Australian Athletics Championships – Day 2 – Morning Session

Well, another glorious day down at Sydney’s Olympic Park! The sun was shining bright and early, and all athletes were eager to get stuck into a jam-packed day of competition!


Bianca Hansen got things rolling with a silver medal in her pet event – discus – throwing a seasons best of 49.65m! It’s the closest Bee has been to a 50m throw in a year, so when asked how she felt, she couldn’t have been happier!

Declan Carman continued his solid form from yesterday’s shot put, backing it up with a win in the Men’s U17 hammer throw with a distance of 58.09m! He’ll be back tomorrow to battle it out against good friend and shot put champion Jesse Iesi!

In the Women’s U18 100m heats, it was Lateisha Willis and Mia Gross who automatically qualified with times of 11.92s and 11.75s respectively. The final is set to be an epic battle with Queensland’s Riley Day in amazing form after bursting onto the scene during Melbourne’s Nitro series!

In the Men’s U17 100m heats, it was Christian McFarland-Ravanello who qualified fastest with a time of 10.90s! And in the Men’s U20 100m heats, Jacob Sesar had a huge PB qualifying with a time of 10.79s!

The Women’s U20 100m heats saw a contrast of tail winds in +3.2 and +1.1, which may have hindered Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie middle-lane chances, but didn’t stop her qualifying for the final with a time of 12.01s!

In the Women’s U16 Heptathlon, Gemma Fenn is looking good after two events, sitting on 1851 points in second place after a tie of 13.70s in the 90m hurdles and a height of 1.68m in the high jump!

The Women’s U16 para-100m saw Emily Burgoine (T40/F40) finish first overall with a time of 19.54s and a percentage of 108.34! Caytlyn Sharp (T20/F20) was ecstatic when she crossed the line in first position, and understandably so, with a time 13.96s, to finish fourth overall with a percentage of 97.47!

Bec Henderson was awesome in the Women’s U17 5,000m walk, crossing over the line first in extremely hot conditions, with fellow Victorian Jemma Peart snatching the bronze medal. The win to Henderson ensured a 5th National medal dating back to 2014 where she took out the 3,000m walk!

A great result for Dili De Silva finishing fourth in the U17 400m with a 3-second improvement to his personal best, crossing the line with a time of 50.01s! A great 2017 for the Old Xaverian who’s managed to grab 5 PB’s from 5 races this season!

Christopher Browne was very solid in the Men’s U20 discus throw, finishing off with a bronze medal!

For a full list of Day 2 morning results click here.



Australian Athletics Championships – Night 1

So apparently it had been raining in Sydney for a month-straight leading into this year’s National Championships…

Well we must have brought some good luck from Victoria because the weather was exceptional. As well as a few results!

In the Men’s U20 Long Jump final half the field were Victorians! Michael Cann was the best out of the four, finishing in third place with a distance of 7.33m! Kyle Murphy had a great day out as he managed to jump a personal best by 3cm, with a total distance of 7.11m, which had him in seventh position. Zach Nunis just missed out on a podium finish, jumping a distance of 7.21m. And Harrison Williams was one place behind Zach with distance of 7.18m.

The Women’s U17 Hammer Throw saw Isabella Simonelli grab the gold medal with an awesome distance of 50.16m!

Rio Paralympian Jaryd Clifford was all class in his 1500m heat for the Men’s U20 Division finishing strongly to qualify for the final with a time of 4:00.68s.

Likewise in the Women’s U20 Division with Georgia Hansen charging home to secure her spot in the final with a time o-f 4:40.33s…

In the Women’s U20 Long Jump, it was Celeste Mucci who was the best Victorian, grabbing a silver medal with a distance of 6.03m. Annaliese Bush finished off in tenth position with a distance of 5.47m and Bianca Hansen (who is one of our feature athletes for the week) finished off in fourteenth place with a distance of 5.31m.

And in the Men’s U17 Shot Put, it was two young Victorians who stole the show, with Jessee Iese taking out the event with a huge distance and personal best of 18.35m, and Declan Carman finishing second with a solid throw of 17.97m!

Christian Davis cruised home with absolute ease in his Men’s U20 400m heat! Will be a serious contender to take out the top prize in the final (if all things go to plan in the semis)…

Much like Davis in the Men’s heat, Jemima Russell was all class in her Women’s U20 400m heat, finishing strongly and taking out first place!

The final event of the evening was the combined U20 10,000m Walk. Kyle Swan and Pip Huse both managed to grab silver in their respective divisions! In what was a humid night, both Swan and Huse showed a lot of courage and determination in the testing conditions!

For a full list of results click here.




2017 Australian Athletics Championships – Preview

Before you announce yourself internationally, you need to make a name for yourself in your own backyard. And there’s only one place to do that…

From Sunday March 26th through to Sunday April 2nd, the country’s best athletes will gather into Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, to fight it out against one another with the winner being crowned Australia’s best. However, it’s not just National glory these athletes are seeking. There’s also World Championships, World University Games and Commonwealth Youth Games qualifiers at stake…

So who amongst Victoria are looking dangerous ahead of next week?


  • 2 x National 1500m Champion and Rio Olympian Ryan Gregson has been in amazing form this season with unbelievable performances during Nitro, and also over in Europe for his indoor campaign. Will be hard to beat.
  • 4 x National Shot-Put Champion Damien Birkinhead is coming off a State Championship win and will be looking to add a 5th National Title to his name. The Rio Olympian has been in solid form this summer, throwing a personal best of 20.54m in Auckland last month, which is a World Championships qualifier.
  • 4 x National High-Jump Champion and Rio Olympian Eleanor Patterson has had a decent start to the year, being crowned State Champion with a height of 1.85, and a seasons best of 1.90m which is just shy of the World Championship qualifier of 1.94m. Look to Eleanor to step it up in Sydney and get that qualifier!!!
  • Rio Olympian Joel Baden is coming into Nationals with a seasons bets of 2.20m, and a personal best of 2.29m achieved back in 2014. Baden will be wanting to channel that PB with the hope of making the World Championship qualifying height of 2.30m.
  • 1 x National Javelin Throw Champion and Rio Olympian Kathryn Mitchell has been slightly off this year throwing a seasons best of 59.37m, which is a far cry from her personal best of 66.10m back in 2014. A constant shoulder injury hasn’t helped, but Mitchell’s resilience to keep competing has been an inspiration for all the young javelin throwers coming through.
  • State 1500m Champion and Rio Olympian Linden Hall is hungry for that World Championship qualifier. Put on an amazing display at the Victorian Track & Field Championships but was just shy of the 4:07.50s qualifying time finishing off with a 4:08.98s. Depending on the conditions, Linden will be going in with a lot of confidence, and could very well find herself coming out of Sydney with a ticket to London.
  • 1 x National 800m Champion, Rio Olympian and Nitro’s greatest celebrator Luke Mathews has been putting in the hard-yards up at Falls Creek getting himself ready for Nationals. Has a seasons best of 1:48.46s and a personal best of 1:45.16s which was achieved last year. The World Championship qualifying time for the 800m is 1:45.90s.
  • 2 x National 400m Champion and Rio Olympian Morgan Mitchell has already got her ticket to London, but will be looking to add another National Title to her name. Was a standout at the Nitro series and has a seasons best of 51.65s.
  • 2 x Oceania Race Walking Championships bronze medalist and Rio Olympian Rachel Tallent is more accustomed to road racing but will be looking to convert her ‘tallent’ over to the track. Personal best for the 10,000m Walk is 46:34.41s which was achieved in 2014.
  • Rio Olympian and 2017 State Champion for the 5000m Walk Rhydian Cowley has already achieved his World Championship qualifying time and will be looking to add a National Title to his name.
  • 3 x National 1500m Champion and Rio Olympian Zoe Buckman started her 2017 campaign on the European indoor circuit, with times of 4:11.18s for the 1500m and 2:39.47 for the 1000m. Has a personal best of 4:03.22s and is extremely experienced!
  • Isis Holt had a breakthrough last year wining two silver medals at the Rio Olympics. Holt’s rise on the athletic scene started in 2015 when she won two gold medals at IPC Athletics World Championships and was declared Victorian Junior Athlete of the Year and Athletics Australia Female Para-Athlete of the Year. Holt’s 2017 campaign has been solid in terms of wins, but not where she’s been in the past with times. Coached by Nick Wall, Holt will be looking to get back into cracking form next week, and will no doubt do so!
  • Rio Paralympian and Victorian Champion for the Under-20 1500m Jaryd Clifford has been in very good form grabbing his personal best this year in Sydney with a time of 3:49.05s. Will definitely be looking to add a National Title to his name.
  • Rio Paralympian Nicholas Hum has already achieved a personal best in long jump this year with a distance of 6.99m. Will be a genuine contender to take out the National Title.
  • Rio Paralympian and athletics veteran Richard Colman had won seven Paralympic medals, including two gold, two silver and three bronze. Has been known to compete in numerous track events, but this year will be focusing his attention to the 100m.
  • Another Rio Paralympian and veteran Russell Short will once again show his experience in the shot-put and discus. Has a seasons best of 13.61 and a personal best of 14.51m. Will be looking to add another medal to his twelve Paralympic medals, which include six gold, two silver and four bronze.
  • Jessee Wyatt


  • Ned Weatherly is going from strength to strength. Won the Victorian Track & Field Championships for his age group in the Javelin, and has a personal best of 64.46m. Will be hard to beat!
  • The 2017 State 400m Champion Abby de la Motte has been is glistening form this season, running a seasons best of 54.95s, and on top of that achieving a personal best in the 800m 2:02.19s up in Canberra! Will going into Nationals with a lot of confidence.
  • There is no doubt Liz Hedding has had a breakout season! A little bit of luck went her way during the Nitro series, with Brooke Stratton having to pull out through injury, which opened the door for Liz to announce herself to a captured audience – which she did. PB after PB after PB seems to be the way in which Liz has attacked this year, jumping a distance of 6.20m at the Victorian Track & Field Championships, and a 12.12s up in Canberra. Another athlete of coach Nick Wall, who seems to have the right formula working for all his squad members at the moment!
  • Kenzie Keenan is another athlete who has made a name for herself here in Australia. Originally from New Zealand, Kenzie was a feature of the Nitro series, and kept the momentum going into the Victorian Track & Field Championships, winning the gold in the 400m hurdles. Has had a slight hamstring concern, but it hasn’t seemed to hinder Kenzie’s performances. Has a PB of 58.89s and a seasons best of 59.23s! Will be a tough ask though coming up against Lauren Wells – who can do no wrong!
  • It seems as if Ben Khongbut has been around for a while, which may be the case, but he isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Has been a regular in all the big 110m hurdles races, and finished with a solid third place up at Canberra for the SUMMERofATHS competition, coming in with a time of 14.10s which also happened to be his personal best. Will be looking for another top three finish next week!
  • Brittany Burkitt had a hugely successful campaign up in Canberra during the SUMMERofATHS competition. Grabbing two personal bests in the 100m and 200m, with times of 11.73s and 24.42s respectively. Will be going into Sydney feeling very good!
  • Celeste Mucci is the heptathlon superstar who seems to keep getting better and better – and she’s only 17! Has had an awesome season with PB’s in the 100m, 200m, 800m, 100m hurdles, long jump and javelin. Will being in as a favourite for her age group…
  • Chris Mitrevski has been enjoying the 2017 season! Placing first in the Open long jump up in Canberra for the SUMMERofATHS competition with a distance of 8.05m! Also ran a personal best in the 100m during the Victorian Track & Field Championships with a time of 10.62s which happened to be a dead heat for first place!
  • Luke Stevens was arguably one of the most impressive athletes during the Nitro series. Has been a dominant force in the 200m and 400m. An upset though, saw Stevens miss out on a 2017 Victorian Title in the 400m, with Will Johns creating a huge upset. Has a seasons bets of 21.99s for the 200m and 47.34s for the 400m. Will definitely be out for redemption in the 400m!
  • Will Johns has had an impressive start to the year. Creating the upset at the State Championships with a personal best in the 400m coming in with a time of 47.29s. Has also achieved another personal best in the 200m up at Canberra with a time of 20.95s. Could be another awesome battle between Johns and Stevens!
  • Rachel Limburg has always been up there with results in the heptathlon, and has this season created personal bests in basically every event which include the 100m, 200m, 800m, 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump shot put and javelin throw. Will still be a tough ask coming up against Celeste Mucci!
  • Erin Garbler has already achieved an IPC qualifying time, and will be looking for a solid performance again to help her cause in being selected for the traveling team!
  • 1 x National Champion Anneliese Rubie has had a decent start to the year, without it being exceptional. Finished fifth in the Open 800m final at the SUMMERofATHS competition with a time of 2:03.27s against quality opponents. Has a personal best of 2:02.52s and will be looking for an improvement next week in Sydney. Definitely has the talent to cause an upset!
  • Adrian Sanfilippo is back! Had a cracking Victorian Track & Field Championships where he took out the gold in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.17s! Has had a shocking run with injuries, so it’s awesome to see him back running well!
  • Liam Richardson has also already achieved a IPC qualifying time, and will be looking to cement his spot in the traveling team next week!


  • Pip Huse secured a personal best in the 5000m walk this year, but will be looking to channel her form from last year where she managed to achieve a PB in the 10,000m walk with a time of 49:46. Has been a feature of Athletics Victoria leading into the Australian Athletics Championships!
  • James Joycey has dominated his age group for the shot put and managed to grab a personal best in New Zealand with a distance of 14.68m! May be a little sore due to a heavy training load but will definitely be up there in the medals! Has been a feature of Athletics Victoria leading into the Australian Athletics Championships!
  • Mia Gross has had an exceptional summer thus far! Personal bests and qualifiers in the 100m (11.71s), 200m (23.83s) and 400m (54.08s). Depending on which events Mia competes in, she’ll definitely be going in as favourite! Has been a feature of Athletics Victoria leading into the Australian Athletics Championships!
  • Zach Nunis is another young star who’ll have a heavy workload, competing in the long jump, triple jump and the 100m. Has secured two personal bests this year in the 100m (11.06s) and triple jump (14.87m) and has a PB in long jump with a distance of 7.17m. Will be heading to Sydney with a lot of confidence. Has been a feature of Athletics Victoria leading into the Australian Athletics Championships!
  • Bianca Hansen hasn’t had any personal bests this year, but has still been winning events! The ever smiling, ever happy discus thrower and long jumper, has seasons best of 5.51m (long jump) and 45.73m (discus). Will be looking for two gold medals! Has been a feature of Athletics Victoria leading into the Australian Athletics Championships!
  • Jaryd Clifford has had an awesome start to the year, grabbing personal bests in the 1500m (3:49.05s) and the 5000m 14:51.38s). Likes to lead from start to finish, and will no doubt go into next week with the same mindset. Has been a feture of Athletics Victoria leading into the Australian Athletics Championships!

Catch all the action via Athletics Australia’s live streaming! With interviews shown via Athletics Victoria’s Facebook page!



Victorian All-Star #6 – Jaryd Clifford

Meet Jaryd Clifford!

We decided to ask Jaryd some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives him as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Thanks for being with us Jaryd!
Jaryd Clifford: Thanks guys.

AV: Firstly, how old are you?
JC: I’m 17-years-old.

AV: And which club do you represent?
JC: Diamond Valley Athletic Club.

AV: How long have you been doing athletics for?
JC: I’ve been training for 4 years.

AV: Fairly fresh to the sport then! Did you get involved with Little Athletics?
JC: I did 2 years of Little Athletics with Diamond Valley.

AV: Were your parents athletes?
JC: My parents are sporty. Mum was a good basketballer and Dad is aiming to run in the Melbourne Marathon later on this year!

AV: What do you love about your specific events?
JC: I love the challenge. The idea of pushing yourself to your limits. When you’re hurting in a race you find out things about yourself that you may never have found without running.

AV: With a whirlwind past 12 months, what goals are you setting yourself for the future?
JC: In the last 12 months I’ve been able to tick off some big goals. I ran in the Paralympic Game,s and medaled in able bodied races at both National Championships. This season has been my first without having to think about qualifying for Rio every race I run. The IPC World Championships are in London in July and at this stage I will be running the T13 1500m where hopefully I’ll be able to break my streak of three 7th place finishers at major international championships. The long term dreams, results wise, are about seeing how fast I can run and how hard I can push myself in the major races. If that means a gold medal in the Paralympic Games or a spot in the Olympic Games, I would definitely happy with that. They are the big dreams.

AV: You are rapidly becoming renowned for an aggressive racing style, as someone who is often one of the smaller athletes in stature, where does this fearless tactical sense come from?
JC: I like racing aggressively. Over the past few seasons I’ve been borderline qualifying for national teams and have had to worry about times first and medals second. I lose no respect for athletes that compete tactically, if that is what works for them, but I believe that the most exciting races and most impressive wins come when athletes really go for it. This season I ran a fast 1500m early (3:49.05) and that has allowed me to practice running different styled races which has been really helpful in teaching me different ways to race. The upcoming National Championships will be another perfect opportunity to practice some strategies before heading to London later this year.

AV: Having raced at the highest level of Paralympic competition, how do you approach races of a national level after having gained international experience?
JC: I get as nervous before a National Championship as I do the Paralympic Games. I want to perform well just as much as I wanted to perform well in my primary school cross country. I think most athletes would understand that feeling. The international experience definitely helps me in dealing with those nerves and being mentally ready for the races at Nationals. A great piece of advice I received before Rio was to just control the controllable. Don’t think about the end result, think about the process.

AV: Away from athletics, what do you get up to for fun?
JC: Away from running I’m a bit of a book nerd and I like to write. Also, as I’m turning 18 this year I reckon it would be a cool experience to learn how to drive. Not being able to see properly past the bonnet will make that tricky, but there is a program that gives visually impaired people the opportunity to feel what it’s like to drive. So I can assure you of your safety out on the roads. It will just be a one off… and probably on a race track!!!

AV: Thanks for your time Jaryd!
JC: Cheers guys!

Catch Jaryd in the 1500m and 5000m during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).




Victorian Masters Championships – Preview

With a lot of focus from the athletic community on the Australian Athletics Championships next week, we can’t forget about the Victorian Masters Championships happening this weekend out at Doncaster. There will no doubt be plenty of experience on the track and out in the field, with quite a few stories to be told!

Some legends of the sport to watch at the Victorian Masters Championships…

Margaret Tweedie

Margaret makes a habit of dominating track and field meets. She usually wins all the sprints, hurdles, long and triple jumps – pretty much all that she enters. In 2012 she did this at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships at Lakeside winning eight gold and one silver medal. At last year’s World Championships in Perth, Margaret finished second in the sprints before brilliantly winning the long hurdles and triple jump. She topped this off with two relay golds.

Anna Kasapis

Anna won the W35 1500 metres at the World Championships in Perth by nearly the length of the straight and that is something you seldom see at that level. She is well known in AV circles as a runner for Athletics Essendon and is doing the 800/1500m double at these Championships.

Jason Akermanis

Yes, that Jason Akermanis! Jason and his wife Megan have been training with coach Ken Little, husband of 400m gun Rachel Little, and are keen to give Masters Athletics a shot. They both did the VMA Pentathlon a few weeks ago and showed plenty of speed and class. Jason is doing all the sprints and will meet up with some real speedsters with Brett Maurer and Leigh Phelan in the mix. He’s pretty quick though. Watch him in the 60m.

Michael Barrand

Michael boasts a World Masters Games Gold medal from Torino (Turin) in 2013 and also holds the Wal Sheppard Trophy from last year for the best age graded 800m at the Championships. Michael finished third in the 800m in Perth in a red hot field.

Allan Cook

There’s always something going on when “Cookie” is in the field. A World Champion in the 1500m from Porto Alegre, Brazil, and an extremely proud representative in the M50 event at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Allan is doing the 400m, 800m and 1500m.

Richard Polkinghorne

Clashes with Cookie in the 4oo and the 8oo. A super pedigreed runner. Was right in the mix but just got out kicked in the 800m in Perth.

Brian Greaves

An oldie but a goodie! Brian, in the M80 group, tends to dominate Track & Field meets in the way Marg Tweedie does. At the last AMA Championships in Adelaide he won seven events – 60m, 100m, short hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault and triple jump – setting five Victorian records in the process.

Rachel Little

Super 400m runner from Albury/Wodonga. Doing several field events as well. Rachel won the 400m at the World Masters Games at Torino in 2013.

Dorn Jenkins

Dorn is a former sprinter who through injury now excels at throws. Holds the Australian W60 records in the weight throw and throws pentathlon.

Jeanette Van Den Bulk

Has performed brilliantly since she moved here from Canada. Excellent sprinter and hurdler. Main specialty perhaps the 400m hurdles. Got silver and two bronze in Perth representing…Australia!

Good luck to all competing!


Victorian All-Star #5 – Bianca Hansen

Meet Bianca Hansen aka Bee!

We decided to ask Bee some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives her as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Welcome Bee!
Bianca Hansen: Hey guys!

AV: We know we sound like a broken record, but it’s always good to be consistent with these interviews, so with that in mind we guess you should tell us your age?
BH: I’m 18.

AV: And your club?
BH: Ringwood Athletic Club.

AV: How long have you been doing athletics for?
BH: Well I started when I was 5-years-old, so I’ve been in the game for 13 years.

AV: You’re practically a veteran! Were your parents athletes?
BH: My parents were quite athletic when they were younger. Dad participated in athletics and soccer at a high-level. My Mum was very good at athletics, swimming and basketball.

AV: Jack of all trades ey! So what do you love about your specific events?
BH: I love getting the perfect throw as it feels effortless. There’s nothing better than watching that discus cut through the air! For long jump, I just love when I get the perfect take-off from the board and fly through the air!

AV: Sounds as if you just love things flying through the air haha! So with a storied junior career, what do you feel will be necessary to make the next big leap up to a senior Australian team?
BH: I think to make it to an Australian senior team, I will not only have to continue doing what I’m doing, but further continue to have a strong work ethic and focus with my training. There’s the possibility of extending my training up to twice a day on some days, which will allow me to fit in all the little extra things that will make a big difference for me technically and strength-wise. I’m happy to be patient, as I’ve been told the leap from juniors to seniors can be quite daunting especially coming from such success on a junior level. There can be a big gap between transitioning from being a junior athlete to making your first Australian senior team. I’ll also need passion. Passion for the sport, my events and wanting to know every detail about athletics. My mind and body need to both be there in order to achieve a legacy and to make an Olympics.

AV: Given this year is a bit of a transition year for you following junior Australian representation, without an age-group team to qualify for the 2017 National Championships, what will your goals be for the competition?
BH: My goals for Nationals are simple: Enjoy and compete. Sometimes, when in the prospects of trying to make a National team, you can become too focused that you forget to simply enjoy what you love doing. There’s often a lot of external and internal pressure circulating.

AV: Very mature of you Bee! So away from athletics, what do you like to get up to?
BH: I suppose for fun I just hangout or go out with friends and do ‘normal people’ things. It’s good to have a balance between my social and athletics life.

AV: That just about wraps things up from our end Bee. Thanks so much for your time! Good luck next week as well!
BH: Thanks so much guys!

Catch Bianca in the discus and long jump during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).






Victorian All-Star #4 – Zachary Nunis

Meet Zach Nunis!

We decided to ask Zach some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives him as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Zach, thanks for being with us mate!
Zach Nunis: My pleasure AV!

AV: You’ve probably seen how these things work. With that being said…How old are you?
ZN: I’m 17-years-old.

AV: And which club are you associated with?
ZN: Doncaster Athletics Club.

AV: So how long have you been doing athletics for?
ZN: Well I started in the Under-6 division, so about 12 years.

AV: That’s a decent stint! Did you start of with Little Athletics?
ZN: Yeah, a friend of mine from school did Athletics at Doncaster Little Athletic Club and one day we had cross country and his parents told my parents about Little Aths, and I haven’t looked back since.

AV: How good are friends! So were your parents athletes?
ZN: My dad likes to think he is, but his athletic career peaked in Prep! But both of my grandfathers were athletes, with one being in the Olympic Training Squad for Hockey before the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He’s a pretty awesome and inspiring figure to have as a grandpa!

AV: Wow! We bet he is!!! So what do you love about your specific events?
ZN: I just love how you can chill out and sit down during a comp and training. When I’m at training I see the middle/long distance runners doing laps on laps on laps and I’m just sitting down talking to my training partners about how well we reckon we did on a school SAC. So just the freedom to have fun and push my body as far as I can with the luxury of having a few breaks is what makes me love my events

AV: So chill. So as a triple and long jumper, do you feel competing in both events during a season aids or hinders your competitive approach?
ZN: In my experience, training/competing in both events compliments each other really well. Training doesn’t get tedious because of all the elements that are incorporated in each event, but my training focus changes each week depending on which AV Shield program is on. Apart from training, it widens the spectrum for who I can meet and what I can do with it. There are a lot of lads currently in Victoria alone are a killing it at long jump, and that event has been my main focus this season, so triple jump (whilst still competitive) is a more fun event at the moment.

AV: Given your habit of winning National events with final round jumps, how does the final jump thought process tend to differ from early round jumps?
ZN: Field events are awesome, in that you more than one shot at a jump. In the sprints, if you false start that’s it, all done. So the thought process in long jump for me is to make sure I can nail that sixth round jump, and hope I’m lucky enough to make that top 8 final. My forth and sixth jumps are usually my best, so I have to gear myself up for the other rounds so that I can chuck out a decent distance. But on the last jump it’s or nothing, especially at Nationals, where you’ve been training during the winter and want to finish off the year with a PB. This is where I get extra excited, most of the time getting the crowd behind me, and putting on a good show!

AV: Sounds like you’ve got it sorted! So what do you do for fun away from athletics?
ZN: I’m currently going through my final year of high school, so when I’m not studying or training, you’ll probably see my playing a guitar absolutely butchering an Ed Sheeran song. My Dad and Nana are ‘musos’ so I’ve had music in my house for as long as I can remember, and having a sound-proof recording studio instead of a garage makes it very easy to play without annoying mum! I’ve also played basketball this season with some friends from school, so I might drop track to pursue being a Michael Jordan prodigy…

AV: Haha well for our sake we hope you stay in athletics! Thanks for your time Zach.
ZN: No worries guys!

Catch Zach in the 100m, long jump and triple jump during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).





Victorian All-Star #3 – Mia Gross

Meet Mia Gross!

We decided to ask Mia some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives her as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Hey Mia, thanks for joining us!
Mia Gross: No worries AV!

AV: You’ve had an unbelievable season thus far, but let’s start off with the basics. How old are you…?
MG: I’m currently 15 but turning 16 next month.

AV: Not long now! And which club do you compete for?
MG: I’m with Deakin Athletics Club.

AV: How long have you be competing in athletics for?
MG: I started running in the Under-8 age division nine years ago which has gone super fast!

AV: We bet it has! So you got involved with Little Athletics?
MG: I absolutely loved Little Athletics. I went on all the JDS camps/sessions and loved it so much! Little Athletics is where I met all  my dearest friends.

AV: Were your parents athletes?
MG: My mum did athletics when she was younger but back then it finished at Under-12’s. My Dad was playing senior GFL football at the age of 16 and not too bad at cricket as well. They both love sport and always encourage myself and my siblings to do my best and have fun.

AV: What do you love about your specific events?
MG: I love everything about competing! I love the atmosphere, challenging myself, running against top athletes, meeting new people and developing long lasting friendships. I love watching others race as well. I love training and I’m always hanging out for the start of the athletics season! When I run I feel alive and energised. It’s where I belong and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I love coming around the bends and into the straight…It’s such an amazing feeling and then digging deep to push that little extra to finish.

AV: Love the passion Mia! As your range has developed across the 100, 200 and 400m events, how do you decide which event to focus on? Or has the three-event mix become a championships workload you are used to?
MG: I would love to be able to run all three events. Unfortunately they seem to have the final of the 100m and the final of the 400m too close together which means I now have to choose! I have to focus on my times which means that I can’t run a 100m and then 40 minutes later run the 400m time I would like.

AV: Ah the old 100/400m clash! So having previously lived in Torquay, did your preparation differ living further out than metropolitan athletes?
MG: Yes it did because we always had to leave 3 1/2 hour before my race event started, but I adapted to the traveling and sometimes stayed in Melbourne if the competition was on Saturday and Sunday. I also have to consider all my meals before I leave my house because I most likely won’t be home until late in the evening. I love living in Torquay right next to the beach (although I cannot surf!) and my friends live so close to me. It’s such a beautiful area and I am very fortunate. I’m also very lucky my training group is awesome! We train on the new track at Deakin University which is only 20 minutes away – very handy! I only sprint train on a Tuesday and Thursday so it’s not that difficult to get there and I’m always keen for a training day to come around because I love it!

AV: Living in Torquay an not surfing! That’s a sin haha. So what do you get up to for fun away from athletics?
MG: I love all different kinds of sports. I love watching the Geelong Cats play. I enjoy stand-up paddle boarding with my friends even though it takes me a little while to get used to! I basically love mocking around, laughing with my friends being crazy, relaxed and silly!

AV: Thanks for your time Mia and good luck at Nationals!
MG: No worries guys!

Catch Mia in the 100, 200 and 400m during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).






Australian Grand Prix Office Closure

The Athletics Victoria office will be closed from Tuesday 21st March through to Friday 24th March (inclusive) due to the Australian Grand Prix.

All staff will be working from home and will have access to their emails.

If you have any queries relating to the Victorian Masters Championships or competitions in general, please refer them to the Competitions Department, via or,au.
Alternatively you can email Travis, Craig and Hugo at:

  • – Interim Competitions Manager
  • – Competitions Coordinator
  • – Competitions Coordinator

Or on the Competitions mobile at: 0447 202 160

Any queries relating to the Australian Athletics Championships, please refer them to the Sean Whipp (State Teams & Athlete Development Officer) at:


Any media queries relating to the Australian Athletics Championships, please refer them to Sam Quennell (Communications & Growth Leader) at:


All other queries can be lodged to the remaining Athletics Victoria staff depending on their department.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Go Daniel Ricciardo! 


New Bibs. New Timing System. A Whole New XCR Look!

Athletics Victoria will be introducing a new timing system for the 2017 season!

With the aim of producing faster and more accurate access to results, all competing athletes will now be issued with timing tags attached to their bibs, similar to those used in fun runs and triathlons. These bibs are made of a durable PVC material which, with appropriate care, will last the entire 2017/18 season. While the bibs and tags are water and tear resistant, they are not made to be machine washable or to withstand excessive pressure.

The timing tags are not be removed at any stage.

With athletes times now being associated with the bibs, it is essential that athletes bring their bibs to all rounds of XCR (including relays). If athletes forget to bring their bibs they will be required to purchase a ‘single use’ set of bibs for the day.

Athletes registering for the Summer season only, will receive bibs with no attached timing tags.

Replacement bibs

For any athlete that has lost their bibs, replacements will be available from the Athletics Victoria administration tent or alternatively by contacting the AV office within business hours prior to a round of XCR. Replacement bibs will incur a fee as outlined below:

  • Bibs with permanent timing tags – $20
  • Single use bibs (valid for one race only) – $15
  • Bibs only (applicable for athletes not competing in XCR events) – $10

The process for purchasing a membership and/or XCR packages will remain the same, as will the process of being issued and collecting memberships packs from Athletics Victoria. Club Team Managers will be required to collect and sign for all club membership packs from the Athletics Victoria Administration tent at the beginning of each XCR event.

**A reminder that a bib number will be issued when an athlete purchases either a package or an individual event entry, not at the point of memberships only.

The new timing system for XCR will be conducted through Tomato Timing.

Events they’ve worked on in the past include:

  • Triathlon Victoria Series
  • De Castella Run
  • Run the Bridge (Hobart)
  • Sri Chinmoy Run

Plus many other running, swimming and cycling events!

This service will provide athletes with a more accurate result for their individual XCR’17 races. Athletes will still have the opportunity to query results directly to Tomato Timing before final results are published on the Athletics Victoria website.

Timing tag testing will still be available at Athletics Victoria XCR competitions.

For more information on Tomato Timing and to catch up on their events and results, checkout their website and Facebook page!

Round 1 – Saturday 22 April – Jells Park Relays

XCR Schools – Saturday 29 April – Jells Park Relays

Round 2 – Saturday 13 May – Wandin Park Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 20 May – Albert Park Road Relays

Round 3 – Saturday 27 May – Cruden Farm Cross Country 8km & 16km Heritage Round

Round 4 – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

Round 5 – Saturday 8 July – Sandown Road Relays

Round 6 – Saturday 16 July – Albert Park 10km Road Race

Round 7 – Saturday 29 July – Wendouree 15km & 6km Road Race

Round 8 – Saturday 12 August – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Round 9 – Sunday 3 September – Burnley Half Marathon & Junior 5km – TBC

Round 10 – Saturday 16 September – Princes Park Relays

Make sure you have the date April 1 cemented in your brain, as it’s the official opening day to purchase your membership and XCR’17 Package, which inevitably gives you entry access for all events throughout the season!




Victorian All-Star #2 – James Joycey

Meet James Joycey!

We decided to ask James some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives him as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Hey James, thanks for joining us mate!
James Joycey: No worries guys!

AV: You’re quite built James…How old are you?
JJ: 17-year-old!

AV: Wow. And which club do you represent?
JJ: Doncaster Athletics Club

AV: How long have you been in the game for?
JJ: Around 6 years…

AV: So how did you get involved with Little Athletics?
JJ: I was with Kew Little Athletics from U11 until U15. I got involved with Little Athletics a little differently to most. In year 5 at school another guy was picked for the school district team for shot-put instead of me. This annoyed me, so Dad and I decided I should join up with a Little Athletics Club so I could train for shot-put to ensure something like this would never happen again. I eventually placed 5th at the State Championships for shot-put that year and my passion grew from there!

AV: Love the fire! And were your parents athletes?
JJ: My Dad was a high-jumper and footy player. He actually won a National title before me when he won gold at the Australian Masters in 2013 with a then State record.

AV: What do you love about shot-put?
JJ: I love the complex and highly technical nature of the throws. It’s such a complex puzzle and you get to a stage where everything feels prefect, you think you have it all together, only to find there is so much more to figure out. This constant challenge of piecing each aspect of the throw together is the reason why I love the throws.

AV: What was it like competing recently alongside Olympic medalists in the NZ “Big Shot” competition?
JJ: The “Big Shot” experience in New Zealand was incredible. The day before we competed we got to train with all the big throwers which was an extremely valuable session to see the different way in which people approach training. On the day of the competition I was in the U20 event which was the curtain raiser to the main show. Although I didn’t compete with the Opens over there, our competition was a very elite field featuring some of the best in the world for my age, which was just as good! Having a meet near the main street of Christchurch was insane in comparison to our normal competition venues. The atmosphere was electric due the to the large crowd and it definitely aided performance. It would be cool to see a similar thing adopted over in Australia. It really brings athletics to the people, which increases the general public’s knowledge of our great sport and also greatly helps the competitors.

AV: Sounds like it was a trip worthwhile! So as a thrower of multiple events, how has developing a preferred event progressed throughout your career? Is it a matter of preference, or a focus purely on the event in which you have has the most encouraging competitive results?
JJ: Initially in my athletics career my sole love was for the hammer-throw. My results for that event were on a State and National basis compared to my other events. I had a strong passion for the event, mainly due to the fast progression I could make in it, which shot-put could not compete with. As I have grown in size through the years, my potential for shot-put became more evident, as I was gradually improving largely due to the 10-week stint I had to do for my APS school season. At the end of last year I decided to train properly as a shot-putter, as well as a hammer-thrower, with the belief I could be very good at both. So at this stage I have an equal love for both events, however due to injuries, hammer-throw has taken a back seat. Largely my preference comes down to results. Although when I’m fit I do as much work for both.

AV:  It seems you have the perfect balance! So when you’re away form it all, what do you get up to for fun?
JJ: This year I’m in year 12 and have high aspirations/goals I would like to achieve at school. Between my large commitment to my athletics and my time spent at/studying for school, I’m left with limited downtime, which is something I’m perfectly fine with. I want to be the best at what I do and as a result I have mp issue with putting in the work in the circle, the gym or at school. So my time for fun and enjoyment is spent putting in the hard yards for my various endeavours, which I’m sure will work for in the end!

AV: No doubt it will James! Thanks for joining us mate…
JJ: My pleasure guys!

Catch James in the shot-put during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).



Throwing superstars turn up the heat at Landy Field

A warm Geelong afternoon greeted competitors at the 4th AV Throws Challenge of the season. With four notable throwing guests drawing a crowd throughout the day. Paralympic F20 Gold medallist Todd Hodgetts OAM, Rio Olympians Damien Birkinhead (Corio), Dani Stevens (NSW) and Matthew Denny (QLD) all took part in their favoured throwing events. The atmosphere was an entertaining, yet insightful one, as Western Australian thrower, budding comedian and commentator Matthew Cowie manned the turntables to provide commentary and music throughout the afternoon.

Birkinhead dominated the Shot Put competition, winning with a distance of 20.27m, emphasising a level of consistency that has been evident throughout 2017 and is likely to catapult the Olympic finalist to greater distances during the international season.

Stevens showcased the level of consistency which has previously won her Gold at events such as the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and World Universiade, with a series of 61.56m, X, 65.11m, X, 66.78m, 66.50m – comfortably eclipsing the World Championships qualifying standard of 61.20m.

Denny struggled to find his rhythm, but demonstrated impressive glimpses of the form that helped him qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, putting together a series of X, X, 49.99m, 60.65m, X, 63.15m. Denny finished the competition slightly frustrated, but excited by his ability to work through issues early in the competition to find distance as the series progressed. The upcoming National Championships will provide another opportunity for Denny to chase the World Championship qualifying mark of 65.00m.

Athletics Victoria were fortunate enough to speak with Stevens and Denny following the conclusion of the discus competition, alongside event co-organiser, Kim Mulhall (Sandringham).

How did Kim and Jack (Dalton) manage to get you guys to visit Geelong?

Matthew: I first noticed the event through some of the throwing group Facebook pages, I knew Geelong was a great place with good throwing conditions, because of Julian Wruck throwing his qualifier here back in 2012. I wanted to come down and help put on a good meet and throw well. Dani sent me a message asking if I was going to come down, and once she said she was coming too I knew I’d compete, as there aren’t that many other people to throw against in Australia in such good conditions.

Brilliant. You were back in the 63-metre department today, are you happy with how that level of throwing is coming along?

Matthew: I’m happy that I’ve finally got a season’s best, because the last two weeks have been quite useless, and Canberra was even worse. So, it’s really good to be able to back up well and throw 5 metres further, whilst still feeling like I had a lot more throwing left in the tank.

Awesome news. Dani, an equal season’s best today?

Matthew: Really, to the centimetre? *laughs*

Dani: Yes, 66.78m, that’s exactly what I threw at the NSW State Championships. It’s funny though, conditions were very different, I was hoping for a little bit more today, but I’m rapt to get another throw in the high 66’s, I’ve really been trying to get more consistent at a higher level. Every time I go out (in the circle), I need a high 66m or 67m throw to be in the mix with the top girls in the world, and to get my confidence up. I’m happy with that, and it was such a fun competition. Matt and I had been looking forward to it for quite some time, even in Canberra we kept talking about how much fun this weekend was going to be. It’s great, I love throwing meets, they’re a really exciting style of competition, you’ve got a crowd, music pumping, everyone here knows about throwing and wants to see everyone throw, which makes for a great atmosphere.

Dani you mentioned earlier, as you head toward another major championship, you’ve been happy with your ability to replicate throwing distances in different conditions, that must give you a sizeable confidence boost?

Dani: Definitely. When you arrive at a World Championships or an Olympic Games, often they’re held in a stadium, so I need to be able to throw those sorts of distances without assistance from the wind, but you also need to be able to handle those conditions if it does rain, or there is a strong wind or anything of that sort if you have a more open competition stadium. So being able to adapt to several different conditions is a big part of my mental preparation, so I don’t shy away from wind, rain, extreme heat or any environmental variables, which helps me in being a better all-rounder of an athlete.

Will this be the last competitive outing for everyone prior to the National Championships in Sydney?

Matthew/Kim: Yes.

Dani: Yes, it’s my last competition before Nationals, but I’m happy to have competed here in one of the most exciting meets of my season.

Kim, you must be happy with how everything came together organisationally today?

Kim: Jack approached me with this idea in October of last year (2016), and at first, I wasn’t entirely sure how to get the process going, but Jack’s got some great ideas, which I tried to work into this meet. We’ve had a few throws meets prior which hadn’t been quite as successful, but they all built towards the big meet here today, so I’m thrilled that it’s all worked out.

Fantastic. So, you’ll look to build on that momentum and attempt to create the same style of meet next season?

Kim: Certainly. The competitive element of today was successful, and there’s a huge group of younger kids waiting to take part in the throwing clinic now. Overall, it’s been so cool to see people excited about throwing again, and I think we’ll really look to expand upon that next year.

Dani: I’d be keen to be involved and come back down again!

Matt: Guaranteed, this is the best place to throw in Australia.

For full results, check here:

Image courtesy of Gus Puopolo