The aim of the scholarship is to provide support for a middle distance/distance athlete to achieve his or her athletic and educational potential. The recipient will be expected to uphold those values demonstrated by Ron over his life: commitment to his athletic career, his education and his subsequent working life; support of the athletics community; and dedication to his family and other important relationships.
Ron Clarke was truly a “renaissance man”. Among his lifetime achievements he was a successful businessman, an environmental crusader, Mayor of the Gold Coast for eight years, a philanthropist and a devoted family man.
But it is as a runner that Ron is best known. Ron showed that distance runners could race hard, race fearlessly and race anyone. His assault on performance barriers was stunning: in his halcyon days Ron took almost 40 seconds off the world record for 10,000 metres between December 1963 and July 1965 (36 seconds in one race), and 18 seconds off the world record for 5000 between January 1965 and July 1966. Ron won an Olympic bronze medal at 10,000 in Tokyo in 1964 and silver medals at three miles at the Perth Commonwealth Games in 1962, at three and six miles in Kingston Jamaica in 1966 and at 10,000 metres in Edinburgh in 1970. In all, he set 17 world records over the period 1963 to 1968, in events ranging from 2 miles to one hour.
RON’S CONTRIBUTION TO ATHLETICS INTERNATIONAL
In the late 1960s, there was a dearth of international competition in Australia. Glenhuntly Athletics Club, of which Ron was always a proud member, went guarantor for several meets at Olympic Park in 1968. A main attraction was to see people like Ron, Ralph Doubell, Derek Clayton and Kerry O’Brien run. Close to 20,000 spectators would turn up. In part, this led to several of our very top athletes at the time, including Ron, establishing Athletics International (AI). The inaugural meeting of AI was held at Helen (Ron’s wife) and Ron’s home on 15 December 1968, and was attended by 37 of our then best athletes. Ray Weinberg was elected the first President and Ron became the AI Patron, a position he held until he passed away in June 2015.
AI’s aim was to provide international competition for Australia’s athletes, and to help bring Australia’s coaching standards and facilities up to international level. In 1971 AI published Athletics the Australian Way (followed later by a second edition), with Ron both the editor and a contributor. These books contained ‘comments, advice, thought and stories about the events in which each contributor specialised and their approach to athletics’. Profits from the track meets and sales of Athletics the Australian Way provided the capital to establish the Athletics International Trust. Today, this Trust funds AI’s initiatives to help young and emerging athletes, including the domestic and international travel grants programs, and the Athletics International Ron Clarke Scholarship. Luke Mathews was the inaugural Ron Clarke Scholarship holder in 2016, and Lora Storey in 2017.
In all Ron, through both his athletic profile and desire to put something back into the sport of athletics, played a vital part in AI getting off the ground.
THE RON CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP
- Funding and associated obligations
The Athletics International Trust has allocated up to $5,000 each year for this scholarship. The AI Awards Committee will oversee the awarding of the scholarship payments. The successful athlete will receive $2,500 at the start of their first semester of study. The Ron Clarke Scholarship holder will receive a second $2,500 at the start of the second semester, following receipt by the AI Awards Committee of:
- Evidence of successful completion of the requirements of semester one; and
- A progress report on how the Scholarship has assisted the holder to progress both their educational and athletic goals.
At the completion of the academic year, the Ron Clarke Scholarship holder must:
- Provide to AI a final report indicating how the $5,000 assisted him/her to progress in their education of choice and their athletic career.
- The Scholarship holder will, where practical, be required to give a short presentation to the “Strawberries and Cream” function (should it be held) on their progress over the past year, and aspirations for the future. This function, to commemorate Ron’s world records at the Oslo Meet, has previously been held in association with the Zatopek 10km meet in Melbourne in December.
- Finally, the Scholarship holder will be required to prepare short articles for the AI Newsletter as requested, but no more than twice a year both in the year of holding the Scholarship and the next two years.
The recipient of the scholarship will be offered a mentor from Athletics International if they wish. The mentor’s role will not be a coaching one, but rather one that provides support and advice when needed. Typically, this mentor will be a former elite athlete and have experiences that could provide lessons for the scholarship recipient.
The scholarship criteria best reflect many of the characteristics Ron held dear. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate they:
- are an Australian citizen
- are a promising runner in a distance from 800m to the marathon, including the 3km steeplechase
- can demonstrate a commitment to athletics, as shown through participation over several seasons, including currently
- have demonstrated improvement over recent years, with potential to achieve elite status
- are a student attending a post-secondary education institution in Australia and undertaking, as a minimum, a 50 per cent but preferably a 75 per cent load
- do not receive significant financial support from Athletics Australia/NASS, State Institutes of Sport or other sponsors
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To download an application form click on this RON CLARKE Scholarship 2018 Application form
The completed application form should be emailed to:
Athletics Victoria will again release a 6-round Summer Special Package for rounds 7-12 of Shield for the 2017/18 Season.
This allows athletes registering to be eligible to score points for their club and have access to the online pre-entry system.
If you compete in at least 3 of the remaining Shield rounds, you will be eligible to compete at the Shield final, should your team qualify. However, an athlete must have a ranking in that event for their nominated age group, as per the 2017/18 AV Shield rules.
The Summer Special Package will become available from 9am Monday, 20th November. Please note that in Geelong Region, Round 7 will be held on Sunday 26th November, with all other zones and regions holding Round 7 on Saturday 2nd December.
Both package options can be purchased when completing membership, by selecting either ‘2017/18 T&F Package’ or ‘Summer Special T&F Package’ option from the Membership Registration page or alternatively through the ‘Events’ tab once your membership has been approved by your club.
To register to become an AV Member, you’ll need to head to athsvic.org.au (but you’re already here!) and follow these steps:
- Click on Members Portal (located top right of screen).
- Create a Profile or login to you existing profile (if you are unsure of your login details either select a password reset or contact the AV office – DO NOT create another profile)
- Once in Profile, select Membership Registration or Renew Membership.
- Add either ‘2017/18 T&F Package’ or ‘Summer Special T&F Package’ to your membership registration.
- Once the order has been processed (and approved from your Club), you’ll be eligible to compete.
- Our new pre-entry system will be available once approval has been received.
To pre-enter, follow these steps:
- Head to athsvic.org.au (you’re already here!)
- Click on Members Portal (located top right of screen)
- Sign in with your username and password.
- Click Events (located slightly on the top right of screen)
- Select the relevant 2017/18 AV Shield Round.
- Select the venue you wish to compete at.
- Select your specific events (which will be moved into your ‘cart’).
- Once all events have been selected, click on your ‘cart’ (located top left of screen).
- Follow prompts to ‘check out’.
- Once ‘check out’ has been completed, you will receive a confirmation email.
*Note: All events pre-entered must be done so before midday (12pm) on the Wednesday before that Saturday Shield event.
**Note: Athletics Victoria does not offer pro-rata rates on membership/packages.
Athletics Australia & Little Athletics Australia are now recruiting for the role of Officials Coordinator.
Please see the Sportspeople advertisement for further information, including the position description: Click HERE
Every so often the planets align and all of the components that you need for a memorable Championship event come together. The State Relay Championships were ‘everything and a whole lot more’ with some stellar performances, some upsets, a Victorian Club record and a ‘dead heat’ in the Mens Open 4 x100m final.
The one thing that probably kept the day on track was the weather. Not only was Lakeside Stadium bathed in sunshine, the traditional swirling winds took a day off.
The day commenced with the 4 x 1500m across the 40 and 50+ age groups for Men & Womens, with wins to Box Hill (M50+), St Kevins (M40+) and Western Aths (W40+. For the first time in over 10 years, the Open Men and Women competed in the 4 x 1500m with St Kevins taking the Mens title in a respectable 15.31.51 (Adam Pyke, Alex Rowe, Peter Bol and Luke Mathews). Athletics Essendon took out the Womens in 18.03.71 (Anna Kasapis, Emilie Guy, Emily Mizis and Charlotte Watson).
The Medley Relays were again timed finals across Mens and Womens U14 U16 and U18 with wins to Box Hill (W16), Diamond Valley (MU16), Glenhuntly (WU18) and Old Scotch (MU18) who edged out Box Hill by four tenths of a second across the 1600 relay journey in 3.34.25.
In the Open Womens Medley Athletics Chillwell set the time of 4.11.07 with Amelia McGowan, Eliza Walsh, Abbey Badrock and Heidi Demeo (all of whom are still U20) to keep both St Kevins and Sandringham to the minor medals. In the Mens Athletics Chillwell posted a favourable time of 3.30.85 only to be beaten by the experienced Athletics Nunawading quartet of Nathan Deslandes, Jarrod Michael Robinson, Tristan Robinson and Lachlan Mann.
The afternoon then lead into the preliminary rounds of the 4 x 400m with all age groups apart from the Open Men and Women heading to finals later that afternoon. The finals of the Open Womens and Mens 4 x 400m are held on the Zatopek 10 program which will be Thursday 14th December commencing at 6.30pm.
Running in separate heats, Athletics Essendon and Deakin took the first of two automatic qualifiers to the final wining Heat 1 and Heat 2 respectively. Essendon pitched a quality team with Stella McNamara, Linden Hall, Carline Higham and Jessie Andrew running 3.52.55 while in Heat 2 Deakin posted 3.52.36 (Lily Bayes, Cara Peake, Jessica Gulli-Nance and Mia Gross). But it was Doncaster in Heat 3 that has set the bar for a competitive final with a time of 3.49.40 with Georgia Feben, Katherine Katsanevakis, Connor Gist, and Abbey del Motte. Doncaster will remain short favourites for the Womens 4 x 400m Final and simply looked too good for the competition. Joining these Clubs in the Final will be Melbourne University, Box Hill, Sandringham, Old Melburians and Glenhuntly.
In the Mens Open Heats it was a battle of the youth versus experience with Geelong Guild winning Heat 1 with Lachlan McPherson, Josh Pedrisat, Jake Penny and Harvey Murrant with a 3.18.80. Heat 2 belonged to the experienced team from Doncaster with Wes Spargo, Liam Procaccino, Conrad Coumaros and Kevin Rassool posting 3.13.76 to qualify the fastest for the final. The money will be on Doncaster to repeat their performance in the final and if so they will be hard to beat in 2017. Old Melburnians, St Kevins and Geelong Guild will fight it out for the minor medals and it will be any ones guess how they will fall. The remaining qualifiers are Old Xaverians, Athletics Nunawading, Athletics Essendon and Melbourne University.
But the race of the day in the 4 x 400m finals belonged to the Womens U16 Gold Medallist from Collingwood Harriers AC. Prior to the final there was some chatter around a potential Club record from this team although the Collingwood source was not overly confident until the girls hit the track. The team of Chiara Santiglia, Ellie McKenzie, Lucy Leutchford and Sunshine Spencer ran their own race and ran 3.58.33 (sub 60 secs for each runner) to break the 33 year old record set by Deakin in 1995.
The final of the Mens Open 4 x 100m relay was a show stopper and perhaps those words were too close to the truth with Doncaster and Old Melburians crossing the finish line together. The race was called a dead heat at 41.38 secs after neither Will Johns (OLM) and Kyle Niccolussi (DON) could be separated by the photo. But dont believe me, check it the vision yourself. MENS 4 x100M
The Womens 4 x 100m belonged to Diamond Valley who ran a classy team of Sophie Taylor, Sophia Fighera, Sienna Fighera and Maddison Coates to win in 45.69. Click on the link to re live the final WOMENS 4 x 100m
For the complete list of result from the Victorian State Relay Championships click here.
And to watch some of the action from our athsvictv streaming click on our youtube link Here
A very special mention to our Victorian Officials, Club Helpers and Volunteers who helped present another successful Championships. Our sincere thanks for your hard work.
2017 State Championships Winners
|WOMENS OPEN||2017||MENS OPEN||2017|
|4 x 100||DIAMOND VALLEY||4 x 100||DONCASTER/OLD MELBURNIANS|
|4 x 400||*Final run at Zatopek 10||4 x 400||*Final run at Zatopek 10|
|4 x 800||DONCASTER||4 x 800||ST KEVINS|
|4 X 1500||ESSENDON||4 X 1500||ST KEVINS|
|Distance Med||CHILWELL||Distance Med||NUNAWADING|
|WOMENS U18||MENS U18|
|4 x 100||ESSENDON||4 x 100||ESSENDON|
|4 x 400||OLD XAVS||4 x 400||OLD XAVS|
|4 x 800||COLLINGWOOD||4 x 800||GLENHUNTLY|
|Distance Med||GLENHUNTLY||Distance Med||OLD SCOTCH|
|WOMENS U16||MENS U16|
|4 x 100||GEELONG GUILD||4 x 100||DIAMOND VALLEY|
|4 x 400||COLLINGWOOD *||4 x 400||NUNAWADING|
|Distance Med||BOX HILL||Distance Med||DIAMOND VALLEY|
|WOMENS U14||MENS U14|
|4 x 100||GEELONG GUILD||4 x 100||GEELONG GUILD|
|4 x 400||GEELONG GUILD||4 x 400||WESTERN ATHS|
|WOMENS 40 +||MENS 40+|
|4 X 100||CHILWELL||4 X 100||ESSENDON|
|4 X 400||CHILWELL||4 X 400||ESSENDON|
|4 X 1500||WESTERN ATHS||4 X 1500||ST KEVINS|
|WOMENS 50+||MENS 50+|
|4 X 100M||–||4 X 100M||BALLARAT REGION|
|4 X 400||KSB|
|4 X 1500||BOX HILL|
Club Championship Tally (based on Championship Title)
|Club||State Relay Titles|
The ‘BIG V’ Team to compete at the National All Schools Championships in Adelaide in December is nearly complete and AV has access to a limited number of return flights (Mel-Adl) at our discounted price of $310 (all inclusive) for families and friends. Flights depart Melbourne Thursday 7th December and return Sunday 10th December.
Two flights options are available below and the departure/return flights cannot be swapped or changed. So if option 1 suits then you leave Mel at the designated time and return Sunday at the designated time. With this special price there are no changes or upgrades available.** No discounts for children are available. One price for one seat.
|– Airline||Flight no.||Date||Departure – Destination||Times|
|Melbourne – Adelaide||15:40 – 16:30|
|Adelaide – Melbourne||18:05 – 19:55|
|Airline||Flight no.||Date||Departure – Destination||Times|
|Melbourne – Adelaide||14:40 – 15:30|
|Adelaide – Melbourne||19:05 – 20:55|
In addition we have some options for accommodation in Adelaide as well.
Here is the catch – you will need to contact Athletics Victoria by email following the instructions below.
Here is how you can access these flights:-
- PRIORITY 1 -> EMAIL your full name and daytime contact phone number to email@example.com and one of our AV team will call you back between 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday 13th November 2017. **If you are allocated flights we will need payment over the phone when we call you back on Monday 13th November 2017.If you are also interested in accommodation options please include that in the email by saying “Accommodation options please”.
- Priority 2 – Call Athletics Victoria on 03 86464500 after 12.00pm Monday 13th November 2017
That email address again firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of events have been included in the Zatopek 10 2017 timetable to assist athletes prepare for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. As part of a National competition program, Zatopek 10 will include an Open Mens and Womens 1500m and a Mens Shot Put. The National competition program aims to have at least two opportunities for elite and sub-elite athletes to compete and qualify for Gold Coast prior to the selection trial and National Open Championships in mid February 2018.
“This years program at Zatopek 10 has been changed to incorporate some Open invitation events for our NASS and Elite athletes preparing for April 2018. The traditional mens 800m has been changed to a 1500m after discussions with Athletics Australia High Performance. In addition we have a Mens Shot Put on the card so I’m hoping that NZ’s Tom Walsh might come and compete alongside Damien Birkenhead’ say AV CEO Glenn Turnor.
“Last time Tom competed at Zatopek he broke the then New Zealand Shot Put record but I am sure that he is also busy with his preparation for the Gold Coast’.
Turnor also confirmed that entries for the U20 Womens and Mens 3000m are attracting runners from Australia and beyond.
“I have been asked to approve entries for a number of athletes from the USA and New Zealand for the Zatopek card but there is again a lot of interest in the Junior 3000m which will be competitive to get a lane at this stage’.
The Mens and Womens 100 yards State Championships will open the program on Thursday 14th December at 6.30pm and there are still lanes available. For more information click on the following link ZATOPEK 10:2017
The Victorian Relay Championships are back at Lakeside Stadium this Saturday 11th November with 396 teams chasing a spot in 33 finals.
This event has a long and proud history, and as the first Championship event of the season, it is a great opportunity to bring Clubs and their members together. Twenty nine (29) of the 56 Athletics Victoria affiliated Clubs have entered teams with both Ballarat and Bendigo competing as ‘regions’. With a full and fast program scheduled for Saturday , AV General Manager Competitions & Government Ross Cunningham says it is a big program to try and keep on time.
‘ We have 396 teams entered for this weekend and the program will start with the Womens 40+ 4 x 1500m at 10.00am and conclude with the U18 Girls and Boys 4 x 800m at 6.30pm.’ says Cunningham
‘It is a full day of competition and we rely on the athletes to make sure they know where they need to be for each relay event. We will using the infield to marshal teams for the 4 x 100m events and with the help of Victorian Officials and Club Helpers will get people where they need to be.’
With 33 finals on the card this weekend, the Womens and Mens final of the 4 x 400m Relay will be held at the traditional time on the Zatopek 10 program on Thursday 14th December 2017.
While there is a strong Club and social element to this event, there is still some strong rivalry between AV Clubs. Looking at the last 5 years of the Championships, it shows the depth of unity among all Clubs which begs the question, who will be next.
Quick Vic Relays Form Guide
Womens 50+ – Western Aths should take this out, but dont discount Ballarat Region to put in a late run in the closing stages. No issues with any of them making the distance.
Mens 50+ – open race this one. Box Hill have the distance specialists many of them will be coming off big sessions this Cup week. Diamond Valley are certain for the 4 x 100 if their trainer can hold them together and get them to the start line in one piece.
Mens Open 4 x 100m – The Old Melburnians stable have three runners this year and the pressure will be on all to perform. Questions around winter preparation and whether they have the depth. No problem with the distance although they will struggle if challenged with strong changeovers. St Kevins will take this out.
U16 Womens Medley will be the race of the day with Sandringham, Collingwood, and Geelong Guild likely contenders. Dont forget some outside support for Essendon and Frankston here.
U14 Boys sees the return of Bendigo Region who claimed two group wins in 2014. Probably the most open race on the card with limited form on the field (but great to see strong support still) in this class.
Finally a full card of racing at Lakeside Stadium tomorrow with weather forecast to be fine, becoming sunny with 25 degress which will go well for a dry and solid track rating of a GOOD 3.
For all the information on the Victorian Relay Championships click on the link HERE
Athletics Victoria Club Champions 2012 – 2016
|4 x 100||SANDRINGHAM||SANDRINGHAM||DIAMOND VALLEY||SANDRINGHAM||SANDRINGHAM|
|4 x 400||SANDRINGHAM||SANDRINGHAM||DONCASTER||SANDRINGHAM|
|4 x 800||BOX HILL||BOX HILL||DONCASTER||DONCASTER||WESTERN ATHS|
|Distance Med||DONCASTER||SANDRINGHAM||DONCASTER||KNOX AC||–|
|4 x 100||ESSENDON||ESSENDON||GEELONG||ESSENDON||ATHS NUNAWADING|
|4 x 400||OLD XAVS||ESSENDON||FRANKSTON||RUYTON||CHILWELL|
|4 x 800||COLLINGWOOD||ESSENDON||ESSENDON||ESSENDON||FRANKSTON|
|Distance Med||DONCASTER||SANDRINGHAM||CHILWELL||BOX HILL||EAGLEHAWK|
|4 x 100||DIAMOND VALLEY||SANDRINGHAM||SANDRINGHAM||KSB||BOX HILL|
|4 x 400||COLLINGWOOD||CROYDON||ESSENDON||FRANKSTON||–|
|4 x 100||SANDRINGHAM||FRANKSTON||OLD XAVS||SANDRINGHAM||ESSENDON|
|4 x 400||COLLINGWOOD||COLLINGWOOD||ESSENDON||ESSENDON||–|
|WOMENS 40 +|
|4 X 100||KSB||VMA||KSB||KSB||–|
|4 X 400||CHILWELL||BOX HILL||KSB||WESTERN ATHS||WESTERN ATHS|
|4 X 1500||BALLARAT REGION||KNOX AC||GLENHUNTLY||BOX HILL||–|
|4 X 100M||WESTERN ATHS||WESTERN ATHS||WESTERN ATHS||WESTERN ATHS||–|
|4 x 100||OLD MELBURNIANS||OLD MELBURNIANS||OLD MELBURNIANS||SANDRINGHAM|
|4 x 400||ST KEVINS||OLD MELBURNIANS||OLD MELBURNIANS||OLD MELBURNIANS||KNOX|
|4 x 800||ST KEVINS||DEAKIN||KNOX||ST STEPHENS|
|Distance Med||ATHS NUNAWADING||KNOX||DONCASTER||ATHS NUNAWADING|
|4 x 100||DONCASTER||ESSENDON||FRANKSTON||CASEY CARDINIA||DONCASTER|
|4 x 400||ESSENDON||GEELONG GUILD||ESSENDON||GEELONG GUILD||DONCASTER|
|4 x 800||OLD SCOTCH||OLD SCOTCH||CHILWELL||DIAMOND VALLEY||KNOX|
|Distance Med||DONCASTER||CHILWELL||KNOX||DIAMOND VALLEY||DONCASTER|
|4 x 100||CASEY CARDINIA||ST KEVINS||ESSENDON||ESSENDON||WILLIAMSTOWN|
|4 x 400||BENDIGO REGION||OLD XAVERIANS||ESSENDON||CHILWELL||BENDIGO YMCA|
|Distance Med||BENDIGO REGION||ALBURY||DONCASTER||BENDIGO HARRIERS||BENDIGO YMCA|
|4 x 100||ST KEVINS||SANDRINGHAM||BENDIGO HARRIERS||FRANKSTON||EMH|
|4 x 400||BOX HILL||OLD XAVERIANS||BENDIGO HARRIERS||GLENHUNTLY||OLD XAVERIANS|
|4 X 100||GLENHUNTLY||WENDOUREE||DIAMOND VALLEY||DIAMOND VALLEY||DIAMOND VALLEY|
|4 X 400||GLENHUNTLY||GLENHUNTLY||BOX HILL||DIAMOND VALLEY||BOX HILL|
|4 X 1500||ST KEVINS||BOX HILL||BOX HILL||COLLINGWOOD||BOX HILL|
|4 X 100M||DIAMOND VALLEY||DIAMOND VALLEY||GEELONG GUILD||DIAMOND VALLEY||DIAMOND VALLEY|
|4 X 400||BOX HILL||DIAMOND VALLEY||DIAMOND VALLEY||KEILOR ST BERNARDS||WESTERN ATHS|
|4 X 1500||BOX HILL||BOX HILL||BOX HILL||KEILOR ST BERNARDS||KEILOR ST BERNARDS|