$450,000 to support Victorian athletes at Glasgow Commonwealth Games

The Victorian Coalition Government will invest $450,000 to support Victorian athletes’ participation in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Premier Denis Napthine joined the Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum today to make the announcement, attended by marathon legend Steve Moneghetti who has been appointed Chef-de-Mission for the 2014 Australian team.

“We are proud to support our athletes, who will represent the green and gold this year as part of the 2014 Australian team,” Dr Napthine said.

“This funding will go a long way towards helping Victorian athletes and the Victorian Commonwealth Games Association cover travel expenses to Glasgow.”

Victorian athletes will make up about 30 per cent of the 2014 Australian team that is expected to number more than 425 athletes and 175 officials.

“Australia has been the most successful nation since the Commonwealth Games were first held in 1930, and has topped both the gold medal and total medal tallies since the Auckland games in 1990,” Dr Napthine said.

“The success of Victorian athletes overseas reflects our state’s world-class sports infrastructure and our major sporting events calendar.”

At the last Commonwealth Games in 2010 in Delhi, Australia led the medal count with 74 gold, 55 silver, and 49 bronze, for a total of 178 medals.

“Since 1930, Australian athletes have won an impressive total of 2,077 Commonwealth Games medals, including 803 gold, 670 silver and 604 bronze,” Dr Napthine said.

“All Victorians will be watching with pride as our team members represent Australia at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said that the efforts of Victorian athletes at the Commonwealth Games will motivate those watching back at home.

“The Commonwealth Games showcases a wide variety of sports and sees the nation glued to TV screens watching our athletes’ performances,” Mr Drum said.

“The efforts of Victorian athletes at the Commonwealth Games will inspire many people, both young and old, to play a sport from their past or to try their hand at something new, all helping to build a more active Victoria.”

The 2014 team is currently undertaking a selection process, with the full team expected to be finalised by mid-June this year.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow from 23 July to 3 August.

2014/15 Victorian champs and schools dates confirmed

Athletics Victoria is close to completing its 2014/15 summer calendar and can today confirm the dates for the Schools and Victorian Championships events.

“We have undergone an extensive process with feedback from athletes, clubs and key stakeholders to provide a clear pathway for athletes and believe the calendar structure for the 2014/15 season will best position athletes for state and national level competition while ensuring participation at club level is also maximised,” Competitions Manager Ross Cunningham said.

Victorian championships events:

Event Date Location
Victorian State 5km Championships Thursday 6 November 2014 Albert Park
Victorian Relay Championships Saturday 29 November 2014 Albert Park
Zatopek:10 2014 Thursday 11 December 2014 Albert Park
Victorian Country Championships Fri 23 – Sun 25 January 2015 Bendigo
Victorian Junior State Championships Fri 13 – Sun 15 February 2015 Albert Park
Victorian Open Championships Fri 27 Feb – Sun 1 March 2015 Albert Park
Victorian Open, U20, U18, U16, U14 Multi Championships Sat 28 Feb – Sun 1 March 2015 Albert Park
Victorian Masters Championships Sat 14 – Sun 15 March 2015 Doncaster (TBC)

Victorian schools events:

Event Date Location
Victorian All Schools Track Relays Wednesday 3 September 2014 Albert Park
Victorian All Schools Knockout Thursday 11 September 2014 Albert Park
Victorian All Schools Championships Fri 7 – Sun 9 November 2014 Albert Park

Details relating to the AV summer season fixtures will be released in the coming weeks with a number of exciting new concepts to be included in the 2014/15 calendar.

“There are some new ideas we will look to implement, especially around how we deliver the specialist competition programs, with all to be revealed soon, said Cunningham.

“It’s an exciting time for athletes in Victoria with the development of a calendar that is structured to provide them with the best opportunity to compete and produce strong results when it matters”, Cunningham added.

Schools Cross Country Champs entries extended to this Friday

2014 All Schools Cross Country Championships

The Victorian Schools Cross Country Championships are open to any student and are your opportunity to be selected for the Big V team for National Schools Cross Country.

Entries close Friday 6 June at 12pm midday:

For school registration and entry information please refer to the ‘Athletics Victoria Schools Portal User Guide’, which can be found here.

Event webpage: http://athsvic.org.au/event/2014-all-schools-cross-country-championships/

If you need any help with the entry process don’t hesitate to contact Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500

Three Vics selected for Nanjing Youth Olympics

Three of Victoria’s rising talents Michael Mullett, Ned Weatherly and Ryan Patterson have been selected to represent Australia at the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

A showstopper at this year’s Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney, Weatherly impressed with multiple gold medals and with a personality to match will be one to keep team moral high.

Full story from Sam Rawlings – Australian Olympic Team: http://nanjing2014.olympics.com.au/news/hammer-thrower-hulley-spearheads-athletics-team

Complete team: http://nanjing2014.olympics.com.au/athletes?name=&stateID=All+States&sportID=7EECDF36-BAA5-4D8E-9B4060BF01669248

Save money and time with an XCR’14 Series Ticket

Save up to $55 by purchasing an XCR’14 Series ticket ahead of Round 3 at Brimbank on Saturday 31 May.

All XCR’14 Series ticket holders are automatically included in each round within the selected Series ticket age group. Please note once you purchase a series ticket if you wish to move age groups in certain events you will need to purchase an individual entry into that round.

To purchase today and for more information check out XCR’14 webpage: http://athsvic.org.au/events/competitions/avcompetitions/xcr/

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact the AV Office on 8646 4500.

Rest in Peace Joan Hines

Joan HinesAthletics Victoria is saddened to pass on the news that Box Hill stalwart, Joan Hines, has passed away aged 90.

Joan played a key role in the women’s athletics movement in Victoria and held the role of ‘Chair of the Victorian Women’s Amateur Association’, along with being a founding member of ‘Box Hill Women’s Athletic Club’ in 1953.

Contributing across all areas of athletics, Joan’s dedication to the sport she loved was evident in her roles as ‘Chairperson of the Officials Committee’ and a member of the ‘Kitty McEwen Victorian Sportswomen Committee’ for many years.

Along with her efforts in encouraging women to participate in athletics, Joan lead the way in helping the transition to join with the men’s athletics association.

Joan’s devotion to athletics was recognised by both her club, Box Hill (Life Member – 1979) and Athletics Victoria (Life Member – 1993).

Athletics Victoria sends its thoughts to the Hines family, friends and Box Hill Athletics Club.

The funeral will be held at St. Bedes Catholic Church, Servern Street, North Balwyn, on Wednesday 21 May at 11.00am

Instagram Club Take Over

This is your chance to take control of the AV Instagram account and showcase your Club at XCR’14 Round 5 – Sandown on Saturday 12 July.

Your club calls the shots, what photos and when.

HOW TO WIN:
Be creative, think outside the box, we want to see some unique Club photos – the photo/club with the most likes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined will be the winner.

Simply email the photo through to media@athsvic.org.au and we will add it to our social media sites to vote on – the sooner you do it, the better chance you have to claiming the take over.

The competition closes Wednesday 9 July at 2:00pm.

Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/athleticsvictoria

Terms and Conditions

Max of five entries per Club
Photos will be approved by Athletics Victoria before publication
The winner is based on an individual photo’s total likes not a combined total of club photo’s.