Athletics Victoria office reopens Monday 4 January 2016

A note to all members and the general public that Athletics Victoria staff will return to the office on Monday 4 January 2016.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the summer track and field season please email summer@athsvic.org.au

We hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe holidays, and we look forward to seeing you at the track in 2016.

UPDATE: AV Shield Round 7 Cancelled

The 5am forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology confirms extreme conditions (high temps) this Saturday across Victoria.

With tempretures exceeding 38 degrees, the extreme heat policy is in place and the assessment is a very high risk to athletes, officials, and club helpers in all regions.

Rescheduling and/or changes to the program or the provision of shelter/water etc is not an option based on the forecast on the day, and the preceding high temperatures forecast for the previous day.

As a result, AV Shield Round 7 this Saturday 19 December will be cancelled.

At this stage no decision has been made to reschedule the competition to another time as a points scoring round.

We already have a full calendar and to reschedule will mean a weeknight or twilight event. Further discussion will occur on this in the AV Shield Committee.

Eligibility for the AV Shield final will not be affected.

School Sport Victoria honoured Athletics Victoria Members

At the School Sport Victoria Annual General Meeting on 19 November, four Athletics Victoria members and two clubs received SSV Recognition Awards for their services to School Sport Victoria.

Ellen Perry, Ian Fisher and Doreen Gianinni received their awards for their ongoing dedication to SSV Cross Country and  Track and Field as officials over many years. Their experience and expertise means that the students get the best of the best. Thus ensuring that events run smoothly and the students can perform at their best.

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Kirsteen Farrance, Ian Fisher, Ellen Perry, Doreen Gianinni, Steve Griffiths, Max Binnington

Trevor Vincent OAM and the Glenhuntly Athletics Club received their awards for their work over many years with the Southern Special Schools Sports Association in providing opportunities for students with disabilities in cross country and track and field. In recent years, this has seen many students go onto the SSV and AV Cross Country Championships and state representation. Trevor was not able to attend the meeting, but Club President, Max Binnington, accepted the award on Trevor’s behalf.

Collingwood Harriers Athletics Club is a long-time friend of school sport. The club has provided the canteen facilities at the SSV State Cross Country Championships for many years making sure athletes, spectators and officials alike are well fed with nutritious food. The club also provides their facilities for training for the Team Vic 12 years and under Track and Field team which allows the team officials to meet with parents, organise training and relays as well as the team photograph. Steve Griffiths accepted the award on behalf of the club.

Victorian Officials Starters’ Seminar

On Sunday 15th November, a Starters’ Seminar was held at Athletics House in Albert Park.

The Seminar was presented by Geoffrey Martin OAM, who is an inaugural member of the IAAF Panel of International Starters. The seminar was attended by 20 people, and included starters who officiate at Little Athletics Victoria and Athletics Victoria competitions. The seminar included a theory component, followed by a practical component out on the Lakeside Stadium track.

During the seminar, Geoffrey covered a number of key topics regarding starting. Attendees were taken through details of the latest edition of the IAAF Starting Guidelines. This included the structure and organisation of the Starting Team. The roles of Start Coordinator, Starter, Recallers, Starters’ Assistants and Start Referee were all covered in detail.

Particular emphasis was given to what constitutes a false start (Rule 162.6), and how these should be handled. Geoffrey also encouraged the use of disciplinary warnings (yellow and red cards) by the Start Referee as a tool to ensure that athletes do not intentionally delay the start of a race, or cause another athlete to false start.

During the theory session, the ideal positioning of the starter, recallers, starters’ assistants and start referee, for each type of race, were shown and discussed. This was then reinforced with a session on the Lakeside Stadium track to give participants the opportunity to put what they learned into practice.

We would like to thank Geoffrey Martin OAM for taking time out of his busy schedule and travelling to Melbourne to conduct the seminar.

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Geoffrey Martin OAM shows where Starters’ Assistants should position themselves during the start of a 400 metre race.

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Attendees are shown where the starter, recallers and start referee should position themselves for the start of a 400 metre race.

Getting started is easy!

Firstly, complete the ‘Level 0 – Introduction to Officiating’ module by following the links in the ‘E-Learning’ section to the right of this page. You can then move on to ‘Level 1 – Club/Centre/School Official’ and beyond.

Once you have completed ‘Level 1’,  please contact either Sally or Andrea and we will assist in providing opportunities for you to utilise the knowledge you have learned through officiating.

AAOES- Level 3

Level 3 is the highest accreditation offered in Australia. This will include seminars, practical components and a written exam.

These courses are available in the following disciplines;

  • Track
  • Jumps
  • Throws
  • Walks
  • Out Of Stadia
  • Technical
  • Competition Managment

As Level 3 is still being developed, candidates can complete the current Level A exam from the old scheme of Jetstar Little Athletics and Athletics Australia.

For more information on Athletics Australia policy on A Grade, please click here
Athletics Australia practical Card – Just a friendly reminder re the Practical card. New cards are currently being updated by Athletics Australia and will be released over the coming weeks.  The new cards will also include Seminar attendance.

The Official must advise the mentor or Level 3 Official that they wish to be observed prior to competition.

Below is a listing of those with Level 3 (A),  that are eligible to sign these cards. 

Margaret Dunbar Administration  
Khan Sharp Administration  
Paul Jenes OAM Administration  
Lorraine Morgan Administration  
Elaine Mcleod Administration  
Sarah Davis Administration  

 

Kevin Wigmore Jumps  
Gayle Anderson Jumps  
Stephen Weisz Jumps  
John Coleman Jumps  
Sarah Davis Jumps  
Lorraine Sawyer Jumps  
Pamela Noden Jumps  
Ellen Perry Jumps  
Helen Rieniets Jumps  
Kirsteen Farrance Jumps  
Lorraine Morgan Jumps  
Richard Lawysz Jumps  
Ian Morehouse Jumps  
Elaine Mcleod Jumps  
Peter Barrett Jumps  

 

Tony Williams Out of Stadia  
Margaret Dunbar Out of Stadia  
Marion Patterson Out of Stadia  

Kevin                 Wigmore              Out of Stadia

 

Lorraine Morgan Technical  
Gary McBroom Technical  

 

Kevin Wigmore Throws  
Gayle Anderson Throws  
Peter Barrett Throws  
Stephen Weisz Throws  
Sarah Davis Throws  
Khan Sharp Throws  
Lorraine Sawyer Throws  
Ellen Perry Throws  
Helen Rieniets Throws  
Kirsteen Farrance Throws  
Lorraine Morgan Throws  
Richard Lawysz Throws  
John Coleman Throws

 

Lynne Wolowiec Track  
Tony Williams Track  
Kevin Wigmore Track  
Gayle Anderson Track  
Peter Barrett Track  
James Cain Track  
Robert Van Der Wilk Track  
Pamela Noden Track  
Patricia Robinson Track  
Kirsteen Farrance Track  
Brendan Ferrari Track  
Doreen Giannini Track  
Ivan Harding Track  
Lorraine Morgan Track  
Brian Moore Track  
Hugh McKechnie Track  
Judith Mason Track  
Sarah Davis Track  
 

 

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Williams Walks  
Ralph Bennett Walks  
Lorraine Morgan Walks  
Judith Mason Walks  
Gordon Loughnan Walks

Diane               Lowden                Walks

New Education Scheme

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme (AAOES) is a joint initiative of Athletics Australia and Jetstar Little Athletics Australia, providing a seamless and transparent education pathway for Australian Athletics Officials.

The scheme is endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission and follows best industry practice, with online learning coupled with face-to-face delivery. The aim of the Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme is to ensure an effective and efficient education framework is provided to guarantee Australian Athletics Officials remain world leaders in event delivery at all levels of athletic competition.

The following information outlines the process for Officials to engage with Officials’ education in Australia.

 

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme emphasises the power of knowledge and competency. Our aim is for it to be widely accessible and it will encourage a greater number of people to be provided with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge to officiate athletics competitions.

The athletics specific levels of this scheme delivered within Australia are:

  • Club/Centre/School Official AAOES Level 1
  • State Level Official AAOES Level 2
  • National Level Official AAOES Level 3

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme is complemented by two additional invitation-only courses delivered at at Oceania Athletics Association or International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) level. These courses are designed to allow Australian Athletics Officials with the opportunity to advance their education past that of existing national officiating levels.

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme currently consists of the following:

Pathways flowchart – Click here

Are you set for AV Knockout Round 1?

After a successful 800m/1500m combined event with Victorian Milers last week the remaining AV Knockout Round competition will take place at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday 13 December.

For all athletes competing at AV Knockout Round 1  here is everything you need to know:

For more information check out the AV Knockout Round 1 Event page:

Geelong Steigen Spectacular 2015

Venue: Landy Field Geelong

Entry: Free by emailing the below contacts – field limits will apply.

Contact:

Closing Date: Fri Dec 11

The event webpage with all details is at http://www.grcc.net.au/steigen_spectacular_2015.html

Perth indicates interest to host IAAF World U20 Championships 2016

The IAAF confirmed that Letters of Interest have been received from seven Member Federations interested in hosting the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships and the IAAF World U20 Championships.

An accelerated bidding process was opened for the two events following the full suspension of the Russian IAAF Member Federation ARAF, who were originally set to stage both competitions.

IAAF Member Federations were formally invited to submit applications by 7 December.

The interested federations are:

IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships
Ecuador (Guayaquil)
Italy (Rome)
Mexico (Monterrey)
Ukraine (Kiev)

IAAF World U20 Championships
Australia (Perth)
India (city to be confirmed)
Poland (Bydgoszcz)

IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “The IAAF is extremely grateful to its Member Federations for their support. Reallocating the race walking team and the U20 championships is of vital importance. We are safeguarding the dreams and aspirations of athletes worldwide. Considering the necessary speed of the process, that seven Member Federations from five continental areas have formally expressed an interest in bidding is clear evidence that the events have appeal.”

TIMELINE

10 December 2015: Conference call for candidates (IAAF to provide supplementary information and to answer questions).

22 December 2015: Completed bid applications to be submitted to the IAAF.

23 December 2015 to 6 January 2016: Review of applications by the IAAF.

7 January 2016: Electronic vote by the IAAF Council on host venue. Successful candidate city announced.

Courtesy of IAAF – http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-junior-championships/news/reallocation-2016-events-cities 

Weatherly and Shaw lead the way at Australian All Schools

In a big weekend of athletics over 200 Victorian school aged athletes welcomed the rest of the nation to Lakeside Stadium for the 2015 Australian All Schools Championships; including Zatopek:10 2015 on Saturday night from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 November.

Big V captains led the way with Bellarine Secondary College’s Ned Weatherly furthering his own meet record with a winning distance of 80.32 metres to claim the under-18 hammer throw title. The IAAF World Youth Championships bronze medallist also added the shot put gold to his name on day three with a mark of 18.90 metres.

With gold in his final Australian All Schools Championships, Weatherly claimed the rare feat of holding the Australian schools hammer title in his respective age groups since 2012.

Fellow IAAF World Youth representative Danielle Shaw showed impressive early season form by claiming the under-18 100 metres hurdles title with a time of 13.63 seconds. The Wesley College athlete also featured in Victoria’s under-18 4×100 metres bronze medal winning team with a time of 47.69 seconds.

Haileybury College hammer thrower Riley Thompson opened up Victoria’s gold medal account on day one with a throw of 57.69 metres to win the under-16 event.

IAAF World Youth walks representatives Jemima Montag  and Kyle Swan made it a clean sweep for the Big V in the under-18 5000 metres race walk events.

Wesley College walker Montag was in a class of her own as she won gold with a meet record of 23:13.04 minutes, breaking World Youth teammate Clara Smith’s (QLD) 2014 meet record of 23:24.64. Melbourne High School’s Swan also added a meet record with a time of 20:59.59 minutes, while Viewbank College’s Emmet Brasier joined Swan on the podium in third position with a time of 22:57.73 minutes.

Mooroolbark College’s Lateisha Willis was dominate in the under-16 sprint hurdles taking gold in the 90 metres in a time of 12.40 seconds on day two, and followed up on day three with line honours in the 200 metres hurdles with a time of 27.64 seconds.

Maribyrnong College sprinter Melvin Monleh was clinical in claiming the 100m (11.29 seconds) and 200m (22.69 seconds) sprint events in the under-14 category.

St Francis Xavier College athlete Dayna Crees (Tf35) had a big weekend in the under-16 para athlete category with gold in the discus with a throw of 17.47 metres and long jump with a mark of 2.33 metres and, silver in the shot put with a distance of 6.61 metres.

It was an all Victorian affair in the men’s under-18 400m hurdles with Melbourne Grammar School’s Harrison Kimpton-Moss stretching hard to take line honours in 52.71 seconds ahead of Trinity Grammar School’s Matthew Harcourt who pushed Kimpton-Moss all the way to cross the line in 52.84 seconds to claim silver.

Adding to Weatherly and Thompson’s hammer gold, Luther College’s Benjamin Voogd made it a clean sweep for Victoria in the men’s hammer competitions, with a throw of 56.40 metres to claim gold in the under-14 final.

Frankston High School’s Lawson Power continued his outstanding summer form with gold in his pet event the 400m in a time of 47.98 seconds. The under-18 athlete produced a personal best of 21.81 seconds in the 200m to finish behind Maribyrnong College sprinter Cameron Searle, who claimed the Australian schools title in 21.55 seconds.

View bank College javelin thrower Chelsea Owen-Smith smashed her own Victorian under-16 record with a distance of 46.08 metre in a highly competitive competition that saw Ellie Bowyer (QLD) added to the list of Australian record breakers, with her 49.68 metre throw.

Caulfield Grammar School athlete Gigi Maccagnini topped off her under-14 800 metre win on day two in 2:12.87 minutes to come from behind in the last 20m to win the 400 metres final in a time of 57.20 seconds ahead of Caitlyn Ferrier (NSW) who stopped the clock on 57.22 seconds.

Victoria finished the 2015 Australia All Schools Championships in third with a total of 807 points behind Queensland (832 points) and overall winner New South Wales (910 points).

2015 Australian All Schools Championships – Victorian Medals
DAY ONE
GOLD EVENT RESULT
Riley Thompson Boys Hammer Throw Under 16 57.69m
Liam Richardson Tf35 Boys 800 Metre Run Under 16 Para 2:54.95
Jemima Montag Girls 5000 Metre Race Walk Under 18 23:13.04
Kyle Swan Boys 5000 Metre Race Walk Under 18 20:59.59
SILVER EVENT RESULT
Liam Campbell Boys Hammer Throw Under 16 55.73m
Erin Garbler T36 Girls 800 Metre Run Under 16 Para 3:51.09
Olivia Gross Girls Pole Vault Under 14 2.45m
Dayna Crees Tf35 Girls Shot Put Under 16 Para 6.61m
BRONZE EVENT RESULT
Olivia Graham Girls Hammer Throw Under 16 46.50m
Billie Arch Girls Long Jump Under 18 5.69m
Emmet Brasier Boys 5000 Metre Race Walk Under 18 22:57.73
DAY TWO
GOLD EVENT RESULT
Bradley Butler Boys Discus Throw Under 16 63.18m
Benjamin Voogd Boys Hammer Throw Under 14 56.40m
Nicholas Grech Boys Long Jump Under 14 6.28m
Aliyah Canepa Girls Hammer Throw Under 14 42.40m
Gigi Maccagnini Girls 800 Metre Under 14 2:12.87
Ned Weatherly Boys Hammer Throw Under 18 80.32m
Lateisha Willis Girls 90 Metre Hurdles Under 16 12.40
Danielle Shaw Girls 100 Metre Hurdles Under 18 13.63
Dayna Crees Tf35 Girls Discus Throw Under 16 Para 17.47m
Jordan Munyard Boys 100 Metre Under 16 10.94
Corey Dickson Boys 3000 Metre Walk Under 14 14:04.21
Melvin Monleh Boys 200 Metre Under 14 22.69
Cooper Saunders Boys Pole Vault Under 16 3.90m
Lawson Power Boys 400 Metre Under 18 47.98
Liam Richardson Tf35 Boys 200 Metre Under 16 Para 33.09
VIC Boys 4×100 Metre Relay Under 14 45.25
VIC Girls 4×100 Metre Relay Under 14 48.61
Oliver Courtnay Boys Shot Put Under 14 17.62m
VIC Girls 1000 Sprint Medley Swedish Under 18 2:13.25
SILVER EVENT RESULT
Charlotte Bassett Girls 3000 Metre Run Under 18 9:57.05
Oliver Courtnay Boys Hammer Throw Under 14 51.88m
Jemuel Pryse Boys Pole Vault Under 18 4.45m
Will Sharp Boys 800 Metre Under 14 2:04.35
James Joycey Boys Hammer Throw Under 18 64.46m
Nicole Reynolds Girls 100 Metre Hurdles Under 18 13.92
Kisarna Berntsen Girls Javelin Throw Under 14 42.76m
Alanna Peart Girls 3000 Metre Walk Under 14 15:45.07
Mietta Russell Girls 200 Metre Under 14 25.24
Leia Varley Girls Shot Put Under 14 13.46m
Jemima Russell Girls 400 Metre Under 18 56.26
Erin Garbler T36 Girls 200 Metre Under 16 Para 37.72
VIC Girls 4×100 Metre Relay Under 16 47.58
Benjamin Voogd Boys Shot Put Under 14 15.93m
VIC Boys 4×100 Metre Relay Under 16 2.72
VIC Boys 1000 Sprint Medley Swedish Under 18 1:57.82
BRONZE EVENT RESULT
Lachlan Burns Boys Pole Vault Under 18 4.25m
Stephanie Ratcliffe Girls Discus Throw Under 16 38.93m
Jack Saunders Boys 800 Metre Under 14 02:04.4
Stefan Nel Boys High Jump Under 16 1.91m
Lachlan Menara Boys Triple Jump Under 16 13.23m
Aaron Leferink Boys 100 Metre Hurdles Under 16 13.04
Cassidy Shaw Boys 1500 Metre Under 18 03:55.1
Georgia Clarke Girls 3000 Metre Walk Under 14 15:56.82
Alexia Loizou Girls 400 Metre Under 18 56.85
Zachary Nunis Boys Triple Jump Under 18 14.29m
Bianca Hansen Girls Discus Throw Under 18 46.62m
DAY THREE
GOLD EVENT RESULT
Ned Weatherly Boys Shot Put Under 18 18.90m
Olivia Carah Girls Pole Vault Under 18 3.55m
Lateisha Willis Girls 200 Metre Hurdles Under 16 27.64
Harrison Kimpton-Moss Boys 400 Metre Hurdles Under 18 52.71
Melvin Monleh Boys 100 Metre Under 14 11.29
Liam Richardson Tf35 Boys 100 Metre Under 16 Para 16.20
Bradley Butler Boys Javelin Throw Under 16 60.66m
Parker Lawrence Boys 200 Metre Under 16 22.50
Cameron Searle Boys 200 Metre Under 18 21.55
Dayna Crees Tf35 Girls Long Jump Under 16 Para 2.33m
Gigi Maccagnini Girls 400 Metre Under 14 57.20
VIC Girls 1000 Sprint Medley Swedish Under 16 2:12.98
SILVER EVENT RESULT
Leia Varley Girls Discus Throw Under 14 41.16m
Kang Nyoak Boys 800 Metre Under 16 1:56.45
Zoe Brito-Babapulle Girls 800 Metre Under 16 2:08.74
Christian Davis Boys 800 Metre Under 18 1:51.01
Catherine Mendes Girls Long Jump Under 16 5.59m
Abbey Badrock Girls 400 Metre Hurdles Under 18 63.29
Matthew Harcourt Boys 400 Metre Hurdles Under 18 52.84
Mietta Russell Girls 100 Metre Under 14 12.56
Lawson Power Boys 200 Metre Under 18 21.81
Lachlan Jorgensen Boys 400 Metre Under 14 52.82
BRONZE EVENT RESULT
Lachlan Jorgensen Boys Javelin Throw Under 14 45.03m
Erin Garbler T36 Girls 100 Metre Under 16 Para 17.94
Maddison Caulfield Girls 800 Metre Under 18 2:12.06
Eliza Clarke Girls 3000 Metre Walk Under 16 13:50.00
Jesse Iese Boys Shot Put Under 16 16.69m
Joseph Baldwin Boys High Jump Under 18 2.09m
Chelsea Owen-Smith Girls Javelin Throw Under 16 46.08m
Angus Norman Boys 2000 Metre Steeplechase Under 16 6:05.36
Julia Bourke Girls Shot Put Under 18 14.93m
Maxine Paholek Girls 2000 Metre Steeplechase Under 18 6:57.22
Nicholas Grech Boys 400 Metre Under 14 53.11
VIC Girls 4×100 Metre Relay Under 18 47.69
VIC Boys 1000 Sprint Medley Swedish Under 16 2:03.38

Wellings & McNeill win Zatopek:10 and automatic nomination for Rio 2016

Eloise Wellings (NSW) and David McNeill (Vic) will be automatically nominated for selection to the 2016 Australian Olympic Team.

The winners of the women’s and men’s Australian 10,000m championship races at the Zatopek:10, the duo are also the maiden recipients of the recently inaugurated Ron Clarke Medal thanks to their impressive runs in Melbourne (Vic) tonight.

Wellings was paced beautifully by her training partners Melissa Duncan (Vic) and Genevieve LaCaze (Vic) to fifteen laps before going it alone. It was then that she dug deep across the closing stages to convincingly win in a qualifying time of 32:02.61 from Camille Buscomb (NZL, 32.26.36) and Virginia Moloney (Vic, 34:00.00).

Citing relief and excitement after crossing the line, Wellings was thrilled by a performance that she shared with her daughter, Indi, husband and parents, who all travelled from Sydney (NSW) to watch. The result also adds a fourth national 10,000m crown to her trophy cabinet.

“I knew I was in good shape after three weeks at altitude, but I haven’t run 10,000m on the track for twelve months. There’s always that little bit of doubt, but I’ve had people behind me, telling me that I shouldn’t be doing that, and the regular reaffirming of how the training has been going was great to have,” Wellings said.

“I felt pretty easy during the first 15 laps, that was when the girls pulled out. I knew that was going to happen, though, and I just made sure that I was ready to dig deep and hurt towards the end, becoming a bit like a metronome.

“My sports psychologist told me to put the black curtains down, forget everything else, and to focus only on my form, to focus only on my steps. I guess it worked. It was hurting inside the last three laps and because I was on pace I got that little bit nervous, not wanting to stuff it up. That would have been really embarrassing.”

McNeill’s automatic nomination comes after he crossed to win in a time of 28:03.69, with the qualifier for Rio 2016 already under his belt thanks to a 27:45.01 run at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford (USA) in May.

Duelling with his Melbourne Track Club training partner Brett Robinson (Vic, second, 28:24.49) and former college teammate Brian Shrader (USA, third, 28:33.22) across the course of the race, McNeill broke away inside the closing kilometre to take line honours.

“It was a huge motivation, the spot for Rio. For the last Olympic Games I was injured and did a qualifier at the last minute and everything was rushed for that. I knew that if I came away with this result tonight that I’d have eight months to focus on being ready for next year. It does wonders for my mental preparation and I’m incredibly grateful,” McNeill said.

“This could have been Brett or my race today, we train really hard together. It was nice to be around familiar people out there.

“It’s been a winding road to here. After 2008 I had a couple of good years, finished college and I feel like I’ve been injured ever since. I had the sense to join Nic Bideau and he has done great things to take care of me, my mental preparation, my training, he’s been in my ear each day and it has made a huge difference”

In other results from the Zatopek:10 and day two of the Australian All Schools Championships:

– Rosa Flanagan (NZL) ran 9:19.23 to win the Lisa Ondieki 3000m for girl’s aged under 20. The silver medal was won by Holly Campbell (NSW, 9:28.20) and the bronze by KatrinaRobinson (Qld, 9:32.36), with both Australian results IAAF World Junior Championships qualifying performances.

– Matthew Ramsden (WA) ran 8:09.07 to win the Rob De Castella 3000m for boy’s aged under 20. He was joined on the podium by Oliver Hoare (NSW, second, 8:09.93) and William McCann (SA, third, 8:12.12)

– Australian under 18 record holder Jack Hale (Tas) won his second consecutive 100m title at the Australian All Schools Championships in a time of 10:58 (w: +0.1). The silver medal was won by Anthony Gale (NSW, 10.76), with Callum McCarthy (Qld, 10.84) winning bronze.

– Paige Wilson (NSW) jumped 1.82m in the girl’s under 18 high jump to secure a qualifier for the IAAF World Junior Championships next year.

– IAAF World Youth Championships bronze medallist Ned Weatherly (Vic) improved the meet record in the boy’s hammer throw to 80.32m, securing a gold medal in the process.

Competition returns to Lakeside Stadium tomorrow, with the final day of the Australian All Schools Championships. For more information on this event, including entry lists and live results, please click here.

To view and download results from the Zatopek:10, please click here.

Courtesy of Athletics Australia

Australian 10,000m champions to be crowned with Ron Clarke Medals

Australian 10,000m champions will be crowned winners of the Ron Clarke Medal for the first time at the Zatopek:10 this Saturday 5 December.

Celebrating the contribution that the distance running great made to athletics in Australia and across the globe, the renaming of the national championship trophy has been confirmed by Athletics Australia as anticipation continues to build ahead of a men’s and women’s race that will double as the Olympic 10,000m nomination trial.

“Ron Clarke is an icon of athletics, and his contribution to the sport over the course of his extraordinary life was unrivalled. He is perhaps most famous for his outstanding achievements as a 10,000m runner and for this reason we have decided to rename the Australian championship trophy in his honour,” Phil Jones, Athletics Australia Chief Executive Officer, said.

“Clarke’s career as a runner was remarkable. He broke the world record in the 5000m and 10,000m on multiple occasions, won a bronze medal at the 1964 Olympic Games and a further four silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. Off the track he lit the cauldron at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games and commendably served as Mayor of the Gold Coast during the period in which they were awarded the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“Athletics will forever be in the debt of Ron and we look forward to welcoming his family to Melbourne this weekend to see the inauguration of what will become a perpetual medal that forever remembers him.”

Determined to see their name etched into the history books as maiden winners of the Ron Clarke Medal are Eloise Wellings (NSW) and Brett Robinson (Vic).

A finalist in the women’s 5000m at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, Wellings will become the first woman in history to win back-to-back Australian 10,000m championships on two separate occasions if she reigns supreme in the women’s race.

The 33-year-old won the gold medal in 2009 and 2010, as well as last year, and will start after returning from a volunteering opportunity in Uganda and altitude training at Falls Creek (Vic) in recent weeks.

Charlotte Purdue (GBR) will be one of the international raiders in the mix for line honours. After limited racing in 2013 and 2014, the 24-year-old has returned to the road and track in 2015 and will line up with a personal best of 32:03.25 over 10,000 metres. The 2015 City2Sea winner Makda Haji (ETH) will be another.

2015 World championship representatives Melissa Duncan (Vic) and Genevieve LaCaze (Vic) will be pacemakers for women’s Zatoepk 10,000m event.

Robsinon will also ensure consecutive success in the national championship race if he is the first Australian past the post.

On the hunt for a time faster than 28:00.00 to ensure his automatic nomination for selection to the Australian Olympic Team for 2016, he will be challenged by London 2012 Olympian David McNeill (Vic) and Glasgow 2014 starters Liam Adams (Vic) and Harry Summers (NSW).

IAAF World Cross Country Championships representative, Mitchel Brown (Vic), will head into the national 10,000m with confidence after an impressive win at the Victorian 5000m championships last week.

Highlights off the track will be Australia’s leading women pole vaulter Alana Boyd (Qld) starting her summer season in the Steve Hooker Pole Vault challenge.