Runaway Bay Little Athletics Club, located in Runaway Bay Sports Precinct (East) on the Gold Coast (refer site map) was established over 40 years ago in 1980 making up part of the South Coast region of Little Athletics QLD. The club is run 100% by volunteers usually made up of current or past parents and grandparents supporting the 450 plus athletes that range from 3 & 4 year olds in Tiny Tots, through the U6 to U17 age groups.
Runaway Bay Little Athletics Club aims to provide the best little athletics facilities, equipment, coaching, and support for young athletes to develop in a fun, family and fitness focussed environment
The season starts in early September and runs through to mid-March with a break over the Christmas period (please refer Handbook calendar for more info).
Competitions are held at the club every Friday night for Tiny Tots (5-5:45pm) followed by U6-U17 age group warm up (5:45pm) then onto start of competition (6pm) which usually runs for a couple of hours for the older age groups and less for the younger age groups depending on the events being held.
Free training and coaching is given every Wednesday afternoon at the club from 5:30-7pm.
Please note at least one parent must be in full attendance on competition nights and at training sessions for safety reasons but also to assist with the running of events.
LAQ hold Summer Carnivals and Combined Events Carnivals that all athletes from U8-U17 can enter into (refer calendar for dates).
Other clubs also hold Carnivals throughout the season that all athletes from U8-U17 can enter into (refer calendar and club websites for entry details).
As part of the South Coast region (that runs as far north as Ormeau as far west as Beaudesert and as far south as Tweed Heads) there are two regional events held each year;
Regional Relay Championships (refer calendar for dates)
Individual Championships (refer calendar for dates)
From there qualifying relay teams and individual athletes can compete at State Level in QLD. For individual championships if successful at State Championships athletes in the U13 and U15 age groups can potentially represent their state at the National Championships held at the end of the season.
Young athletes can then use Little Athletics QLD as a stepping stone to QLD Athletics, Athletics Australia right the way through to competing at the highest level possible competing in the Olympics.