coaching staff will receive advice, support and coaching from experienced NTIS coaches to provide a fun sporting experience for our young athletes as they learn the basics and compete in athletics competitions in a safe and fun environment.

2017 Competitions

DAC End of Year Program


Seven Things that every Parent and Coach Should Know 

The quality of a sporting experience and the likelihood of a participant being motivated and staying in sport is often determined by the motivational climate created by the coach. This relies on satisfying three key psychological needs: autonomy, competence and relatedness.

  • Autonomy is feeling that you have control over your own actions.
  • Competence is having a perception that you possess adequate ability.
  • Relatedness is having a sense that you belong (to the group, coach or sport).

The satisfaction of all three psychological needs (autonomy, competence and relatedness) is required to engender a positive motivational climate that encourages effort, persistence, enjoyment, satisfaction, prolonged engagement with sport and, critically, enhanced self-confidence within and outside of the sporting domain.

Seven things every coach and parent should know

  1. Enjoyment, mastery and socialising should remain the focus when working with all young athletes. Although winning becomes a more important motive with age (especially with adolescent males), it should not become a priority for the coach or parent.
  2. Coaches and parents should concentrate on the satisfaction of relatedness, as it is the key determinant of motivation for young athletes, and is associated with increased self-confidence. Such confidence can result in positive behaviours across domains (eg at school). Relatedness can be achieved through building friendships, group identity and cohesion.
  3. As young athletes require perceptions of competence to maintain motivation, coaches should create a motivational climate in which the athletes experience mastery and are rewarded for effort and self-development, rather than for winning.
  4. Coaches should remain mindful of the differential need for autonomy across age groups. The desire for ownership, input and choice increases with developmental maturity.
  5. It is advantageous for coaches and parents to demonstrate competence, benevolence and integrity in order to develop athlete-coach, child-parent trust.
  6. The use of educational material for parents should be considered, to ensure they are aware of the influence they have on their child’s motivation for sport participation.
  7. As technology is valued by young athletes, it should be integrated into coaching where possible. This is particularly the case when offering feedback on performances (using an iPad/video replays), and for developing and sustaining relatedness (using social media).

This is an extract from Self Determination Theory – A guide to developing young athletes (13 – 18 years).



We are looking for more committee members and coaches – let us know if you can help! The club is specifically looking for a throws coach if anyone is interested.

Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses are available early in the year free of charge.

Level 1 and Level 2 Officials courses are also available online for free.

Watch Face Book and Website for updates. 

9 thoughts on “News and Events

  1. My son is 7 years old and is keen to try athletics. Do we just register and come along to the “All club training’ sessions? What activities will kids do at the training sessions?

  2. Yes come along on Tuesday and or Fridays –
    Tuesday 5-6
    Friday 5.30-6.30
    Two come and try sessions for free
    Strength, fitness, foundation movements – good for all sports, not just athletics!

  3. Hi, our family is moving to Darwin soon and keen for our children to get into athletics there. Is the information above still valid?

  4. A big thanks to the club and its volunteers for today’s meet. Maybe a suggestion to make things a little easier. How about embedding the registration sheets on the website? These could be filled in by parents prior to the event and closed off Friday at 4pm. Happy to discuss this further.

  5. Hi,
    I’m 19, I would like to know if I can come down on Friday and compete? Also where are you located?

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