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Australian All Schools Championships – Canberra

It’s the Australian All Schools Championships this weekend in Canberra, and we’re sending over 186 athletes, to represent the Big V!

So in order to get to know some of them, we thought it’d be a good idea to introduce a few who’ve been dominating on the athletics circuit this year…

Jesse Iese (U16 discus & shot put): The reigning National Junior Champion in both disciplines. Taught himself how to throw by watching YouTube footage of past Olympics/World Championships. Hails from Edenhope, which is on the Victorian and South Australian border, with a population of 976.

Kyle Swan (U18 5000m race walk): Placed 32nd at the World Team Race Walking Championships in Roma (Italy) this year.

Christian Davis & Archie Wallis (U18 800m – both competing at Zatopek this year): Davis is the reigning National Junior Champion and ran a time of 1:50.51 (PB is 1:50.47) at the Victorian All Schools Championships, beating Wallis, who ran a mammoth PB of 1:51.34. Both go into the 800m as favourites, with the event formatted as ‘timed finals’, which is likely to play into their hands.

Lateisha Willis (U18 100m hurdles & 100m sprint): Hasn’t lost a hurdles race in 2 years. Looking to test herself ahead of Commonwealth Games Youth selection in March.

Caytlyn Sharp: Will compete in six (6) para events across the course of 3 days. A bold program, but one that will be interesting to follow.

Bianca Hansen (U18 long jump, shot put & discus): Represented Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games and World U20 level as a discus thrower. Jam packed program across the weekend with three (3) events.

Historically we’ve been extremely dominant in the relay division. At the National Junior Championships at Perth, we received medals in every event except for one. At the Australian All Schools held in Melbourne last year, we only missed out on one medal due to a dropped baton. Otherwise it was all gold and silver, with only one event resulting in a bronze. Thus, the Big V are extremely strong at this level, and should smash all other states. Particularly NSW!

It’s going to come down to who can stand the extreme heat better. Expected temperatures across the weekend range between 30 and 34!

 

 

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Zatopek: The past and present…

‘Twas the year 1961. I wasn’t born yet. But this story isn’t about me…

It’s about Ron Clarke and his fellow running enthusiasts.

You see, Ron Clarke was a runner. And not just any runner, a long distance runner. They’re a different breed from the sprinting folk. When your body is throwing out all different types of alarm bells, long distance runners have to find a way to block out the pain and continue on. And it’s the really good long distance runners find a way to continue on at a cracking pace. A concept which is so foreign to me and many alike. But for Ron, he embraced the pain and went on to succeed with it ingrained deep inside of him. The first three years of Zatopek:10 were won by Ron. It’s what we in the biz call a ‘three-peat’ (or a ‘hat-trick’ if you’re a cricket fan). It wasn’t until four years after his last win (1963) that Ron decided he’d go back-to-back and claim victory in 1968 and ’69, officially classing himself as a ‘legend’ of Zatopek.

The path was now set.

Zatopek had quickly become an event where the best runners in Australia (and the world) came to prove themselves. If you won Zatopek, you were regarded as the best. To this day, nothing has changed. Post Clarke’s emphatic reign, there were individual achievements from many including Rob de Castella in 1979. Andrew Lloyd put himself in the record books in 1987 when he won his third title.

Then…

A gentleman by the name of Steve Moneghetti came on the scene. Even if you’re not into athletics, you’ve heard of Steve. His complete dominance over Zatopek began in 1989 where he won his first title. Over the next few years he would go onto making it four in a row. An accomplishment which is yet to be broken. Although, there have been those who have come very close!

The years 1996, 1997 and 1998 belonged to two people. Luke Kipkosgei (Kenya) and Natalie Harvey. Both were able to achieve what Ron Clarke had done almost thirty years earlier. The ‘three-peat’. It wasn’t until Abraham Chebii (Kenya) came along and spoiled Kipkosgei’s chance of a ‘Moneghetti 4’. However, the Kenyan managed to win the year after (2000) to claim his fourth Zatopek title.

Enter Craig Mottram, Susie Power and Haley McGregor. They were all regulars on the track between 2001 and 2004. Mottram secured victory in ’01 and ’03, whilst Power went back-to-back in ’01 and ’02, with McGregor following suit in ’03 and ’04.

Since 2008 there has been amazing performances. Eloise Wellings won her third title last year (2015), and attempt to make it number four in a few weeks time. David McNeill made it two titles last year, and like Wellings, is hoping to add another one to his name this year.

Zatopek is a race drenched in historic moments which have inspired athletes to go on to far greater things…like the Olympics.

Will you be there to witness it this year?

08.12.16

 

 

 

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The AV Summer Handbook 2016/2017

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Vale Brian Hodgson

It is with great sadness that Athletics Victoria announces the passing of Dr Brian Hodgson.

Brian served Athletics Victoria as President (1989 – 1994) and Vice President (1984 – 1989). Brian involved himself in the sport in many areas – as an accomplished coach, as a fine administrator and as a highly regarded technical official.

Brian commenced his involvement as a coach and his passion for the sport saw him instrumental in the founding of the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association, the body that introduced a formal structure for the education of coaches within Australia.

He was a regular technical official at state competitions in Victoria but also travelled around the country to assist at national events.

Brian’s skills were quickly recognised, particularly his ability to resolve protests and issues in a methodical manner. He was appointed as a track umpire for the 1996 World Juniors in Sydney and then rose through the ranks to be chosen as assistant track referee for the 2000 Olympic Games and as combined events referee for the Paralympics.

The following year he was assistant chief umpire for both the Goodwill Games in Brisbane and the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Melbourne.

Brian was a lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Melbourne and his intellect, coupled with his passion were instrumental in his strong guidance of the Association over many years.

He was awarded Life Membership of Athletics Victoria in 1991 and then in 1994, was awarded Life membership of Athletics Australia.

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Australian All Schools Championships Team List

Below is the current team entry list for the Australian All Schools Championships as at 4pm, November 9. Any athletes that automatically qualified and are not yet on the list must log into the AV portal and pay the compulsory team levy and event entry fees before midnight tonight (November 9).

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