Vale The Honourable Allan William McDonald AO QC

Athletics Victoria along with Melbourne University Athletics Club extend our most sincere sympathy to the family of our longstanding Patron.

Allan McDonaldHon Justice Alan McDonald AO QC served as a Supreme Court Judge from 1988 to 2002.  In his final year at The Geelong College, 1954, he stroked the 1st Rowing VIII, was a member of the 1st XVIII and won the Geelong College Cup for Athletics. He had been a member of the Athletics Team from 1951 to 1954 and the Relay Team from 1951 to 1952.

In 1955, he entered Ormond College, and the University of Melbourne, and graduated in law at the end of 1958. He was awarded a Full Blue for Athletics in 1957 and 1958. In 1959 he placed 5th in the Victorian Championships at the 220 yards, and was part of the MUAC team that was runner up in A Grade. The following year, he won a Victorian Championship in the 4 x 110 yards relay with Kevan Gosper, W Earle and E Sandstrom, and placed fourth in 220 yards final.

After serving his articles and working for a year as a solicitor he signed the Bar Roll on 27 April, 1960, reading in the Chambers of former Collegian, W C Crockett. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1977 and on 29 May, 1988, appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria. While a barrister he was involved in a number of activities. He was President (1976-1978) of the Victorian Amateur Athletics Association (which would become Athletics Victoria), one of eight MUAC members to have filled the role, and President of Athletics Australia (1978-1983). He served as Melbourne University Athletics Club’s Patron for more than 30 years.  On 29 June, 1962, he married Margaret nee Turner.

Athletics Australia obituary

Funeral notice: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of The Hon. Allan William McDonald AO QC to be held at the Wesley Uniting Church, 100 Yarra St, Geelong on TUESDAY (27th June 2017) at 2:00 pm followed by a private cremation.

Woodruff Selected for Indian Opportunity

Woodruff selected for Indian opportunity | Victorian Institute of Sport

The Victorian Institute of Sport, in collaboration with Athletics Victoria, the State Government of Victoria and the (Indian) Olympic Gold Quest, are pleased to announce the appointment of Cathy Woodruff for a two week coaching and mentoring program in Bangalore, India this July.

The appointment of the role for Woodruff came with an extensive résumé of experience within the Track and Field community over a 25 year period. A Level 5 Athletics Australia coach of Sandringham Athletics Club has demonstrated an established track record among developing both junior and senior athletes across a variety of disciplines.

Woodruff has developed a sound understanding of best practice for athlete development, through the engagement of coach mentors including Roy Boyd, Dr John Boas and Dan Pfaff, along with undertaking additional study in the fields of biomechanics, kinesiology and anatomy, among others.

Athletics Victoria CEO, Glenn Turnor, said “Athletics Victoria is very pleased to confirm that Cathy Woodruff has been selected for this position. Cathy is currently the Athletics Victoria Target Talent Program horizontal jumps coach and is also an AV accredited Coaching Course Facilitator.

Cathy’s experience and knowledge includes athlete development and coach mentoring and we look forward to supporting her during this wonderful opportunity.”

Victorian Institute of Sport CEO, Anne Marie Harrison, said “In partnership with Athletics Victoria, the Victorian Institute of Sport are pleased to have highly experienced and respected coach, Cathy Woodruff represent the organisations in India for this exciting opportunity.

Through the Olympic Gold Quest Foundation seeking our expertise, it further highlights that Melbourne is a world-leader in sport by continually producing not only high calibre athletes, but incredible coaches, support staff and services.”

Cathy will commence in early July with the role of coaching the Junior Indian track and field athletes whilst developing Indian sprint coaches in areas such as technique, programming and athlete development.

Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships / Round 4 – Bundoora – Results

It’s official, we’re a broken record. The weather today was insane. Literally the best day of the year – for winter anyway. Although the morning was a little chilly, it didn’t stop Schools arriving in droves and setting up tent city alongside the finish line. To say the atmosphere was electric would be an understatement! There was a feel amognst coaches and athletes that today was going to be a special day. Not only because state selection was up for grabs, but the fact there were record numbers lining themselves up at the start line to tackle the undulating course that is known to be tough!

Getting things underway for the day were the Girls and Boys Under-14 km, with Lucinda Rourke (Williamstown High) claiming the first gold medal in the Girls division, crossing the line with a time of 10:59. Jaimee-Lee Code (Berwick Secondary) was second in a time of 11:12, with Amy Bunnage (Haileybury) rounding out the top three with a time of 11:18. Over in the Boys was Ethan Grills (CBC) who secured the gold medal with a time of 10:13! Kane Marriott (Glen Katherine) was second in a time of 10:14, and Bailey Morrell (Berwick Secondary) was third in a time of 10:21!

Next up was the Under-15 division, with Taryn Fureltti (Kilmore International) taking the top prize ahead of Mia White (MacKillop Catholic) and Nicola Hogg (Firbank). Taryn finished in a time of 14:25, with Mia and Nicola finishing with 14:40 and 14:42 respectively. In the Boys draw it was Samuel Norton (John Fawkner) who narrowly beat Mac Anderson (Melbourne Grammar) and Luca Di Conza (St Kevin’s). Samuel finished with a time of 13:12.

The Under-16 division started with Ebony Dodemaide (Westbourne Grammar) securing a gold medal in the Girls draw, with Georgie Laven (Lilydale High) and Yazmin Hayes (Rochester) rounding out the top 3. The Boys draw was extremely close with Harry Sharp (St Patrick’s) take top honours with a time of 12:56. Daniel D’Alberto (Peninsula Grammar) and Ethan McMinimee (Bacchus Marsh) battled it out for the second position with Daniel just pipping Ethan in times of 12:58 and 12:59 respectively.

Abbey Caldwell (Doncaster Secondary) took out the Girls Under-17 division with a time of 14:04, which was well ahead of second place getter Amy Cornell (Ivanoe Girls’) who finished in a time of 14:40. Lily Peacock (Lilydale High) rounded out the top 3 with a time of 14:42. Over in the Boys draw saw William Collins (Mazenod College) take out first place with a time of 19:39. It was a dominant display of cross country running, as William was able to take down APS heavyweights Nick Fidler (Melbourne Grammar) and Matthew Hussey (St Kevin’s).

In the Under-18 division, it was athletic superstar Sophie O’Sullivan (Wesley) who was too good for Annabelle Eastman (Star of the Sea), taking out another cross country event with a time of 14:14. In the Boys draw it was an all APS affair with Edwards Marks (Wesley) taking out the title in a time of 19:32. James Lightfoot (Carey Grammar) and Kang Nyoak (Wesley) rounded out the top 3 in times of 19:39 and 19:41 respectively.

Combining the Women’s Under-20 Schools and XCR saw Amelia Mazza-Downie (Maribynong and Athletics Essendon) finish third in the XCR bracket and first for her school (22:27). Olivia Weston (St Margaret’s) was behind Amelia in the Schools division, crossing the line in second place with a time of 24:05. Known 800m superstar Georgie Hansen (Box Hill) had a surprise victory in the XCR division, taking out the win in emphatic fashion (with a time of 21:24) ahead of Lauren Ryan (Athletics Essendon) who crossed the line in second place with a time of 21:51. In the Men’s combined it was Cody Shanahan (Western Athletics) who took home the gold in a time of 25:56, ahead of Haftu Strintzos (Glenhuntly) who crossed the line in 26:08.

We would like to than all Schools who have competed in our winter cross country season, and can’t wait to see everybody on the track at the end of the year, for what is sure to be an amazing summer!


The afternoon was all about the Bundoora 10km for both the Women’s and Men’s Open division. All eyes would be on Virginia Moloney (Collingwood), who was coming off a solid win at Cruden Farm. Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) has been in amazing form this year and would also be looking to do well, after already achieveing a first and second place at Wandin Park and Cruden. Gemma Maini (Frankston) was back on the start line which was great to see, and Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians) was always going to be in the mix. Virginia got off to a flying start, and from there never looked like giving up her lead, as she went around the whole 10km in first place and finished off convincingly ahead of Alexandra, who also put in an unbelievable effort on a course which had the sun shining on it throughout the whole afternoon. Henrietta Lawrence (Frankston) ran a perfect race, finishing with her best result for the year with a bronze medal!

Women’s Open Top 10:

  1. Virginia Moloney (Collingwood)
  2. Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians)
  3. Henrietta Lawrence (Frankston)
  4. Sophie Ryan (Old Xaverians)
  5. Emilie Guy (Athletics Essendon)
  6. Cassie Little (Glenhuntly)
  7. Sarah Waters (Geelong)
  8. Jane Grebinski (South Melbourne)
  9. Sarah James (MUAC)
  10. Kiah Fry (Frankston)

Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo) was a notable absentee at Cruden Farm but was always going to be back at Bundoora to defend his title. Which he did! Andy never looked in doubt from the very beginning, taking it upon himself to take charge and see who would follow. Many tried, but it was Andy who kept his poise, grabbing another Bundoora victory and a spot at the National Cross Country Championships – which he says he will do! Harry Smithers (Geelong) crossed the line in second place, with Mathew Clarke (Old Xaverians) not far behind, rounding out the top 3.

Men’s Open Top 10:

  1. Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo)
  2. Harry Smithers (Geelong)
  3. Mathew Clarke (Old Xaverians)
  4. Toby Rayner (Glenhuntly)
  5. Tom Fawthorpe (Ringwood)
  6. Matthew Johnsen Doncaster)
  7. William Potter (Box Hill)
  8. Martin Mashford (MUAC)
  9. Thomas Hynes (Ballarat0
  10. Stephen Dinneen (Box Hill)

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Next event on the XCR calendar is the Sandown Road Relays – see you there!

 

Notice of Athletics Victoria Annual General Meeting 2017

The 2017 Athletics Victoria Annual General Meeting will be held in the Cathy Freeman Room, Athletics House on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 7.00pm. Club Presidents and Representatives were emailed earlier today with the required information and notices.

The AGM is an annual opportunity for the AV Committee and Management to present its report to the membership on the business of Athletics Victoria over the last twelve months.

For more information about the Annual General Meeting, including Nomination Forms for the Committee, and all Awards (including Life Membership, Merit Awards, Regional Service and Venue Awards) click on the following link.

AV Annual General Meeting 2017

Reminder to all Clubs that to participate and vote at the upcoming AGM, all affiliation fees must be paid by June 30 2017.

 

Schools Cross Country Championships – SSV Information

SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

INFORMATION PACKAGE FOR PROSPECTIVE TEAM MEMBERS

1.BACKGROUND

This year, School Sport Australia and Athletics Australia will be conducting SEPARATE Cross Country Championships. However, two teams will be selected at the AV All Schools competition. One will represent School Sport Victoria (SSV) at the School Sport Australia Championships and one will represent Athletics Victoria (AV) at the Athletics Australia Australian Cross Country Championships.

This year, it is possible to be a member of both teams and attend both Championships

Details of the events are:

  1. SCHOOL SPORT AUSTRALIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

DATE: 11-14 August 2017 inclusive

VENUE: Rokeby Police Academy, Hobart, Tasmania

ONLY THE SSV TEAM (TEAM VIC) WILL ATTEND THIS CHAMPIONSHIP

THIS IS THE ONLY SELECTION RACE FOR THE TEAM TO COMPETE IN THE ISF CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN PARIS, FRANCE IN MARCH/APRIL2018

2.SELECTION

The Athletics Victoria All Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 17 June, 2017 at Bundoora Park is the selection trial for both teams. Selection will be made by the SSV / AV Cross Country Subcommittee based on the selection criteria included in this information package and also on the Availability Form you submit to us on the day.

Athletes may choose to nominate for either one of or both the SSV & AV Teams.

In order to be considered for the SSV team, you must satisfy the criteria and have submitted the Availability Form by Monday 19 June, 2017. Selection will only be made from those who have submitted the Availability Form. This form should be submitted to Team Officials at the Victorian Team Tent near the finish line on the day immediately after the race.

Selected teams will be posted on the SSV and AV websites no later than 5 pm on Thursday 25 June 2017.

Successful athletes will be notified by email of their selection.

www.ssv.vic.edu.au                          www.athsvic.org.au

MULTI CLASS ATHLETES:

This year, both SSV and AV will be selecting Multi Class athletes to compete in the respective Championships. Multi Class athletes who wish to be selected in the SSV Team must compete in the SSV State Championships on Thursday 20 July. Multi class athletes who wish to be selected in the AV team will be selected from performances at the AV All Schools Championships.

  1. SSV TEAM INFORMATION

The attached information is intended to assist you in making an informed decision concerning your availability for selection.  Please read it carefully.

Please note that:

  • The SSV Team will participate in a 4 day educational event from Friday 11 August until Monday 24 August 2017 in Hobart

Note that if you are selected in the SSV Team, you will be required to confirm your place by & paying a strictly non-refundable deposit.

  1. UNIFORM

SSV Team – SSV has a new uniform supplier, S-Trend. All SSV team members will be required to purchase the new uniform. Due to the new contractual obligations, no BLK or KooGa items of uniform can be worn.

On selection & confirmation of your place in the team, you will receive an e-mail from SSV advising how you are to process and pay for your order via an online system.  Please note that you will be required to pay at the time of ordering your uniform. Sizing charts are available online for all uniform orders. Uniforms will be sent directly to participants.

  1. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SPORT FEDERATION (ISF) CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The team to attend the ISF Cross Country Championships to be held in Paris France in March 2018 will be selected from the School Sport Australia Cross Country Championships ONLY.

This means that individuals interested in being selected must nominate for the SSV Team and compete in the under 18 race for boys and girls.

School Teams interested in being selected for this team must travel as part of the SSV team and compete at the School Sport Australia Championships ONLY

  1. FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any further enquiries, please contact:

SSV Team:

Kirsteen Farrance,

Operations Manager

School Sport Victoria

03 9488 9464

Kirsteen is on leave from 21 June to 3 July, so please contact Ian Landy (National Programs Officer) on 03 9488 9476.

  SSV TEAM INFORMATION
TEAM SIZE Maximum 60 able-bodied student athletes, up to 18 MULTICLASS student athletes plus 2 school teams (6 boys and 6 girls)
STAFF 8 Team Officials (teachers) PLUS 1 teacher from each school team
MEDICAL 1 (included above)
COMPULSORY UNIFORM Team Vic tracksuit, Team Vic polo shirt, Team Vic shorts, Team Vic competition uniform, Team Vic socks, Team Vic bag, Team Vic Water Bottle, Team Vic Warm-up top, Team Vic t-shirt, Team Vic Cap
OPTIONAL UNIFORM AVAILABILITY Yes
ACCOMMODATION Team-style accommodation under the supervision of team officials at the Australian Institute of Sport
COST ESTIMATE

 

 

Administration Levy incl. Insurance, Transport & Photo –$560.00 approx.

 

Compulsory Uniform – $400.00 approx+ optional uniform (unless you were in the team last year)

 

Team Flight – Melbourne – Hobart return $430.00 approx.

 

Accommodation & Meals – $420.00 approx.

 

 

FUNDRAISING Yes. Each team member will be participating in the State Teams Raffle and can raise $800 towards their costs.
PROGRAM & COMPETITION 11 August – Fly to Hobart.

Rokeby Police Academy – Course Inspection and

Opening  Ceremony  – everyone participates and

Pre-Event Meeting (Team Officials only),

12 August  –   Rokeby Police Academy – Individual Events – everyone competes

13 August –  Educational Excursion, Post-Event

Meeting (Team Officials only), Team Officials Dinner (Team Officials only)

14 August –  Rokeby Police Academy  – Relays and Time Trials – everyone competes – followed by Presentations and Closing Ceremony. Fly to Melbourne.

AGE GROUPS 13 YEARS                     13 YEARS MULTICLASS

14/15 YEARS                14/15 YEARS MULTICLASS

16/17 YEARS                16-19 YEARS MULTICLASS

16/17 YEARS     Ages taken as 31 December 2017

18/19 YEARS

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

§Team Officials are teachers and have the Duty of Care over team members

§Team staffed to DET regulations

§All Team members attend all four days of the Championship

§Team members attend a school affiliated with SSV

§SSV Team Vic Uniform Presentation – There will be a compulsory Presentation Day –Oakleigh South Primary School on Sunday 6 August from 9.30am – 12.00pm approx. involving social activities, team photo, uniform presentation.  All team members are expected to attend.

 

CONTACT

 

 

 

 

Kirsteen Farrance

Operations Manager

 

farrance.kirsteen.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

2017 SSV TEAM VIC CROSS COUNTRY STATE TEAM

ROKEBY POLICE ACADEMY, HOBART, TASMANIA

11 – 14 August 2017

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • You must be a student attending a Victorian school affiliated with the SSV (secondary student) or (primary student).
  • You must be at least 13 years of age as at 31 December 2017.
  • You must submit an availability form to be considered for selection.
  • Age groups for the School Sport Australia Championships are 13 years, 14/15 years, 16/17 years, 18/19 years (as at 31 December 2017) for boys and girls.
  • Maximum of 15 athletes will be selected per age group.
  • Maximum team size will be 60 able-bodied student athletes plus additional MULTICLASS student athletes (up to a total of 18).
  • Two school teams (2 x 6 representatives – one boys and one girls) selected to represent Victoria will be included as part of the SSV team and therefore, they are expected to participate, behave and abide by all expectations in the full event, as any SSV team member would.

NB: It is a requirement of the successful school teams to provide a staff member to travel as a part of the SSV State team, if they wish the school to participate. The schools representatives need to be aware that they must purchase the Team Vic uniform as they are the SSV representative school. They can participate in the relay should they be in our top five runners in the individual race or they will run in the time trial

  • The following will apply to both the boys and girls races in each age group assuming the athletes has nominated the SSV team on the Availability Form, unless item 7 applies:

13 years

  • First six across the finish line. Additional at selectors’ discretion.

14/15 years

  • Winners of the under 15 and under 16 races
  • Next four fastest times from either race. Additional at selectors’ discretion.

16/17 years

  • Winners of the under 17 and under 18 races
  • Next four fastest times from either race. Additional at selectors’ discretion.

18/19 years

  • First six across the finish line. Additional at selectors’ discretion.

School Teams

  • Winning Boys and winning girls schools in the under 18 age group.
  • Athletes who have previously failed to uphold their responsibilities as a member of a SSV team (this includes prior to 2010, the VPSSA and the VSSSA teams) may not be considered for selection.
  • Emergencies will be named and offered places in the team if /when any selections are declined.
  • Successful athletes will have their selection confirmed via email

Open Selection Criteria – 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships

The 2017 Australian Cross Country Championship will be conducted on Saturday, August 26th 2017, at Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong, NSW.

Athletics Victoria may nominate up to 6 male and 6 female athletes for the Open representative teams.

  1. SELECTION CRITERIA

1.1 Registration Status

  • Athletes must be registered as a competing member with a club affiliated with Athletics Victoria at the time of close of entries for the trial event at Bundoora on Saturday 17th June 2017.
  • Athletes without permanent Australian residency must have been registered as a competing member with a club affiliated with Athletics Victoria for a minimum of two years.

1.2 Auto Selection and Priority Selection

  • The trial event for the Australian Cross Country Championships is the Athletics Victoria XCR’17 Cross Country Championships, conducted at Bundoora Park. 17th June 2017. Both the open men and open women will compete over a 10km course at the trial.
  • The first three place getters at the 17th June 2017 trial will be granted automatic selection if they wish to nominate for the Australian Cross Country Championships. Automatic selection will not roll down to the next finishing positions in the event of any of the first three not nominating for the team

1.4 Selectors Discretion

  • The Selectors will have the final say on the composition of the team and will take into consideration aspects such as head to head performances, consistency of performance, injury status and support for the XCR’17 series.
  • In deciding the remaining members of the team, the selectors will take into account performances by athletes in the completed XCR’17 events, including relays.
  • Extra weighting is given to the athlete’s performance at the 17th June 2017 trial event over any other XCR’17 event.
  1. SELECTION PROCESS

2.1 Nomination for Selection

Athletes interested in nominating must email sean@athsvic.org.au the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • DOB
  • Club Name
  • AV Bib Number
  • Relevant performances since 1st July 2016

All nominations must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Nominees will receive an acknowledgement email within 24 hours of nominating.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please call Sean Whipp at Athletics Victoria on 8646 4500.

2.2 Announcement of the team

The representative team, plus two reserves, will be announced by Wednesday 6th July 2017.  All applicants will be advised by email.

 

 

 

International Coaching Opportunity – Bangalore, India

Athletics Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian Institute of Sport is excited to extend the following short term international coaching opportunity to a suitably qualified, Victorian Sprint Coach.

Purpose

  • To provide expert one-on-one technical coaching and mentoring to developing Indian sprint athletes and coaches.

Coach expectations

  • Attend training sessions and provide expert technical coaching advice in a one-on-one environment
  • Video athlete technique and provide sessional review and correction recommendations to personal coaches
  • Provide education and mentor opportunities to coaches – both developing and senior
  • Assist in the development of future training programs
  • Provide an assessment of the athletes daily training environment, with feedback on how the current DTE can be best utilised to optimise the athletes ongoing training and recommendations for additional equipment provision

Work type

  • Contract, 14 days from beginning of July 2017

Location

  • Bangalore, India

Remuneration

  • $250 a day (total $3,500), plus VISA and all work-related expenses

Selection criteria

– Essential

  • Be currently registered as an Athletics Australia Accredited Athletics Coach
  • Hold a minimum of IAAF Level 3 and above Sprint Coach certification
  • Have coached an athlete(s) to JNR or SNR National Team representation
  • Current ‘Working With Children’ check
  • Current passport, with a minimum expiry of 6 months from July 2017
  • Be in good standing with Athletics Australia, Athletics Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Sport

– Desirable

  • ASCA Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach or equivalent
  • Current First Aid Certificate (including CPR)

How to apply

  • If you meet the selection criteria and this position interests you, please send a brief cover letter along with your coaching specific resume, through to ben@athsvic.org.au or call (03) 8646 4514 for more information

APPLICATIONS CLOSE WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE 2017

 

 

Fred Lester Distance Running Fund – Training Grants

The aim of the Grants is to financially assist distance runners who are registered with Athletics Victoria, to achieve higher levels of performance. Athletes between 20 and 30 years of age may apply for amounts up to $3000 per annum.

For the purposes of the Training Grants, distance running events include;

  • Cross-country and road races up to and including the Marathon distance
  • Track events from 3000 metres up to and including 10,000 metres

Funding requests could include participation in training camps, clinics and specific coaching programs and other costs directly associated with athletic competition.

Applications should include the following details:

  • Name, address, phone no. and email address
  • Long and short term goals
  • Specific details of the initiative to be funded, including its role in the athlete’s development
  • A summary of best performances to date
  • An itemised list of proposed costs
  • Current sponsorships or grants received to date

CLOSING DATE: October 31st 2017

Mail to:  The Trustees – Fred Lester Scholarship Fund
PO Box 7535
MELBOURNE   3004

World Para-Athletics Junior Championships Team

Athletics Australia Selectors have confirmed a green and gold team of 12 for the inaugural World Para-Athletics Junior Championships to be held on 3-6 August 2017.

Set to provide the next generation of para-athletics talent with their first taste of international competition as they continue their development pathway towards the Paralympic Games, the four-day event will take place in Nottwil (SUI), a mecca for wheelchair racing thanks to its reputation for record breaking performances.

“The addition of an international event for junior para-athletes is outstanding. It provides a much-needed introduction to the rigours of elite competition and that’s an important opportunity as athletes develop,” Dion Russell, Athletics Australia Chairman of Selectors, said.

“The 12 athletes we have selected are some of the most impressive athletes from the next generation, and we wish them every success. It’s going to be a big month for para-athletics, with Australia’s open age team to compete only weeks before at the London 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships.”

On the track, there are seven sprinters, each set to compete in the 100m for their respective disability class. Competing in ambulant events for athletes with a coordination impairment or limb deficiency are Liam Richardson (T35, Vic), Tamsin Colley (T36, NSW), Erin Garbler (T36, Vic), Samuel Walker (T38, Tas) and Alissa Jordaan (T47, NSW), while Nathan Donaldson (T34, Qld) and Gregory Luff (T34, NSW) compete in wheelchair events for athletes with cerebral palsy.

In the 800m, Daniel Bounty (T38, Qld) and Will Howard (T37, Vic) will both compete in the boy’s two-lap race for ambulant athletes with mild cerebral palsy. Samuel Rizzo (T54, Vic), who is coached by Paralympic champion Richard Colman, will continue Australia’s proud tradition of wheelchair racing across the same distance.

Competing in the field are Kailyn Joseph (T37, NSW) and Ari Gesini (T38, ACT), who will both take to the runway for the long jump.

The World Para-Athletics Junior Championships caters for athletes aged under 20, competing across two age groups (14-17 years old, 18-19 years old). The Championships will be held at the Sport Arena in Nottwil (SUI) in 2017 and 2019.

Australia’s team for the World Para-Athletics Junior Championships will depart Australia on 29 July 2017, arriving in the host city the day following. Competition commences on 3 August 2017 and spans four days.

For more information about the World Para-Athletics Junior Championships, please click here.

 Event Athlete Classification State
100m Nathan Donaldson T34 Qld
  Gregory Luff T34 NSW
  Liam Richardson T35 Vic
  Tamsin Colley T36 NSW
  Erin Garbler T36 Vic
  Samuel Walker T38 Tas
  Alissa Jordaan T47 NSW
800m Daniel Bounty T38 Qld
  Will Howard T37 Qld
  Samuel Rizzo T54 Vic
Long jump Kailyn Joseph T37 NSW
  Ari Gesini T38 ACT

T34: The athlete has a coordination impairment caused by hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis and competes sitting down (i.e. wheelchair racing)

T35-38: The athlete has a coordination impairment caused by hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis and competes standing (i.e. ambulant)

T47: The athlete has a single limb deficiency, below the elbow, or an equivalent join restriction or muscle weakness in one arm.

T54: The athlete has muscle weakness, limb deficiency of joint restrictions and competes in a wheelchair. They have normal arm strength

Team Australia Staff: Amy Hibbert (Team Leader), Brett Robinson (Coach), Susan Andrews (Coach), Mark Wilson (Coach), Melissa Crunkhorn (Physiotherapist), Steve Caddy (Personal Care Attendant), Elisha Gartner (Personal Care Attendant)


Courtesy: Athletics Australia

2017 Athletics Victoria State Cross Country Team – Selection and Competition Information

Australian Cross Country Championships – Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park – Wollongong NSW – Saturday August 26th 2017

This document details Athletics Victoria’s representative team selection procedure for the 2017 Australian Cross Country Championship, Wollongong, NSW.

POLICY OF SELECTION

There will be an Athletics Victoria Selection Committee established to carry out the selection of the Victorian Cross Country team

The selection committee will operate under the selection policy listed, making amendments where deemed necessary to maintain the best interests of Athletics Victoria and to remain in line with any changes drafted by Athletics Australia.

The AV Selection Committee and Athletics Victoria will have final say over selection, appeals will be directed through State Teams manager Sean Whipp: sean@athsvic.org.au

Selection Criteria

  1. Representative age group teams for the Australian Cross Country Championships are under 14, under 16, under 18 and under 20 (as at 31 December 2017) for boys and girls, with 16 male & female athletes selected per gender, per age group.
  2. The Victorian Cross Country Championships on June 17th (Bundoora Park) will be the selection trial for this team, athletes who do not compete at this event will not be considered for selection, unless qualifying criteria detailed in point 5 are met.
  3. It is necessary to submit the availability form, distributed at the Athletics Victoria tent located near the finishing line, to be considered for selection. Athletes will only be considered for the AV team if they nominate AV as one of their two selection options. In the unusual case that an age group has insufficient nominations to fill an age group bracket of 16 athletes, the next best placed athlete will be contacted.
  4. Thirty-two athletes will be selected for each age group, 16 male, 16 female. Selection is determined by athlete finishing order, thus if the first 16 athletes to cross the line in a race select to represent AV, those 16 individuals will be selected if appropriate selection documentation is completed.
  5. Athletes who are unable to compete at the trial due to illness or national representation will need to provide a written application with supporting documentation to be considered. The athlete will also need to have competed in a minimum of one AV XCR17 event to be considered for selection.
  6. All selections will be confirmed via email/AV website on Thursday, June 22nd
  7. Emergencies will be named and offered places in the team if/when any selections are declined.

U20 Athletes

Eligibility – To be eligible for a position in the team in the U20 category, an athlete must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Complete a nomination form on the day, at the Athletics Victoria tent

Uniform

Compulsory Uniform for this trip includes, male and female options listed:

  • Competition singlet or crop top (male or female)
  • Competition briefs, boy leg briefs, shorts, or half-tights (male or female)
  • Athletics Victoria Hoodie (Navy, unisex)

Team Travel (Updated)

The selection policy for the Victorian State Team at this year’s National Cross Country Championships was released last week. Part of the criteria was that we would be making team travel compulsory for 2017.

Since sending out this information, we have received considerable feedback about the compulsory State Team component, as athletes in previous years have made their own way to the National Cross Country Championships.

Based on the feedback received, it will no longer be compulsory to travel with the State Team. Selected athletes will be responsible for their own travel arrangements. Athletics Victoria will provide Team Management and physiotherapy services for the event and a revised team levy and entry fee will come to the amount of $80.