AV Rankings a hit, have you qualified for AV Knockout Final?

As we head into the business end of the 2014/15 Athletics Victoria summer season the Zone Final in a fortnight stands as the last chance for athletes to qualify for AV Knockout Final on Saturday 7 March at Lakeside Stadium.

A number of athletes will be sweating on results from Zone Final to guarantee a top 16 spot in their event.

Mornington Peninsula middle distance runner Jake Stevens will be one looking to continue his impressive season after a personal best of 3:59.50 in the 1500m at Zone v Zone (AV Shield Round 9), the 20-year-old will be in the mix for the AV Knockout Final.

South Coast and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games golden girl Eleanor Patterson is another who will on show at AV Knockout Final’s after a jump of 1.94m at AV Knockout Round 1 last year.

Williamstown’s multi event athlete Celeste Mucci will be busy across the AV Knockout Final, the aspiring world youth athlete ranks equal first in the under 18 high jump (1.70m), 2nd – 100m hurdles (13.71), 5th – 100m (12.43), 3rd – Long Jump (5.60),  4th – Javelin (33.94), 5th – Shot Put (11.27), 12th – 200m (25.88) and 12th – Pole Vault (1.66).

The question is where are you ranked? Check out the AV Ranking’s today by clicking here.

Athletics Victoria’s online rankings system has been a popular addition to the website attracting 17,256 visitors since going live last November.

In the last three and half months Athletics Victoria has worked through the bugs and issues to offer a services that has processed 74,759 individual results from 4,497 athletes across 12 rounds of AV Shield including Zone V Zone and two AV Knockout rounds.

All athletes that have qualified to nominate for AV Knockout Final please click here to complete your ‘free’ entry and check out the event information.

AV Knockout Final Event Information:

When: Saturday 7 March, 2015
Where: Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park
Time: 12:00pm – 6:20pm

Entries close: 11:59pm Sunday 22 February, 2015.  No late or on day entries will be accepted. If you are experiencing problems entering please contact AV (summer@athsvic.org.au or 03 8646 4500) before the entries closing deadline.

No Lakeside training access on Friday 20 Feb

Members please note that there will be no access to Lakeside Stadium on Friday 20 February between 5:30pm – 7:30pm due to Sydney Swans hosting a Fan Day.

Mitchell headlines youthful Big V relay teams

A youthful Victorian relay team headlined by national 400m champion Morgan Mitchell has been selected to represent the Big V at the Australian Relay Championships, incorporated into the Adelaide Track Classic on Saturday 21 February at Santos Stadium.

Mitchell indicated she was on for a big 2015 after an impressive 53.02 in the 400m at the Hunter Track Classic last month.

Nunawading sprinter Hana Basic is back into some solid shape after producing a 12.00 at the Canberra Track Classic on Saturday.

The 2014 world junior representative will be joined by Ringwood’s Kendra Hubbard who went sub 12 seconds with a time 11.97 in the 100m B race in Canberra.

IAAF World Relay representative Monica Brennan also took advantage of the ideal conditions in the nation’s capital across the weekend to produce a season best and lifetime second fastest run in Canberra of 11.66 and cement her spot on the 4x100m team.

Victorian 100 yard champion Simon Greig will head to Adelaide in two weeks after delivering a 10.57 (4.6) in the 100m at AV Knockout Round 2 at Lakeside Stadium on Saturday.

Western Athletics promising sprinter Luke Stevens has claimed a spot in both the 100m and 400m teams after opening the season with a 10.58 at AV Shield Round 5.

And, at AV Knockout Round 2 Stevens ran 47.01 in the 400m to top the AV Rankings and will line up with 2014 world junior representative Sam Reiser in the 400m, who returned to form with a 47.49 in Canberra on Saturday.

Australian under 17 junior 400m champion Sarah Billings ran a personal best of 54.73 across the one lap event at last year’s junior nationals in Sydney also impressed at Vic Milers Club last month with a time of 2:08.2 in the 800m.

Box Hill sprinter Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie also performed well at AV Knockout Round 2 with a time of 12.02 (2.2) in the 100m. The 2014 national under 16 100m silver medalist will be joined by fellow youngster Sophia Fighera who ran 12.12 in the 100m in Canberra.

It was Fighera’s first 100m since returning from injury in August last year and shows good signs for the Sandringham athlete in 2015.

Adding to the youth mix will be Sandringham’s Jemima Russell who won the under 18 400m at AV Knockout Round 2 and was silver medalist at the 2014 Australian All Schools Championships in December with a personal best of 56.78.

Doncaster’s Abbey de la Motte will slot into the Big V 400m nicely as the current AV Ranking leader with a time 55.60 at AV Knockout Round 1 and, the 2012 world junior athlete impressed at the Briggs Athletics Classic last month with a personal best time of 2:07.23 in the 800m.

2014 Victorian 400m champion Iain Douglas and winner of 400m at the Briggs Athletics in January has had a strong build up to 2015 that was topped off with a third place and personal best of 47.11 in Canberra on Saturday.

Douglas will team up with Bellarine’s Jayden Barmby won AV Knockout Round 2 with a huge personal best of 47.85 and also head to Adelaide after winning the Briggs Athletics Classic B race with a time of 48.45 last month.

Essendon’s Brendan Ashcroft who finished second to Greig at the Victorian Country Championships with a time of 10.85 in the 100m will also line up in Adelaide.

Casey Cardinia sprinter Michael Hansford is the only returning member of this team from 2014 and ran fourth in 11.00 at the Victorian Country Championships who claimed second in the U20 100m AV Knockout 2 with a wind assisted 10.69 will slot into the men’s 4x100m team.

Key Information:

When: Saturday 21 February, 2015
Where: Santos Stadium, Adelaide
Time: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Event Information: Adelaide Track Classic Event Page


Full Victorian Squad:

FEMALE 4 x 100m

Monica Brennan Diamond Valley
Hana Basic Athletics Nunawading
Kendra Hubbard Ringwood
Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie Box Hill
Sophia Fighera Sandringham

FEMALE 4 x 400m

Morgan Mitchell Western Athletics
Abbey de la Motte Doncaster
Sarah Billings Box Hill
Jemima Russell Sandringham

MALE 4 x 100m

Simon Greig Melbourne University
Luke Stevens Western Athletics
Brendan Ashcroft Athletics Essendon
Michael Hansford Casey Cardinia

MALE 4 x 400m

Iain Douglas Diamond Valley
Luke Stevens Western Athletics
Jayden Barmby Bellarine
Sam Reiser Deakin


Will Johns East Melbourne Harriers


Rowe qualifies for Beijing, Victorian Relay teams confirmed

National 800m record holder Alex Rowe made the most of the conditions at the AIS Athletics Track in Canberra on Saturday to clock a world championship qualifying time of 1:45.38.

“The pacemaker really did his job, it was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything better and I really just went for it from the gun and tried to hold on as best as I could, and the last 200 I was a little bit lactic and struggling a bit but I was lucky that I went out hard enough and could hold on and still run a good time.”

Athletics Victoria Target Talent pair Timas Harik and Lachlan Barber continue to deliver after Harik recorded and personal best and world university qualifying time of 1:47.45 while rising star Barber further impressed on the national scene with a personal best of 1:48.06.

2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games 1500m finalist Melissa Duncan indicated she was on track for a big season winning in 4:11.46 on her new home track ahead of training partner Brittany McGowan.

Sandringham sprinter Ashleigh Whittaker impressed in her first serious hit out for 2015 with a strong first up performances in the 100m (11.52) and 200m (23.75) against sprint heavy weights Melissa Breen and Sally Pearson.

Nunawading jumper Brooke Stratton continued her positive return from a seventh month layoff due injury by jumping 6.64m to clinch the win in Canberra ahead of Queensland long jumper Chelsea Jaensch (6.63m)

Closer to home on a busy weekend of athletics AV Knockout Round 2 threw up a mix of results in humid and windy conditions at Lakeside Stadium that shaped the final spots for the Australian Relay Championships in two weekends in Adelaide.

Western Athletics Club 400 metre star Morgan Mitchell headlines Victoria’s tilt at the Australian Relay Championships after a number of Big V stars shined across the weekend to claim their spots on the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m men’s and women’s team.

Mitchell had a strong off season that included a training block at Falls Creek and results spoke for themselves with an opening 53.02 in the 400m at the Hunter Track Classic.

Joining Mitchell at Santos Stadium will be some of Victoria’s rising sprint stars including 2014 world junior representative Hana Basic who had a season opener of 12.00 along with Kendra Hubbard who ran 11.97 in Canberra over the weekend.

Victorian 100 yard champion Simon Greg who dropped 10.57 at AV Knockout Round 2 will line up with emerging Western Athletics talent Luke Stevens, who opened the season with a 10.58.

Canberra Track Classic results
AV Knockout Round 2 results

Full Victorian team:

Female: 4 x 100m
Monica Brennan – Diamond Valley
Hana Basic – Athletics Nunawading
Kendra Hubbard – Ringwood
Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie – Box Hill
Sophia Fighera – Sandringham

Female 4 x 400m
Morgan Mitchell – Western Athletics
Abbey de la Motte – Doncaster
Sarah Billings – Box Hill
Jemima Russell – Sandringham

Male 4 x 100m
Simon Greig – Melbourne University
Luke Stevens – Western Athletics
Brendan Ashcroft – Athletics Essendon
Michael Hansford – Casey Cardinia

Male 4 x 400m
Iain Douglas – Diamond Valley
Luke Stevens – Western Athletics
Jayden Barmby – Bellarine
Sam Reiser – Deakin

Male Squad Emergency
Will Johns – East Melbourne Harriers

Victoria’s best line up for world cross spots

Ballarat based Zatopek:10 champion Brett Robinson will headline a strong contingent of Victorian distance runners heading to Canberra this Sunday for the Australian 2015 world cross country selection trials.

Robinson is focused on a top 10 finish at the track world championships next August but he will head into this weekend’s 12km course as one of the favourites alongside 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games marathon gold medalist Michael Shelly.

23 year-old Robinson started 2015 at the Briggs Track Classic in Hobart late last month with a time of 13:43.13 in the feature 5000m event and will use races in New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne to secure the 5000m qualifying time of 13:23.00.

Robinson was a member of the 2013 Australian world cross country team, the biggest since 2008 that included 11 Victorian’s out of the total 19 athletes who competed in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The Nic Bideau coached athlete finished 29th at Myslecinek Park in March 2013 in a time of 34:11 and will be likely to make his second world cross team and be on the start line in 50 days time in Guiyang, China.

National cross country champion Duer Yoa will be one to keep an eye on at Stromlo Park this weekend. Along with Robinson, the Ballarat based athlete showcased his strength off the track with dominate performances throughout the XCR’14 Series that included wins at Lardner Park and around Lake Wendouree.

Yoa transferred his local form to the national scene last October to claim line honours in 37:43 at the 2014 Australian Cross Country Championships in Albany, Western Australia ahead of fellow Victorian and world cross country hopeful Nicolas Wightman.

Wightman wasn’t going to let anything stop him making the start line in Canberra, the Deakin athlete waited until the events date was announced before he could confirm his wedding plans.

2012 London Olympics representative David McNeill was unfortunate to miss the Victorian 5000m Championships through a slight injury concern last November and showed strong signs in the 5000m at the Briggs Track Classic finishing second to Robinson in 13:45.56 to indicate he is building strongly in the early part of 2015.

The nine-time NCAA cross country championship runner will be in the mix alongside fellow Victorian’s and 2013 world cross representatives Liam Adams and Mitchel Brown.

The Essendon pair went toe to toe at the AV Shield Final last weekend in the 1500m and showed some turn of speed with Brown taking the honours in 3:54.73.

Victorian 5000m champion and 2014 world junior representative Courtney Powell will head to the nation’s capital to matchup against New South Wale’s young distance star Kate Spencer who was too strong in the 3000m at last year’s Zatopek:10, winning in 9:10.82 ahead of Powell (9:23.42).

Powell however looks to be the more fancied over the 8km and boasts a strong cross country record in the XCR’14 Series with impressive wins at Bundoora and Lardner Park.

Having recently relocated to Melbourne from Adelaide, Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Jess Trengove will be in the mix and while the focus in early 2015 might be on the track the Zatopek:10 regular is determined to make the Australian cross country team.

When: Sunday 8th February

Where: Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra ACT

For more event information check out the Athletics Australia website.

Victoria’s clubs shine at AV Shield final

Victoria’s strong club competition was on show at Lakeside Stadium this Saturday for the AV Shield final, the culmination of 10 rounds of club competition across the Victorian regional and metropolitan zones.

Glenhuntly Athletics Club reigned supreme at the AV Shield final on Saturday at Lakeside Stadium.

The ‘Hunters’ claimed both the men’s (1,335.50 points) and women’s (590.00 points) Division 1 titles ahead of Box Hill Athletics Club, men’s (1,227.00 points) and women’s (504.00 points).

Diamond Valley Athletics Club showcased their strength across multiple age groups taking honours in the men’s 40 plus and under 18’s, second in the men’s under 20, under 16 and under 14 and in the women divisions took first in the under 14, second in the under 16’s and fourth in the women’s 40 plus.

Athletics Essendon provide it has a strong junior crop coming through the ranks after claiming first in men’s under 16, third in the men’s under 20, fourth in men’s under 18 and in the women’s category finished first in the women’s under 18 and 16 sections and second in the women’s under 20 competition.

Off the back of competing in the 5000m at last weekend’s Briggs Track Classic Essendon middle distance runner Mitch Brown impressed to win the Division 1 1500m in 3:54.73 ahead of training partner and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games marathon representative Liam Adams (3:54.96) and Box Hills Mitchell Dyer 3:55.54 in swirling wind at Lakeside Stadium.

It was a family affair for Nunawading’s Brooke Stratton who drew a crowd to the back straight for the women’s open long jump competition where the national champion finished first with a jump of 6.33m with Diamond Valley’s Ashleigh Hamilton (5.67m) and Sandringham jumper Emma Knight in third with a jump of 5.56m.

And, brother Jamie Stratton claimed honours in the men’s long jump with a distance of 6.97m from Essendon’s Alwyn Jones (6.72m) and third Nunawading’s David Brock 6.68m.

Essendon’s Amelia Mazza-Downie secured a IAAF World Youth qualifier in the 3000m at Zatopek:10 last December and the 16-year-old showed her class in the girls under 16 1500m to win comfortably ahead of Diamond Valley athlete Lara Kolar.

Box Hill’s French import Flavien Basson rose to 5.05m to claim the men’s pole vault ahead of clubman Blake Lucas in testing conditions at Lakeside Stadium.

It was a who’s who of Victorian race walking amongst the 100 strong start list in 2000m event which included men’s open winner and Olympian Christopher Erickson (7:42.09),

Talented Ringwood Athletic Club hurdler Danielle Shaw won the under 18 100 hurdles in 14.30  has had a strong day winning both her 100m heat and the 100m hurdles along with a second place in the long jump.

As the relays started so did the rain. With a number of division titles still on the line it was compelling viewing after big day of track and field.

Menton Athletics Club under 20 men’s team dominated the 4x100m relay and with Diamond Valley not in the race claimed the overall title with 567.50 points.

Full results – http://athsvic.org.au/event/201415-av-shield-final/

Masters athletics thriving in Victoria

No question about it masters athletes are enjoying the growing opportunities to compete in organised athletics and in Victoria alone Athletics Victoria has 2,385 active members over the age 30 registered for the 2014/15 season.

Interest in athletics and the multiple sports on offer through events such as the Australian Masters Games that attracts close to 10,000 participants across 100 sports and disciplines biennially questions Tennis Australia’s current ANZ Hot Shots campaign that suggests tennis is the only viable sport long term.

“It is an interesting and pretty cheeky approach by Tennis to play off against another sport,” Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor said.

The love of athletics doesn’t grow old with 307 master’s athletes representing their clubs at the Athletics Victoria Shield Final last weekend; with the oldest male competitor 78 and female 73.

And, it doesn’t stop there with one 74 year-old male athlete competing in the long jump, discus and javelin.

Testament to the masters athletics scene is the recognition of Ringwood Athletic Club athlete Lavinia Petrie as 2014 IAAF Female Master Athlete of the Year.

Since migrating from England to Australia in 1966 Petrie has been a recognisable figure within the distance running community, from competing as an open athlete representing Victoria at the Australian Cross Country Championships through to the multiple master’s world records she holds on the track and road.

Athletics offers various pathways and opportunities for athletes, coaches and officials and this is evident through participation rates at junior level through to events such as the Victorian Masters Championships in March.

“As a foundation Olympic sport we try and encourage people to participate in a healthy and active lifestyle and offer multiple pathways across varying disciplines,” Turnor said.

If anything Tennis Australia’s advertising campaign has highlighted the growing appetite and interest for master’s sports and in return the positive impact it is having on national and member sporting associations.

“I am sure that both Athletics Australia and Tennis Australia CEO’s will eventually have that awkward conversation but for now we congratulate Tennis for starting the conversation and wish them well,“ Turnor said.

The strength and interest in athletics goes beyond the track and field, with thousands of Victorian’s over the age of 30 taking to the roads and trails for fun runs, basic fitness and to socialise with family and friends.

The 2015 Victorian Masters Track & Field Championship will be held from Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 March at Tom Kelly Athletics Centre in Doncaster. Enter online via the Athletics Victoria website before 11:59pm on Sunday 1 March.

If you have any issue entering contact Athletics Victoria on 03 9646 4500 or email summer@athsvic.org.au

Olympic dream burns strong for Duncan

Knox middle distance runner Melissa Duncan has long dreamt of representing Australia at the Olympic Games and after a break through 2014 the road to Rio will continue this Saturday at the Canberra Track Classic.

Now calling Canberra home, 25-year-old Duncan is hoping the change of environment and working under the guidance of the Philo Saunders will help continue her development after an impressive personal best of 4:05.76 in the 1500m at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“It’s been great so far. Canberra is awesome for my training; everything I need is close by, trail runs from my doorstep, Stromlo Park, the track and AIS are all within about 10 minutes. Growing up in Upwey, I’ve always had the luxury of great places to run, but haven’t had the convenience of having everything I need for training, treatment, recovery and socialising in close proximity, which is what’s great about Canberra, Duncan said.”

With Canberra having a positive effect on the training-lifestyle balance, the common question for most people leaving Melbourne, is do you miss the coffee, but for Duncan it’s the family pets.

“No definitely not the coffee, Philo (Saunders) is a huge coffee snob, so every morning he makes me a latte, even grinds the beans himself,  sometimes I sneak out to 711 as well because I rate their $1 coffee pretty highly… Just don’t tell Philo.

At home I have a few animals; A dog, sheep, lizard, guinea pig, bunnies, chooks and a cat, so I’m sort of missing always having some sort of animal remnants on me.”

Duncan is relishing the opportunity to work with Saunders and training with national 800m champion Brittany McGowan and male para-athlete of the year Michael Roeger.

“I’m really fortunate to be training alongside the likes of Michael Roeger and Brittany McGowan. I find these guys inspiring and the group has a great vibe, making training bearable even when I would prefer to be elsewhere”.

With close to four months off Duncan didn’t start running until December and headed to Perisher in early January for a strong training block in preparation for the Australian domestic season.

“Perisher was a great starting point for me, I only started running in December after three and a half months off all activity, so Perisher in January was the first two-weeks of solid training for me.

Living with a group of athletes was great in making me accountable for my training. Also, we didn’t have TV, Wi-Fi or newspapers, so was a great opportunity to get to know the other athletes and ensure the training was done well, Duncan said.”

With limited training, Duncan isn’t placing high expectations on the start to her domestic season and is looking to improve gradually in the build-up to a hopeful World Championships qualifying time.

“As I haven’t been back training for very long, I haven’t got high expectations of the Australian season other than just aiming to improve with each race and support the domestic competition.

I’m not where I need to be to race my best, so I’m heading out on the track with an aim just to do the best I can and improve on the last race.

Most people would say I’m crazy for racing when I’m under done and have only been training for a few weeks, but it’s all part of learning to get that fire on the track. I’m not afraid of getting beaten. Only racing when you’re at your best is boring, Duncan said.”

The Olympic dream burns deep for Duncan and over the next two years the focus will be on getting everything right off and on the track to maximise her chance for selection at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“The main reason for my injury last year was a lack of general strength, so this year I’m doing all I can to toughen up, which includes a strength program. Unfortunately you can’t grow muscles overnight, so I’m just focusing on getting stronger.

Worlds would be great, but it’s not the be all and end all for me;  I can’t forget that next year is an Olympic year. However, I’m optimistic that a 30 day stint in Flagstaff (USA) in May should get me fit in qualifying for Worlds so that I will be peaking around that time, Duncan said.”

Having represented Australia on the international stage at both Youth and Junior levels, 2014 was a big learning curve for the Victorian who competed in both the IAAF World Relays and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“Racing at an international level exposed me to a greater depth of competition and gave me confidence in racing. It’s introduced me to a whole new dimension of what’s out there in terms of competitions and helped me put things into perspective and see the big picture.

Having international experience was great for me in terms of motivation and developing a hunger for more, but meeting other athletes gave me a sense of the reality of what needs to be done to achieve it… Patience and commitment, Duncan said.”

Canberra will be a good indication as to where Duncan is at early in the season after starting her 2015 campaign with a 4:23.34 in the 1500m at Briggs Track Classic last month in Hobart.

Duncan heads into this weekend’s event after swapped the 1500m for the 800m at the Hunter Track Classic last weekend in Newcastle and recording a time 2.08.38.

Joining Duncan in Canberra will be fellow VIS athletes Kelly Hetherington and Kaila McKnight along with promising AV Target Talent athlete Natalie Rule.

For the first time in five-years the nation’s capital will host the third round on the Australian Athletics Tour.

The Canberra Track Classic is the third leg of the Australian Athletics Tour, with future competition scheduled for Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne . The 93rd Australian Athletics Championships will close out the domestic season on the last weekend in March.

For more information on the meet, including the event timetable and entry lists, please follow this link to the Canberra Track Classic event page at athletics.com.au.

Australia’s best distance runners are also set to descend on the Australian Capital Territory this weekend, as they prepare to compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship Selection Trial on Sunday 8 February. More details on this event are available here.

Officials in Schools

The Officials in Schools Program supports our many local schools to run both their School Track and Field competitions and School Cross Country events, with trained Victorian officials. If you have availability during the day, and are interested in helping out at some school events, we would love to hear from you! Perhaps you are a Uni student and have some weekdays off, or maybe you work part time or are retired, and would like to be involved.

You don’t have to be available every day, just whatever works for you. Each Semester an email is sent to any interested officials with a list of the upcoming school events and positions they require. All you have to do is let us know what event/s you are interested in and we will then let you know if the school needs you.

The Officials in Schools Program allows for payment to our officials for their efforts and if this sounds like something that interests you, please get in contact with Sally Koenitz – Officials Administration Assistant; officials@athsvic.org.au.

2015 Victorian Country Championships

The Victorian Country Championships were held at the LaTrobe University Athletics Centre in Bendigo over the weekend of Friday 23 – Sunday 25 January in ideal weather conditions.

The Competition was well supported by local Officials and by Officials from other country centres and from Melbourne.  A number of Officials took the opportunity to stay overnight in Bendigo for one or more nights and some extended their stay to include the Australia Day holiday.

These Championships provided an opportunity for country Officials to step up and undertake significant roles of responsibility.  A number of country Officials were appointed to be Chief Judges and all of them impressed with the way they went about fulfilling these roles. We also saw multiple members of several families involved in helping and some doubling up as both Officials and Athletes.

The Championships also gave Officials that do not often work with other by virtue of distance, the chance to meet and establish some new friendships. Officials from both city and country worked cooperatively with each other for the common goal of making the Competition a successful one.

The Country Championships are renowned for their friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with good will between Athletes and Officials and between the Officials.  This year was no exception. There is no other competition quite like it.

A highlight of the weekend was a special dinner put on for Officials by the Local Organising Committee on the Saturday night after the conclusion of the day’s competition. It was enjoyed by one and all.  Good food, good wine and good company.

Our thanks go to the Local Organising Committee for all the work and thought they put into this Competition.  It was indeed a huge success.


Northern Country Region Officials

Article by Malcolm Duncan

What would we do without our Officials

Northern Country officials have been bestowed some great honours over the last couple of years.

It would be hard to imagine Northern Country Region existing without its experienced officials. At a recent NCR meeting the delegates were asked ‘Who here, do not have children competing at the event?’ and over half the delegates, who were officials at the event, raised their hands. About 15 hands went up and more than half the delegates. A look of shock, from those delegates who had children there, was noticeable.

The follow up, was a discussion to say that it was a choice by all those Officials were there. It is a result of the great enjoyment they have from doing the role, the great friendships and fun they continue to have.

While many of these people are stalwarts of the Region and their Centres with most members not knowing Little Athletics without them, they are not as well identified State-wide.

The Honours

Life Governor Marg Carty- Albury Centre (and Sunbury)

Marg has been around since 1977. She is a Life Member at NCR, Albury and Sunshine. As an Official she has been a Starter and Walks judge for most of these years. She was a founding member of the Starters Panel. Marg continues to offer mentoring to Starters at our Region events plus offer advice to our athletes who can be very inexperienced and overwhelmed at a Region event. Also Marg had the pleasure this year seeing her grandson compete at the Regions, although at the time was the starter. Marg loves to be involved and honoured to be given her award however, is very modest and would rather we not make a fuss.

Life Governor Rosalie Wilson – Albury Centre

Rosalie started at Albury in 1994 and quickly became involved at Albury and has been around ever since. A life Member of Albury and NCR. Rosalie has been a Chief official at Region since 2000 and been the Referee and on the NCR Committee since 2004. Her experience for our Region has been vital. Her mentoring of key officials at Centre level and across the Region has been appreciated. As Call Room referee for the past two years many of the team managers and athletes were greeted by Rosalie and her quiet nature and I’m sure has given our athletes a positive start to their experience at State. Also, Rosalie has been a key person in the planning and preparation of the Region and |State events at Albury over the last decade.


Rosalie Wilson & Marg Carty

Aileen Zanelli – Shepparton 30 years’ service award.

Aileen is currently President of Shepparton Little Athletics Centre and is an institution at her Centre. She is a Life Member at Shepparton and NCR. Aileen has been a Recorder at Shepparton and NCR for the past 30 years. Aileen did start Officiating as a judge and timer and loves to do this and often helps at local school events when the Centre has been asked to assist. Aileen is a parochial supporter of our Shepparton athletes yet at the LA Vic Relays this year Aileen was cheering for Werribee as her granddaughter was competing. Aileen has assisted as an official at State many times over the years and has been a previous winner of Volunteer of the Year. Aileen was a key executive on the Committee when the Shepparton track was relocated and no doubt will be there as we look forward to the all-weather track coming to Shepparton.  Also, Aileen was also involved with AV at Shepparton when her daughter competed.

Aileen is always up for a chat and is dearly loved by athletes at Shepparton and Region.


Cheryl Geraghty – 10 years’ service

Cheryl has been at Shepparton since 1997. Cheryl quickly came involved at the Centre and has been active ever since. Cheryl has been a coach of throws and On Track over the years but early on came into timekeeping in the early 2000s when the Chief timekeeper of many years retired. Cheryl was called upon to do the timekeeping later on at Region under similar circumstances. Cheryl is a Level C official and has officiated at many Little Athletics State events and helped at AV Shield at Bendigo over the last 10 years. Also, Cheryl has voluntarily helped at all the district and zone School events at Shepparton with the timing gates, equipment and venue set up was called upon by event convenors. This lead to Cheryl being awarded an Official of the Year award a couple of years ago. Cheryl is always up for a chat and is so well known for the support she has provided over the years by parents and officials. Cheryl hates people making a fuss about the wonderful things she has done. She loves doing the work and gets satisfaction seeing athletes being timed accurately and enjoying their athletics experience.

Kelvin Geraghty – 5 years service.

Kelvin has not had as many years’ service as an official, however has been involved the same as Cheryl. He joined the Committee early in the 2000s as the Equipment Manager and a stint as President in one of the years when Shepparton won a Centre Gold award. Although not always known, Kelvin has been the background person who has been responsible for pre and post preparation of the venue required by the Centre for Region events and a couple of State Multi event. Kelvin has been roped into Officiating when people have not turned up and he was there with Cheryl. A very experienced timekeeper, Kelvin would probably be recruited as one of technical gurus had he been in a metro Centre. Kelvin is a fantastic musician (bass guitarist) and on top of a full time work managed to be a member of a musical band during this time as well.

School Sport Victoria Recognition Award presented to Judy Mason

School Sport Victoria (SSV) had much pleasure in awarding Judy Mason with an SSV Recognition Award at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 18 November 2014. Judy has been a member of our SSV Family for many years since both her children competed in SSV (then Victorian Secondary Schools Sports Association – VSSSA) competitions. Her son, Bruce, was also a member of the VSSSA Boys Hockey team that competed in Perth in 1988.

Judy’s support of SSV includes:

  • Her expertise and knowledge to the running of events to ensure their success
  • Official for VSSSA Northern Zone and State Championships for both Track and Field and Cross Country
  • Official for SSV Northern Metro and State Championships for both Track and Field and Cross Country
  • Over the last 10 years, and on behalf of Collingwood Harriers, organised and ran the canteen at the SSV/VSSSA/VPSSA State Cross Country Championships
  • Liaison for the Team Vic Track and Field Team for the use of the Collingwood Harriers track for Team Meetings, Team Training and Presentation Days

SSV thanks Judy for her support over the years and wishes her all the best for the future.

Kirsteen Farrance

Operations Manager, School Sport Victoria

Judy Mason