HDLAC aims to encourage and reward athletes for a variety of achievements with the presentation of awards across a range of categories. These awards act as incentives to encourage children to work towards goals and self-improvement as well as celebrating good performance and demonstration of the club’s values.
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The following awards will be available to all registered athletes.
Perpetual Plaques: All athletes registered for the summer season will receive a perpetual plaque showing their highest level of participation at HDLAC during the summer. A plaque is issued at the end of the first season at HDLAC, then a plate is issued for all other seasons participated in. A cross country participant plate is issued for those who complete at least 2 events.
Star Awards: A star will be awarded to athletes when qualifying standards have been achieved in a specified number of track and field events. Stars are awarded according to a graduated standard, starting with Yellow, then Green, Red, Blue and finally Gold. This encourages athletes to develop their track and field athletic skills generally and rewards consistent improvement.
Athletes may obtain up to five Stars in a season, which can be displayed on their Centre Uniforms. For full details of Hornsby Star Awards, refer to the Star Awards page.
Age Group Awards
A selection of awards will be presented to athletes in each age group based on the criteria outlined below. To be eligible, athletes must attend and compete on a minimum of 60% of the available competition days for U6 to U13 age groups and 25% for U14 to U17 age groups. Awards based on an athlete’s performance will use results recorded by Results HQ, character based awards will be determined by the Executive Committee with input from Age Managers and Coaches. Athletes are eligible to win only one Age Group Award, and in the case of an athlete winning Best All Round and Most Improved, the Most Improved award will go to the next best athlete.
Best All Round Athlete: A trophy is awarded to a boy and girl athlete in each age group who demonstrates outstanding all round performance, measured by their personal best performances across the season.
Points are calculated using the LANSW State Multi scoring system, applied to athletes’ personal best performance in each event. This scoring will be applied to all standard events for the age group, with the best and worst events removed for each athlete’s calculation. The award will be presented to the athlete with the highest score. If two athletes have the same score, the results for their best and worst events will be included into the points calculation for these two athletes.
Most Improved Athlete: A trophy is awarded to a girl and boy athlete in each age group who has achieved the most personal bests during the season.
The first time an athlete completes the event, the result is established as their personal best. Each time they improve on this result, a personal best is registered towards their count. If two athletes have the same number of person bests, occurrences where athletes have equaled their personal best will be included.
Best and Fairest Awards: The Best and Fairest Awards are given to a boy and girl athlete in each age group who the Age Manager, Coaches and Executive Committee feels has the following qualities: good sportsmanship, attitude, cooperation and active participation in the weekly program.
Age Managers’ recommendations are taken into account prior to a decision being made. The Executive Committee will make the final selections of award recipients.
Septathlon awards will be determined based on each athlete’s performance recorded in the annual Septathlon event. Winners will be determined using the LANSW State Multi Event scoring system.
Septathlon Awards: Medals are awarded to the boys and girls in each age group for first, second and third place in the Septathlon. To help ensure a competitive event in age groups with smaller numbers, this year we will be combining the U14 to U17 age groups for the Septathlon; with first, second and third awarded to the highest scores across the age groups per gender. To make sure this remains fair, the combined age groups will be competing in the same event program but we will be applying the appropriate points system for each age group – making sure that the younger athletes are not disadvantaged.
Junior Septathlon Champion: This trophy is awarded to the athlete in the U6 to U11 age groups who achieves the highest points score in the Septathlon. For age groups that do not complete a full seven events, average scores will be considered on a discretionary basis.
Senior Septathlon Champion: This trophy is awarded to the athlete in the U12 to U17 age groups who achieves the highest points score in the Septathlon.
The following perpetual awards will be presented to athletes for the achievements outlined below. To be eligible for character based awards, athletes must attend and compete on a minimum of 30% of the available competition days.
Awards will be voted by the Executive Committee with consideration of performance at representative events (State, Region and Zone), season performances and input from Age Managers as appropriate.
Arnold Hunt Award – best middle and long distance: This is awarded to the most outstanding girl or boy athlete in middle and long distance events. It is open to athletes in the U13 to U17 age groups.
Brett Carkeet – walking and middle distance: This is awarded to the most outstanding athlete in race walking and middle distance events. It is open to athletes in the U9 to U12 age groups.
Genevieve Train – sprints: This is awarded to the most outstanding girl or boy athlete in sprint events. It is open to athletes in all age groups.
HDLAC Hurdles: This is awarded to the most outstanding girl or boy athlete in hurdles events. It is open to athletes in the U8 to U17 age groups.
HDLAC Jumps: This is awarded to the most outstanding girl or boy athlete in jumps events. It is open to athletes in all age groups.
HDLAC Throws: This is awarded to the most outstanding girl or boy athlete in throws events. It is open to athletes in all age groups.
Clint Shaw – Outstanding Junior Athlete: This is awarded to the most outstanding boy or girl athlete in the U6 to U8 age groups with consideration of all round performance and high achievement in an individual event.
Marion Mitchell – Most Improved: This trophy is awarded to the athlete who has the most personal bests for the season. In the event of more than one athlete achieving this award, the Executive Committee will use the following criteria to make a decision: performance; attitude and application to the discipline; participation in the weekly program; attending a minimum of 60 percent of available competition days calculated from the first competition day of the season Open to all age groups.
Walkley Award – Junior Club Values Award: This trophy is awarded to an athlete who the Executive feels demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and club values in the U6 to U11 age groups. This award considers attendance (a minimum of 75% would be desirable), attitude, active participation in the weekly programme, enthusiasm, cooperation and good sportsmanship.
Binning Award – Senior Club Values Award: This trophy is awarded to an athlete who the Executive feels demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and club values in the U12 to U17 age groups. This award considers attendance (a minimum of 75% would be desirable), attitude, active participation in the weekly programme, enthusiasm, cooperation and good sportsmanship.
The calculation of attendance for relevant awards is taken from the first day of competition until the end of the season and includes all standard competition meets. Non-standard events such as Zone, Region, State and inter-club events are not counted towards attendance.