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


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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: sharon@athsvic.org.au
03 8646 4508

AV Trust Guidelines

AV Trust Application Form


ANGLESEA Ekiden Relays Cancelled



Due to the increased risk of thunderstorms and high winds in excess of 50kmh during the scheduled event time on Saturday, the Anglesea Ekiden Relays will be cancelled.

AV has continued to consult with the BOM and with Parks Victoria who along with Surf Coast Shire closed part of the national park early this week due to erosion. The impending weather forecast, confirmed by the BOM today increases the risk to participants, officials and volunteers with up to 300 people out on the course at any one time when the weather cell is predicted to hit.   With the exposed nature of the course and terrain, putting members at risk for the duration of the event is not in the best interests of Athletics Victoria, our clubs, officials and participants.

We have spoken to the Anglesea Family Caravan Park to inform them of our decision. They are working with us on the matter and we will be informed tomorrow morning on cancellation options for those who have booked accommodation within the park. Further details will follow tomorrow.

We can confirm that Clubs will receive a full refund of all entry fees.

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

2018 Athletics Victoria Annual Report

The 2018 Athletics Victoria Annual Report is now online.

It is on the ABOUT page under ANNUAL REPORT or you can download it via this link. Annual Report

Thank you to the team at Athletics Victoria and the Committee for their contributions.

WU20 Results Day 5 and coming up Final Day

Day 5 sees Nash Lowis reach the top podium with a Gold Medal in the Mens Javelin. After qualifying first it was Lowis’ 5th attempt that pushed him into an unreachable lead with 75.31m.

Outstanding performances from our walkers in the 10,000m journey with a new National U20 record for Declan Tingay (4th) and a superb personal best for Kyle Swan (6th).  Katie Hayward also posted a PB and finished  5th in the Womens event.

Both the womens and mens 4x 400m Relay qualified for the final and both are strong chances to challenge for a medal.

Heading into the final day Australia find themselves in 6th position on the medal table.

For all results from DAY 5 Click HERE

So on the final day, here are the Australians in action

World U20 Championships – Tampere Finland
Day 6
20:30 W High Jump Final Startlist
20:35 W 100 Metres Hurdles Final Startlist
20:40 M Discus Throw (1.750kg) Final Startlist
20:45 M 3000 Metres Steeplechase Final Startlist
21:00 W Triple Jump Final Startlist
21:15 W 1500 Metres Final Startlist
21:34 M 800 Metres Final Startlist
21:58 W 4×400 Metres Relay Final Startlist Australia Lane 6
22:28 M 4×400 Metres Relay Final Startlist Australia Lane 5

WU20 Results Day 4 and coming up Day 5…

Day 4 is done at the World U20 Championships with some strong performances from the Australian team and a heart breaking DNF in the preliminary rounds of the Mens 4 x 100m relay. Meanwhile the Womens Team qualified 8th to make the final of the 4 x 100m Relay.

Day 2 of the Heptathlon with Celeste Mucci placed to challenge for a medal heading into the remaining three disciplines. With both Mucci and fellow Aussie multi eventer Camryn Newton Smith posting P.B’s in the Javelin, the weather conditions went south with pelting rain for the final event the 800m.  Newton-Smith ran a PB of 2.23.11 and would finish 14th overall , while Mucci would miss out on the medals finishing 5th  with 5865 points.

All the results for Day 4 can be found  HERE

Coming up on Day 5 of the World U20 Championships:-

World U20 Championships – Tampere Finland
Day 5
16:30 M Discus Throw (1.750kg) Qualification Group A Startlist Alexander Kolesnichoff
16:35 W 10,000 Metres Race Walk Final Startlist Katie Hayward
17:00 W Triple Jump Qualification Startlist
17:40 M High Jump Final Startlist
17:45 M 10,000 Metres Race Walk Final Startlist Declan Tingay, Kyle Swan
17:50 M Discus Throw (1.750kg) Qualification Group B Startlist Conor McLoughlin
18:50 W 4×400 Metres Relay Heats Startlist (Ht 2/3) Lane 4 – First 2 each ht and next fastest 2
19:15 M 4×400 Metres Relay Heats Startlist (Ht 2/3) Lane 1 – First 2 each ht and next fastest 2
20:20 W Hammer Throw Final Startlist
20:50 M Pole Vault Final Startlist
20:55 W 100 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final Startlist Lateisha Willis (Ht1/3), Samanthan Johnson (Ht2/3)
21:30 M 800 Metres Semi-Final Startlist
21:59 M Triple Jump Final Startlist
22:05 W 200 Metres Final Startlist
22:20 M 5000 Metres Final Startlist
22:25 M Javelin Throw Final Startlist Nash Lowis
22:52 M 400 Metres Hurdles Final Startlist
23:04 W 4×100 Metres Relay Final Startlist Australia Lane 2
23:40 M 4×100 Metres Relay Final Startlist

WU20 Results Day 3 and coming up Day 4…

Another sensational day at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland with Carley Thomas claiming a Silver medal in the Womens 800m in the blistering time of 2.01.13.

Ella Connelly also challenged for a medal in the Womens 400m with a gutsy performance that would see her claim a gallant 4th in 52.82.

Day 1 of the Womens Heptathlon has Celeste Mucci sitting in 4th and Camryn Newton-Smith in 20th with one day to go. Mucci (3523-pts) remains in touch with Day 1 leader Niamh Emerson (GBR – 3690 pts)

All the results for Day 3 can be found  HERE

Coming up on Day 4 of the World U20 Championships:-


World U20 Championships – Tampere Finland
Day 3
16:30 M Javelin Throw Qualification Group A Startlist Cameron McEntyre
16:35 W 100 Metres Hurdles Heats Startlist Samantha Johnson (Ht5/6), Lateisha Willis (Ht 6/6) – First 3 in each Ht and next fastest 6
17:00 W Long Jump Heptathlon Startlist Celeste Mucci (A), Camryn Newton-Smith (B)
17:25 M 800 Metres Heats Startlist Archie Wallis (Ht 1/4), Lachlan Raper (Ht 3/4) – First 3 in each Ht and next fastest 4
17:45 M Javelin Throw Qualification Group B Startlist Noah Lowis
18:20 W 1500 Metres Heats Startlist Sarah Eckel (Ht 1/2), Abbey Caldwell Ht 2/2) – First 4 in each Ht and next fastest 4
18:40 W High Jump Qualification Startlist
19:00 W 200 Metres Heats Startlist Riley Day (Ht2/5), Mia Gross (Ht 3/5) – First 4 in each Ht and next fastest 4
19:10 W Javelin Throw Heptathlon Group A Startlist Celeste Mucci (A)
20:20 W Javelin Throw Heptathlon Group B Startlist Camryn Newton-Smith (B)
00:50 (14 JUL) M Hammer Throw (6kg) Final Startlist James Joycey
01:00 (14 JUL) M Triple Jump Qualification Startlist
01:05 (14 JUL) W 4×100 Metres Relay Heats Startlist Australia (Ht1/2)
01:30 (14 JUL) M 4×100 Metres Relay Heats Startlist Australia (Ht 1/3)
02:00 (14 JUL) W 800 Metres Heptathlon Celeste Mucci, Camryn Newton-Smith
02:28 (14 JUL) M 400 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final Startlist
02:43 (14 JUL) W Long Jump Final Startlist
03:02 (14 JUL) W 200 Metres Semi-Final
03:26 (14 JUL) W 400 Metres Hurdles Final Startlist
03:35 (14 JUL) M 400 Metres Final Startlist
03:45 (14 JUL) W 3000 Metres Steeplechase Final Startlist Montana McAvoy, Brielle Erbacher
04:20 (14 JUL) M 200 Metres Final Startlist Zane Branco Lane 5