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The AIS and Australian Paralympic Committee are searching for people to sign up to the Para-sports Draft. The draft is open to individuals aged 15 to 30 from all sporting skill levels, with successful athletes securing a 12 month training contract.

More information can be found via the Para-sports Draft Flyer or by visiting the Para-sports draft website

XCR14 Results in – Knox Men are safe!

Box Hill Men and Glenhuntly Women have again dominated the XCR Open Divisions taking out both the Premier and Division 2 titles respectively for 2014. With consistent performances across all nine rounds, both teams scored maximum points on multiple occasions giving them unbeatable leads heading into the Tan Relay Event.
Pre event focus was on the battle to avoid relegation between Knox Athletics and Athletics Essendon in Men’s Premier. While both teams finished the season on equal points, Knox’s consistent performances ended up being their lifeline edging in front of ATE by three points on count back.

“Both teams finished on 31 points after tan relays’ said Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor
‘We then removed each teams’ worst performance which dropped them both to 30 points. The second count back is both teams’ top 6 performances leaving Knox on 28 and ATE on 25 points.”

St Stephens will be promoted to Premier Division in 2015 after solid performances in Division 2 where they finished second behind Box Hill 2.

While Women’s Premier was determined before the weekend, Premiership winners Glenhuntly finished second behind Geelong with 6 out of 9 wins for the season and the balance in second position. Unlike the Premier Men, Knox will be relegated to Division 2 in the Women’s comp next year.

But the close battles were not confined to just Premier and Division 2.

Men’s Division 3 was also tight with Doncaster and Diamond Valley having to rethink their team strategy heading into the Tan Relays. Doncaster stayed with the experienced combination of Finch, Vining, Down, Reddie and Tanimato while DIV promoted junior stars Neofitou and Logan to partner Waring, Constance and Kelham with Doncaster winning the event and on count back  by 7 points.

Men’s u14 was a race between Collingwood and Western Athletics with both Team Managers pulling out their calculators after the weekend to see if either team had the edge. With Collingwood taking the silver medal, Western A’s faced a tough climb with speedster Matthew Hussey under the weather with the team finishing in 7th place giving Collingwood the premiership by one point.

Women’s Over 40 was also a tight finish to the season with Box Hill 1 being crowned victors by one point from Athletics Waverley. But the Men’s over 40 Waverley team stormed home to take first place from APS by two points in what was one of the best races of the day.

XCR14 highlighted the consistency and depth within some clubs who appeared victors across a number of age groups and divisions. Overall it was a stellar year for all Clubs and for the XCR Season. Plans for 2015 are well underway with the series to move to ten rounds next year with the return of the Ekidan Relay.

Team Ladders: XCR14 Final Team Ladders

Congratulations to our Premiers:-

Premier Box Hill Glenhuntly
Division 2 Box Hill 2 Glenhuntly 2
Division 3 Doncaster AC South Melbourne 2
Division 4 Athletics Nunawading 2 South Melbourne 3
Division 5 Victorian Masters South Melbourne 4
Division 6 Melbourne University AC
Division 7 Diamond Valley 3
Over 40 Athletics Waverley Box Hill 1
Over 50 Glenhuntly
Under 20 Box Hill 1 Western Athletics 1
Under 18 Western Athletics Glenhuntly
Under 16 Western Athletics Athletics Essendon
Under 14 Collingwood Harriers Yarra Ranges

Magpie Multis Fast Approach

The 2014 Magpie Multis are fast approaching, with entries closing on October 1. Entries cost $10 per athlete ($5 Pentathlon) and can be entered by contacting Collingwood Harriers at or call 5786 5385.

Event Information

Tan Relays Last Chance for Knox and Essendon

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The Mens Premier XCR Team from Essendon or Knox will be relegated to Division 2 after the final Round of XCR 14 on Saturday 20 September.

This year Mens Premier Division has been dominated by Box Hill AC who will take the title with Melbourne Uni and Geelong fighting out for the minor placings. Melb Uni has a four point lead over Geelong after strong performance in the Advance Freight Management Half Marathon. While too close to predict, Geelong may be forced to rethink its’ line-up. Olympian Craig Mottram is out as he has committed to the Mitchell Mile in Darwin. Whatever shananigans go on in the next few days, the real story of the event is which team out of ATE and Knox will be relegated to Division 2?

Knox are likely to bring back 2014 Glasgow Comm Games rep Jeff Riseley although ATE may struggle with Liam Adams unavailable. Things must be serious at ATE if the word is true that Mitch Brown will run the one lap before heading to Adelaide to compete in the City to Bay.

The Womens Premier Division may also see some changes. Glenhuntly are unbeatable for the title but the fast improving South Melbourne team can overtake Box Hill after the Relays. South Melbourne have had an impressive run in Premier Womens Division this year with a big boost of points after the Half Marathon ahead of Glenhuntly and Geelong. But as with the Men, the Knox Womens Premier Team face relegation if they cannot finish well ahead of Keilor St Bernards around the Tan.
Div 2 Womens is also a race to the finish with Glenhuntly in front of Diamond Valley by 8 points meaning DV would need to win and Glenhuntly finish out of the top 8 – hard to see happening but in XCR anything is possible. In Mens Div 2 Box Hill 2 have taken the last 6 round wins and deserves the title.

Other close categories are the Mens Over 40 and Mens Over 50 with APS United and Athletics Waverley separated by 1 point in the ‘younger’ age group coming into the last round. Glenhuntly and Vic Masters go head to head in the Over 50’s with the rumour mill suggesting that Trevor Vincent may be required to anchor the team to secure victory.
Athletics Waverley and Box Hill will slog it out in the Over 40 Women’s event and Collingwood and Western A’s in the under 14 Men – both groups separated by 4 points.

But Womens Div 3 is clearly the tightest battle with three teams (South Melbourne 2, Mornington Peninsula and Frankston) separated by only 7 points. South Melbourne have considerable depth in XCR but don’t discount Frankston who have managed to unite when needed.
While the final round has been scripted to showcase some great team racing and close competition, it might all be just ‘lip service’ with only three clubs currently entered.

Clubs have until 12 midday on Monday 15 September to enter their teams.

September – Official’s Profile

Anna Spillane

Anna Spillane joined us at Blue Zone during this 2013-14 season. However she had started her athletics’ career well before then as a competitor specialising in the Heptathlon with Springvale-Nobel Park Athletic Club, in winter she enjoyed running Cross Country. She then worked for a number of years at her Little Athletics centre.

Anna is always so enthusiastic and friendly. She says she decided to officiate during Shield because she felt she had something to offer athletes and that she enjoys working and socialising with different personalities. She also enjoys watching the younger athletes taking responsibility for their performances.

During the Shield season she worked as a throws official and also worked at Throwers Club meets, which she loved and a highlight for her season was at the IAAF World Challenge when she officiated whilst Valerie Adams was throwing. However her biggest highlight was at a Throwers Club meet when Kim Mulhall qualified for the Commonwealth Games.

Anna would love to do anything on the track she especially feels she would make a good Starter’s Assistant as she says she is good at being bossy. When asked about her goals she replied that she had clear goals at the start of the season but by the end of the season they had completely changed. At this stage she wants to concentrate on supporting local athletes particularly the throwers. Her goal for five years is to have achieved the highest level in officiating.

We at Blue Zone have so enjoyed Anna’s company during the Track and Field season as no doubt the Throwers Club have and we hope she will continue with us for many years.



 Why he started officiating

When he attended Shield Competition as an athlete he saw a need for more officials and decided that he would like to become an official

2014-2015 Season

  • Keep improving as an Official
  • Officiate at both Open and Under Age Nationals
  • Officiate in Pole Vault

2 Years from now

  • Work towards his Throws B
  • Work towards his Track A
  • Be given throws and track Officiating Appointments to enable him to complete his Assessment Cards

Long Term

  • Be given appointments as Start Line Crew / Starter as this is the area he would like to concentrate on
  • Be appointed as an Official at International Meets
  • Be appointed as an Official for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Victorian Officials Awards / Rewards Function

The Victorian Officials Awards / Rewards function was conducted Sunday 20 July in the Cathy Freeman room.  This special thank you luncheon for our Officials had the festive theme of Christmas in July and all those in attendance certainly had a wonderful time.

An important part of this event is to announce and present our awards for the past season.

This season the Victorian Officials Committee introduced Officials awards from each Zone / Region and a special certificate was awarded to those in attendance.

Congratulations to:

Red Zone: Tony Williams

Blue Zone: Ian Morehouse

Yellow Zone: Ian Upton

White Zone: Jenny Harris

Ballarat Region: Caitlin Christie

Bendigo Region: Wolf Heiden

Geelong Region: Alan Hawkins

Western Country Region: Carlene Dowies

Southern Metro Region: Murray Smith

Northern Country Region: Cheryl Geraghty

Northern Metro Region: John Mills

Western Metro Region: Chris Larkins

Gippsland Country Region: Stuart Merrick

Eastern Metro Region: Narelle Scott

Back Row – Ian Morehouse, John Mills

Front Row – Tony Williams, Cheryl Geraghty, Anna Spillane and Andrew Stirling

The highlight of the day was the major awards of Male / Female Official of the Year along with the Rookie of the Year – again Male and Female.

The Rookie award is made to the Official who, in the Victorian Officials selection Committee opinion, has made an outstanding contribution to the sport in their early years of officiating.

This year’s recipients have shown great enthusiasm in officiating at a number of levels at both State and national levels.

Female Rookie – Anna Spillane

Male Rookie – Andrew Stirling

The Official of the year is awarded to two Officials who have made an outstanding contribution to Athletics through officiating in this state.  They are designated Male and Female Official of the year.  The award is only given to Officials who have given a significant amount of time to officiating and the award is the Victorian Officials Committee’s way of recognizing this

The Female Official of the Year was awarded to Jenny Harris (Unfortunately Jenny was not in attendance as she was away on holidays in QLD).

The Male Official of the Year was awarded to Tony Williams

Congratulations to all of our award winners, very truly deserved.

Andrew Stirling, Tony Williams and Anna Spillane

Service badges are awarded every 5 years to recognize the efforts of our officials. With the Victorian Officials venture, Officials who have officiated at Little Athletic Events over the years were asked to fill out the Years of Service paperwork those that did so were also recognised during the day.

Congratulations to the following Officials who reached various milestones in their Officiating careers in the past year.

5 Years

Sam Barbutto, Alan Bennie, Harold Boddy, Sherrie Boulter, Mark Cauchi, Mary Clough, Michael Colverd, Dylan Cooper, Tim Crosbie, Tony Dell, Kelvin Geraghty, David Green, Julie Green, Bob Hallett, Janice Hodgart, Kim John, John Killip, Terry Knape, Tony Leonard, Michael Lindstrom, Nicole Lopes, Danny Maher, Adam McCann, David Metherall, Tina Miller, Della Mulhall, Paul Olsson, Matt Owen, Caroline Peachey, Frank Peachey, William Pearce, Stephen Plumb, Kim Rowe, Anna Spillane, Lisa Thomas, Neville Warry, Tracy Wilson, Gary Wright.

10 Years

Phillip Allen, Gay Almond, Richie Almond, Maureen Austin, Tim Erickson, Joanne Lambert, Kathleen Marsh, Gary McBroom, Craig Spencer, Peter Westwood, Cheryl Geraghty, Wayne Killender, Chris Larkins, Steven Lopes, Graham Shaw

 15 Years

Graham Cole, Brian Delaney, David Long, Michelle McIntyre, Judith Wilmshurst

 20 Years

Vince Bunworth, Cheryl Duff, Neville Harris, Carolyn Scott, Carol Timmins, Rosalie Wilson

 25 Years

Ian Fisher, Gordon Major, Roderick Puls, Gwen Timmins, Jill Wallis, Pauline Zuccolin

 30 Years

Lawrie Barnett, Don Blyth, Irene Harris, Brian Williams, Aileen Zanelli

 35 Years

Bill McLennan, Pam Noden, Barbara Rumble

 40 Years

Brendan Ferrari, Elaine McLeod, Bruce Reynonds, Margaret Thompson

 45 Years

Patricia Robinson

The updating of the Service Awards is still a work in progress and will continue working on this throughout the year.  For those that still need to complete this task please send to Sally Koenitz –

Congratulations also to Michael Brazel who was awarded the LAVic Official of the Year award at the LAVic Gala Dinner on Saturday 12 July.

The New Season Ahead

Officials Nominations for the summer season ahead will now be available via the member’s portal. To help click here to check out the Members Portal User Guide for Officials

Payments for Supervisors for AV Shield will no longer exist but in its place will be a petrol voucher scheme.  The details of how this will operate are being worked on and further details will be available soon.

Another exciting venture on the horizon is a new initiative in conjunction with Athletics NSW. Athletics Victoria will provide sponsorship for three Officials to attend a NSW Championships and Athletics NSW will reciprocate. This will create an opportunity for 3 officials to develop their expertise and gain experience.  More information on this will be released over the coming weeks accordingly.

Kirwan a chance, Diver most likely at Burnley Half Marathon

There will be plenty to race for this Sunday at XCR’14 Round 8 – Burnley Half Marathon, with upsets still possible in both men’s and women’s open races.

Geelong Region’s Nick Wightman (32 points) has secured the open men’s individual title with Glenhuntly’s Toby Rayner and Ballarat Region’s Duer Yoa indicating they will not be on the Burnley start line this weekend.

This opens the door for Melbourne University’s Mark Kirwan (21 points) to be joint champion with Wightman if he can claim the win on the roads of Burnley.

In the women’s open grade South Melbourne’s Sinead Diver looks the most likely to take out the individual title after wins at Albert Park and Lake Wendouree has her on 36 points heading into the final individual event of the XCR’14 series.

Diver can run as low as seventh to tie or sixth to win outright on Sunday with Frankston pair Gemma Maini (29) and Sarah Klein (28) her closest competitors.

The race starts at 8:00am with early starts heading off at 7:45am.

For event information click here.

Powell and Wightman named for 2014 Oceania XC Champs

Box Hill’s Courtney Powell and Deakin’s Nick Wightman have been selected to compete at the 2014 Oceania Cross Country Championships in Guam on Thursday 16 October off the back of their strong performances at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Albany, WA last month.

Powell won the women’s Open 8km national cross country title, while Wightman took silver in the men’s Open 10km event.

The event will be hosted by Guam Track and Field Association on behalf of the Oceania Athletics Association.

Jump into officiating this September

Level C – Jumps Course

When: Monday, 15 September
Where: Athletics House – Cathy Freeman Room, 31 Aughtie Drive – Albert Park.
Time: – 6 pm till 9.30 pm (light meal provided) 
$10 – includes a copy of the 2014 / 2015 IAAF Handbook (one per person)

This Level C course is an introductory session to officiating jumps at athletics events.

This will be followed by a practical session to be held in conjunction with two Athletics Victoria Shield rounds. Further information regarding practical sessions will be provided on the night.

The program for the course will include:

– Presentation including scope for questions and answers

– Open book test based on IAAF Competition Rules

The open book test will be conducted in small groups in which participants are able to discuss the questions.

Please note you must attend both sessions to complete accreditation.

For more information please contact Sally Koenitz on (03) 8646 4502 or via email:

Level B – Jumps Course

When: Monday, 15 September
Where: Athletics House – Cathy Freeman Room, 31 Aughtie Drive – Albert Park.
Time: – 6 pm till 9.30 pm (light meal provided) 
 $10 – includes a copy of the 2014 / 2015 IAAF Handbook (one per person)

This Level B course is for officals who have held a Level C Jumps qualification for a minimum of 2 years.

The program for the course will include:

– Presentation including scope for questions and answers

– A test based on IAAF Competition Rules

For more information please contact Sally Koenitz on (03) 8646 4502 or via email: