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

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.

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

Book online via:

Click here to view the event promo flyer

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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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:
: 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

Free lecture: Optimise your endurance performance

Join our friends Sports Dietitians Australia at their next free public lecture on ‘nutrition to optimise your endurance performance’ at RMIT on Friday 18 October from 6:00pm.

Guest speaker Asker Jeukendrup, head of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute will provide expert insight into how to get the most out of your body in the lead up and during your next big event.

Sports Dietitians Australia Vice President and Director of Next Level Nutrition, Alan McCubbin will outline the latest research and provide practical solutions to building your next race nutrition plan.

Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to seek free sports nutrition advice and tips from our accredited sports dietitian members in the audience.

Don't just survive your next challenge – perform!

Key Information:
When: Friday 18 October
Where: Storey Hall, (Building 16) RMIT, 342 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Click here to download the event flyer

For enquires contact Sports Dietitians Australia on 03 9926 1336.

Compete at the 2013 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships

With only days until entries close for the 2013 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 October at Lakeside Stadium, don’t miss out on your chance to be the pride of your school and have the chance to qualify and represent Victoria at the All Schools Nationals in Townsville, Queensland this December.

Key information:
When: Friday 25 – Sunday 27 October
Where: Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park
Who: U/14, U/15, U/16, U/17, U/18, U20
Entries: Close Thursday 10 October (midnight) – LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

CLICK HERE for the event information page (competitor list is now available)