Athletics Victoria

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.


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.