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Competition
The origins of athletics competition stretch back to Ancient Greece and today the sport offers numerous opportunities to compete in events held on the track, in the field and on roads and paths across the country. The majority of competitions are conducted by state Member Associations and athletes should refer to their member association website for a calendar of events and entry requirements.

Athletics Australia also conducts national championship competition for events including Track & Field, Cross Country, Race/Road Walking and Road Running. The full calendar of events can be found by clicking here, and athletes should also ensure they have reviewed the entry standards and other requirements outlined in the Competitions menu of this website.
COACHING & OFFICIATING

The sport relies heavily on coaches and officials for its success at every level and we are looking for more people to support the sport through these roles.

The sport currently boasts more than 4,500 accredited coaches that work with athletes of all ages across the country. Many of the coaches that work with Australia's elite athletes began their coaching journey working in Little Athletics centres, local clubs and schools and there are pathways for all coaches to progress within the sport.

For more information about becoming an Accredited Athletics Coach through the Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework, please visit the Coaching Page, or click here to see a list of all upcoming Coach Education Courses.

At competition venues across the country, athletics officials are on hand to ensure the safe and fair conduct of athletics. Becoming an athletics official can offer you an opportunity to travel the country and the world, and many people develop new and long-lasting friendships through their experience as an official.

The sport is developing new education pathways and new roles for officials, and you can visit the Officials Page on this website for more information.

Little Athletics

Little Athletics is offered across the country under the banner of 'Family, Fun and Fitness'. In several states, Little Athletics caters for athletes as young as 3 years of age and offers training and competition for more than 100,000 young Australians up to the age of 17.

For more information about Little Athletics in your area, please visit the national website by clicking here.

SOCIAL & RECREATIONAL PARTICIPATION

Almost two million Australians identify as recreational participants in an activity that is associated with Athletics, and interest in informal and less structured activity is on the rise.

Athletics Australia works with state Member Associations and its technology partners to deliver the iRun program to recreational runners across the country. The iRun website is the hub for recreational runners and race directors, and is designed to provide comprehensive information about events and your preparation for that next big race. The iRun program also offers an opportunity for runners to register as a member of the iRun program, which includes monthly newsletters, promotions and discounted entry to selected races.

Athletics Australia is partnering with its state Member Associations and the Australian Sports Commission to develop new social and fitness programs to engage an increased number of Australians in physical recreation. These programs will offer participants a training experience that develops physical fitness in a social atmosphere, and will be coming to your local club in 2014!

Athletics Australia
Athletics House 
Level 2, 31 Aughtie Drive 
Albert Park  VIC 3206  

P +61 3 8646 4550 
F +61 3 8646 4560 
E athletics@athletics.org.au