LAVic State Cross Country Championships 2015 – Wrap

Article by Colin Segota

With the State Road Relay Championships coming back into the 2015 events calendar, the State Cross Country Championships date was pushed back to late July and was held on Saturday 25 July 2015 at Westerfolds Park in Templestowe.

Registrations for the event were slightly up across all age groups with 1006 entries in 2015 as compared to 1002 entries in 2014.  We continue to see strong numbers in the U9 to U12 age groups whilst the numbers in the U13 to U15 age groups remain relatively steady. We would like to see increased numbers in the 13 to 15 age groups across both genders. On the teams front it was great to see that there was a slight increase of 7 teams at this years event (82/89).  It would be terrific next year to see the individual and team numbers increase and we would encourage those athletes who competed this year to bring along a friend from their age group to compete at State Cross Country in 2016.

For the majority of athletes, Westerfolds was an unknown course as LAVic had not held State Cross Country here previously.  Any expectations that the course would be similar to recent venues such Bundoora and Lardner Park were quickly dispelled when athletes walked the course.  Whilst the Bundoora and Lardner Park allowed for side by side racing for most of the course, Westerforlds was a totally different proposition. Athletes were faced with sections of the course that made passing challenging. Athletes needed to approach this course from a tactical perspective as they needed to strategize whether they would lead or follow, and if they elected to follow, when they would attempt to pass.  This aspect underlines the importance of athletes walking the course particularly when an event is being held at a location for the first time or it’s been a while since the event was held there.

The course planners had mapped out a challenging course for all age groups with a tight course and a few hills thrown in for good measure. In addition, this year in a new initiative, we honored a number of past Olympic athletes and our Little Athletics founders by naming specific course sections after them. We had Trevor Billingham Bridge, John Landy Lane, Craig Mottram Mound, Lee Troop Track, Ron Clarke Crossing, Alan Triscott Trail, Benita Johnson Boulevard, Steve Moneghetti Mountain and finally Rob DeCastella Drive. This initiative was warmly received and added another level of interest to the courses from an athlete and spectator perspective.

In the days leading up to the actual event, the Competition Day forecast was for a typical Melbourne winter day – that being rain, hail, wind followed by more rain. As it turned out the weather gods smiled on us and the forecast weather did not eventuate and whilst it was still on the cooler side, the sun did break through on the odd occasion and the rain, hail and wind stayed away. In the end it was great cross-country running weather and the athletes made the most of it with some very competitive running resulting in a number of close finishes where races were decided by less than a handful of seconds.

On the results front, congratulations to all athletes who placed in the top 3 and to Yarra Ranges, Sandringham and Werribee who topped the U9-15 Individual Medal Tally. Please refer to the LAVic website for a complete breakdown of individual age group and team results.

A big thank you to the following as our State events do not happen without the valuable contribution and efforts of:

  • The coffee and bbq vendors who had, what seemed, a never-ending queue of customers to serve.
  • Our volunteers within the merchandise tent were kept busy for most of the day – The state competition tops in particular were again in high demand.
  • The parents who completed Centre assigned duties – your assistance is appreciated.
  • All of the Victorian Officials who volunteered their time to help with set up and pack and of course to actually officiate at the event.

Finally, a special thank you to our outgoing Competition Director, Andrew Duncan. This event was the last official state event that Andrew oversaw in his capacity as Competition Director. During the six years that Andrew served as Competition Director there have been significant improvements in the organisation and running across all of our state events. Congratulations Andrew on a job well done.
Carolyn Scott – Communications / Results


Deb McCann – Presentations



Finish line area


Ian Dunne and Steve Lopes – The trusty timekeepers


Michael Wallace – Start line area


Athlete Check in


Michael Masseni, Dean Paulin, Andrew Duncan, Colin Segota
LAVic Sandown Road Relays July 11

Victorian Officials Awards / Rewards Function

The Victorian Officials Awards / Rewards function was celebrated Sunday 5 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. Each Region and Zone was asked to submit their nominations for the outstanding Officials from their area and a sub Committee formed to select the worthy winners.

Congratulations to the winners from the following Zones and Regions:

Red Zone:                                                           Martyn Kibel

Blue Zone:                                                          Michael Lindstrom

Yellow Zone:                                                     Peter Dunn

White Zone:                                                      Les Burgess

Ballarat Region:                                                Christine Christie

Bendigo Region:                                              Peter Hayes

Geelong Region:                                              Sally Hockey

Western Country Region:                            Fiona Werner

Southern Metro Region:                              Colin Segota

Northern Country Region:                           Aileen Zanelli

Northern Metro Region:                              Sam Barbuto

Western Metro Region:                               Leanne Ryan

Gippsland Country Region:                      Mark Jouvelet

Eastern Metro Region:                              Stephen Hough


Stephen Hough – EMR


Leanne Ryan – WMR


Martyn Kibel – Red Zone


Christine Christie – Ballarat Region


Aileen Zanelli – NCR

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

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 recipient has shown great enthusiasm in officiating at a number of levels at both State and national levels.

Male Rookie – Colin Segota


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 Sally Hockey

The Male Official of the Year was awarded to Michael Lindstrom

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




Christine Christie – Ballarat Region, Michael Lindstrom – Blue Zone and Official of the Year, Sally Hockey – Geelong Region and Official of the Year  and Martyn Kibel – Red Zone.

Service badges are awarded every 5 years to recognize the efforts of our officials..

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

5 YEARS :      Rachel Kelly, Greg Puls, Josh Savage, Stuart Schnaars, Terry Swan, Lincoln Mah, Jim Stevens,

10 YEARS :              Shane Bertrand, Kim John, Nicole Lopes, Michael Wallace

15 YEARS :              Lyn Owen, Anula Costa

20 YEARS :              Sandy Lewis, Ian Morehouse. David Green – Kyabram

25 YEARS :              Laurel Puls, Carolyn Scott, Marion Sparkes

30 YEARS :    Lynne Wolowiec, Gordon Major, Robert Van Der Wilk

35 YEARS :    Lawrie Barnett, Ivan Harding, Richard Lawysz, Hugh McKechnie.

45 YEARS :    Margaret Dunbar, Laurie Preston

Rachel Kelly –  5 Years, Lawrie Barnett – 35 Years, Carolyn Scott & Marion Sparkes  – 25 Years


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 Phil Atkins who was awarded the LAVic Official of the Year award at the LAVic Gala Dinner on Saturday 15 August during the Centre fest weekend at Bendigo.


Membership renewal

It is important to ensure you have renewed your membership.  For those of you that have not yet completed this, you will need to do this via the website. On the home page of the AV website click on Members Portal located at the top right hand corner of your screen. The login page will open in a new window. Type in your username and password and click ‘login’.

For those that are Independent Officials, a pop up button will appear and just follow the prompts accordingly – Accept or Decline. Those that are associated with a Club, select the ‘Profile’ tab, update your details ensuring that all mandatory fields are complete, then select ‘Save’ in the bottom right hand corner. Then click on the red renew membership link on the right hand side and follow the prompts to complete your membership.

If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact Sally or Andrea for these details.  This is also the opportunity to update your information and don’t forget to add in your WWC details.

Nominations are now open for Officials to advise their availability for all of the events listed on the calendar – apart from the AA events which are done via the Athletics Australia portal.  Once logged in to your portal click on the Volunteer button.   Link to User manual  – Desktop

SAMOA 2015 – Six Big V athletes set for youth Commonwealth Games

Six young Big V athletes will join 900 athletes from 66 commonwealth countries at the 2015 youth Commonwealth Games in Apia, Samoa from today.

First up for Australia will be Box Hill sprinter Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie, who will be confident she can progress from heat three of the 100m on day one as the fastest qualifier.

With a qualifying standard of 12.06 second Owusu-Afriyie heads into the championships as the fourth fastest this season.

The Wesley College student will also compete in the 200m on day-two of the championships at the Apia Park Sports Complex in Apia, the capital and largest city in Soma.

Showcasing Wesley’s strong track and field program, Xavier Smith will don the green and gold for the first time. The talented middle distance runner had strong competition from Queensland’s Brodie Modini across the Australian summer and the pair will compete in both the 800m and 1500m in Samo.

Diamond Valley athlete Thomas Wilson will headline Australia’s charge in the long jump after finishing second at the national junior championships in Sydney earlier this year behind IAAF world youth championships silver medalist Darcy Roper with a jump of 7.31 metres, which was a world youth qualifying mark.

Wilson will also feature in the 200m at the youth Commonwealth Games on day-two of competition.

Victoria’s sole thrower Bianca Hansen will feature in the discus and will no doubt take plenty from Samantha Peace’s performance at the IAAF world youth championships where she threw a personal best of 50.59 metres to place third overall.

Western Athletics jumper Billie Arch will take confidence from her national under-18 long jump title and with British pair Emily Wright and Holly Mills too young to compete, Arch will be a strong contender this week in Apia.

Australian under-18 400m hurdles champion Harrison Kimpton-Moss will be another looking to make an impact on the international stage.

The event was first introduced in 2000 and hosted by the City of Edinburgh, Scotland. The second edition of the games was held in Bendigo in 2004 with Australia topping the medal tally with 58 gold and 129 medals overall.

The Games has been a strong launch pad for some of the world’s best athletes and, look no further than 2004 when Sally Pearson (14.11) defeated Jessica Ennis (14.50) in the 100 metres hurdles.

In 2008 Old Melburnians athlete Sam Baines placed first in the 110m hurdles with a commonwealth youth record time of 13.77 seconds. Following on from this Baines placed fourth at the 2010 IAAF world junior championships in Moncton, Canada.

Results: To get the latest results visit

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Athletics Victoria Foundation is seeking two directors

Do you, your parents or someone you know have a possible interest in an important, but small amount of administrative volunteer work for our sport? We are seeking one or two directors to add to a board which meets about three times a year and which has the oversight of a substantial and long-standing Investment Trust. Business acumen or investment experience is a base requirement.

The need is for new directors to be added to the existing board of Athletics Victoria Foundation Pty Ltd which invests funds for the benefit of athletics in Victoria. Several AV projects have received benefits from this fund including $500,000 for the completion of the Cathy Freeman Room at Lakeside.

If you are interested please contact the Foundation chairman, Peter Dunn at by 25th September.