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.

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10 Years Ago: Mottram and Troop spar; McGregor is a knock-out

Len Johnson

The 2003 Zatopek men’s 10,000 metres showcased a race between Australia’s best track distance runner and Australia’s best marathoner but, if you were to believe the lead-up talk, neither of them much fancied their chances.

Craig Mottram, already a star at distances from 1500 to 5000 metres, was stressing his lack of track distance credentials.

“I like a challenge,” Mottram said pre-race, “and there are quite a few athletes in the field who have run much faster than I ever have for 10,000, so I thought it would be interesting to see what it would be like t keep up with them for as long as possible.”

He did allow that running against “more experienced guys . . . can work to my advantage as well.”

That, of course, and the fact he had already won a Zatopek 10,000 two years earlier in 2001 and had come back from an injury lay-off to achieve an Olympic qualifying standard for 5000 metres, run the fastest-ever lap of Melbourne’s Tan track and win road races in Noosa, Burnie and Melbourne (the latter two at 10km).

Troop, the defending champion and the man who had broken Ron Clarke’s national record at 5000 metres a couple of years earlier, was talking up his marathon ambitions for the Athens Olympics.

“Whether I win the race, or come in fifth, I really want to have a good Zatopek,” he said, “(but) if it doesn't happen, it doesn't change too much of where I'm going though, because the marathon is a different event again, and this isn't Athens after all.”

Perhaps ‘Troopy’ gave more away when he remarked: “I have a rivalry with everyone and I always thrive on competitive races as well and what better way than having two Aussies go head to head.”

Indeed, the race came at a time when the feelings between Mottram and Troop ran deeper than just competitive tension, adding a piquant touch to a match-up between the top two Australians.

Maybe, though, both were right to downplay their ambitions for the 2003 Zatopek because, come the night, the star was Haley McGregor who won the women’s Zatopek with what was then the second-fastest performance ever in the big race, and remains the fourth-fastest.

McGregor’s was a solo run through the second half of the race after being paced through the first 5000 by Eloise Wellings. After slowing initially from the 15:55 half-way pace, she surged home to such effect that she ran 31 minutes 43.14 seconds, almost two seconds under the Olympic qualifying standard.

“I don’t know how to describe it, but I was close to tears of joy tonight,” an elated McGregor said. “That last 100 metres really kills, but you forget about that as soon as you cross the line.”

McGregor lapped the field with Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Krishna Stanton finishing second in 33:19.20. Her performance made her an almost certain selection to join Benita Willis in running the 10,000 metres at the following year’s Olympic Games.

“It’s a dream, it will hit home some time soon. The prospect of going is awesome,” McGregor said.

The big match-up in the men’s race was a bit of a fizzer. Troop led through the first part of the race before Mottram moved away with a sub-64 second lap from the 5000 mark. He ran the next lap as fast to open up a winning advantage. His winning time was 27:50.55, just over a second outside the Olympic qualifying standard, but he was aiming at the 5000 anyway.

“I had a rough patch from 6000 to 9000 metres,” Mottram said, a rather significant “patch” usually.

“It was hard. I would have loved to run sub-27:30. Then I had the other goal of the A-standard, but I just missed that, too.”

Still, the run continued the build-up in momentum for Mottram after he had missed the world championships in Paris earlier in the year as he recovered from a prolonged bout of ilio-tibial band syndrome.

The momentum continued all the way to Athens as Mottram set three national records for 5000 metres in Europe, culminating in his 12:55.76 finishing centimetres behind Haile Gebrselassie in London, before finishing eighth in the Olympic final.

Mottram’s 27:50.55 remains the most recent occasion on which an Australian has broken 28 minutes in the Zatopek, David McNeill with his 28:03.02 win in 2008 coming closest.

Troop finished second in 28:13.96 with Steve Moneghetti, running his 19th Zatopek at the age of 42, third in 28:42.93.

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.

First Aid qualified and looking for opportunities?

Athletics Victoria's First Aid provider is currently recruting for trainers on a part-time basis.

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

  • Level 1 trainer accreditation
  • a current Level 2 First Aid certification,
  • Including certified with the use of Epi Pens
  • Working with children check

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 or call 0419 236 285.

Ruyton Athletic Club presents: Women in Sport

Ruyton Athletic Club presents a guide to optimum performance and injury prevention for female athletes with an expert panel including Olympic Park Sports Medicine Chief Medical Officer Dr Adam Castricum and former Olympians Georgie Clarke, Alison Inverarity and Charlene Rendina on Tuesday 12 November 2013.

Key Information:
Date: 12 November 2013
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Ruyton Girls School – Royce Theatre, 12 Selbourne Road, Kew 3101
Cost: $15 per person

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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

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 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)