Junior Sport Policy consultation begins aiming to improve longevity in athletics

(Story from Athletics Australia)

Athletics Australia is set to begin a consultation process to develop a Junior Sport Policy.

The policy will establish an evidence-based position on the appropriate programs for junior participants in athletics that:

  • encourage participation and a development of fundamental movement skills and physical literacy; and
  • provide the best opportunities for athletes to reach their potential

Athletics Australia has engaged the services of Benita Willis to assist with the consultation and development of the policy. Willis is an 11-time Australian record holder, including in the marathon and is a four-time Olympian, two-time Commonwealth Games representative, 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Champion, 2003 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships bronze medallist and three-time Australian 5,000 meters champion.

“Playing sport, not necessarily just competing, was my focus growing up in Mackay, North Queensland,” Willis said. “I’m hoping that as a qualified physical education teacher, that I can help bring learning strategy to the fore in developing this policy.”

Athletics Australia Member Associations and the Little Athletics family will be engaged as part of the policy development, while input will also be sought from:

  • International athlete development and pathway experts,
  • World’s best practice research and examples of child development,
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Education Representatives
  • Coaches
  • IAAF and international athletics organisations
  • The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Teachers and Principals
  • parkrun Australia

Darren Gocher, CEO Athletics Australia said it’s the organisation’s goal to ensure that children continue to love the sport throughout their lives.

“We want to help children have less screen time and participate in sport for the sheer joy of it. Athletics is a sport that can be enjoyed regardless of age – the more young Australians that are involved, the greater the community benefit.”

James Selby, GM Program Development said that it the organisation’s responsibility to ensure that children develop a life-long love for sport, and a healthy lifestyle.

“As a foundation sport, we have to work with partners to ensure that the sporting experiences of our children are positive and age-appropriate,” he said.

“In doing this and supporting them with appropriate environments and coaching, we know that we can not only contribute to more Athletics Champions in future, but also better students, healthier individuals and a more connected community.”

The consultation process is expected to take three months with policy development set to
begin mid-2018.

Submissions can be made as part of the consultation process by clicking here.

Victorian State Relay Championships

Entries for the 2017 Victorian Relay Championships will close 9.00am Monday 6th November 2017.

Reminder to athletes and team managers to submit your entries via the AV portal.

Victorian Relay Championships will be held on Saturday 11th November at Lakeside Stadium.  To enter Click on this LINK

Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships – Closing date extended

With a number of schools competitions last weekend and the SSV State Championships running at Lakeside Stadium today, the closing date for entering the Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships has been extended until 11.59am Wednesday 25th October 2017.

To Enter and for all information , click on the following link   AV All Schools Event Page

AV Shield Round 1 – That’s a Wrap!

The summer club season kicked off across Victoria over the weekend and the opening round of AV Shield did not disappoint.  With some new process changes made to the format, Saturday was always going to be a new experience for athletes, team managers, coaches and officials adapting to new concepts.

After listening to feedback received from both venues, there are some minor adjustments that will be implemented from round 2 onward to improve the competition experience.

With the closing date for round 2 entries on Wednesday 11th at midday, we have taken the time to echo certain processes that members need to follow for round 2 and across the season.

Membership and Bib Collection

  • Team Managers should collect athlete bibs from the administration area on the day and distribute them to athletes. See link for more information.
  • Athletes that miss the cut off for purchasing a track and field package will be able to compete on the day but will be classed as an invite athlete (INV) and non-scoring for their club.

Check-in process

  • All athletes that have pre-entered, must check-in no later than 60 minutes before the timetabled event. The reason for the 60 minutes is to allow adequate time for officials to carry out the necessary administration through Track and Field Meet Manager software.
  • When checking in, athletes must highlight their name and event on the check-in form and initial to signify their intention to compete.
  • If an athlete has pre- entered an event and does not check-in for any reason before the 60 minutes cut off time, the athlete will not be seeded in the main seeded heats.
  • Athletes who miss check-in for any reason should complete the ‘entry on the day’ form to allow them to compete in the later heats. On the day entry will close 30 minutes before the timetabled event. After this time athletes are unfortunately not permitted to compete.
  • In field events, athletes must check-in 60 minutes before their events(s). If an athlete wishes to switch time slot or enter on the day, the athlete can do so and will be asked to add their name to the bottom of the field card. If the pre- entered field card is at capacity then athletes will need to return to the check-in desk to confirm their entry.
  • Officials reported back at the weekend that athletes were asking to be added to field sheets on the day. Athletes who proceed straight to the event site and ask to be included in the field card and or track heat, will not be permitted to compete. All athletes must follow the process above.
  • Team Managers and athletes are asked not to remove the folders from their designated area at check-in. Additional signage will be provided for the remaining rounds of AV Shield competition.


  • The 3000m will now be timetabled as separate events with women and men competing in gender based heats.
  • The 800m elite heats will now operate at the featured timetabled time. Athletes looking to compete in the elite heats must enter on the AV portal and have achieved a sub 2:20.00 performance for female athletes and a sub 2:00.00 performance for male athletes.

Mobile Results

  • Track Meet Mobile was used by many across the weekend and proved extremely popular with members however it has become clear that further communication is required to make sure members understand the steps required to view event start lists, schedules and results.
  • Start lists come free with the application and payment is not required at this time however to view and pay for more features please follow the steps below. Please note Track Meet Mobile is an independent application designed by Active Networks in which Athletics Victoria make no royalties from.
  • Step 1: To download the Track Meet Mobile app, simply go to your app store and search ‘Track Meet Mobile’ and download the application
  • Step 2: Once downloaded, open up Track Meet Mobile and select ‘meets near me’ from the menu bar. In the search menu select the venue you are attending or wish to view and it will provide you with options to choose from. Once you see the venue/event(s) you wish to view, select ‘events’. This will provide you with Track and Field session selections you require.
  • Step 3: Once the events are seeded by officials and an event run you will be able to purchase the full Track Meet Mobile package. To do so simply select any event from the session schedule, in the drop-down section and select ‘final results’. You will be provided with three options; ‘Finals – Results’, ‘Performance Lists’; ‘Records and Time Standard’. Select ‘Finals – Results’ and you will be provided with purchase options. It is recommended the full $9.95 package is downloaded which will provide you with everything you will need to know about the schedule including; event start lists, schedules, results and record lists.
  • Step 4: Once you purchase the application, you will now have access to browse the various functions provided to you on the application. An invoice will be sent to your email address linked to your app store purchases.

Note: if you have the Track Meet Mobile App and you cannot find an event, a quick tip is to reinstall the application and search again. By reinstalling you will not be required to pay again.

On the track, the highlight of the weekend came from Gwen Steed from Glenhuntly in the 75-79yrs age category achieving a Victorian Record in the 3000m Walk in a time of 20:23.8. In the field, Michael Fawkner (T/F34) from Malvern Harriers achieved an Oceania Record in javelin with a throw of 16.21m.

Other notable performances include: Celeste Mucci from Williamstown who achieved a World U20 Championships qualifier in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 13.62 seconds. A huge congratulations to those athletes and to all that competed across Victoria in the new AV Shield competition.

A reminder that entries for round 2 close tomorrow (Wednesday 11th October 2017) at midday.

More information including an up to date timetable and start lists will be published on Thursday 12th October 2017. Please make sure you read the relevant information and if you have any queries or questions the team at AV will be happy to help 03 8646 4500.

AV Youth Forum

Athletics Victoria is reminding all athletes aged 16-24 about the Youth Forum that is being held in the Cathy Freeman Room, Athletics House on Wednesday 18 October from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

We’re looking for young people that want to make a difference in athletics, and we think a forum style discussion is a great way to start. The forum will discuss topics related to young people and how they engage in athletics, as well as discussion around how AV can improve products and services. We will drive discussion and start the ball rolling with topics, but ultimately the forum is for young athletes to have their voices heard and allow us to understand what is important to a young athlete.

If you are keen to have your voice heard and want to participate, please fill in the online form with a topic that you would like to discuss, all topics will be considered and all participants will be heard.

In the application, we’d like you to give us an idea of an issue or topic you’d like us to discuss during the forum. It can be something about a competition, your club, athletics in general, the culture, whatever it is you think is something worth talking about, we want to hear it.

Applications close Monday 16 October.

AV Shield Bib Allocations

Due to the nature of the new compete anywhere rules for AV Shield, the following bib number pick ups will occur at AV Shield for athletes that have been assigned bib numbers and have not yet received a set of bibs. Please Note: Athletes that have competed in XCR, you will be required to bring your bibs for AV Shield.

Metro athletes who have pre-entered

Your bib will be at the venue you have pre-entered for.

Metro athletes entering on the day

Your bibs will be delivered to your home zone (ie Red and Yellow zone bibs will go to Doncaster, Blue and White to Nunawading). If you are competing at an alternate venue, you will be issued with a set of temporary bibs for the day. Bibs that are unclaimed will be taken home by your club for future collection.

Country athletes competing in their home locations

Your bibs will have been sent to your clubs already and will be able to be collected at your venue.

Country athletes competing in Metro venues

Your bib will be at the venue you pre-entered in, if you are entering on the day then you will be issued with a temporary bib.

Athletes who are ‘trialling’ AV Shield

All athletes who have not purchased a T&F package but wish to try out AV Shield will be issued with a temporary bib and bib number.

The team at AV wish everyone the best of luck in the first round of AV Shield for the season.


AV Shield Metro Timetable Changes

In previous communication we informed members that the timetable for AV Shield rounds would be adjusted to reflect the entries following the closing date. This allows us to timetable each week based on the actual entries and we apologise if the adjustments have inconvenienced anyone for this weekend. It was important for us to timetable accordingly and create a schedule that works for all members.

Based on entry numbers into Round 1 of AV Shield, the timetable has been adjusted to better accommodate those entries and more accurately predict the run-time of the competition.


At Doncaster there have been changes to 200m and 800m times. Due to recent changes to IAAF rules, there is now 2 elite 800m heats for Men & Women added to the program. Pole Vault has been altered also, with the 3.80m+ event no longer taking place, combining with the 3.00m+ event at 2:30pm. 1.60m+ Pole Vault has been moved from 4:30pm to 4:00pm.


At Nunawading, 1500m and 3000m walks events were scheduled for 4:15pm, there will now be two separate heats, with heat 1 beginning at 1:00pm and heat 2 beginning at 1:25pm. Pole Vault will also not have a 3.80m+ event and the 1.60m+ has been moved from 4:30pm to 4:00pm.

These changes are reflected on the Metro Timetable and also on the AV Shield page. The AV Shield page also contains entry lists for all venues. The 800m events now have two elite heats for men and women, please pay close attention to the headings when viewing the performance start lists online.

A reminder, athletes must check-in no later than 1 hour prior to the start of their event, unless stated otherwise on the timetable, this includes athletes entering on the day.

Round 2 entries are open, athletes that wish to enter can follow the AV Shield Entry Guide for a step by step guide on how to enter.

Important Information: Athletes looking to collect their membership packs/bib numbers can do so from the administration desk at the venue they have entered. This will allow you to compete under your registered bib number and profile. If your membership pack is not at the venue, the AV team will allocate you a temporary bib on the day to see through round 1 and will aim to deliver for the following week.

Note: AV Shield requires all athletes to be current registered members and have purchased the T&F Package or Max Package in order to pre-enter and score points.

For all information on AV Shield, head to the AV Shield Event page on athsvic.org.au

Call For 2018 National Champs Team Managers

Applications are open for Age Group Manager roles for the upcoming Australian All Schools Championships (Adelaide, SA). Applicants with a background in athletics and team sport management are encouraged to apply.

Please read the attached document detailing the position and application requirements.

All questions should be directed to State Team Manager (Sean Whipp) – sean@athsvic.org.au