President's Report- Season 2021/22

Welcome all to the culmination of the season that was 2021/22 and what a season it was!! Looking back on the previous 2020/21 season, where we had 88 athletes (which had been significantly impacted by Covid restrictions), we had an improved 131 registered athletes this season, which was a fantastic result and just goes to show the loyalty we have from our existing members and the appeal we have gained from newly joined families.

At the end of the previous season, an earnest campaign was made to try and rally extra helpers onto our committee which saw a great number of parents/MLAC members put up their hands to join the committee and help manage the centre. This greatly affected the season in a positive way and made light work of the various duties compared to previous years. Although many were new to the tasks, and there was a steep learning curve, everyone completed their roles amazingly with positive attitudes, great dedication and even bringing new ideas to the table.

I would like to take this moment to especially thank Megan Chalmers for overseeing the introduction of the Zeller debit card machines as part of her Treasurer duties, which, I think we can all agree, has greatly improved the overall functioning of both the BBQ and uniform point of sales.

I would also like to officially thank both Chris Sharp and Andrew Robinson for their assistance and knowledge sharing whilst handing over the baton to me and our new, and seasoned committee members. It really gave us a window into just how many roles they were completing for the club over the years, and it has been invaluable learning from them along the way.

A big thank you to Matthew Calf (with the assistance of Chris Sideridis) for managing the numerous regional and state competitions throughout the season on behalf of the club. Long hot days in the sun herding excited children around can be a mammoth task so thank you for your dedication which saw those events go without a hitch.

Then there’s Tass Georgas, for being our liaison in relation to the new pavilion works and providing secretarial duties, Jo Petzer for expertly organizing club marketing and sponsorship, Chelsea Warnes for masterfully preparing competitions each week, Sarah Begen and Chris Sideridis for bringing a high level of coaching to our children each week, Emma Rausa for managing duty rosters, club emails and the bananas for competition night, and Paul Warnes for updating our website skillfully and promptly.

The BBQ and Uniform sales roles can be busy and stressful but both Erin Goodall and Marianna McKay took it in their stride and did an amazing job. Whilst Charli Robinson and Don Marshall (as well as Eliza Sharp) were old hands completing the Registrar/Socials and U6 Age group Manager roles and bought their special expertise to the smooth running of both….and the kids love them!

Although our committee members have grown since the previous year, there are still plenty of opportunities for people to help out. We still need volunteers to fulfill all duties. If you choose to put your hand up tonight you will be helping to guarantee a glittering future for our club, making us one to beat. With our new track and a magnificent new purpose-built pavilion just around the corner, the future looks bright for Moorabbin Little Athletics Centre and I for one, am really excited for the next season.

Kind regards

David Rausa

President - Season 21/22

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