All you need to know – Vic Track Relays

This Saturday Lakeside Stadium will host the 2014 Victorian Track Relay Championships. A real club v club championship that will conclude with the popular 4x400m men and women races at Zatopek:10 on Thursday 11 December.

Here is all the important information you need for the weekend:

  • When: Saturday 29 November, 2014
  • Where: Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park
  • Start time: 11:30AM
  • Team sheets: MUST be handed to admin 90 minutes prior to the event

If you have any question on how to enter please contact Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500 or email summer@athsvic.org.au

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AV Rankings goes live – Where are you ranked?

Athletics Victoria has today launched its new athlete ranking platform to support and align with the AV competition and athlete pathways.

AV Rankings is an online, interactive ranking system that captures over 4000 weekly results from Athletics Victoria’s Shield competition and ranks these based on age, gender and performance.  These performances will be used to determine eligibility into the AV Knockout competition with Round 1  kicking off on Sunday 14 December 2014 for the top ranked 60 members in selected track and field events.

“This is great use of technology that the team at AV has been working on for the past six months. It provides a real time performance list for all AV members across all disciplines of track and field.,” Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor said.

“It has great potential for both athletes and coaches who can monitor performance and use this to complement coaching and competition programs.”

To be eligible for AV Knockout, athletes must compete in a round of AV Shield Competition which includes Zone v Zone.  Once qualification is confirmed by AV, athletes must then compete in either Round 1 or Round 2 of AV Knockout  to be eligible for the AV Knockout Final.  Athletics Victoria recommends members check out the rules on the AV website or submit any questions via email at summer@athsvic.org.au.

The new AV rankings system relies on the valued work of our Victorian Officials and Volunteers from the seven zones that currently conduct AV Shield competition. These results are submitted after each Round and then uploaded to the ranking system within 72 hours.

This ‘live’ system relies on the accuracy of the information provided and there is an onus on all members to ensure that individual Shield results are correct when published.  AV will review any corrections on a case by case scenario.

For any results related emails please contact us at rankings@athsvic.org.au

To access the Athletics Victoria rankings system please click here

For more information on AV Knockout click here

 

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Celeste Mucci shows golden form

Celeste Mucci was the golden girl again for Williamstown Athletics Club at the 2014 Victorian all-Schools athletics championships at Albert Park.

Mucci was one of six club members to win a total of 11 medals – three gold, seven silver and one bronze.

The Maribyrnong College student took home all three of the club’s gold medals, and a silver to boot, after strong performances on the track and in the field.

Read full story here… (Lance Jenkinson – Star Weekly)

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Big V athletes set for Australian All Schools

It is exciting to announce that Athletics Victoria have 170 registered athletes for the Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships in Adelaide from Fri 5- Sun 7 December.

Please carefully check the team list as correct. Any omissions, errors must be reported to State Team Manager Nick Wall asap via email nick.wall@athsvic.org.au or mobile 0416 077 363.

FINAL TEAM – 14/11/2014

Check out the Athletics Australia website here for event information, timetables and entry lists.

Further information regarding athlete information profiles, dietary requirements, room preferences, return flight preferences and a uniform order reminder will be forwarded on Monday 17 November.

Please be aware of the change to the withdrawals/refund policy:

Withdrawals from the team after Monday 17 November will forfeit $300

Withdrawals from the team after Friday 21 November will forfeit the full athlete payment

Zone v Zone Update

Athletics Victoria has had to change the venue from Lakeside Stadium to Casey Fields on Sunday 23 November for the first round of Zone v Zone between Blue and White Zones.

The final program will be sent out to all Blue and White members prior to the event and it is likely to start at 12.00pm. (Program and start time to be confirmed).

Casey Fields:
Google Maps
160 Berwick – Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East, 3977
City of Casey – Regional Athletics Centre General Information

Please visit the Zone v Zone webpage for more information.

If you have any questions about the change of venue please contact Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500 or email summer@athsvic.org.au.

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Entries close this Sunday for Vic Relay Champs

The 2014 Victorian Relay Championships is a club based competition that pits Victoria’s clubs against each other in a Penn Relay Carnival style event.

Highlighted by the 4 x 400m men’s and women’s finals now a popular addition to the Zatopek:10 meet.

Clubs must register teams before this Sunday 16 November at 11:59pm. As no late or on the day entries will be taken.

If you want some inspiration check out the women’s final 4 x 400m final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ3Z5YgDj8s

  • When: Saturday 29 November, 2014
  • Where: Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park
  • Start time: 11:30AM
  • Event Pageclick here
  • Draft timetableclick here

If you have any question on how to enter please contact Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500 or email summer@athsvic.org.au

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Vic All Schools set to shine in the sun

Over 1,000 student athletes will head to Lakeside Stadium this weekend to compete in the 2014 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships.

Along with school pride on the line, it will be a chance for athletes to pit themselves against the state’s best and strive for a personal best.

Those looking to head to the Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships next month in Adelaide will have the opportunity to qualify this weekend and nominate and try on the team uniform at the Victorian Team Centre in the Presidents Room (top of main grand stand at Lakeside Stadium).

Good luck to all athletes competing this weekend and a big thank you to all the Victorian Officials, volunteers and helpers making the competition possible.

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Powell back-to-back, Patterson’s fast finish to win Victorian 5000m Championships

Box Hill’s Courtney Powell has continued an outstanding 2014 season by claiming back-to-back 5000m state titles at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track in near perfect conditions for racing on Thursday night.

Powell controlled the tempo early as the bunch waited for the favourite to make a move. It was Frankston Athletics Gemma Maini who went forward to try and lift the pace with Powell and Glenhuntly Athletics Amelia Aslanides responding.

As Maini dropped off the pace Powell made her move and Aslanides gave it everything to stick with the Oceania Cross Country champion.

Powell made it her own race with 750 metres to go and won in a time of 16:36.97 ahead of Aslanides (16:40.62) who wasn’t able to bridge the gap.

Melbourne University athlete Sophie Barker closed out the women’s top three, claiming bronze in 16:45.70.

On a night that celebrated one of states most influential contributors to the sport, Tom Kelly, with the renaming of the track in his honour, it was only fitting that Knox Athletics rising star Zak Patterson claimed a famous victory after kicking late to catch Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon athlete Liam Adams.

It was a tight bunch early and none of the front runners were giving away their tactics and as a result the first couple of laps were slow, Rio 2016 prospect and Xavier athlete David McNeill was a late withdrawal in what would have been his first serious track hit out in Australia since returning from the USA.

Essendon’s Mitchel Brown sat at the front to lift the speed but it was fellow Essendon athlete Adams who turned the race on its head, bursting away with 2200 metres to go.

Adams held a steady 50 metre gap on the chasing pack, with Brown trying his best to drop Patterson and Box Hill’s Stephen Dinneen.

The long legs of Patterson started to click into gear and the chase was on. Moving away from Brown and Dinneen the 19-year-old rapidly closed the gap on Adam’s and timed his run to perfection, passing Adam’s around the 200 metre mark and moved up the home straight to claim a maiden Victorian 5000m championship in 14.11.80.

Essendon rounded out the podium with Adams (14:15.57) holding off for second and Brown finishing third in 14:16.28.

Next on the Athletics Victoria calendar will be 2014 Zatopek:10 on Thursday 11 December at Lakeside Stadium from 5:45pm.

Full results: http://athsvic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/full-results.pdf

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Officials Development Exchange Program

Athletics Victoria and Athletics New South Wales are pleased to announce an incentive program for both Victorian and ANSW Officials to gain valuable experience in officiating in different circumstances and location.

Three (3) Officials from each State Member Association will be selected from nominations to officiate at the others State Junior Track & Field Championships. Both AV and ANSW will provide flights, accommodation, transfers and meals for each official.

Athletics New South Wales Junior & Youth Championships will be held from Friday 6 February to Sunday 8 February 2015 at Sydney Olympic Athletics Centre, Sydney Olympic Park.

The Athletics Victoria State Track & Field Championships will take place from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 February 2015 at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park.

Nominations are open and will close on Monday 1 December 2014. The selected officials will be advised by Saturday 15 December, 2014.

CLICK HERE for eligibility criteria and to complete the expression of interest form.

Attach and send the form to one of the following:

AV CEO – Glenn Turnor: glenn@athsvic.org.au

ANSW CEO – Greg Meagher – greg.meagher@nswathletics.org.au

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Nominate for Aust All Schools Track & Field Champs

The 2014 Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 December, 2014.

The Victorian team will be selected based on results from the Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December, 2014. As such, participants who DO NOT compete at these championships will be ineligible for selection to the Victorian team.

Athletes placing first and second in U14, U16 and U18 events at the Victorian
All Schools will be automatically selected to represent Victoria at the Australian All Schools. In addition, athletes placing first in U15 & U17 events will also be automatically selected. These U15 & U17 athletes will compete “up” an age group at the Australian All Schools. U14 athletes MUST be born in 2002 or earlier to be selected in the Victorian Team. Also note that the the 3000m, steeplechase and 200m hurdles are NOT offered at the Australian All Schools Championships for the U14 age group.

If you have any questions about the selection process please contact State Teams and Athlete Development Manager Nick Wall on 03 8646 4514 or nick.wall@athsvic.org.au.