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8 points of Summer

The 2014/15 summer season is close and with new and exciting opportunities through competition, coaching and officiating Athletics Victoria has put together eight key steps to the new season for new and returning members.

Membership

Opportunity to participate in grassroots to elite competition including access to coaching and officiating courses, insurance and AV has partnered with POWERSHOP to provide a great opportunity to reduce costs while also raising funds for your club. If you move your supply to Powershop you will get a $75 credit PLUS your club will also get a $75 cash payment – it’s that easy. Not only will you save on household costs but you will raise money for your club.

National Permits

A meet with a National Permit is directly sanctioned by Athletics Australia. Performances achieved at these meets can be used for International qualifiers (for any meet where the IAAF are governing body) and for National record applications.

AV Permit Meets:

AV Members can qualify for National Championships at all Rounds of Shield including the Zone v Zone competition that will be a IAAF permit meets.

Club Opportunities

Athletics Victoria are working to assist clubs organise competition and open days through investment in equipment, human resources and education to help clubs generate income streams, attract new members and grow competition at grassroots level.

  • For AV to help support club based events contact the competition team via summer@athsvic.org.au or 03 8646 4500.

Venues

In 2014/15 venue availability played a role in shaping the competition schedule with Lakeside Stadium out of action for the majority of December and January due to the Asian Cup and, Australian Formula One Grand Prix and National Tour in March.

A number of venues across all Zones will not be available this rotation due to major works scheduled across the coming 2014/15 season.

Athlete Process

Early Key Dates:

For all competition information, entry dates and details can be found on the events section of the Athletics Victoria website.

If you have any questions email summer@athsvic.org.au or call (03) 8646 4500.

Coaching and Officials opportunities

AV offers a wide range of courses for coaches and officials from entry level to those looking to up skill and progress along the pathway to work at national and international level.

  • Click here for coaching pathways and upcoming course
  • Click here for officiating information and course opportunities

If you’re interested contact Victorian Officials contact officials@athsvic.org.au or Coaching Coordinator Kylie Italiano at kylie@athsvic.org.au.

Development Opportunities

Athletics Victoria provides a variety of teams and squads to help harness athlete development and progression into the national ranks.

  • Check out the range of development and pathway opportunities for athletes at all levels and ages.
  • For more information on programs and pathways check out the Get Involved section on www.athsvic.org.au or contact Athlete Development Manager Nick Wall at nick.wall@athsvic.org.au.

AV Knockout

A new inclusive competition that offers individuals in each event & age group the opportunity to take part in a knockout structured competition based on the new AV Rankings across two rounds and a final.

  • For a run down on the new AV Knockout competition linked to the soon to be released AV Rankings system click here.
  • For more information on AV Knockout visit the Events section at www.athsvic.org.au or email summer@athsvic.org.au.
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Duncan, Pocklington, Riseley and Hubbard named for Continental Cup

Victorian quartet Melissa Duncan (Knox), Joel Pocklington (Box Hill), Jeff Riseley (Knox) and Kendra Hubbard (Ringwood) have been named to represent the Asia-Pacific team at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakesh, Morocco on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, 2014.

The team also includes recent IAAF World Champions Valerie Adams (NZL) and Sally Pearson (QLD) who will travel to Marrakesh as defending Continental Cup champions.

As a teenager Valerie Adams arrived at the 2002 World Cup in Madrid with a shot put best of 17.73m.

“My first World Cup was in 2002 and I have very fond memories of it,” recalled Adams who placed sixth with 18.40m.  “I threw a massive PB and it was the first time competing against the big girls. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the team was amazing.”

She went on to win in 2006 and 2010 titles and has been selected for the 2014 event. “I am looking forward to my fourth World Cup and representing Oceania and Asia/Pacific with pride.”

Only a few athletes have won three World/Continental Cup titles and Adams will start favourite in Marrakesh to join this select group that includes one of the greats, US 400m hurdler Edwin Moses.

Rising teenager, Sydney’s Jessica Thornton has been selected in Australia’s 4x400m relay team. Thornton, just 16, who ran a significant personal best of 52.78 last night at the Youth Olympics Games in China, becomes the youngest Oceania athlete to compete at the World/Continental Cup, since Debbie Wells in 1977 – 37 years ago.

“The Oceania Area is once again delighted to join forces with the Asian Area for the 2014 Continental Cup.  The selection of this year’s team has been far smoother than in 2010 when we were in our first combined Asia/Pacific team. This year we are hoping to take it up to the other Teams and be highly competitive, with a number of World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champions making up our final team selection, Yvonne Mullins, Oceania Executive Director said.

At the last Continental Cup, held in Split, Croatia in 2010, the Asia-Pacific team were locked in a battle with Africa for third place. The very last event, the men’s 4x400m relay would decide third place, with Africa edging Asia-Pacific.

Facts about the IAAF Continental Cup

DATES: Sat/Sun 13/14 September

VENUE:  Marrakesh, Morocco

TEAMS:  Four teams with two competitors from each. Teams: Africa, Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific

FORMAT:  Two day meet with most events included

PRIZEMONEY:

Individual Events: 1st US$30k, 2nd $15k, 3rd $10k, 4th $7k, 5th $5k, 6th $3k, 7th $2k, 8th $1k

Relays: 1st US$30k, 2nd $20k, 3rd $10k, 4th $8k.

SCORING:  Individual events 1st – 8pts down to 8th – 1pts

Relays 1st – 15pts, 2nd – 11pts, 3rd – 7 pts, 4th – 3 pts

MEET HISTORY: First 10 editions titled World Cup from 1977 to 2006. 11th edition (2010) and 12th edition (2014) titled Continental Cup.

INAUGURAL MEET: The 1977 World Cup was the first IAAF global track and field competition to be held.  It has now been followed by World Championships, World Indoors, World Juniors and Youth Championships.

1985 WORLD CUP: The only occasion it was held in Asia-Pacific was in 1985 when Australian capital city Canberra hosted the meet.

Teams:

WOMEN

EVENT   FAMILY NAME FIRST NAME COUNTRY
100m 1 BREEN MELISSA AUS
2 SAFRONOVA OLGA KAZ
200m 1 SAFRONOVA OLGA KAZ
2 BREEN MELISSA AUS
400m 1 RUBIE ANNELIESE AUS
2 JONES LOUISE NZL
800m 1 LUKA TINTU IND
2 SMIT ANGELA NZL
1500m 1 BELETE MIMI BRN
2 DUNCAN MELISSA AUS
3000m 1 BELETE MIMI BRN
2 DUNCAN MELISSA AUS
5000m 1 DABA TEJITU BRN
2 WELLINGS ELOISE AUS
3000m SC 1 JEBET RUTH BRN
2 LACAZE GENEVIEVE AUS
100m H 1 PEARSON SALLY AUS
2 KIMURA AYAKO JPN
400m H 1 ADEKOYA KEMI BRN
2 WELLS LAUREN AUS
HJ 1 RADZIVIL SVETLANA UZB
2 COWLEY SARAH NZL
PV 1 BOYD ALANA AUS
2 LI LING CHN
LJ 1 GAYEN MARGARET AUS
2 LU MINJIA CHN
TJ 1 LI YANMEI CHN
2 LEVERTON LINDA AUS
SP 1 ADAMS VALERIE NZL
2 GONG LIJIAO CHN
DT 1 SAMUELS DANI AUS
2 YANG YANBO CHN
HT 1 WANG ZHENG CHN
2 To Be Confirmed
JT 1 MICKLE KIMBERLEY AUS
2 ZHANG LI CHN
4x100m 1 TAKAMORI MAHO JPN
2 MIYAZAWA YUKI JPN
3 TSUCHIHASHI TOMOKA JPN
4 NAKAMURA MIZUKI JPN
5 JIMBO YUKI JPN
4x400m 1 RUBIE ANNELIESE AUS
2 PEKIN LYNDSAY AUS
3 WELLS LAUREN AUS
4 THORNTON JESSICA AUS
5 HUBBARD KENDRA AUS

MEN

EVENT   FAMILY NAME FIRST NAME COUNTRY
100m 1 OGUNODE FEMI QAT
2 ZHANG PEIMENG CHN
200m 1 OGUNODE FEMI QAT
2 NAOKI MASAFUMI JPN
400m 1 MASRAHI YOUSEF AHMED KSA
2 KANEMARU YUZO JPN
800m 1 BALA ABDULRAHMAN MUSAEB QAT
2 RISELEY JEFFREY AUS
1500m 1 WILLIS NICK NZL
2 KIPLAGAT BENSON SEUREI BRN
3000m 1 WILLIS NICK NZL
2 AYALEW AWEKE BRN
5000m 1 ROP ALBERT BRN
2 ROBERTSON ZANE NZL
3000m SC 1 KOECH JOHN BRN
2 KAMAL ALI ABUBAKER QAT
110m H 1 XIE WENJUN CHN
2 AL-MANDEEL ABDULAZIZ KUW
400m H 1 COCHRANE MICHAEL NZL
2 KISHIMOTO TAKAYUKI JPN
HJ 1 BARSHIM MUTAZ ESSA QAT
2 ZHANG GUOWEI CHN
PV 1 XUE CHANGRUI CHN
2  POCKLINGTON JOEL AUS
LJ 1 LI JINZHE CHN
2 FRAYNE HENRY AUS
TJ 1 CAO SHUO CHN
2 MAHESWARY RENJITH IND
SP 1 WALSH TOM NZL
2 AL-HEBSHI SULTAN ABDULMAJEED KSA
DT 1 HARRADINE BENN AUS
2 AL-DAWOODI SULTAN MUBARAK KSA
HT 1 NAZAROV DILSHOD TJK
2 AL-ZANKAWI MOHAMMED ALI KUW
JT 1 ZAYTSEV IVAN UZB
2 ROBINSON JOSHUA AUS
4x100m 1 NAOKI MASAFUMI JPN
2 ONABUTA YU JPN
3 TANIGUCHI KOTARO JPN
4 MORI MASAHARU JPN
5 OSETO KAZUMA JPN
4x400m 1 KANEMARU YUZO JPN
2 KOBAYASHI NAOKI JPN
3 YUI KAISEI JPN
4 KITAGAWA TAKAMASA JPN
5 WALSH JULIAN JRUMMI JPN

 

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Take the first step: Level 1 Community Athletics Coaching course

The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course is accredited by the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), and upon completion of the course participants will become NCAS accredited athletics coaches, with a universally recognized qualification by all nationwide athletics bodies.

This course is the entry level of the Accredited Athletics Coaching Framework.

  • Date: 24th August, 2014
  • Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Venue: Rieschiecks Reserve
  • Cost: $220 (includes first year of coach registration with Athletics Australia and therefore insurance.)

The course is designed to:

  • Develop the general principles of coaching: communication, group & behavioural management, safety, organisation & instruction.
  • Provide practical coaching strategies to encourage the development of the sport’s fundamental skills -running, jumping and throwing.

Participants will be guided through the following:

  • The fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing.
  • Long term athlete participation.
  • Behavioural Management.
  • How to create a safe and fun training environment encouraging high participation & involvement.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to effectively communicate with groups, and organize training sessions in a safe and fun environment. They will also receive the following:

  • Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation.
  • Membership with Athletics Australia and Athletics Victoria.

Insurance under the Athletics Australia policy for their athletics coaching practice.

Resources including a participants manual & support materials on USB.

All participants are required to complete an online module – Community Coaching General Principles- prior to commencing the ONE DAY Community Athletics Coach course. The link to register for the AIS portal is https://learning.ausport.gov.au/auth/register and then choose Community Coaching General Principles course.

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2014-15 AV Summer Season

The team at Athletics Victoria are pleased to announce a number of new and exciting concepts for the upcoming summer competition.

Last season Athletics Victoria invested in expanding the AV Shield competition with the creation of a fourth zone which provided increased capacity which allowed for the program to run to time; both comments high on the priority list for members at the end of the 2012/13 season.

To meet members objectives, Athletics Victoria also invested in human resources, equipment, and programs to improve its event-time experience and ensure the sustainability and growth of athletics in Victoria. This is a continuous objective and we have again sought feedback from all of our membership with some changes to our priorities.


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Members asked for:

  • Consistent and improved competition
  • A clearer and more defined athlete pathway and
  • Opportunities for clubs to engage new members with strong and diverse products.

There has been a lot of consultation and discussion to create a structure that delivers on these objectives and a key pillar in Athletics Victoria’s overall business strategy is to develop sustainability and growth over the next three years.

This will  provide an athlete and competition pathway maximising a positive experience, opportunity and transition from grass roots to elite competition.

The pathway assists not only athlete’s development from club level to national competition but officials and coaching development and, helps drive our athlete development opportunities such as the Target Talent Program.

With strong investment in equipment throughout each zone, clubs will be better positioned and have access to provide competition opportunities at a club level along with AV Shield Zone vs. Zone rounds and Zone Final offering the opportunity to take part in sanctioned meets.

The introduction of new competition will add a fresh dynamic to the summer season. Linking to a performance ranking system that will drive club and athlete development complimenting competition.

The competition pathway is the key driving force of Athletics Victoria and with a new structure other areas such as community engagement, brand and innovation and learning/education will help drive this framework.

This will provide members with a streamlined product, value for money and a financial model that guarantees the sport remains sustainable while staying current and showing a proactive outlook on change for the better.

Competition information pages:

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New AV online apparel store

Star Athletics in conjunction with Athletics Victoria have developed a high performance range of training and competition apparel that will ensure Victorian athletes look and feel great while representing the Big V on the national stage.

By popular demand the grey and navy hoodies are back and available with a flat rate shipping cost of under $10 Australia wide.

The new look Victorian apparel for men and women are available online through a brand new online e-store: www.starathletic.com.au/athleticsvictoria.

Additionally new products including a Victorian team backpack and compression tights are now available, with shorts and singlets to be added in the coming weeks.

Represent the Big V with pride and check out store today.

For any Athletics Victoria merchandise customer inquiries contact athleticsvictoria@starathletic.com.au.