Australia Day OAM Honours

It was with great pride that three members of Athletics Victoria’s extended family were announced as recipients of Order of Australia Medals (OAM) in the Australia Day honours this year. Lavinia Petrie was awarded an OAM for Service to Athletics in Victoria, Simon Baker was awarded his OAM for Service to Athletics, particularly Race Walking, whilst Tom Hancock was awarded his OAM for Services to Athletics.

We congratulate them all for being duly recognised for their wonderful achievements, which are outlined below as they appeared on this year’s awards list – 

Lavinia Petrie

Service include: 

Victorian Masters Athletics:

Manager, Knox Venue, 6 years. 

Co-Venue Manager, Croydon, 5 years. 

Past Club Captain, 10 years. 

Life Membership, 2012. 

Active Member, since 1977. 

Ringwood Athletics Club: 

Vice- President, since 2012. 

Past President 

Past Secretary 

Life Membership 

Active Member, since1966. 

Athletics Victoria: 

White Zone Secretary, since 2010. 

Former Manager, State Cross Country Teams and Track Teams. 

State Selector, current. 

Active Member, Athlete and Official. 

Member, first Australian women’s Cross Country representative team to World Cross Country, Morocco, 1975. 

Awards and recognition include: 

Recipient, Female Masters Athlete of the Year, International Association of Athletics Federation, 2014. 

Recipient, Edwin Flack Award, Athletics Australia, 2015. 

Recipient, holder of 8 world records, World Masters Athletics Championships.

Simon Baker

Service include: 

Athletics Australia:

Member, Racewalking Commission, since 2013. 

Board Member, 1993-1996. 

Co-Founder, Athletes Commission and Chair, 1992-1997. 

Recipient, E H Flack Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Athletics, 1992. 

Australian Track and Field Coaches Association: 

Director for Strategy, current. 

Coordinator, Racewalk Coaching Course. 

Oceania Representative, International Association of Athletics Federations Athletes Commission, 1991-2001. 

Track and Field Coordinator, Australian Capital Territory Academy of Sport, late 1990s. 

Race walking: 

Level 5 (Elite/International) Coach, since 1994. 

Co-Founder, High Performance Squad, Victorian Racewalking Club. 

Founder and Co-Coordinator, annual Falls Creek New Year Racewalking Training Camp. 

Australian Institute of Sport: 

Former Coach, late 1990s. 

Scholarship holder, 1985-1994. 

Member, Australian Olympic Team, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. 

Member, Australian Commonwealth Games Team, 1986 (Gold Medallist), 1990 and 1994. World Cup Representative, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989 (Gold Medallist), 1991 (Silver Medallist) and 1993. 

IAAF World Championship Representative, 1983, 1987, 1991 and 1993. World Indoor Championships Representative, 1989.

Tom Hancock

Services include:

Ivanhoe Harriers Athletics Club, Melbourne:

Coach, since 1964.

Competitor, since 1964.

Life Member.

Coach, Maclean Throwers Club (NSW).

Coach of Paralympians including:

Andrew Martin. Terry Giddy. Peter Negropontis. Kieran Ault-Connell. James Bertalli.

Coach, Maclean Little Athletics Club (NSW).

Lecturer in Charge of Athletics, Institute of Technology in Bundoora, Melbourne,1976-1979.

Former Athletics Course Coach Oceania Region (IAAF Level 1 course), International Amateur Athletics Federation.

Former Australian Discus Coach, Australian Institute of Sport.

Competition:

Winner of Victorian Junior and Open Championships and Australian Universities Championships.

Holder of 5 world championships in high jump, discus, shot put and the throws pentathlon twice.

Gold Medal, Javelin 30m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Gold Medal, Discus 30m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, High jump 120cm, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, Hammer Throw 34m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, Shot Putt 10.45m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, Weight Throw 14m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, Throws Pentathlon, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney,

2015 Awards and recognition include:

Recipient, Henri Schubert Award for Australian Athletics Coach of the Year, 1995.

 

2017/18 AV Shield Season End On A High

Another season of AV Shield has been run and won, culminating in a huge day of competition at Lakeside on Saturday.

The program was interrupted early as the Queen’s Baton Relay entered the stadium as part of its long journey to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games.

Across 14 different categories, their emerged 12 different winning teams on the day, with the only teams to win multiple categories being Glenhunty and Mentone with 2 category victories apiece.

Full individual results can be found here, with team results being available to view here.

 

2XU On Show at Vic Junior Champs

We’re thrilled to have 2XU attending the 2018 Victorian Junior and Para Track & Field Championships from February 23-25 to show off their latest range, including their celebrated compression products. Be sure to drop by their tent and check out what they have on offer.

XCR’18 Season Taking Shape

We’re not willing summer to end by any means, but alas, it will be over before we know it. The colder months aren’t all bad though; the fashion is better, open fires are kind of nice, but above all else, it’s the time for XCR!

Planning is well underway for XCR’18 and yet again there are some exciting new venues and format changes. Notably – 

    • Distances for Open Men & Women Cross Country will now be 8km/10km/12km
    • Women’s 50+ and Men’s 60+ competition will be introduced to the XCR’18 season.
    • U20 women will now do the 10km race at Albert Park replacing the 3km distance.
    • 2018 will see a new venue become part of the XCR rotation. St Anne’s Winery will host the 8km Cross Country taking place there on the 5th May 2018. More than just an exciting new course, it’s a chance for the adults to taste some fantastic wines afterwards (responsibly of course!) and take in the on-site farmers market. With ample parking, this is a great round to bring the family along to.

The XCR’18 Handbook with all relevant and important information and rules of competition about the season will be released March 2018. As soon as it’s been finalised, team gradings and duty roster will be sent out to clubs.

XCR’17 awards will be presented at the first round of XCR’18 at the Jells Park Relays this year.

SAVE THESE DATES

Saturday 21/04/2018 XCR Rd 1 – Jells Park XC Relays (Jells Park)

Saturday 28/04/2018 XCR Schools – Jells Park XC Relays (Jells Park)

Saturday 5/05/2018 XCR Rd 2 – 8km XC (Short XC) (St Anne’s Winery, Myrniong)

Saturday 12/05/2018 XCR Schools – XC Road Relays (Princes Park)

Saturday 26/05/2018 XCR Rd 3 – 12km XC (Long XC) (Cruden Farm)

Saturday 16/06/2018 XCR Rd 4 – XC Championships (Bundoora Park)

Saturday 16/06/2018 XCR Schools – Schools XC Championships (Bundoora Park)

Saturday 7/07/2018 XCR Rd 5 Sandown Road Relays (Sandown Racecourse)

Sunday 22/07/2018 XCR Rd 6 – Albert Park 10k & 3k (Albert Park) To be confirmed

Saturday 4/08/2018 XCR Rd 7 – Lake Wendouree 15km & 6km (Ballarat)  To be confirmed

Saturday 18/08/2018 XCR Rd 8 – Anglesea Ekiden Relays (Anglesea)

Sunday 19/08/2018 – Australian Half Marathon Championships (Sunshine Coast, QLD)

Saturday 25/08/2018 – National XC Championships (Maleny, QLD)      

Sunday 2/09/2018 XCR Rd 9 – Burnley Half Marathon & 5km (Burnley)   

Saturday 15/09/2018 XCR Rd 10 – Tan Relays (Kings Domain) To be confirmed      

Sunday 16/09/2018 Australian Marathon Championships (Sydney, NSW)  

REGISTRATION UPDATES

 2018/19 Athletics Victoria Membership Changes

After considerable feedback from members and clubs, the 2018/19 season will see a few key changes to the membership registration process.

XCR: The XCR Relay Package will no longer exist. Any athlete who submits a membership* registration and is approved by their nominated club by the appropriate time, will be eligible to compete in all XCR Relay events in 2018. This also applies for track relays later in the year. The XCR Package will remain, with the purchase of this automatically entering an athlete into all individual XCR events for the season.

Bib allocation: For the 2018/19 season, athletes will be issued with their bib number once their membership is approved by their nominated club. Athletes will no longer be required to purchase a package or individual event entry in order to be allocated a bib number, you will still need to purchase a package to be able to compete.

Bibs: In 2017/18 we trialled the use of Tyvek bibs due to a new timing system for XCR. These bibs will again be used for the XCR season as it allows us to attach a timing chip on the back of the number, however we will also be using cloth bib numbers. Each athlete who registers in the XCR’18 season will be issued with three (3) individual bibs (all with the same number), one Tyvek bib (with timing chip attached), to be worn on the front, and two cloth bibs, one to be worn on the back for the duration on the XCR’18 season and the other (for the front) to be used for XCR Relay events and the duration of the summer track and field season. Athletes who register after the final individual XCR’18 event will be issued with two cloth bibs (again with the same number on both) for the remainder of the Athletics Victoria season.

  • XCR Relays: Cloth front and back
  • XCR Individual Rounds: Tyvek front and cloth back
  • Summer competition including relays: Cloth front and back

Membership registration: The Athletics Victoria online member portal will open for 2018/19 season on April 1, 2018. Please refrain from registering for the 2018/19 season prior to this date as memberships will not be rolled over to the new season.

*Membership refers to the base membership fee only. Packages will again be available for purchase either with your membership, or at a later date once your membership has been approved by your club. For a full explanation of what each of the packages offers, please refer to the Join Now page.

We look forward to seeing you at the start of the XCR’18 season.