Victorian Milers Club partners with Athletics Victoria to host AV Knockout events

The Victorian Milers Club, the organisers of Australia’s biggest middle distance series will partner with Athletics Victoria to host the 800m and 1500m preliminary rounds of AV Knockout.

In its second year AV Knockout has moved away from traditional weekend timetabling to provide the best possible opportunity and conditions for athletes to participate in this age graded competition.

“Vic Milers is a great competition and continues to be well supported. Running the 800’s and 1500’s for all age groups (u14 to Opens and 40+) at Milers events program is a great initiative and it will show the membership that we are continuing to strive to put the athlete first,” said Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor.

Rounds 1 and 2 of AV Knockout (800m and 1500m only) will be incorporated into VMC Meet 2 on Tuesday 1 December, 2015 and VMC Meet 3 on Tuesday 19 January, 2016 at Box Hill athletics track.

“The format at Victorian Milers meets works and the committee is very strategic about using venues around Melbourne that are intimate and provide suitable conditions for good middle distance competition,” Turnor said.

As part of the partnership with VMC, Athletics Victoria will provide resources including electronic timing and Victorian Officials so that both Rounds 2 and 3 of VMC will be eligible for National Permit Meet status.

“With the qualification period now open for both the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and 2016 World Junior Championships in Kazan, it provides an opportunity for athletes to qualify for possible selection,” Turnor said.

Both meets will maintain VMC’s traditional grading format and be open to athletes of all abilities. And, seeding for the meets will be conducted by the VMC committee, with assistance from the Athletics Victoria competitions department.

Victorian Milers President Paul Davidson said, “the spirit behind the VMC is to promote middle distance running in Victoria and to provide a platform for athletes of all abilities to achieve their best. The integration of AV Knockout events in the VMC program will allow us to explore fresh ways to build interest in 800m/1500m racing, and hopefully enable more athletes to accomplish PB’s.”

AV has also confirmed today that the AV Knockout Finals for Open and 40+ athletes will be conducted in partnership with the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic on Saturday 5 March, 2016 at Lakeside Stadium.

The AV Junior Knockout Final will be incorporated into the Victorian Open Track & Field Championships on Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 February 2016 at Lakeside Stadium.

The integration of AV Knockout with state and national championship events compliments the athlete pathway, offering variety and opportunities for high quality competition, in preparation for major events such as the 2016 Australian Athletic Championships.


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Key Facts:

  • VMC Meet 2: Tuesday 1 December, 2015 at Box Hill athletics track incorporating AV Knockout Round 1 – 800m/1500m events
  • VMC Meet 3: Tuesday 19 January, 2016 at Box Hill athletics track incorporating AV Knockout Round 2 – 800m/1500m events
  • National Sanctioned events: Performances at these meets can be used for international qualifiers (for any meet where the IAAF are governing body) and for national record applications. Full NPM details can be found on Page 63 of the Summer Handbook.
  • Event costs: $10 per event
  • Entry Process: Event entry for VMC Meets 2 and 3 is via the Athletics Victoria website – athsvic.org.au

If you have any questions or feedback please email summer@athsvic.org.au or call Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.