“The Countries” all done for another year.

Last weekend, 766 athletes descended upon Llanberris Reserve in Ballarat for the 2018 Victorian Country Track and Field Championships.

The weekend’s program was modified to protect athletes, spectators and officials from the afternoon heat, but the average temperature across the five sessions still averaged above 30 degrees with unseasonably high humidity making it feel like Far North Queensland at times.

The competition was equally as hot as clubs and individuals alike battled it out for glory.

A full wrap of awards from the weekend are below, whilst results from individual events can be found here.

2018 Victorian Country Championship Awards

Margaret Saunders Country Cup

An aggregate award won by the highest scoring AV Club in competition at these championships, based upon points scored from the results in event finals only.

Eaglehawk (1611.5 pts)

Ex Athletes Cup –

An aggregate award won by the highest scoring AV Club in female competition at these championships, based upon points scored from the results in female event finals only.

Eaglehawk (912.5 pts)

David Kitt Trophy –

An aggregate award won by the highest scoring AV Club in male competition at these championships, based upon points scored from the results in male event finals only.

Bendigo Harriers (706 pts)

Stuart Hunter Memorial Shield:

This trophy will be presented at the conclusion of the Championships to the Country athlete/s judged to be the outstanding under 16 athlete at these Championships.

James Woods (SBE)

1st U16 Men Shot Put (10.82m)

1st U16 Men High Jump (1.70m)

1st U16 Men Javelin (40.14m)

– 1st U16 Men Pole Vault (3.20m)

– 3rd U16 Men Discus (30.50m)

– 4th U16 Men Long Jump (5.27m)

Joyce Lockyer Memorial Shield:

This trophy will be presented at the conclusion of the Championships to the Country athlete/s judged to demonstrate sportsmanship, be encouraged in and dedicated to their field event/s discipline.

Emma Werner (EKA)

1st Open Women Hammer (46.05m)

2nd Open Women Shot Put (10.33m)

4th Open Women Discus (26.36m)

– Worked as an AV Official on each of the three days.

– Instrumental in assisting the para-athletes.

Mentor to younger athletes providing advice, support and encouragement

Athletics Chilwell Veteran Award Male: Awarded to a Veteran Male, aged 40 years and over, judged on his outstanding performance/s at these championships.

Brett Gilligan (BGO)

– 1st 40+ Men 100m (11.78)

– 1st 40+ Men 400mH (1:02.71)

1st 40+ Men Javelin (38.64m)

1st 40+ Men Shot Put (9.08m)

1st 40+ Men Discus (34.84m)

1st 40+ Men Long Jump (5.65m)

– 1st 40+ Men Triple Jump (11.67m)

– 1st 40+ Men High Jump (1.71m)

– 1st 40+ Men Pole Vault (4.00m)

Athletics Chilwell Veteran Award Female:

Awarded to a Veteran Female, aged 40 years and over, judged on her outstanding performance/s at these championships.

Sharon Pedersen (CHI)

1st 40+ Women 2000m Steeplechase (7:41.09)

– 1st 40+ Women 800m (2:26.90)

1st 40+ Women 400mH (1:17.50)

Australia Day Medal Male:

Awarded to a male athlete with the most outstanding performance at these Championships.

Damien Birkinhead (COR)

– 1st Open Men Shot Put (20.27m) (Commonwealth Games A qualifier.)

Australia Day Medal Female:

Awarded to a female athlete with the most outstanding performance at these Championships.

Alanna Peart (BYC)

1st U16 3000m Walk (14:21.88) (National qualifying time.)

Stadium Closure Times

Lakeside Stadium will be playing host to a visiting international team during the period from the 29th of January through to the 8th of February. As a result, there will be no access to the stadium at the following times and dates –

Monday 29th January – 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Tuesday 30th January – 9:30am to 1:00pm and 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Wednesday 31st January – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Friday 2nd February – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Saturday 3rd February – 6pm to 10pm

Monday 5th February – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Tuesday 6th February – 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Wednesday 7th February – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Thursday 8th February – 6pm to 10:00pm

AV Office Closure

As a result of road closures at Albert Park this Thursday the 25th of January associated with the 2018 Towards Zero Race Melbourne, the AV office will be closed for the day.

Should you have any urgent needs on that day, please email andrew@athsvic.org.au

2018 Victorian Country Championships – TIMETABLE CHANGE

WEATHER FORECAST  – Timetable changes for  2018 Victorian Country Championships.

Message from Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor

Following the Bureau’s forecast for this weekend of temperatures of 38 degrees, we have reviewed a number of options to ensure the safety of everyone participating. Re-scheduling the competition was not an option with many competitors having arranged and paid for accommodation and travel plans.
The agreed option was to amend the timetable of events to reduce the amount of time athletes, officials and volunteers are exposed to the heat of the day.  Where possible we have moved distance events to early morning or later at night and have amended the competition rules to remove preliminary rounds.
We are very aware that these changes may affect plans and cause some inconvenience –  but our priority is to ensure all of our competitions are conducted with the safety of all concerned as the priority.
The major changes are :-

  • Competition on Friday 26th January will now commence at 9.30am (track) and 10.15am (field) with an extended break from 1.00pm until 6.30pm.
  • Competition on Saturday 27th January will start on the track with the 3000m walk at 9.00am followed by the 100m (finals and timed finals) which will conclude at 11.30am. The program will then break until 6.15pm with the finals of the 1500m, 400m and the 10,000m. Field events will commence 30 mins earlier in the morning session and start at 9.00am and conclude at 1.00pm on Saturday. The evening field session will recommence at 4.30pm and conclude at 9.45pm.
  • Sunday 27th January program will commence at 9.00am with the 200m (finals and timed finals) followed by steeplechase, short hurdles and relays with an anticipated finish time of 2.20pm. There are no changes to the Sunday field event timetable.

Competition amendments:-

  • All track event will be conducted as a straight FINAL or a TIMED Final.
  • 800m Finals will be conducted in lanes where there are 12 or less competitors, or on the 800m curve start where there are more than 12 athletes checked in for the Final.
  • 1500m field sizes will be determined at the discretion of the Competition Director but where there are large numbers of entries, two timed finals can be conducted.
  • Athletes must check in for TRACK Events and will be asked to provide their SEASONS BEST performance on the CHECK IN sheet so that TIMED FINALS can be seeded. If an athlete does not provide seasons best then they will not be seeded correctly.
  • Where TIMETABLE changes create a clash of events for athletes, all effort will be made to ensure that athletes can be accommodated.

If the timetable changes now makes it impossible for an athlete to compete, then AV will provide a full refund.
In addition to these timetable changes we are working with our host committee to provide additional shade areas and increased access to water and refreshments.

**The Club Duty Roster will also change and we will work with the organising committee and all clubs that are rostered on to ensure we can conduct the competition. We may ask for some more helpers.

To access the amended timetable click  HERE.

Date: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th January, 2018

Location: Llanberris Reserve – York St, Ballarat

2018 Australian Under 20 3000m Championships

The Australian U20 Women’s 3000m Championships is being held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on Friday February 2nd, 2018.

Click here to begin the online entry process.

Entries close Friday January 26, 2018 at 9am.  If you have issues completing your registration, please contact ANSW for help prior to entries closing.


Due to the problems experienced with the online entry system last week, we have extended the cut off time for entries into the 2017 Victorian Country Track & Field Championships until midday (12.00pm)  today, Tuesday the 16th of January.

Metro athletes are also able to compete as invitational athletes, the rules of which are available on the event page via the link below.

Make sure you plan in advance as accommodation is at a premium around the country championship weekend and make sure your entry is on time before the closing date.

NOTE – the entry portal is due for maintenance between 5:00pm – 5:30pm Monday the 15th of January so you may experience difficulties entering during this period.

All the details can be found here – http://athsvic.org.au/…/2018-victorian-country-track-field…/

2018 Australian Athletics Championships & Nomination Trials

The 2018 Australian Athletics Championships and nomination trials are the pinnacle event of the Australian Athletics Calendar, with a four-day event commencing on the 15th February on the Gold Coast. This event also serves as the Commonwealth Games nomination trials.


Entries will close with AV at 12.00pm on the 25th of January 2017 at which time all event entries will need to be verified and all entries submitted to Athletics Australia on the 29th of January 2018.

Please include your seasons best in your entry form for each event you enter. A reminder that the qualification period commences on the 1st of January 2017. Athletes must have achieved the entry standard for every event entered.

Please ensure you read the information on Event Entry Fees on the Event Page which includes the Event guidelines, draft timetable and event entry standards.

For important event and entry information click the event page here.

Financial Assistance for Australian Junior Athletics Championships

Are you aged between 15 – 20 and have qualified for the Australian Junior Athletics Championship in Sydney in March?

If so, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to cover your travel expenses thanks to the Torch Club.

The Torch Club was founded over 30 years ago with the objective of raising money to offer financial aid to Junior Athletes.

Those interested in applying should email Carole Haberle from The Torch Club at haberle@ozemail.com.au, requesting an application form, and providing details of your age, club and intended competition and event.

AV Portal going slow….

AV MEMBER PORTAL ISSUES – the AV member portal is not co-operating with issues with logging on and processing orders for Round 11 Shield this weekend. Our IT provider is working through the issues.
If you can not enter for RND 11 Shield this weekend, please email competitions@athsvic.org.au BEFORE MIDDAY today (Wednesday 10th January 2018) –

  • NAME,
  • BIB Number,
  • Venue (Lakeside, Nunawading, Geelong or Ballarat) and
  • Event you wish to enter.

PLS note for FIELD EVENTS – entering via email will not guarantee a place in the nominated field event. AV will post entry lists once we have processed them manually.

Entries received after midday today will not be processed for Rnd 11 Shield this weekend. Athletes will need to enter on the day.

Our apologies for the issues with our member portal.

Regards AV

AV Multi Championships Postponed and AV Shield Round 10 moved to Sunday 7th January 2018

Hi and welcome to 2018. I hope you had a safe New Year.

2018 has started with some challenges with the weather forecast for this Saturday 6th January 2018 set to hit 41 degrees for most of the afternoon with a late change expected (according to the Bureau of Meteorology) after 6pm.

We have been looking at options to conduct competitions across Victoria (AV Multi Champs and AV Shield) based on the updated and now current weather forecast and with high temperatures confirmed the AV Multi Championships in Geelong will not go ahead this weekend and will be postponed. We are looking at an alternative date and venue for this Championship and will work on finalising the details by the end of this week. Further, Metro Shield Round 10, Geelong Region and Bendigo Region will now move from Saturday 6th January to Sunday 7th January 2018 to avoid the heatwave.

Here are the details –
*Blue/White Zone – Sunday 7th January Knox Athletics Track commencing 1.00pm. The Blue/White Timetable can be found HERE
*Red/Yellow Zone – Sunday 7th January Lakeside Stadium commencing 1.00pm. Pls Note change of venue from Aberfeldie due to track repairs not being completed. Red/Yellow Timetable can be found HERE

*Geelong Region – Sunday 7th January commencing at 1.00pm. Geelong Timetable can be found HERE

*Bendigo Region – Sunday 7th January commencing at 11.00am. *Entries will close Friday 5th February 9.00pm. For the Bendigo information click HERE

*Ballarat Region will be conducting a twilight meet Saturday 6th January (subject to any changes to forecast) commencing at 6.00pm

**Please note – Club Duty Roster will remain the same. AV Staff will assist Clubs in Yellow/Red now moving to Lakeside Stadium but Club duty for set up and pack down will still be in force.
A reminder that athletes can enter on the day and will need to check in 60 mins prior to commencement of the event time. Also, a reminder that the Competition Director can change an event time by up to 15 mins on the day.

The AV Shield Committee will continue to assess any effect a date change may have on eligibility for the Shield Final.

I appreciate your understanding of these changes due to the weather forecast and hope that all understand the need to provide a safe environment in which to conduct a competition for athletics, officials and volunteers.

Glenn Turnor
CEO Athletics Victoria

Weather Alert

WEATHER FORECAST Saturday 6th January 2017.
Happy New Year to everyone.

We have been monitoring the weather forecast for this Saturday which as at 10.00am today (02/01/18) is for a maximum of 41 degrees mid Saturday afternoon with a late cool change. With this forecast temperatures will hit low 30’s across Victoria by 11.00am and increase to 40/41 by mid afternoon.

AV will review the weather forecast Wednesday (03/01) midday and Wednesday (03/01) 5.00pm (and will continue to do so if appropriate) and will keep members informed as to whether Shield Round 10 proceeds or is re-scheduled to a future weekend.
We have already ruled out an option of moving Shield Rnd 10 to Sunday (07/01) due to venue availability and Officials who have already volunteered for day 2 of the Multi Championships not being available to officiate.

This weekend is also the AV Multi Championships to be held in Geelong on Saturday and Sunday.
At this stage,the Multi Championships will proceed with appropriate timetable adjustments (if necessary) made based on event entries – which close Wednesday (03/01/18) 11.59am.

I appreciate there are always differing views on Victorian weather both at regional and metro venues and reiterate that I will ensure that the safety of all members and our Victorian Officials is our primary concern.

Warm regards – Glenn Turnor CEO.

2018 Vic Multi Championships

The 2018 Victorian Multi Championships competition makes its way to Geelong on the 6th and 7th of January and provides competition for athletes from under 14 to over-age age groups, to compete against the states best multi athletes.

Entries close at midday Wednesday the 3rd of January, so don’t delay!