Maccabi Athletics Leonard Bogatin recognised in Australia Day awards

Congratulations to Len Bogatin who was recognised for his service to athletics in the 2016 Australia Day awards. Len has had a long standing association with the Maccabi Athletics Club and as an athlete and team manager has played a key role in Australia’s involved in the Maccabiah Games.

Len was recognised with a medal (OAM) in the General Division.

See below his long standing service to the sport of athletics:

President, Maccabi Athletic Club, since 1990 and Vice President in 1981

2015 – Club Member, since 1967. Member, Standards and Selections Committee, Maccabiah Games, 1977


Team Manager on three occasions.

Organiser/Convenor, Victorian Junior Jewish Athletic Championships, 8 times.

Captain, Ajax Maccabi Athletic Club Team of the Century, 2002.

Inductee, Maccabi Victoria Hall of Fame, Maccabi Victoria, 2000.

Maccabi Victoria Perpetual Award named in his honour, 2010.

Member, Blue Zone Committee, Athletics Victoria, current.

International, National, State and Regional Athletics Competitor, 1967, 1986

1989 – Sports Organiser, Team Manager, Coach and Committee Member, 38 years. Athlete/Competitor, 1967

1986 – Club Official
Competitor (3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals), Maccabiah Games, 1981,

1977 and 1973.
Has won the most Maccabiah Games medals by an Australian track and field athlete since Australia’s involvement in the Games.

Awards and recognition include:

Recipient, Volunteer Recognition Program Award, ‘for service beyond 10 years’, City of Glen Eira, 2008.

Recipient, Australian Sports Medal, 2000

Entries close this Sunday for Victorian Junior Championships

Are you set to participate at the Victorian Junior Track & Field Championships 2016 from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 February at Lakeside Stadium?

Entries close at 11:59pm on Sunday 31 January. No late or on the day entries will be accepted. If you are experiencing any issues please contact AV via or call (03) 8646 4500 before the closing deadline.

Event information:

Athlete Entries:
With over 1,290 event entries and 676 athletes already entered its set to be a bumper Victorian Junior Track and Field Championships.

Shaw jumps at chance to compete against hurdles idol

Emerging sprint hurdler Danielle Shaw will line up at the Hunter Track Classic hopeful of a sub 14 second time as she works towards the IAAF world under 20 championships 100 metre hurdles qualification standard of 13.85 seconds this Saturday 30 January in Newcastle.

An excited Shaw is looking forward to making the step up to the senior ranks in 2016. “YES! After watching the Sydney and Melbourne track classics in previous years, I’ve always wanted to be out there, competing against some of Australia’s best.”

The first round of the Australian domestic season will pit Shaw up against one of her sporting idols and 2015 Australian 100 metres hurdles silver medallist Michelle Jenneke (NSW) in her first ever appearance on the Australian Athletics Tour.

Shaw will be hopeful of following in similar footsteps as Jenneke, who placed fifth at the 2012 IAAF world junior championships in Barcelona and went on to represent Australia at the 2015 world university games in South Korea and 2015 Beijing IAAF world championships.

“I’m excited to run against some faster athletes, including Michelle on the weekend. I know Michelle and Abbie Taddeo will push me to hopefully break the 14 second barrier”, Shaw said.

The Ringwood Athletics Club athlete heads to the Hunter Region off the back of running 14.04 seconds in her first serious hit out at the open sprint hurdle height last Sunday 24 January during AV Knockout Round 2 in Melbourne.

“I was happy with my run. My previous few races have not been as fast as I wanted them to be, so running 14.04 on the weekend got my confidence up a little, heading into the Hunter Track Classic,” Shaw said.

17-year-old Shaw was a semi-finalist at the 2015 IAAF world youth championships in Cali, Colombia and will lean on her international experience in an attempt to qualify for the reallocated IAAF world under 20 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland this July.

“13.85 is a pretty fast time, I have learnt that I need to compete more than I normally would, and against faster people than myself to have a chance at getting the qualifying time. This includes travelling interstate to run tour meets”, Shaw said.

The Wesley College student is one of a number of talented sprint hurdlers in the competitive under-20 ranks, with fellow Victorian and national under-18 100m hurdles champion Celeste Mucci one of Shaw’s closest rivals.

“Celeste Mucci and I think Sam Geddes are competing in the hurdles this year. I’m not too sure how Rachel Pace is going over the new height, but she has always been a close competitor,” Shaw said.

The 2016 Hunter Track Classic will be a part of the Australian Athletics Tour which will support the best athletes in the country. The main program is from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online before the event or at the gate. Ticket prices shall be $18 for gold reserved seating, $12 for Adults and $7 for children (aged 15 or under).

Key Information:

What: Hunter Track Classic
Hunter Sports Centre – Newcastle
Time: 6:20PM

Women 100m Hurdles Entry list: Rachel Pace (NSW), Carla Takchi (NSW), Abbie Taddeo (NSW), Michelle Jenneke (NSWIS), Gabriella O’Grady (NSW), Rasvinder Gill (NSW), Hannah Jones (NSW), Alysha Burnett (NSW) and Danielle Shaw (Vic).

Full event entry list here: (as of 25/01/16)

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Childhood dream drives Monica Brennan

At the end of the 2015 season Diamond Valley sprinter Monica Brennan found herself at an athletics crossroads. For an athlete that has won a national 200m title and represented Australia at world junior and youth level, the dream of competing on the world’s biggest stage, the Olympics, continues to burn deep and is the driving force behind her stepping up to 400m in 2016.

“My decision to move out to the 400m was after a few disappointing years in athletics. I had been struggling with illness and fitness issues for a while and decided at the end of last season that I needed to change things otherwise I couldn’t see myself continuing in the sport,” Brennan said.

The idea of adding the 400m to her competition program in 2016 was proposed by 2008 Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker, who has been working with Brennan for over a year on speed and technique.

After further consultation with father and coach Chris Brennan, Brennan agreed the 400m move would be the crucial step to make her childhood dream a reality.

“After a long end of season debrief with my coaches about what I would have to do in the coming year to achieve my childhood dream of making the Olympics we decided that moving up to the 400 was a smart move to help both my 200 and my prospects of being selected for a relay team.

I found this new challenge exciting and it gave me a much needed change from constant sprinters work. My main focus is still on being a 200 runner as I feel that speed is one of my strengths and I still love the event but I do feel that the longer distance of 400 suits me and I am very interested to see where this will take me,” Brennan said.

Hesitant at first to make the change, the step up to the 400m has been a steep learning curve, but, one Brennan has surprisingly enjoyed.

“I never would have thought I would say it but 400’s can be fun (when you run them right!) I enjoy the fact that there is so much more time to think about your race and you can constantly adjust you race plan to get big improvements in your times,” Brennan said.

“Stepping up my training to the 400 has been a working progress. My dad (who is my coach) has been very patient with me and started me off very slow over the winter break. As I have become more mentally and physically stronger I have begun to step up the quantity and intensity of the sessions. I still struggle with the longer distance work, especially the aerobic training but I’m seeing huge improvements in this area of my training which has been really encouraging and motivating,” Brennan said.

The early season lessons continued for the 21-year-old last Saturday 16 January at AV Shield Round 9. In her third competitive 400m Brennan stopped the clock at 53.94 seconds, behind Western Athletics and IAAF World Relays representative Morgan Mitchell, who ran 52.29 seconds, only .09 outside the Olympic qualification standard.

“Running 400s in competition is the biggest challenge for me at the moment. The one on the weekend was only my third ever 400 and it’s safe to say for anyone who was watching it I have a lot of learning to do when running a 400.

I am still trying to find the right pace for me to run my first 200 in and that run on the weekend was a bit too fast as I really blew up in the final 100.

After the race I had lactic coming out of my eyeballs, it hurt so much! Races like that take me a while to recover from both mentally and physically but running that race on the weekend was very educational and has given me a lot of confidence for the upcoming season,” Brennan said.

Assisting with the transition, Olympic champion Steve Hooker is playing a key role to face the challenges competition brings.

“Steve has a brilliant eye for picking up flaws in your technique and the knowledge he has on competing and executing a race plan has been critical in my improvements over the past couple of months,” Brennan said.

Not short of talent in the women’s 400m ranks, 52.20 is the golden time for Rio 2016 and with the 4x400m women’s relay team the only currently qualified Australian relay team there is set to be a strong battle for places.

“This was one of the key reasons I moved up to the 400 this year, qualifying for the individual 400 is a tough ask but getting a place on the 4×400 relay team is a small possibility. I am trying not to put too much pressure or expectations on my 400s though and I just want to see how things pan out for now. First I need to see if I will even be competitive enough over the 400 to be challenging for a place on the team”, Brennan said.

The next few months will be a telling period in the hope for a spot on the plane to Rio for Brennan. State and national meets will be a critical pathway to the Australian Athletics Championships and Nomination Trials in Sydney from Thursday 31 March – Sunday 3 April.

“All events this year are going to be super competitive and exciting for both the athletes and the spectators. I love racing and competing against all the other girls vying for a spot at the Olympics, it already has me feeling nervous, excited and most of all determined”, Brennan said.

Birmingham among four named for IAAF world indoor championships

IAAF World Championships silver medallist Fabrice Lapierre (NSW) will don the green and gold of Australia alongside Michelle Jenneke (NSW), Nicholas Hough (NSW) and Collis Birmingham (Vic) at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland (USA).

One of four initial selections to the national team made by Athletics Australia Selectors today, Lapierre will take to the runway for the men’s long jump, while Jenneke and Hough start in the women’s and men’s 60m hurdles respectively and Birmingham the men’s 3000m.

“The Athletics Australia Selectors are proud to announce such a strong team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships. This initial round of selections boasts fantastic experience, with Fabrice a former gold medallist, and a great opportunity for up and coming athletes like Michelle to hone their international experience,” Dion Russell, Athletics Australia Chairman of Selectors, said.

“These initial selections take into account performances recorded up until early January. The team is likely to grow in the coming weeks with athletes having the opportunity to qualify through until the first week of March when the Selectors will consider any final selections for this event.”

“The Olympic year is always an exciting one, and Portland will add to what is going to be a busy, and hopefully very successful, year for Australian athletes.”

Lapierre has a history of success at indoor championships, winning gold at Doha 2010 with a leap of 8.17m. He also competed at Sopot 2014. Birmingham has spent recent weeks training at altitude at Falls Creek and two years ago placed 10th in the world indoor 3000m final in a time of 7:57.55.

The selection of both Jenneke and Hough will mark their first ever appearance at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Hough is a Commonwealth Games finalist in the 110m hurdles from Glasgow 2014, while Jenneke progressed to the penultimate round in the 100m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships last year.

Jenneke has her sights set firmly on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games later this year, but the 22-year-old is dedicating herself to a strong performance at the world indoors and relishing the chance to compete for her country on the global stage.

“Selection to the world indoors team is a real honour. The qualifier across the shorter 60 metre hurdles event is tougher than that for Rio, so it is great to have gained selection,” Jenneke said.

“It’s a small but strong Australian team that I will be part of in Portland and it is especially exciting that it will be my first ever indoor race.

“The Olympics are obviously the main event this year, but I’ll be treating the IAAF World Indoor Championships with the same level of passion and enthusiasm, representing my country to the best of my ability.”

The IAAF World Indoor Championships will be held in Portland (USA) on 17-20 March, 2016. It will be the first time that the event has been held in America since Indianapolis (USA) welcomed the championship in 1987.

The qualification period for the IAAF World Indoor Championships closes on Sunday 7 March, with Athletics Australia Selectors to confirm the complete Australian Flame team in the week commencing Monday 8 March.

For more information on the IAAF World Indoor Championships, please follow this link, to the event page on the IAAF website.

To view the Selection Policy, please click here.

Hockey, Patterson and Hall shine at Victorian Milers Meet 3

Middle distance pair Isaac Hockey (3:46.49) and Ryan Patterson (3:46.89) delivered IAAF world u/20 championships 1500m qualification standards on a night that attracted over 400 athletes to Victorian Milers Club Meet 3 (AV Knockout Round 2) at Box Hill Athletics Track.

The men’s A race produced 10 times sub 3:50 minutes with line honours going to St Kevins Peter Bol in 3:44.93 minutes ahead of Ringwood’s Tom Fawthorpe (3:44.95) and Hockey rounding out the top three.

In the women’s A 1500m race Victorian 5000m champion Linden Hall was in a class of her own, stopping the clock at 4:12.64 minutes. Hall’s time was faster than any Victorian woman has run to win the Open Victorian 1500m championships. New Zealander Anne McKenzie ran 4:10 to win in 1985, but the fastest Victorian win was by Anne Cross with a 4:12.67 in 1990.

In the same race, Athletics Essendon’s Lauren Ryan (4:22.50) smashed her personal best to come close to the IAAF world u/20 championships 1500m qualification standard of 4:21.8 minutes and finished second. Rounding out the top three was Frankston’s Gemma Maini in 4:24.29 minutes.

Box Hill’s Sarah Billings also came close to an IAAF world u/20 championships 800m with a time of 2:07.52 minutes. Sandringhams Rosie Kelly took out the women’s A 800m race in a time of 2:05.48 minutes.




470 event entries already for Victorian Junior Championships 2016

Are you set to participate at the Victorian Junior Track & Field Championships 2016 from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 February at Lakeside Stadium?

Entries close at 11:59pm on Sunday 31 January. No late or on the day entries will be accepted. If you are experiencing any issues please contact AV via or call (03) 8646 4500 before the closing deadline.

Event information:

Athlete Entries:
With over 470 event entries already its set to be a bumper Victorian Junior Track and Field Championships.

Super Saturday – AV Shield Round 9

An action packed AV Shield Round 9 will take place at Lakeside Stadium, with back-to-back Zone v Zone 3 competitions.

Blue Zone are in the box seat to claim the Alan Glover Shield, currently on six points, but, will have the task of defeating second place Yellow Zone on five points in the afternoon session.

Still in the mix, White Zone on five points will go up against Red Zone on two points in the morning session.

Red Zone v White Zone:

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Click here to sign up for field events (Open until 9:00pm on Friday 15 January)

Blue Zone v Yellow Zone:

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Please note: A 5000m will be run at Round 10 of AV Shield on Saturday 30 January, 2016. The 5000m will be used as part of the eligibility for the AV Shield Final 3000m.
If inclement weather strikes at AV Shield Round 10 and the 5000m is reduced to a 3000m then it won’t impact eligibility.

Victorian Milers Club close in on record numbers at Meet 3

With entries closing for the Victorian Milers Meet 3 (AV Knockout Round 2 – 800m/1500m) tomorrow at 11:59pm and entries numbers just ticking over 300, VMC are close to reaching their biggest ever meet entry total of 321.

A reminder that AV Knockout Round 2 800m/1500m events will run as part of VMC Meet 3.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the 2015-16 track and field season, email or call (03) 8646 4500.

Entries extended for AV Knockout Round 2 and Country Championships

Entries for the 2016 Victorian Cross Country Championships and AV Knockout Round 2 have been extended to 11:59pm on Tuesday 12 January.

With the likes of Morgan Mitchell, Jess Gulli, Joel Baden and Eleanor Patterson all set to compete across the Australia Day weekend it’s going to be a big weekend of track and field in Geelong and Albert Park.

Victorian Country Championships 2016
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 January
Event and Entry website:

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AV Knockout Round 2
Sunday 24 January
Lakeside Stadium
Event and Entry website:

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Reminder: AV Knockout Round 2 800m/1500m events will run as part of  the Victorian Milers Club Meet 3 on Tuesday 19 January at Box Hill.

800m/1500m entries close at 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 January via the VMC Meet 3 event page.

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If you have any issue entering make sure you contact Athletics Victoria before the closing date and time so we can assist you enter.

Email or call (03) 8646 4500.

Rome and Bydgoszcz to host reallocated 2016 IAAF world athletics events

IAAF Council has today decided the host cities for two 2016 IAAF World Athletics Series events:

IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships, 7-8 May 2016

HOST CITY – Rome (Italy): 9 votes

Guayaquil (Ecuador) 4, Kiev (Ukraine) 4, Monterrey (Mexico) 2.

IAAF World U20 Championships, 19-24 July 2016

HOST CITY– Bydgoszcz (Poland): unanimous

No other bidders
(Australia and India had expressed interest but did not submit bids)

A total of 19 Council members took part in the two votes.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe, for the sake of neutrality as the head of the Council, did not participate and will also not vote in any future host city decisions.

Sebastian Coe commented: “Many congratulations to Rome and Bydgoszcz. The speed in which you assembled detailed applications and at such short notice has been inspiring. Your bids were impressive and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of the world’s best race walkers and under-20 aged athletes in your cities. I gratefully acknowledge the interest shown by all the member federations who took part in this process. Thank you on behalf of the athletes for helping us to ensure that these competitions will take place.”

An accelerated bidding process was opened on 3 December 2015 for these two IAAF World Athletics Series events following the full suspension of the Russian IAAF Member Federation ARAF, who were originally set to stage both championships.

By 9 December seven IAAF Member Federations had sent letters of interest, with five countries going on to formally submit bid applications by 22 December 2015.

Become an accredited athletics coach

Level 1 Community Athletics Coach is the entry level for all Accredited Athletic Coaches.  The fundamental skills of running, jumping & throwing are introduced as well as exploring how to engage athletes in long term participation and how to coach skills to beginner athletes.

This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as a community coach which is transferable to other sports engaging in the community coach program. The course includes one day of face to face training as well as the online Community Coach General Principles course.

Date: Saturday 23 January 2016

Time: 9am – 5pm

Venue: Catherine Freeman Room, Athletics House, Albert Park

Fee: $220, includes your first year of coach registration