AV Knockout round 2 entries open

AV Round 2 entries are now open and if Round 1 is anything to go by it should another action packed day of competition.

As we build up to the championship period and Australian Athletics Tour a number of Victoria’s best athletes will be on show in AV Knockout Round 2.

Based off the new AV Rankings system athletes MUST have competed in a round of AV Shield and posted a performance which will appear on the AV Rankings to be eligible to compete at AV Knockout.

For those who have NOT competed in any shield rounds (1-10) and who would like to compete, you can enter a guest entry.

Note:  A guest entry does not guarantee you a spot in the event, you will gain a spot if not all 32 athletes in that event enter and a position is left over. Interstate/national athletes will also be eligible to enter and will gain guest spots on the same basis as above.

Entries Close: 11:59pm Sunday 25 January, 2015. No late or on day entries will be accepted. If you are experiencing problems entering please contact summer@athsvic.org.au or call 8646 4500 before the closing deadline.

Event Date: Saturday 7 February, 2015
Venue: Lakeside Stadium

Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course

Ready to make the step up to a Level 2 Intermediate Club coach?

Prerequisite for this course is Level 1 Community Athletic Coach and having completed 30hrs of coaching after taking the level 1 course.

The Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course is the next step on from Level 1 Community Athletic Coach course. It is designed to develop fundamental skills and drills, and understanding of the basic technical models for the events required for participation in athletics at club and school competition.

The event groups covered include:
• Sprints & relays
• Hurdles
• Middle & Long Distance up to 5000m – excluding steeple chase
• Jumps – excluding pole vault
• Throws – excluding hammer
• Race-walking In addition the Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course covers the Skills of Coaching, Planning and Training Principles and Components of Fitness.

Once you have completed the Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach course and have coached for 50 hours as a level 2 Intermediate club coach, coaches may choose to progress to Level 2 advanced event group coach to specialise and further their knowledge in a specific event group.

When? Sunday 1st Feb 2015 to Sunday 8th Feb
Where? Tom Kelly Reserve
Cost?  $330

Glasgow stars headline Victorian Country Championships

Over 700 athletes will join Commonwealth Games stars Eleanor Patterson (South Coast), Ashleigh Whittaker (Sandringham), Jess Gulli (Deakin) and Morgan Mitchell (Western Athletics) at the 2015 Victorian Country Championships from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 January at La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics Complex.

All eyes will be on VCE graduate and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medalist Patterson, who will make the trip from Leongatha to Bendigo across the Australia Day weekend to headline the women’s high jump and in a rare showing, will feature on the track for club South Coast.

Current Australian 400m champion Mitchell will have tough competition from Geelong’s Gulli who will be focused on selection for the IAAF World Championships in China this August.

Interest will be on how the pair are tracking early in the season with the Australian Athletics Tour starting in late January.

Coming off a break through 2014 season that included her first senior international team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the 4x100m and 200m, Sandringham sprinter Whittaker will undergo her first major hit out for 2015 in Bendigo across 100m and 200m.

2014 Youth Olympics representative Ned Weatherly will be amongst the action in Bendigo. The 17-year-old ranked fifth in Nanjing and in early December took home a swag of medals from the 2014 Australian All Schools Championships.

The Chilwell thrower will be focused on preparations for this year’s Australian Junior Championships and gaining selection for the IAAF World Youth Championships in Colombia this July.

2013 Australian 20km race walking champion Kelly Ruddick will look to retain her title in the 5000m race walking. The Ballarat native unfortunately missed out on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games last years after the event was removed from the athletics program.

Ruddick comes off an impressive 2014 that included personal bests in the 5000m walk (21:46.68), 10,000m walk (45:25.90) and in the 20km Walk (1:34.00) at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in China.

This year’s Victorian Country Championships has attracted 2,066 event entries and will see over 700 metropolitan and country athletes and families converge on Bendigo for the first major championships of the 2015 summer of athletics.

Key Information:

Date: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 January 2015
Where:La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics Complex
Event Page: http://athsvic.org.au/event/2015-victorian-country-championships/
Social Media: #VicChamps15

 

AV Shield – Round 9 (Zone v Zone) weather update

Dear Members,

AV Shield Round 9 (Zone v Zone) will go ahead as scheduled.

Athletics Victoria and the Zone committees are monitoring the weather and are in regular contact with Bureau of Meteorology.

Both venues will have officials onsite from 9.30am where an initial assessment will be conducted.

The competition timetable may be altered due to the weather conditions and any changes to the program will be advised at each venue.

If it is deemed unsafe to hold competition at all due to the weather, then members may be notified via SMS on the contact details provided in your member profile.

Notices will also be posted on the AV website and Facebook Page.

If AV Shield Round 9  is cancelled due to the weather then:

  • Round 10 Zone v Zone (January 17th) will become Program 2 (as in the Shield Final) to ensure that members are eligible for the Shield Final and
  • Zone Committees will meet and decide if it is possible to reschedule Round 9 (Program 1).

I wish all of you a safe and fun Zone v Zone competition tomorrow,

Regards

Glenn Turnor

Patterson set to jump at Victorian Country Championships

South Coast and Glasgow 2014 high jump gold medalist Eleanor Patterson will make the 287km trip up the Calder Freeway from Leongatha to headline the 2015 Victorian Country Track & Field Championships from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 January at La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics Complex.

18-year-old Patterson started the 2014/15 season strongly with a best ever opening jump of 1.90m in Bankstown (NSW) last November and backed it up in December at round one of AV Knockout with a clearance of 1.94m.

Having tasted success at senior level on the international stage and completed VCE studies in 2014, Patterson will be eyeing off the IAAF World Championships in Beijing (China) this August.

While focused on personal goals and growing as an athlete, this will naturally see Patterson close in on the national record of 1.98m first set twenty-five years ago by Vanessa Ward and equaled by Alison Inverarity in July 1994.

And, having attempted 1.97m in mid-December it’s enough to suggest Patterson is in for another big season and the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is looking positive for the Victorian country teenager.

Glasgow 2014 team mate Morgan Mitchell (Western Athletics) will also compete in Bendigo across the Australia Day weekend.

Mitchell came into prominence after winning last year’s national 400m title and gained selection for the IAAF World Relays and Commonwealth Games.

Recently undergoing a training block at Falls Creek, Morgan will have taken plenty out of her international experiences and will be working hard to claim back-to-back national 400m titles and World Championship selection.

Williamstown Athletics emerging talent Celeste Mucci will be one to keep an eye on in the junior ranks in Bendigo.

15-year-old Mucci is an athlete on the rise and produced a personal best of 14.00 in the 100m hurdles at round one of AV Knockout last December to work towards selection for the Australian team heading to the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in July.

Entries for the 2015 Victorian Country Track & Field Championships are available via the Athletics Victoria website. Any questions or feedback please contact Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500 or email summer@athsvic.org.au.

Key Information:

Date: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 January 2015

Where: La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics Complex

Event Page: http://athsvic.org.au/event/2015-victorian-country-championships/

Social Media: #VicChamps15