System Outage

This Saturday the 3rd of November, our website and athlete portal will be offline for scheduled maintenance.

During this time you will not be able to access your athlete profile, live results or enter any events.

Live results from this weekends round of AV Shield will be available online from 9am Sunday the 4th of November.

We thank you for your patience whilst this takes place.

Vale Pat Leane

PATRICK FRANCIS ‘Pat’ LEANE (11 Jan 1930 – 12 Oct 2018)

Pat was born in North Melbourne and began sports early in life and was a very good all rounder at school (De La Salle, Malvern) in football cricket and athletics.

As a teenager he was playing football at centre half forward for Oakleigh in the VFA in 1947, 1948 and 1949. After qualifying as a PE teacher he moved to Ballarat for his first teaching job and also played for Golden Point in the Ballarat League. This brought him to the attention of the North Melbourne Football club where they would give him a start. However Pat gave up football to do the sport he really loved which was athletics.

As a member of the Oakleigh Athletic Club Pat quickly established himself as a talented and formidable athlete. In 1947 Pat won the Victorian U/19 long jump with 6.51m and was 2nd in the high jump.

The following year Pat finished 4th in the Victorian Open championships high jump with 1.78m. From then on Pat competed in every Victorian championship until 1961 except for 1956. Being an outstanding all round athlete Pat competed in many events in inter-club as well as state championships.

Pat won the Victorian decathlon title 5 times (1951, 52, 54, 59, 60) and was 2nd in 1950. He also won the high jump in 1952 and long jump in 1951. In that period he also gained minor places in high jump, long jump, shot put, discus and javelin on 10 occasions.

Unfortunately for Pat national championships were few and far between. During this period Pat was married to Irene and began raising a family as well as establishing himself as a teacher. Costs and time were a major factor.

His first nationals were in Hobart 1951 where he finished 5th in the high jump with 1.80m. He was unplaced in the long jump and javelin. There was no decathlon at the national championships until 1960. For some unknown reason it had been discontinued after 1927.

Pat was entered in the 1952 nationals in Brisbane but did not compete. However he high jumped 1.96m in March and won the state decathlon with 6,598 pts which earned him selection for the Olympics in Helsinki. His results in Helsinki were hampered by an ankle injury sustained a month earlier. He qualified for the final of the high jump with 1.86m but could only manage 1.80m in the final to finish =24th. He didn’t qualify for the final of the long jump with 6.40m and was forced to pull out of the decathlon after 2 events as his injured ankle swelled up.

There was also no decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in those days. The event was introduced at the 1966 Kingston Games. Pat never had an opportunity to do a Commonwealth decathlon.

For the 1956 Melbourne Olympics there were no trials for the decathlon. The selectors still chose 3 athletes who they believed were the best all rounders in Australia based on what they did in individual events during the domestic season and state decathlons. The 3 performed quite well at the Games with Pat finishing 9th with 6,427 pts, John Cann (NSW) was 10th with 6,278 pts and Ian Bruce (SA) was 11th with 6,025 pts. These scores were on the old scoring tables.

The 1957 nationals were held in Melbourne and by this stage Pat had improved remarkably in the javelin finally getting over the 60 metres mark in 1956 with 63.90m. In 1957 he finished 2nd in the nationals with 58.43m.

The 1960 nationals and Olympic trials were in Perth on the Leederville oval and Pat easily won the decathlon with 6,531 pts beating South Australian national javelin champion Nick Birks. Ten days later Pat won the Victorian title with a big pb of 6,752 pts. However much to everyone’s surprise Pat was not selected for the Rome Olympics. His score was a national record. It was also a state residential record until 1972 when 1972 Olympian Bruce Field broke it.

Pat continued competing in 1961 but then retired from competition until he re-emerged in the late 1970’s to join his sons Pat junior and Brendan in the state decathlon championships.

Both Pat junior and Brendan were developing into good decathletes and Pat senior joined them in the 1978 championships. However he lasted only 2 events. He returned in 1979 and this time finished 15th with 4,985 pts. Pat junior finished 3rd with 6,271 pts whilst Brendan finished 2nd in the junior decathlon but took the title as the winner Michael Mol was from Tasmania. In 1980 at 50 years of age Pat finished 21st with a score of 5,014 pts a World Masters record.

Pat finished his teaching career in the mid 1960’s and then turned to dairy farming which he did until 70 years of age. Pat not only had sons Pat junior and Brendan but also daughters Margaret and Marie.

Pat was a great inspiration to many athletes as he was always willing to help an athlete. From a personal point of view I remember I had just turned 19 and was competing at a twilight meet at the Oakleigh Football Ground in 1961. I had forgotten my jump spikes and was struggling with the high jump take off when Pat came over and loaned me his spikes, enabling me to finish 3rd in that comp. He also valiantly tried to help me many years later in decathlons to no avail as I flew underneath the bar in the pole vault whilst he tried hard not to laugh.

Pat was a good singer and piano player and regularly played golf with his sons, although Pat junior was better. Terminal illness finally ended the career of a great athlete and man.

Pat’s pbs were – 100m – 11.0, high Jump – 1.96m, pole vault – 3.66m, long jump – 7.19m (7.38m wa) shot put – 13.30m, discus – 44.58m, javelin – 63.90m, decathlon – 6,752 (6945 on current tables)

Paul Jenes

Athletics Australia Statistician

President ATFS (Association of Track and Field Statisticians)




Pat Leane junior

Athletics Australia Historical Results  (Paul Jenes, Peter Hamilton,Fletcher McEwen,Bert Gardiner and Davd Tarbotton)


Official History 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games



Important News

Athletics Victoria: 2018 Australian All Schools Championships: Important news

The Australian All Schools Championships will be held in Cairns from December 7th – 9th – with the Victorian team travelling to Cairns on December 6th.

IMPORTANT Team Selection Information

The nomination process has changed this year, with top 2 age group finishers in ALL under 14/15/16/17/18 events qualifying for automatic selection.

Eligible athletes will have until Midday (12:00PM) Monday November 5th to submit entry and FULL team payment.

3rd and 4th place finishers (emergencies) in each event will be asked to nominate via the emergency nomination form if they wish to be considered for any automatic places that are not filled. ONLY nominating athletes will be contacted for these additional places. Payment for additional places must be made by 11.59PM Monday November 5th

Emergency nomination form:

Team Travel Costs
Team travel is compulsory for all athletes not competing in the National Nitro Schools Challenge.
AV athlete – $995
Nitro Schools athlete – $430

The AV team levy covers meals from Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch, including all forms of transportation and physiotherapy for the duration of the championship.

Flight Information

If AV’s flight allocation doesn’t sell out, remaining flight options will be available to parents and family to purchase. Further information will be published closer to the date, regarding pricing and purchase procedures.

If remaining flights are sold, they will be sold as one-way flights.

Airline Flight Number Date Destination Departure Arrival
Jetstar JQ942 Thursday December 6th Mel – CNS 11:25 13:45
Virgin Australia VA1291 Thursday December 6th Mel – CNS 8:55 11:20
Virgin Australia VA1291 Thursday December 6th Mel – CNS 8:55 11:20
Qantas QF705 Sunday December 9th CNS – Mel 16:35 21:05
Jetstar JQ943 Sunday December 9th CNS – Mel 18:35 22:55
Qantas QF705 Sunday December 9th CNS – Mel 16:35 21:05

Further Information

Athletes will be lodged at Cairns Colonial Club, 18-26 Cannon St, Manunda QLD 4870, for the duration of the entirety of the trip.

Team management will always be present at the hotel, with a team member included this year with specific lifesaving qualifications, to ensure the safety of all athletes in what is set to be a warm week.

Laptops will be available in the Victorian team information room (Presidents Room) at Lakeside Stadium for the duration of the Victorian All Schools Championships for qualified athletes to complete team levy payment.

AV Trust Grants program closing soon

Original information was emailed to all Athletics Victoria Clubs via their designated email contact on 9th August 2018.



Round 2 – 2018 Athletics Victoria Trust Grants Program

We are pleased to call for applications for Round 2 of the 2018 Grants program. The Trust awarded in excess of $11,000 to clubs and individuals in Round 1 of this year’s program, and are in a position to offer further grants to successful applicants. Please circulate this information to your committee and individual members, and note the closing date of 31st October 2018.

The AV Trust was established more than 25 years ago as a completely separate entity from Athletics Victoria with a substantial donation by Stan & Dame Margaret Guilfoyle. The sole, and strict, purpose of the Trust is to promote the sport of athletics in Victoria, as conducted by Athletics Victoria.

This substantial fund provides for half of its annual earnings to be available to suitable applicants, on a competitive grant basis, each year. Our preference is to spread our grants as widely as possible and we are certainly not looking for very large applications that could potentially consume all of the funds available.

As indicated on the application form, pretty much anyone involved in the sport can apply, so long as it is good for the sport. It is up to each applicant to make their case in the application as we do not anticipate holding any form of interview process. We may however have a need to follow up some applications for clarification.

Please note where a Club or Venue is applying please do not submit applications for equipment that would normally be provided by your local Council.  However if you are able to get some funding from Council for an exclusive use project we will consider an application for funding.  It will always be helpful to provide a quote for the equipment or service that you are applying for.  Successful applicants will only receive their grant funds once all financial requirements have been met which includes proof of purchase or a confirmed purchased order, if funds are required “up front” from the Trust.

In respect to Coach education funding, preference will be given to those coaches who provide their services on a voluntary basis to Clubs and athletes.

Please read the information carefully and complete the application form with as much information as you can.

Peter Dunn – Chairman

Please forward completed application forms and supporting documentation by Wednesday 31st October 2018 to:

Athletics Victoria Foundation P/L
Level 1, Athletics House
31 Aughtie Drive
Albert Park 3206
Queries to:
03 8646 4508

AV Trust Guidelines

AV Trust Application Form


Melbourne Marathon Preview

The Melbourne Marathon and Half Marathon are on this Sunday the 14th of October, and once again it promises to be Australia’s premier event over the 42.2km and 21.1km distances.

The Marathon doubles as the Victorian Championship and AV President Jamie Strudley will be on hand on Sunday morning to present the medals to our champions on the hallowed turf of the MCG.

Liam Adams (Aths Essendon) and Sinead Diver (Sth Melbourne) are firm favourites to take out the Victorian Championships, with both also being strong contenders to win the race outright.

Other Victorians to watch out for include Nick Earl (Melb Uni), Xavier Chapman (St Kevins) and Jamie Cook (Bendigo Harriers) in the men’s marathon, while Tracey Austin (Malvern Harriers), Erchana Murray-Bartlett (Collingwood Harriers) and Alana Plymin (Sth Melbourne) will be vying for medals in the women’s race.

Overall entry numbers are up considerably on last year, so it is likely Melbourne will once again play host to Australia’s largest Marathon and Half Marathon on the same day.

Jumping Forum

All Things Jumping is a forum ideal for coaches, athletes, parents, S&C coaches, physios and health professionals who have an interest in jumping events.

Full details about the forum including how to register can be found here – Jumping Forum Flyer

Peter Norman Honoured

We are absolutely delighted with today’s announcement from Athletics Australia and the Victorian State Government that one of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes, Peter Norman, will be immortalised with the striking of a bronze statue at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne.

In addition to the statue, Athletics Australia has adopted October 9th as Peter Norman Day and have inaugurated a Peter Norman Humanitarian Award, awarded to a member of the Australian athletics community who exemplifies the spirit of Peter Norman through their work for human rights, equality and humanitarian causes.

This year’s recipient, two-time Olympian Eloise Wellings, was chosen due to her inspiring work as founding Director of the Love Mercy Foundation. A very worthy recipient – congratulations Eloise!

This Saturday’s 200m for both men and women at Doncaster (AV Shield Round 2) will be in Peter Norman’s honour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

Read more about today’s announcement and learn more about Peter Norman here –…/peter-norman-statue-olympics-b…/

scoreMobile ready for Round 1 of Shield

scoreMobile is a free site that will provide results and individual/Club points for each round of Shield competition starting this Saturday 6th October.

Both Metro Rounds of Shield along with Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo will poll all results and points scored to scoreMobile.

You can check your scores once Shield competition gets underway for each Round of Shield.

“AV’s Chief Scorer David Armstrong has created a simple, accessible and free site that provides each members performance and points scored at Shield. It is an excellent addition and our thanks to David”, remarks Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor.

“In addition to creating this site, David has created a useful video showing members how to use the site which we encourage everyone to check out below’.

scoreMobile is accessible on your mobile device and will contain results and information once the Shield competition kicks off around Victoria.