No matter how well an
athlete trials and how fast or far they are jumping you will often
find they succumb to nerves on the big day and unfortunately do not
reach their potential achieving a less than expected result. Naturally
this affects their confidence and self esteem and in some cases leads
athletes to quit the sport
From experience I have found
the best way to overcome nerves is to
of meets so that the athletes become familiarr with the routines and
practices of competitions. In
these less critical meets the coach can help athletes to learn how to
master pre competition nerves, disappointments and how to conduct
themselves when the win or have to give media interviews or meet with
senior Athletic Officials or supply samples to the officers conducing
random drug sampling..
A company called 'Sporting Credentials' manages the Griffith University
track on the Gold Coast and conducts a series of open meets called the
'Personal Best' series. However to attend these meets you must be a
registered member of Queensland Athletics and a track club
These meets are perfect in that they are informal but provide an
opportunity for athletes to find a class or group that suits their
level of performance and expectation. If the athlete is ready
for the next level of competition then they simply enter into the
category that will best meet their needs.
LOCATION OF GC
The Gold Coast Athletics Centre is situated in the Griffith University
campus and is situated at the end of University Drive which is reach
from Parklands Drive, Parklands, Southport.
From Brisbane drive down the M1 towards the Gold Coast. Turn off at
Smith Street (Motorway 10) and drive down it for about 2km. Turn
left into Olsen Drive (It has a sign to Griffith University) and get
in the right lane immediately to turn right into Parklands Drive.
Drive about 100 meters and turn right into University Drive. Drive to
the end of it and on your right is the athletics centre.
On arrival athletes should pay their
competition fee and nominate for the events they wish to compete
in at the 'Meeting Room' (male athletes complete blue cards,
female athletes complete pink cards)
Nominations for each event close thirty minutes (30) before the
start of that particular event. Start lists will be generated from
the event nominations. In laned track events late entries will be
allocated lanes where available. For field events, officials will
decide how many trials to allow based on the number of competitors
and time programmed for the event.
The coach is not able to attend all of these
meets however all athletes should allow at least 30 minutes warm
up prior to any event. To avoid unexpected problems with transport
(delays due road works, accidents, break downs) athletes should
plan to arrive 1 hour before the event to allow a leisurely
nomination and warm up. If it is a state or national meet then
allow 2 hours. The coach will nominate where he will meet you to
assist in warm up etc.
CALENDARS, PROGRAMS & RESULTS
all competition colanders, programs or results please visit
the Queensland Athletics website
http://www.qldathletics.org.au/ and look up the ' Calendar