Welcome to the Summer Guide and the launch of the 2015-16 Athletics Victoria summer calendar;
This year we’re excited to continue to offer multiple competition pathways:
- AV Shield (incorporating Zone v Zone)
- AV Knockout
- AV Schools competition
- Victorian championship events
- Major/ National programs (Further information to be provided)
These pathways provide opportunities for:
- Club competitors
- School competitors
- Sub elite competitors
- Elite competitors
In creating a calendar with multiple pathways for the entire membership there are a number of important factors to manage:
- Availability of suitable venues
- Availability of Victorian Officials to administer competition
- Avoid timetabling clashes with other events (eg. LAVic Regional and State competition)
- Provide a variety of competition
It is very pleasing to confirm that with the assistance of Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Victoria we have come to an agreement on various dates so that all competitions can be scheduled with minimal clashes. It means that members will not be forced to choose and we are able to run our events with full access to the Victorian Officials. This assists with defining a clear athlete pathways.
This guide sets out the five tiers of competition and provides an insight into what is on offer for the coming 2015-16 summer season.
With clear competition pathways we can focus on other key areas to provide a better member and event experience.
The AV Shield competition which is open, accessible and inclusive has been a talking point amongst clubs and members. Last year the number of AV Shield rounds was reduced from 12 to 10 and was well supported.
Ten rounds of AV Shield have been scheduled for the coming 2015-16 summer season and the majority of venues have been confirmed and booked.
Hopefully this guide helps members understand the complexity involved with scheduling competition that caters for all of our members. Simultaneously reducing the impact on the Victorian Officials and resources without the need to charge more for membership fees, for what is a reasonably inexpensive sport to participate in.
We have an active membership that is looking for more than has previously been offered and encourage all members to embrace the changes being made.
Thank you for continuing to support Athletics Victoria and we look forward to seeing you on the track this summer.
Athletics Victoria CEO