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Darwin Athletics Club

DAC Club Championships to be held over two nights on Fri 7 and Sat 8 September.

Start times are:

–   Fri 7 Sep, 6pm (be at the track by 5.30pm to register and warm up)

–  Sat 8 Sep, 4pm (be at the track by 3.30pm to register and warm up)

Program to be advised soon.  Will be similar to the 2017 program – DAC Championships 2017 Program


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

 To complete club registration click here:


Training Times for 2018

Location:  Marrara Athletics Track

Monday             Athletes with disability 5pm – 6pm

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

Wednesday       No organised training, but you’re welcome to come to the track for a run.

Thursday           > 11yo skill development 5.30pm – 6.30pm

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

Sunday               >11yo skill development 8.30am – 9.30am



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. 

8 thoughts on “News and Events

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

  2. Hi, are there any weekly sessions specifically for the tiny tots ie: 3-5 yr olds?

    Thanks 🙂

  3. Tiny Tots are on at the same time as other training on Tuesdays but their session is run by a different coach. On Fridays we run events in age groups so the Tiny Tots join in and compete with the whole club.

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