New dynamic results system for Shield

Athletics Victoria is excited to announce that from round two of the Athletics Victoria Shield competition this Saturday 2 November all results will be available dynamically through the member’s portal.

The new system will allow users to filter results by a range of search criteria; including club name, event name, zone and bib number.

As well as public results listing, the system will provide each Athletics Victoria member the opportunity to easily track their own performances in their member profile, along with team mates and competitors.

The changes will also mean same day results will be available as meet managers will have the ability to upload results throughout the competition.

As Athletics Victoria develops the technology, the system will cover other series such as the XCR season.

The current results page will still be used for non Athletics Victoria Shield competitions.

The new results system will also be available via the Athletics Victoria Shield webpage.

This is an exciting addition to the new members portal that will help athletes to track their progress through current and future competitions.

Victorian Khan Sharp named on IAAF International Technical Officials panel

Victorian official Khan Sharp is one of four Australian’s named this month to join the IAAF International Technical Officials panel.

The IAAF Panel of International Technical Officials is a four-year posting, with the group to again be determined in 2017.

Sharp was the Competition Director at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and has since officiated a bounty of national and international events including multiple Australian Athletics Championships and Australian Athletics Tour events.

The position is the highest achievement in officiating internationally and the announcement makes Australia, together with Portugal the most represented country in the group of 46.

Sharp along with Queenslanders Peter Hamilton and Helen Roberts joins Tasmanian Brian Roe who is one of two ‘ex-officio’ leaders of the Panel along with IAAF Technical Committee Chair Jorge Salcedo of Portugal.

Roe (from 1987) and Hamilton (since 2001) have represented Australia on the Panel previously with Sharp and Roberts joining them for the first time after securing places following an extensive seminar and examination process in London in mid-October.

Roberts has become the first Australian woman to achieve ITO rank, with her inclusion on the panel ensuring green and gold representation from both sexes for the first time.

Victorian Richard Lawsyz also successfully undertook the evaluation but due to a limit of three officials from any one country outside the ex-officio members was the unlucky one to miss out for the next four years.

“This is a huge result for Australia, and a testament to the knowledge and professionalism of our officiating community. I congratulate Brian, Peter, Khan and Helen on this huge achievement,” Andrew Matthews, Athletics Australia Competitions Manager, said.

“It brings the number of our international panel members up to six – with Janet Nixon (NSW) and Wayne Fletcher (TAS) currently serving terms on the IAAF Photo Finish and Race Walking Judge Panels respectively.

“Officials are vital to the success of the Australian domestic season and athletics across the country at all levels, with so many funding their own travel and accommodation to assist our athletes in competing in the best possible environments. With the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, it is our hope that the number involved will continue to increase and that the level of officiating continues to be amazing.”

 

Records fall at the Australian Masters Games for Ruddick and Petrie

Race walker Kelly Ruddick’s impressive CV grew at the Australian Masters Games this month where the 40-year-old mother of four posted a world masters games record in the women’s 40 category for 5000m.

The Ballarat local smashed nearly 52sec off Frenchwomen Suzanne Griesbach 26 -year-old W40 world record with a 21min 57.40 sec time and reinforced her status as Australia’s leading women race walker.

As the number one ranked Australian, Ruddick has her eyes on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and is optimistic she can maintain her form.

“Although it’s a few years away, if I can stay at my current pace or improve it, which I’m sure I will, then things are looking really good. An Olympics is an athlete’s ultimate goal.”

An instrument technician at Ballarat Health Services, Ruddick’s record breaking walk at the Australian Masters Games adds to the race walking 20km national title win in Launceston, Tasmania this September.

Kilsyth and former Australian representative Lavinia Petrie knocked close to 42sec off Britain’s Cecelia Morrisson’s women’s 70-74 world record at 5000m of 22min 06.02sec to record a new master world record time of 21min 24.23sec.

Athletics Victoria would like to thank all the volunteers who contributed to the athletics program.

The biennial event will head to Adelaide in 2015. For more information visit www.australianmastersgames.com.au

Clarke world record fires up the Zatopek

Len Johnson

Fifty years ago this year, in winning the third edition of the Emil Zatopek 10,000 metres, Ron Clarke set world records for six miles and 10,000 metres.

There are a million stories about the 1963 Zatopek race. If you have been around long enough, you’ve heard most. Some are even true.

Briefly, the facts are these. Clarke won his third straight Zatopek. His target, officially, was the six miles Victoria record held by Dave Stephens at 27 minutes 54.0 seconds. That had been a world record when Stephens set it in sensational fashion at Olympic Park early in 1956.

Achieving that goal would almost certainly see Clarke also break the Australian record held by Melbourne 1956 Olympic 10,000 metres bronze medallist Dave Power at 27:52.8.

Unofficially, Clarke was aiming even higher, at the world record 27:43.8 set by Sandor Iharos of Hungary.

Finally, given the 376 yards extra distance between six miles and 10,000 metres, Clarke would have to break Iharos’s record by a considerable margin to have a chance at the 10,000 world record of 28:18.2 held by Rome Olympic champion Pyotr Bolotnikov of the former Soviet Union.

Melbourne’s Olympic Park then had a 440-yard track. This meant that the starting line for the 10,000 metres race was 376 yards from the finish line, making the 10,000 race 24 laps plus 376 yards.

This may explain some of the subsequent confusion about times. One thing for sure, no-one seems to have kept their head in the hectic final few minutes of the race.

We’ll get to that. First, some of the other stories. One that has been revised many times over the journey is the number of spectators present. Well, the figure of 23 came from Clarke himself, who is quoted by Age journalist Graeme Kelly that there was that number present – “mostly relations of mine.”

At least one was. The back-page photo in The Age the day after the race showed Ron shaking hands with his brother, Jack Clarke, captain of Essendon Football Club at the time. Whether there was another 22, or 222, who knows. Point is, there wasn’t many.

Clarke had been on a record run coming into the Zatopek, breaking Victorian records for 2000 and 3000 metres, two miles and three miles already that season (state records had to be set in the state and national records set in Australia, back then). At Olympic Park the Sunday before the Zatopek race he had lost narrowly to the late Albie Thomas over 5000 metres, with Thomas setting a national record 13:51.4.

Whatever his private thoughts, Clarke’s ambitions were obvious from the start. He tore through the first four laps (one mile) in 4:24, with his great mate and training partner, Tony Cook, already struggling to hang on two seconds back.

At two miles – 8:58 – Clarke was eight seconds ahead, leading Trevor Vincent to reassure Cook that “Clarkie’s gone mad.” According to Vincent, he may have said this, but only to encourage Cook that he was also well on the way to achieving his own target of an Olympic Games qualifying time (28:30 for 6 miles or 29:25 for 10,000).

The third and fourth miles flew by at record pace. Only in the fifth mile – covered in 4:40 – did Clarke slacken, but a 4:28 took him to six miles in a world record 27:17.8.

Then the confusion set in. Clarke slowed to a jog to complete the final 376 yards, apparently thinking he had no chance of breaking Bolotnikov’s world record. Quickly told by friends  – one advantage of a small crowd being that he could hear them clearly – to “get going, you can get the other one” – he launched a belated effort to reach 10,000 in 28:15.6.

What a race. Not one, but two world records. The Victorian marathon Club had set the Zatopek up to foster Australian distance running, but this was surely beyond their wildest expectations.

“I didn’t thrash myself in the 5000 against Albie Thomas last Sunday because I felt I could run really well tonight,” Clarke told Graeme Kelly in something of an understatement.

Robert Ward was second in 31:28 and the late Tom Kelly third in 31:56, both of them lapped twice by Clarke.

But the hard-luck story was Tony Cook’s. He pulled out after five miles thinking he was not going to reach his target. In fact, he was right on it.

“There was a mess-up in the time calling and I thought I was a minute over my schedule,” Cook told Graeme Kelly.

It was the third of Ron Clarke’s record five Zatopek wins and the first and second of his 18 or 19 (depending how you count them) world records as he set about re-defining distance running in the next few years.

Tony Cook did qualify for the 1964 Olympics. He went on to finish eighth in the Olympic final as Clarke took the bronze medal after a terrific last-lap struggle with Billy Mills of the USA and Mohamed Gammoudi of Tunisia, the gold and silver medallists. He also got his Zatopek win, the next year.

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Required: First Aid qualified individuals who have the following (must be current)

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All applications must be currently certified, however updates to qualifications will be provided on an annual basis – at no cost to the trainer.

For more information contact Bob Ashby at nsti@bigpond.com or call 0419 236 285.

IAAF: Athletics is a labour of love for Birmingham

Collis Birmingham just loves running.

While many international track runners have spent the past month taking a well-earned rest and putting their feet up in readiness for another gruelling winter of training, the 28-year-old has swapped his spikes for racing flats, choosing to return to the half-marathon distance at British races in the autumn.

It has been a long season for the Australian, whose season began in January and has never really ended, having raced in every calendar month since then.

At the start of the year he set an Oceania record of 1:00:56 at the Marugame Half Marathon in Japan in February. His most recent effort was a fourth-place finish at the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday (20) and his 1:03:44 clocking on a tough course was an improved performance after a slightly disappointing run at the Great North Run in September.

Read more on the IAAF website

New athletics track set for Melton

Athletics is set to receive a massive boost in the outer west of Melbourne with $730,000 funding towards a new synthetic athletics track and two outdoor gyms confirmed this week by Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty.

The Community Facility Funded Programs are:

  • $650,000 to install a new synthetic athletics track at Bridge Road Reserve with high jump, shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw areas, long and triple jump runways and landing pits.

  • $80,000 to install outdoor fitness equipment at Navan Park in Melton West and Lake Caroline Reserve in Caroline Springs.

“A key objective of the Coalition Government is to build healthy and active communities,” Mr Delahunty said.

“To achieve this goal, we need quality sporting facilities that encourage local people to keep fit and healthy, and enjoy the sports they love well into the future.

“The Coalition Government’s investment in these projects is part of our plan to build for future growth by developing more sustainable sporting infrastructure that makes a real difference to local people.

“With more and more families moving to the Melton area, our investment ensures local clubs can cater for even more people to get more active more often.

“These are just some of the ways we are delivering on the Coalition Government’s strategy to grow the economy, build infrastructure and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the state,” Mr Delahunty said.

Mr Delahunty thanked the City of Melton for their efforts to secure the funding and for providing over $4.9 million towards the projects.

For more information about the Community Facilities Funding Program visit www.sport.vic.gov.au.

Performance & Sport Psychology Info Evening

From sport to the business world this is a great chance to gain an insight into what makes a good leader.  Are you looking to get more out of your team? Performance and Sport Psychologists Daniel Dymond and Dane Barclay can guide you through the steps and skills to maximise the performance output of people at all levels.

Topic: Authentic Leadership

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Limited to 20 places

Lakeside Stadium – 31 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, 3206

Sessions are complimentary but please email info@pspc.com.au or call  (03) 9005 7731  to inform us of your attendance

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40 Years Ago: Scott wins race, loses trophy and Games’ chance

Len Johnson

For want of a dollar, Bill Scott won the 1973 Zatopek but did not receive the trophy. For want of a few seconds, he missed out on the 1974 Commonwealth Games team.

The dollar was the cost of becoming a Victorian Marathon Club member. Neither Scott, nor second-placed Peter Fuller, was a financial member so they were ineligible for the club trophy which instead went to the third placegetter, Arch Sansonetti of the famous cycling family.

The few seconds – 4.4 of them, to be precise – was the margin by which Scott failed to get under 29 minutes, the time he needed to press his claims for selection for the Games in Christchurch in January, 1974.

“If I had got under 29 minutes people would have had to sit up and take notice,” Scott told The Age’s Glenn Lester. Scott had run third in the selection trial a few weeks earlier to Brenton Norman and Derek Clayton, who had both been selected in the marathon as well.

Scott must have been referring to people outside the sport, as he was already being noticed within athletics. Uncompromising in his racing approach, he was the vanguard of the post-Clarke generation of Australian distance runners, leading the way for the likes of Chris Wardlaw, Robert de Castella, Dave Fitzsimons (who did make the 1974 team) and Gerard Barrett to follow.

At 21, Scott broke the mould of Zatopek winners, too. In its early years, the race was won by experienced distance runners but in its next 10 years the race was won by Barrett (just short of his 20th birthday when he took the first of his two victories in 1976), de Castella (22 in 1979) and Andrew Lloyd (also 22 at the first of his four wins in 1981).

The 1973 race was held at Essendon’s Aberfeldie Track, as Olympic Park was in one of its several redevelopments. Fuller, a teammate of Scott’s at the Box Hill club and a middle-distance specialist, helped him set the pace early before dropping back to finish in 30:08.

Sansonetti finished third in 30:30. He was the only one of the three placegetters who would have a direct link to the 1974 Commonwealth Games: his older brother Maurice ‘Remo’ Sansonetti, took a bronze medal in the cycling road race.

Scott, too, eventually found his way into an Australian team. He made the final of the 10,000 metres at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, finishing ninth despite a painful foot injury.

Scott went on to run 28:18 the following year, then 28:01 in Europe in 1975 in a race in which he finished second to 1972 Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter. He was leading finisher in Australia’s first team to a world cross-country championships in 1975.

An untimely groin injury sidelined Scott through 1976, costing him almost certain Olympic selection, but he came back late in 1977 to begin a productive second career phase. In 1978, Scott made his marathon debut with a win in the Victorian title followed by another in the inaugural Melbourne marathon. He made his second world-cross country team in 1979, ran a personal best 27:48 for 10,000 in Brussels and a marathon ‘pb’ in Fukuoka to finish the year.

Scott began the 1980 Olympic year with an Australian all-comers’ record for 5000 metres followed by a 27:46.71 for 10,000, both in Melbourne, the latter in a thrilling race against world record holder Henry Rono. Between those runs, the nationals, then the marathon trial in Adelaide he aggravated an existing foot problem. Despite that, Scott made the 10,000 final in Moscow and was with the leaders until late in the race before finishing fifth.

All the problems notwithstanding, it was one of the best years by an Australian distance runner since Ron Clarke.

We were still six years away from having a stand-alone women’s Zatopek race, but 1972 Olympic 1500 metres finalist Jenny Orr made the back page of The Age for running – by ‘invitation’ – in the men’s veterans’ mile.

Geoff Warren, an early member of the Victorian Marathon Club and designer of the race trophy, won the race, with Jenny Orr beating her father, and coach, Theo, for second place.

Asked how it felt to be beaten by his daughter, Theo Orr replied: “Great.”

Tallent and Mickle named Athletes of the Year

Jared Tallent (Vic) and Kim Mickle (WA) are Athletics Australia’s Athletes of the Year, with the duo announced as the best-of-the-best for 2013 at a gala dinner at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

The IAAF World Championships medal winning pair were joined on the illustrious honour roll by Evan O’Hanlon (NSW), Angela Ballard (NSW) and Matthew Denny (Qld), who were name Male Para-Athlete, Female Para-Athlete and Junior Athlete of the Year respectively.

Capping off what has been an enormous year for the nine-time Australian javelin champion, Mickle was also announced as the Eurosport Athlete of the Year for her continuing strong performances on the IAAF Diamond League circuit. Placing in the top-three each and every time she competed this year, her 2013 resume also includes a new personal best of 66.60m and a silver medal from the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

“Definitely a surprise. It’s capped off a remarkable year. It’s icing on the cake,” Mickle said.

“I want to go one better next year at the Commonwealth Games for sure. I won silver in Delhi and in Moscow this year so the gold is aim for sure. The pre-season is going well so far, the body is healthy and I can’t see anything less than gold as a good result.

“I’m so close to Joanna Stone’s record. I thought my last throw in Moscow had it but I am not there yet, and its unfinished business. Bring on 2014.”

Tallent has also shone both as part of the National Athletics Series and on the world stage this year. The winner of the Australian 20km Race Walking Championships in February, the three-time Olympic medallist went onto take out the top honour in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge and a stunning bronze medal in the men’s 50km walk at the IAAF World Championships.

“I’m very honoured to win this. I have been performing at a strong level like this for some time now, and it is probably ten years in the making but it is great to be recognised like this,” Tallent said.

“In 2003 I nearly gave the sport away when I lost my scholarship at the VIS but then I was invited to Canberra by Brent Vallance, my parents forced me to go, and the rest is history. I have to thank them especially for this.

“I have aspirations to continue right through to Tokyo, and who knows from there. I love what I do and am so excited and that I get to continue doing it now with my wife Claire (Tallent) as my coach.”

Tallent now has the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in his sights, while Mickle will look to improve on her silver medal from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi (IND) by winning gold when the event heads to Glasgow (SCO) in 2014.

“I’ve got the World Walk Cup next year and I have a bronze and a silver. The gold is my aim for sure. Fingers crossed,” Tallent added.

Tallent and Mickle’s Australian Flame teammate Jess Trengove (SA), who placed an outstanding 11th in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships, was also recognised as the Australian Flame Athlete of the Year thanks to her strong commitment to the development of a team bond in the Australian Flame camps in both Tonbridge (GBR) and Moscow (RUS).

Arguably the best-performed athlete at the IPC Athletics World Championships, 2013 was certainly O’Hanlon’s year.

Setting two championship records in Lyon (FRA), the five-time Paralympic champion and dual world record holder added a further three world titles to his burgeoning trophy cabinet just weeks after recovering from viral meningitis.

The winner of three silver and one bronze medal at the IPC Athletics World Championships, Ballard’s rise to the top of wheelchair racing continues. Unable to attend the event tonight because she is completely her thesis, the four-time Paralympian is coached by Louise Sauvage.

Denny rounded out the big winners, with the 18-year-old crowned Junior Athlete of the Year.

The winner of six gold medals at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Perth, he went on to win a gold and bronze medal at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships and now has Eugene 2014 for the IAAF World Junior Championships firmly in his sights.

The 2013 Athlete of the Year Awards, proudly presented by Eurosport, were held in the Crown Palladium in Melbourne tonight.

The complete list of winners is:

Edwin Flack Award – Tamsyn Manou (VIC)

Art Series Hotel Volunteer of the Year – Richard Lawsyz (VIC)

Australian Sports Commission Junior Coach of the Year – Grahame Pitt (QLD)

Australian Sports Commission Para-Athlete Coach of the Year – Iryna Dvoskina (ACT)

Australian Sports Commission Senior Coach of the Year – Grant Ward (WA)

Eurosport Athlete of the Year – Kim Mickle (WA)

Australian Flame Athlete of the Year – Jess Trengove (SA)

Junior Athlete of the Year – Matthew Denny (QLD)

Female Para-Athlete of the Year – Angela Ballard (NSW)

Male Para-Athlete of the Year – Evan O’Hanlon (NSW)

Female Athlete of the Year – Kim Mickle (WA)

Male Athlete of the Year – Jared Tallent (VIC)

Life Governorship – Rob Fildes OAM (VIC)

Athletics Victoria Shield: Blue Zone changed to Knox

The scheduled 1st round of Shield for the Blue Zone that was to be held at Mentone this Saturday 19 October will now move to Knox Athletics Track.

Athletics Victoria and the Blue Zone Committee are aware of the subsurface movement and lifting between the 60 metre and 50 metre area on the front straight in lanes 5, 6, 7 and 8 at Mentone and have agreed to ensure no impact on the Shield program and believe the move to Knox is in the best interest of everyone.

Athletics Victoria apologises for the late notice but knows that everyone will understand the reason for the change.

Key Information:
Zone
: Blue Zone
Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 1:30pm
Where: Knox Athletics Track, Bunjil Way, Knoxfield, VIC, 3180

All the best to everyone ahead of this weekends opening round of Shield.


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Record breaking Melbourne Marathon win for Weightman

Victorian and 2012 London Olympian Lisa Weightman knocked six minutes off the Medibank Melbourne Marathon female race record and clocked a personal best time of 2:26.05 on her way to a historic win.

Weightman’s pre-race plan stood up strong even when Kenyan Eunice Kales developed a 90 second lead at the 25km mark.

“I was certainly the most nervous I’ve ever been before a race. I think I put a fair bit of pressure on myself to run well because it was my home race and for the first time I ran with the expectation of victory.

“It was just amazing to run into the ‘G with my family there. The best feeling was crossing the line and my nephew (Thomas, 7) came rushing up to me and gave me a huge hug,” Weightman said.

Along with the $20,000 winners bonus Weightman was crowned the female Victorian Marathon Champion for 2013.

In the men’s race Essendon’s Liam Adams was the best of the Australians in his first ever marathon, finishing sixth and clocking an A qualifier for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“It’s my first marathon and I’ll learn from it but maybe I was a little bit too ambitious early,” Adams said.

Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro was outstanding in the second half of the marathon to break away from the leading group at the 30km mark and set a new race record in 2:10.47, knocking 17 seconds off fellow Kenyan Japhet Kipkorir’s 2010 time.

“We went through half way in 66 minutes and I was thinking too slow, but I’m happy now,” Ondoro said.

Ondoro said he would celebrate with a cup of tea and McDonalds and then return home and buy about half an acre of land with his prize money.

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi finished second in 2:11.40 but said he was disappointed he didn’t complete an Australian treble, having won Sydney last year and Gold Coast in July.

Box Hill’s Nikki Chapple (71.23) won the female half marathon in a race record time, along with Mitch Brown winning the men’s 10km race in 30.29.

Top 5 Victorian Marathon Championship 2013

Men – 1. Liam Adams (ATE) 2:14.09, 2. Zac Newman (MUU) 2:25.11, 3. Joji Mori (RIC) 2:26.34, 4. Ash Watson (WEN) 2:27.01, 5. Alex Van De Meer (MUU) 2:28.54

Women – 1. Lisa Weightman (PTN) 2:26.05, 2. Sarah Klein (FKN) 2:42.53, 3. Kathryn Preston (TRH) 3:01.44, 4. Karen Hames (SME) 3:03.23, 5. Louise Marsden (SME) 3:08.55

Listen to Lisa Weightman chatting with Triple M's Hot Breakfast about the record breaking win and the joy of finishing on the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

CLICK HERE and jump to 16:12min on Triple M's Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire – 14th October 2013