Vale Life Member Charles Nolan

Charles Raymond Nolan Best known as Charlie (6th Jan 1932 – 1st August 2019). Life Member Athletics Victoria and Athletics Bendigo.

Charlie was first involved with athletics in the 1970’s when his son Leigh was a member of the Bendigo YCW club.

In the mid 1970’s the Bendigo Regional Centre wanted to develop an all-weather track in Bendigo. At that stage the Centre was based at the Bendigo Sports Centre where the quality grass track was an unusual shape and under 400 metres with inadequate facilities for field events.

After much hassling with the local councils the former Shire of Huntly offered up a bare patch of land just off the highway at Epsom.  Part of the deal was that the Centre had to contribute a significant percentage of the funds to lay the black bitumen rubber track and develop the site.

Charlie headed up the fundraising committee that included a core group of women to raise the necessary funds. At that stage the men’s and women’s group were separate entities. Charlies women’s fundraising group along with the support of the local Bendigo Centre Clubs did all the usual country efforts like cake stalls and raffles to raise the necessary funds and the Epsom Track was opened in 1980.

His work was not finished with the opening. Charlie for the next 19 years managed the track for the Centre. He took the bookings, cut the grass (although Steve Ryan tells of doing some mowing under Charlies control  and he was a tough taskmaster). During this period Charlie was working as a “traveller” for a motor car spare parts firm and this took him all over the North Central part of the State often over 100 miles (160kms) from Bendigo. Before he set off each day, when the schools were competing, he would make sure that the track and equipment was ready for the school and that the key was at the spot he had at his home for collection. Then at night he’d check that the track was left in good condition and quite often set up for a school next day.

Charlie headed up the Committee of Management for the track which eventually included the Epsom Soccer Club and Tennis Club. In addition he was  Centre President  for four years, Vice President for two years and Secretary for three years.

Perhaps Charlie was best known in the athletics community as the Centre Starter. He was a quality official. Fair yet strict. Those were the days when the athletes had to have their tops tucked in. Charlie spoke of practicing at home in front of a mirror to get the correct timing and process for the start commands. He regularly travelled to Melbourne to work at meets. In addition Charlie was a lead starter at the Victorian Country Championships for over 20 years.

Charlies officiating was not restricted to the track. He was the Centre Starter for the Winter Cross Country and Road Races and in recent times worked and an official on Sundays for the Bendigo Athletic club where his son Leigh and grandsons Josh and Jacob competed.

One task that Charlie took on that not many were aware of was the running of the VRI Bingo on Saturday nights. This for over 20 years. He organised the Bendigo clubs to support the Bingo helpers on a roster and the funds from this were for Bendigo Region, then Athletics Bendigo, to support the maintenance of the Epsom and then Flora Hill facilities including fitting out the venues with high quality equipment. This fundraising laid the foundation for the Centre remaining to be, over 40 years after Charlie was first involved, in a sound position both with a quality venue and financially.

In conclusion although Charlie was immensely proud of the “black track” at Epsom he had the vision to realise that the new track at Flora Hill was a progressive move by Athletics Bendigo and  the amalgamated regional councils into the City of Greater Bendigo. He continued on working with the venue hire for a couple of years and as the Starter however before retiring from Athletics Bendigo he made sure that there were processes in place for equipment hire and most importantly someone could take over his prized guns.

When the Centre was at Epsom the Pavilion was named after him.  The Charlie Nolan Pavilion. To continue on the memory of his contribution the meeting room at Flora Hill track is called the Charlie Nolan Room and Athletics Bendigo presents an award each season to the Outstanding Official *The Charlie Nolan Award” to recognise this officials contribution to the Centre and perpetuate the role Charlie played as an athletics official in not only Bendigo  but also Victoria.

 

Fred Lester Scholarship Fund Training Grants

FRED LESTER DISTANCE RUNNING FUND – Training Grants 2019

Applications are open for the Fred Lester Distance Running Fund Training Grants. The aim of the Grants is to financially assist distance runners who are registered with Athletics Victoria, to achieve higher levels of performance. Athletes between 20 and 30 years of age may apply for amounts up to $3000 per annum. For the purposes of the Training Grants, distance running events include;

  • cross-country and road races up to and including the Marathon distance
  • track events from 3000 metres up to and including 10,000 metres

 

Funding requests could include participation in training camps, clinics and specific coaching programs and other costs directly associated with athletic competition.

 

Applications should include the following details;

  • name, athletic club, address, phone no. and email address
  • long and short term goals
  • specific details of the initiative to be funded, including its role in the athlete’s development
  • a summary of best performances to date
  • an itemised list of proposed costs
  • current sponsorships or grants received to date

 

CLOSING DATE: October 31st 2019

email applications to: megansloane53@gmail.com

XCR’19 Round 8 – Cruden Farm – CANCELLED

Upon a review of the course with the Cruden Farm Venue Manager the unfortunate decision has been made to cancel this weekend’s XCR’19 Round 8 at Cruden Farm in accordance with our Unfavourable Weather Policy (available here)

With the weather that crossed Victoria overnight, the course is no longer suitable for our event. We have been made aware that the start line paddock is currently underwater and trees have fallen within the venue and we will be unable to create a suitable and safe course.

Further, we have reviewed the upcoming forecast and it appears the worst of the rainfall and wind has yet to hit the area and for the safety of all athletes, officials and club helpers it is not viable to conduct the event safely.

We are currently reviewing the possibility of rescheduling at the same venue, there will be more information to follow.

We would ask Clubs and all AV members to respect and acknowledge that a decision like this is not taken lightly.

2019 Athletics Victoria Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following members of the Athletics Victoria family who received awards at the 2019 Athletics Victoria Annual General Meeting.

Life Membership 

 

 

Pam Noden

 

 

 

 

Raelene Boyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

MERIT AWARD

 

 

 

 

Mary McDonald

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geoff McDonald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Gaffney

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Service Award

 

Joanne Lambert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 year Distinguished Service Award

 

 

Stuart Robley

 

 

 

2019 Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships

 

General Information

With a roaring 529 teams contesting last year’s edition, 2019 will see the return of the Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships. With a slew of your favourite relay events, including the 4×400, 4×800, medley, and the blue riband 4×100 back on the program, now’s your chance to get involved in one of the state’s biggest track and field competitions.

Can we make this one bigger than last year? Get your entries in now!

Date: First event commences 12:30pm Wednesday 4th September 2019

Location: Lakeside Stadium, 31-33 Aughtie Drive Albert Park

Entry: Gate 1 Entry North Stand

Entries close strictly at 11:59am Monday 26th August 2019 – to avoid disappointment, enter before this deadline.  Late or on the day entries will not be accepted.

If you are experiencing any issues entering the event, please contact Athletics Victoria prior to the closing date either via email: summer@athsvic.org.au or via phone to the Competitions Department on 03 8646 4512 or 03 8646 4526.  Athletics Victoria will not accept any late entries after the closing date.

Note: following the closure of entries, Athletics Victoria will publish an updated provisional timetable.

Upcoming School Events

Please see below dates for our upcoming All Schools Carnival events.

2019 Victorian Schools Nitro Challenge – Lakeside Stadium

Thursday 12th September 2019

2019 Victorian All Track and Field Championships* – Lakeside Stadium

Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th October 2019 (Weekend 1)

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd November 2019 (Weekend 2)

*Students may enter themselves in the All Schools Track and Field Championships.  If they do not have a profile, they may create a new one and list their school in the registration process to enter.

How To Enter

Only Schools can enter this competition.  If your School does not have an AV School Portal and would like to register to compete in the 2019 Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships, please call the Membership Department at Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500.

Entries close strictly at 11:59am, Monday 26th August 2019 – to avoid disappointment, enter before this deadline.  Late or on the day entries will not be accepted.

If you are experiencing any issues entering the event, please contact Athletics Victoria prior to the closing date either via email: summer@athsvic.org.au or via phone to the Competitions Department on 03 8646 4512 or 03 8646 4526.  Athletics Victoria will not accept any late entries after the closing date.

Step 1

Click the ENTER NOW button on this page

Step 2

Log onto your School’s portal using your school’s administrator username and password.

If you have forgotten your School’s username and password, or if you would like to register your School to compete at the 2019 Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships, please call Athletics Victoria and request the Membership Team on 03 8646 4500.

Step 3

Once you’ve logged into your School’s portal, proceed to the Events tab and click into it.  Locate the event called 2019 Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships, then click the Register button.  When the drop-down menu appears click on Register as School.

Step 4

Enter in the number of teams you like within a specific age group and event, then click Register.

A pop up will confirm your order has been successfully added to your cart at the top left of the screen.  Once you’ve entered all your teams and chosen events, click on your cart which will show all the events have you entered.  You can now proceed to the check out and follow the payment options.  You may pay by credit card or request an invoice.  This will complete your registration process.

Stay tuned for more AV emails as there will be information sent to you regarding the event, what you need to prepare and what to do on the day.

Click here for a How to Guide to enter

Competition Information

Events

Below are the events that will be held on the day.

4x100m Relay 4x400m Relay 4x800m Relay Medley Relay (200m/200m/400m/800m)
All Age Groups U16, U18 & U20 U16 & U20 All Age Groups

Competition Rules

Rules of competitions for the 2019 Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships can be located here

Draft Timetable

A draft timetable for the 2019 Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships can be found here

Note: the featured timetable is a ‘DRAFT’ and for reference only. Due to the complexity of scheduling track events, once entries close a revised ‘PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE’ will be published which will provide an up to date schedule of events and timings. The ‘Provisional Timetable’ should be used over and above the ‘Draft’ version. Athletics Victoria will notify all entrants via email and social media of changes to the timetable before the event commences. It is the responsibility of athletes, parents or coaches to check the timetable online 24 hours before competition, if you are unsure of the most up to date timetable, please do not hesitate to contact Athletics Victoria on 03 86464500.

Check In Team Forms

Please remember to send in your teams’ Check In Forms by 12 pm Monday 2nd September 2019.  This allows for the Administration Team to add your team athlete names into the Meet Manager system for results.

Teams may bring their forms on the day but must be lodged 90 minutes prior to the first event of the day. To download the Check In Form, click here

Substitutions

Any substitutions that are required during the event can be made filling out this form and lodging it 45 minutes prior to each event (the running order cannot be changed) to Administration (located upstairs on Level 1 in the Main Grandstand).

Call Room

The Call Room will be located on the decking in the Main Grandstand on Level 1.  Please ensure your students listen and follow all instructions provide by our Victorian Officials at all times, as they will be organising and directing them to their specific starting lines.

All teams must be at the Call Room 25 minutes prior to their event.  A Call Room Schedule will be uploaded on the Athletics Victoria once the final timetable is confirmed.

Venue Information

Catering

Lakeside Stadium will have their Kiosk open which provides food and hot and cold beverages.

First Aid

St Johns Ambulance will be on site throughout the day.  They will be in the player runaway which is located halfway down the home straight.

Toilet Facilities

There are toilet facilities open around Lakeside Stadium.

Car Parking

Car parking is available around Lakeside Stadium, and MSAC.  Please take note of parking fees.

Looking After Lakeside Stadium

We are very grateful for the opportunity to compete at Lakeside Stadium.  Please ensure you:

  • Park only in designated parking bays
  • Leave the venue as you found it – clean and tidy
  • Do not litter, and use the bins provided
  • Inform athletes to leave the toilet blocks in a respectable state
School Representatives

School Duties

Your School will be assigned various duties to enable the event to run successfully.  Athletics Victoria will allocate roles for all helpers and share this information with your primary sports contact prior to the event.  It is compulsory for your School to assist with the designated tasks on event day.

Please advise your helpers to report to the Cathy Freeman Room at Lakeside Stadium approximately 15 minutes prior to their rostered shift.  This will allow them to sign in, collect their required gear, and to make their way out to their post.

Please contact Craig Morrow (craig@athsvic.org.au) if you have any further questions or queries.

2019 Victorian Coles Nitro Schools Challenge

 

General Information

Follow in the footsteps of Bolt… 2017 witnessed the introduction of Nitro Athletics, an innovative team-based competition which saw competitors battle it out over a series of rarely contested events in the hope of becoming Nitro Champions. The event attracted global attention from the likes of Usain Bolt and was quickly adapted to suit schools team-based competition. In the second staging of the Victorian Coles Nitro Schools Challenge, teams will work together, scoring points across a variety of track and field events; including some new additions to the program. Teams will challenge one another for the chance to progress to the Australian final in this unique nationwide competition.

Now it’s your turn. Get your team together and be a part of the event that bought the world’s fastest man to Melbourne.

Date:  10:00am Thursday 12th September 2019

Location: Lakeside Stadium, 31-33 Aughtie Drive Albert Park

Entry: Gate 1 Entry North Stand

Entries close at 11:59am Monday 6th September 2019 – No late or on the day entries will be accepted.

If you have issues entering the event please contact Athletics Victoria PRIOR to the closing date at summer@athsvic.org.au or the Competitions Department on 8646 4512/8646 4526 and leave a message explaining the issues you are experiencing. Athletics Victoria will not accept any late entries and emails received after the closing date will not be accepted.

NOTE: Please be aware that following the closure of entries, AV will publish an updated provisional timetable.

How To Enter

Only Schools can enter this competition. If your school does not have an AV School Portal and would like to register your school to compete in an All Schools Competition, please call the Membership Department at Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500.

Entries close at 12:00pm (midday) Monday 3rd September – No late or on the day entries will be accepted.

If you have issues entering the event please contact Athletics Victoria PRIOR to the closing date at summer@athsvic.org.au or the Competitions Department on 8646 4512/8646 4526 and leave a message explaining the issues you are experiencing. Athletics Victoria will not accept any late entries and emails received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Step 1

Click the ENTER NOW button on this page

Step 2

Login using your school’s administrator username and password. If you have forgotten your username and password or if you would like to register your school to compete in an All Schools Competition, please call the Membership Department at Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500.

Step 3

Once you’re logged into your school’s portal, click on the ‘Events’ tab. Find the event called ‘2019 Victorian Coles Nitro Schools Challenge’, then click the ‘Register As’ button. When the drop menu appears click on ‘Register As School’.

Step 4

Enter in the number of teams you would like within a specific age group and event, then click ‘Register’. A pop up will confirm your order has been successfully added to your cart at the top left of the screen. Once you’ve entered all your teams and chosen events, click on your cart which will show all the events you have entered. Now you can proceed to the check out and follow the payment options. You may pay by credit card or request an invoice. This will complete your registration process.

Closer to the event there will be information sent to you regarding event timetables, what you need to prepare and do on the day.

Click here for How to Guide to enter

Competition Information

Competition Rules

Information about the Victorian Coles Nitro Schools Challenge can be found here and Competition Rules can be found here.

Draft Timetable

A draft timetable for the 2019 Victorian Nitro Schools Challenge can be found here.

Note: the featured timetable is a ‘DRAFT’ and for reference only. Due to the complexity of scheduling both track and field events, once entries close a revised ‘PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE’ will be published which will provide an up to date schedule of events and timings. The ‘Provisional Timetable’ should be used over and above the ‘Draft’ version. Athletics Victoria will notify all entrants via email and social media of changes to the timetable before the event commences. It is the responsibility of athletes, parents or coaches to check the timetable online 24 hours before competition, if you are unsure of the most up to date timetable, please do not hesitate to contact Athletics Victoria on 03 86464500.

Team Entry Forms

Please remember to send in your Team Confirmation Forms by 11:59am (midday) Tuesday 10th September to summer@athsvic.org.au. This will allow our Administration Team to add in your team athlete names so they can be loaded into the event day meet manager system for results.  To download the Team Confirmation Form, click here.

Team managers are still required to sign in 1 hour prior to the events.

Substitution Forms

Any substitutions that are required during the event can be made out filling out one of the following forms (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) and lodging it 45 minutes prior to each event (relay running order cannot be changed) to Administration (located upstairs on Level 1 in the Main Grandstand).

Call Room

There is no call room for this event. Athletes must marshal in the event area at least ten (10) minutes prior to the event start time and listen to announcements broadcast over the PA for any changes.

Nitro Schools Challenge Teams and Event Information * Please download and read the complete competition rules above

  • Age will be determined as at the 31st December 2019
  • Each competitor may only compete in one Division during the competition.
  • A competitor cannot change Divisions once competition has commenced

DIVISIONAGE GROUPNUMBER PER TEAMNUMBER OF EVENTS EACH TEAM MEMBER CAN COMPETENUMBER OF COMPETITORS PER EVENT IN TRACK AND FIELD (EXCLUDING RELAYS)
Junior13 – 14 years (2005,2006)Maximum 7 2 Individual events and 2 Relays1 per event
Intermediate15 – 16 years (2003,2004)Maximum 112 Individual events and 2 Relays1 per event
Senior17 – 19 years (2000,2001,2002)Maximum 112 Individual events and 2 Relays1 per event

JuniorIntermediateSenior
2 x 2 x 400m Relay2 x 2 x 400m Relay2 x 2 x 400m Relay
60m60m60m
Shot Put Girls 3kg Boys 4kgShot Put Girls 3kg Boys 4kgShot Put Girls 3kg Boys 5kg
800m1000m1000m
Javelin Girls 500g Boys 700gJavelin Girls 500g Boys 700gJavelin Girls 500g Boys 700g
150m200m400m
Long JumpLong JumpLong Jump
4 x 100m Relay100m Hurdles – Boys (84cm)     90m Hurdles – Girls (76.2cm)110m Hurdles – Boys (91cm) 100m Hurdles – Girls (76.2cm)
High JumpHigh Jump
Swedish Relay (100, 300, 200, 400)Swedish Relay (100, 300, 200, 400)

*For individual track & field events listed above (except relays), only one representative from each team will compete in each event.

Prior to the start of the competition, athletes are to nominate which three heights they wish to attempt to clear from the below heights:

  • Intermediate Boys
  • 1.85m
  • 1.75m
  • 1.65m
  • 1.60m
  • 1.55m
  • 1.45m
  • 1.35m
  • Intermediate Girls
  • 1.60m
  • 1.55m
  • 1.50m
  • 1.45m
  • 1.35m
  • 1.25m
  • 1.20m
  • Senior Boys
  • 1.90m
  • 1.80m
  • 1.70m
  • 1.65m
  • 1.60m
  • 1.50m
  • 1.40m
  • Senior Girls
  • 1.65m
  • 1.60m
  • 1.55m
  • 1.50m
  • 1.40m
  • 1.30m
  • 1.25m
Venue Information

Catering

Lakeside Stadium will have their Kiosk open which provides food, drinks and coffees.

First Aid

St Johns Ambulance will be on site throughout the day. They will be in the player runway which is located halfway down home straight.

Toilet Facilities

There are toilet facilities open around Lakeside stadium.

Car Parking

Car parking is available within lakeside stadium car parking and MSAC parking facilities.

Looking after Lakeside Stadium

We are very grateful for the opportunity to compete at Lakeside Stadium.

  • Park only in designated parking bays
  • Take home all rubbish so that we leave the venue as we found it.
  • Do not litter any rubbish. Please use bins provided.
  • Make sure your athletes leave the toilet blocks in a respectable state.
School Representatives

School Duties

Your school will be assigned various duties to enable the event to run successfully. Athletics Victoria will allocate roles for all helpers and share this information with your primary sports contact prior to the event. It is compulsory for your school to assist with your designated tasks on event day.

Please advise your helpers to report to the Cathy Freeman Room here at Lakeside approximately 15 minutes prior to their rostered shift. This will allow them to sign in, collect their required gear and make their way out to their post.

Please contact Andrea Hallett (andrea@athsvic.org.au) if you have any further questions or queries.