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


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:

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












Mary McDonald







Geoff McDonald











Steve Gaffney






Regional Service Award


Joanne Lambert









50 year Distinguished Service Award



Stuart Robley




2019 AV AGM – Live stream Wednesday 31st July 2019

2019 Athletics Victoria Annual General Meeting TONIGHT Wednesday 31st July 2019 from 7.00pm.

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2019 AGM information

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Athletics Victoria will be held on Wednesday 21st July 2019 in the Cathy Freeman Room commencing at 7.00pm.

The Agenda for the 2019 AGM has been distributed to all affiliated Clubs and Life Members by email. The AGM will be streamed on athsvictv from 6.50pm. Nominated Club delegates and Life members only are welcome to attend.

In 2019 there were five (5) positions available for nomination on the Athletics Victoria Committee and five nominations were received. Under clause 26.2(d) of the AV Model Rules the following nominations are duly elected

Jamie StrudleyYarra Ranges
Allison RobisonGlenhuntly AC
Tamsyn Manou (LM)Sandringham AC
Grant MackenzieBox Hill AC
Claire BurtonWestern Athletics

The five nominations will join

Ian Rickard (LM)Brunswick AC
Samantha CulbertBox Hill AC
Rob WendelDiamond Valley

At the conclusion of the 2019 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 31 July 2019, the Athletics Victoria Committee will have an equal representation of women and men which meets the mandatory quota of at least 40% women.

The 2019 Annual Report will be available online prior to the AGM.

2019 AGM Agenda



HVC removes entry restrictions for 100/200/400

Entry to the 100m 200m and 400m will be open to all from Round 2 HVC on Friday 18h January 2019 at Box Hill. The restrictions for horizontal jumps and hurdles will remain.

Every person that enters the 100m, 200m and 400m will be seeded into heats based on their seasons performance.

Program of Events

Round 2                 100m / 400m   Short hurdles   Triple Jump

Note to all Coaches – if you are looking for a distance outside of what is on the program, AV is happy to include a heat of that distance. We recommend you discuss between yourselves to arrange fields for any additional distance.Please email before the closing date of entries to arrange.

Entries for HVC close midday Tuesday 15th January 2019.

For more information click the LINK



2018 Zatopek:10 Graded 10km Track Races

Athletics Victoria and Box Hill Athletics Club welcome all distance runners to take part in the 2018 Zatopek:10 Graded 10km Track Races.

These three track races will be conducted at the Box Hill running track at Hagenauer Reserve.

Make the most of this opportunity to complete the rarely raced 10km distance on the track, this is the race of truth for all distance runners. We welcome all runners of all abilities to come and compete. You don’t have to be a member of an athletics club to compete in this event, all runners are welcome.

These three graded track races are for runners of all abilities and we want to provide the runners with the opportunity to race on the track in a graded competitive race.

There will be three separate track races on the night, select the division that matches your best 10km time in the last two years.

A new innovation that started in 2017, is that for those entering division three, no qualifying time will need to be submitted, so if you’re not sure if you can run 10km in under 60 minutes, don’t worry, we encourage you to start the race and see how far you can run in 60 minutes. If you haven’t completed the full 10km in the time we will ask you to leave the track and your result will be the distance that you covered in the sixty minutes. Think of the division three event as the 60-minute run and there will be no pressure on you to run the full 10km distance. We will continue to operate this in 2018.

When: Tuesday 11 December 2018

Where: Hagenauer Reserve, Box Hill North, Victoria 3129

Event Timetable & Entry List: Click here to access the entry list with event start times.

Cost: $15.00 per athlete

Event Check in: Closes 15 minutes before each division start time.

Entries: To avoid overcrowding on the track, entries are LIMITED, we can only have a maximum number of runners in each of the three divisions. Entries can be made via the AV Entry Portal.

Entries Close: Friday the 7th of December at 11:59AM

Races will be seeded to provide athletes the best opportunity to obtain a personal best.  Athletes who entered prior to 3/12/18, please be aware that your race allocation may vary from portal entry dependant on entries received. Confirmation of race lists will be available by 5pm Friday 7th December.

NOTE: Each runner MUST provide a LAP SCORER, to ensure that every runner completes the full 10km distance.

Enquiries: Email Stephen Dineen at

HVC Rnd 1 Entries extended

Entries have been extended until 5.00pm Monday 19th November 2018 for the first Round of High Velocity Club (HVC)

HVC 1 will be held at Box Hill AC this Thursday 22nd November 2018 from 6.00pm. The events on the program are 100m, 200, 400m hurdles and Long Jump.

For more information including eligibility, draft timetable and how to enter, click on the following LINK


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



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