AV Shield Final – Important Information

Athlete Information:

  • Athletes must compete in their club uniform.
  • All athletes must wear  their current Athletics Victoria registered bibs (front & back).
  • If an athlete has lost their bib number they must get a blank bib from the administration area.
  • There will be NO invite athletes at Shield Final.
  • Athletes wishing to use their own implements must take them to the technical officer at least 2 hours before the scheduled starting time of the event.
  • Spikes must not exceed more than 7mm for track events and 9mm for field events. Conical, pyramid and Christmas tree are permitted. Needle or Pin spikes are not permitted.
  • In all field events (excluding Pole Vault) athletes will only be given three (3) attempts.
  • In Pole Vault competitions, jumpers will be permitted to jump until they are eliminated by posting three (3) consecutive fouled attempts. There are four (4) separate Pole Vault starting heights. The minimum age for a pole vaulter is 12-years (as at December 31, 2016). Under 14 competitors must complete a Pole Vault assessment (to be completed by the Field Referee) prior to competition to prove competency.

Assembling Times:

  • All events, except Pole Vault (60 minutes) – 15 minutes prior to the event start time.
  • Athletes must check the starting list and timetable to be aware of the event starting time.
  • It is the athlete’s responsibility to assemble at their event at the correct time and location. Athletes who fail to do so may not be able to compete in the event.

Call Room:

  • There will be NO call room on the day.
  • Athletes will be required to marshal at their event start no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time of each of their events.

Clashing Events:

  • If an athlete has a clash of events, they will be required to notify the Referee at their first event of their clash.
  • It is the athlete’s responsibility to notify the officials of a clash of events.


  • Substitutions can be made on the day (no later than 30mins prior to the event).
  • Athletes that are substituted in will take the exact place of the athlete that has been substituted out. This is for both track & field events.




A green and gold contingent of 24 will battle it out at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on 26 March 2017.

Confirmed by Athletics Australia Selectors today, the team is led by Brett Robinson (Vic) and Anna Kelly (Vic) after the duo won the Selection Trial in Canberra (ACT) last month.

Robinson and Kelly are joined on the automatically selected list by Stewart McSweyn (Tas), Jack Rayner (Vic), Emily Ryan (ACT) and Gemma Maini (Vic), with the men’s and women’s teams of six rounded out by Sam McEntee (WA), Liam Adams (Vic), Patrick Tiernan (Qld), Bridey Delaney (NSW), Lexy Gilmour (NSW) and Virginia Moloney (Vic).

McEntee narrowly missed a top-three place at the Selection Trial and made his Olympic debut in Rio, while Adams is a two-time medalists at the World Student Cross Country Championships. Tiernan has been selected after his stunning victory at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Delaney won the Australian 10,000m Championship to close out her 2016 campaign and come into contention for selection, while Gilmour and Moloney both placed among the top-six at the Selection Trial. Moloney is the current Australian cross-country champion.

The selected teams for the boy’s and girl’s races capture the best placed finishers at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Selection Trial.

Hosted biennially, Australia has competed at every installment of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, with Benita Willis (Qld) winning individual gold at the event.

At the Guiyang 2015 installment of the event, Robinson delivered the best Australian performance, crossing 28th in the men’s 12-kilometre event.

2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Kampala, Uganda
26 March 2017

MEN (6):
Brett Robinson (Vic), Stewart McSweyn (Tas), Jack Rayner (Vic), Sam McEntee (WA), Liam Adams (Vic), Patrick Tiernan (Qld)

WOMEN (6):
Anna Kelly (Vic), Emily Ryan (ACT), Gemma Maini (Vic), Bridey Delaney (NSW), Lexy Gilmour (NSW), Virginia Moloney (Vic)

BOYS (6):
Callum McClusky (ACT), Josh Phillips (NSW), David Lean (Qld), Kieran Tall (NSW), Edward Trippas (NSW), Zachary Facioini (NSW)

GIRLS (6):
Lauren Ryan (Vic) Courtney Hopkins (ACT), Georgia Evans (NSW), Emily Hopper (NSW), Amelia Mazza-Downie (Vic), Clio Ozanne-Jacques (Qld)


Victorian Multi Event Championships – Results

In the midst of all the Nitro hype, athletes and spectators alike turned up at Doncaster for the Victorian Multi Event Championships. The weather was borderline too hot, but it didn’t stop some unbelievable results from many of the competitors who braved the heat.


In the Open Women’s Heptathlon it was Celeste Mucci of Williamstown who dominated the field, winning just about every event, to finish first overall. Rachel Limburg of Box Hill came in second place.

In the Under 20 Women’s Heptathlon it was Anneliese Bush of Old Xaverians who came finished first.

The 40+ Women’s Heptathlon saw Dale Masini of Western Athletics finishing every event solidly to secure the top place.

In the Under 18’s Jamie Battistella of Western Athletics narrowly beat Jasmine Stanberg from New South Wales. Both were neck-and-neck in every event across the whole weekend, with Battistella winning by just over 100 points.

Similarly in the Under 16 Men’s Heptathlon, Paul Haasbroek of Ringwood pipped Flynn Eriksson of Wodonga, winning by the smallest of margins. Both competitors almost identical with their results across the entirety of the weekend.

The Under 16 Women’s Heptathlon had only two competitors remaining by the final day, and it was Zoe Cunningham of Mentone who only just beat Gemma Fenn of Wodonga.

In the Open Men’s Decathlon it was hard to split Stephen Cain of St Kevins and Hamish Nelson of Geelong Guild. Both were impressive over the weekend, and it could have gone either way. However, Cain showed his experience and managed to hold onto first by the final event.

In the Under 20 Men’s Decathlon Gary Haasbroek of Ringwood dominated that field and finished well ahead of second placed Declan Rochford of Bendigo Harriers.

The 50+ Men’s Decathlon saw legendary veteran Tony Dell of Richmond Harriers take out the top prize.

The 40+ Men’s Decathlon was a little closer with Paul Mierisch of Doncaster narrowly beating Simon Watson of Box Hill.

In the Under 18 Men’s Decathlon it was Lachlan Burrows of South Australia who put on a solid performance beating Sebastian Reyneke of Doncaster.

The Under 14 Women’s Pentathlon Mia Scerri of Sandringham performed incredibly to take out Gemma Craddock of Glenhuntly.

In the Under 14 Men’s Pentathlon it was Andreas Weickhardt of Wyndham who smashed the field ahead of second placed Kai Sapolu of Doncaster.


An awesome weekend of competition with huge congratulations to all those who braved the heat and managed to complete every event!


Nitro – Opening Night!

Usain Bolt left Lakeside as he arrived… a winner, with his All-Stars taking a narrow victory over Team Australia on the opening night of the inaugural Coles Nitro Athletics series at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday night.
The action on the track went by in a flash, just like the Jamaican who stormed down the back straight in the final event to help his side edge the well-supported locals to finish the night on top of the ladder.

Not even a second-placed finish in that relay for Australia, who earned double points with their power play, could prevent an inevitable All-Stars win that sent the 7039 fans who came to watch the King into a frenzy.

Team Points
Bolt All-Stars 1080
Australia 1050
China 845
Japan 810
New Zealand 795
England 795

“I love it and the kids love it, it’s just fun.”

The sight of former world record holder Asafa Powell lining up for a relay leg against four women highlighted precisely what Nitro Athletics is all about and by the crowd’s reaction it did not disappoint.

“Yeah it was a lot of fun,” Bolt said after his relay win.

“I was excited to run, and next week we might change it up just for the fun of it.

“I really enjoyed it, even the elimination mile race for me was just spectacular.

“For me, this is what I expected and over time we’ll figure out ways to make it better but it’s started off good and we’ll be looking forward to the weekend even better.”

The new concept on track and field had fans of sport lining up for entry at the gates in Albert Park ready for a night of athletics that many could barely imagine what was about to unfold.

Fans and youngsters lined the front straight as athletes started their warm up in the afternoon sun while signing autographs and taking selfies before the action started on the track.

When the action started it was a festival-like atmosphere during the first event, a mixed medley relay that was dominated by Team Australia with co-captain Ryan Gregson storming to victory and a flex of the biceps past the finish line.

“There wasn’t actually much for me to do in the end, Morgan ran great, Luke ran amazing and Anneliese just pulled away so much,” Gregson said looking up at the packed front straight.

“So by the time I got the baton I just had to have a decent run and we were going to win by a long way.

“That’s what it’s all about (celebrating the win).

“We had a team meeting yesterday and that’s the thing we all wanted, first night, first event to set the team up with a win and the whole of next week.

“We wanted to win and win convincingly to show Usain Bolt and everyone else it’s not a one-man show.

“It’s amazing the crowd, I think it will build next week.”

Former college star and Olympic sprinter Jenna Prandini has competed on the biggest athletics stages around the world and she was impressed with what Nitro Athletics provided to the athletes and the crowd.

“Yeah it’s so much fun and just to be a part of a team – you never get to do that in track anymore so it’s really fun,” Prandini explained after winning the 150m.

“It’s awesome the crowd’s into it and it’s really fun because we get to be on a team and we’re cheering each other on – I love it.

“It’s incredible (to be on Bolt’s team), he’s the fastest man on the plant so any opportunity I get to run with him and do stuff with him is cool.”

In the field events Olympic long jumper Jarrion Lawson took the win with a jump of 7.94 metres just ahead of Team Australia star Fabrice Lapierre who managed 7.89 metres.

The points were shared at the top in the pole vault with Team Australia youngster Kurtis Marschall and Chinese vaulter Xue Changrui both clearing 5.40 metres.

The three-minute challenge was another popular event that got the crowd involved when Team Australian miler Luke Mathews kicked away from Kenyan Elijah Kipchirchir.

He skipped away from the Bolt All-Star as time was about to expire and produced a winning celebration when the siren went that had the Lakeside crowd screaming with joy.

“That was one of the more unique races I’ve done,” Mathews said after commending co-captain Genevieve LaCaze on her efforts in the first three-minute leg of the race.

“This crowd right now, this is almost what it was like when Usain Bolt ran at the Olympics, it was bloody incredible, incredible.”

Interaction between athletes and the fans was encouraged even before the event but seemed to happen even more often naturally as athletes roamed the infield and outskirts of the track supporting their teammates.

“I had so much fun, seriously, all the athletes are great and getting around it,” Team Australia sprinter Morgan Mitchell said.

“No not in Melbourne (see a crowd at athletics like this), every time we start we just say, ‘guys this is incredible and we’ve got to thank everyone here supporting it.”

Victorian Multi Championships – Preview

So apparently there’s this big event happening on Saturday night…

I’m not too sure what it’s all about. But I think think there’s a famous Jamaican athlete competing.

Anyway, what I do know is that the Victorian Multi Event Championships are on at Doncaster across the weekend, where some of Victoria’s greatest multi-disciplined athletes will congregate and battle it out for the top prize.

Two competitors to keep an eye on are:

Australian Commonwealth Games representative Stephen Cain.

Australian World Junior representative Celeste Mucci. 

The weather is looking as good as the Australian Nitro team – which means fast times, long throws, long jumps, high jumps and a whole lot of slip, slop, slapping!

We can’t wait to see everybody out at Doncaster and good luck to all competing!


Full disclosure: The event on Saturday night is Nitro, where Australia will be looking to take down the Bolt All-Stars, England, New Zealand, China and Japan, in what is sure to be a thrilling evening of competition. If you haven’t already got your tickets to witness all our amazing athletes and the one-and-only Usain Bolt, you better get in quick as they’re selling out fast!

Go Australia!

Victorian Country Championships 2017

The weather was beautiful out at Casey Fields across all three days of competition, which saw a plethora of high quality performances, from athletes both young and old.

Regarded as one of the premier events of the season, the Victorian Country Championships sees athletes from all over Victoria come together to test their ability against one another, which also includes invitational metro athletes.

For a lot of competitors it’s their first real hit out for the year, and a chance for them to see how their training has gone throughout the summer break. Which in athletics isn’t really a break at all…

Some notable performances across the entirety of the competition included:

Eleanor Patterson always starts the New Year with the Country Championships, and she didn’t disappoint, dominating the whole High Jump field with a final height of 1.90m.

Damien Birkinhead was extremely solid during the Shot Put coming in with a final distance of 19.78m.

Teleah Hayes had an amazing Championship winning the 800m (2:14.40) and the 5000m (17:51.66).

Christian Davis and Will Johns had arguably the most exciting race of the whole weekend in the 400m. It was neck and neck during the whole lap, with Davis just pipping Johns at the finish line, recording a time of 47.88.

Mia Gross showed her pace and went the 100 – 200 double. Clocking times of 12.13 and 24.90.

Amazing individual performances are essentially what athletics is all about, however, the best thing about the Country Championships is the emphasis on the team competing. Each event gather points towards the athletes’ club and at the end of the weekend, a team is crowned champions!

This year the honours went to:

Men’s – Bendigo Harriers

Women’s – South Bendigo AC

A huge thanks to South Coast for organising the event, and of course the volunteers and officials, who put in their time to make the 2017 Country Championships such a successful competition.