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.


Exclusive AV Member offer

The 16th October will mark the 50th Anniversary of our Victorian Olympic Silver medallist, Australian & Oceania 200m record holder the late Peter Norman.

This day and significant moment in history was when Peter Norman stood proudly on the dais at the 1968 Mexico Olympics with USA athletes Tommy Smith and Johnny Carlos.

Peter Norman was more than an Olympian and one of the fastest men ever.  He was a humanitarian who stood for human equality. Peter Norman wore the badge, “The Olympic Project for Human Rights”. He stood silently in protest.

Members of Athletics Victoria are invited to attend a special screening of “SALUTE” – the story behind the image that shook the world to be held at ACMI Federation Square on Tuesday 16th October at 6.45pm.

Get your tickets now at ACMI members rate of $12 and also receive 20% off a Peter Norman ‘I’ll Stand With You’ memorial t-shirt when you present your Vic Athletics membership card at the screening.



Tickets are limited for this screening.

You’re invited!

On Sunday, September 23rd, Glenhuntly Athletic Club in conjunction with Caulfield Little Athletics, Maccabi and the Victorian Masters is celebrating the opening of their recently upgraded athletic facility at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve in Murrumbeena, and you’re all invited!

All the details can be found here –…/1KpNMjHl8A2ho_Jday2fWh5TqhSq…/edit

Shield is nearly here!

Winter has been a blast with a huge season of XCR18 almost run and won.

As we enter spring however, our thoughts start to turn to the track, and the 2018/19 season of AV Shield which is now only 5 weeks away.

Athletics Victoria would like to share with you some information on the format and some new options for members this coming season.

Competition Format

  • There will be no change to the 2018-19 AV Shield season with two (2) metro venues, one hosting program 1 and the other hosting program 2, each week.  The three (3) country venues, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo, will operate alternate programs
  • Athletes from all metro and country regions will be able to choose which venue they attend and still be eligible to score points. Please note country regions will offer additional events although these will be marked as non-scoring events. Athletes will still be able to pre-enter online or enter on the day providing athletes have purchased the correct package. Athletes however will be ineligible for points on non-scoring events marked on the country timetables. (please see summer handbook for rules of competition)
  • Online entry will still be offered this season before each round of competition. Entries will close three days prior to competition at midday before each round.
  • One change athletes should note for this year is related to the check-in time. We have reduced the check-in times for track and field events to 30 minutes. All athletes must check-in before competition no later than 30 minutes before their listed event.
  • Athletes will still be offered the opportunity to enter on the day, however new restrictions will apply. (See Membership and Summer Packages below and rule 4.1 within the summer handbook)
  • Zone v Zone competition will still operate virtually and will be scored across all twelve (12) rounds of AV Shield metro-based competition. Presentations will take place at the AV Shield Final and presented to the highest scoring zone.
  • For more information on the 2018-19 important rules of competition and scoring changes please visit the AV Shield web-page and visit pages 38-46.

Membership/Summer Packages

  • As part of the 2018-19 Membership packages released to members earlier in the year, AV have incorporated a Pay as You Go model, this now allows AV Members to choose which rounds they compete in. As a result, a break down of the new offerings and terminology is below

For the 2018/19 AV Shield season there will be an additional option for AV Members:

  • For those who hold an AV Membership but have not purchased a 2018/19 T&F Package or Max Package: AV members can now opt to ‘Pay as You Go’ for all AV Shield rounds. ‘Pay as You Go’ athletes must register online for each round before the midweek closing date, and pre-enter for the events they wish to participate in.  ‘Pay as You Go’ athletes will be pre-seeded in events where applicable and will score points for their representative club.
  • For those who hold an AV membership and have purchased a 2018/19 T&F or Max Package: AV package holders can either enter on the day of competition or pre-enter to secure their place and will score points for their representative club.

*For those who have purchased an AV membership but do not hold either a 2018/19 T&F, Max package or PAYG round entry will not be eligible to enter, compete and score points on the day. If they do wish to compete for no points they will be classed as a ‘Trialling Athlete’ and must follow the steps featured in the below paragraph. AV Members must have purchased an appropriate option to be eligible to compete and score AV Shield points.

*Trialling Members are now classed as ‘Trialling Athletes’ and will pay a $20 fee for each round. Trialling Athletes are limited to two (2) rounds of AV Shield competition across metro and country regions.

For the 2018/19 season there will be two options for Trialling Athletes:

  • ‘Trialling Athletes’ can pre-enter online before the midweek closing date. They will be charged $20 per round and will be pre-seeded in events where applicable. Athletes will be required to collect their competitor bibs on the day, from administration.
  • ‘Trialling Athletes’ who have not pre-registered before the midweek closing date must complete a trialling athlete form on the day. They will be charged $20 per round, will receive their competitor bibs, and will be able to enter their desired events on the day (space allowing in field events).

Trialling Athletes who pre-enter or register on the day will not score points for their representative club. Please Note: Little Athletics members registered only with Little Athletics will not be charged a fee to be a Trialling Athlete.  Little Athletics Members will be asked to provide proof of membership for the 2018-19 season. Little Athletics Member Trialling Athletes are limited to two (2) rounds of AV Shield competition.

Athletes who do not follow the above procedures and are found to be in breach of these rules will be invoiced $20.00 plus an administration fee, for each round competed during the 2018-19 season.

Repeat offenders may incur further penalties from Athletics Victoria. Please note that profile checks will be carried out throughout the season.

AV Shield Process/Rules of Competition

Below is a short summary of what to expect this coming season at AV Shield competition.

  • Athletes to create an online profile if you do not already have one and update your details.  AV Members Portal
  • Purchase a Track & Field or PAYG. This will provide eligibility to compete in AV Shield events and score points.
  • Athletes can pre-enter online each week before the closing date. Select events you wish to compete in. This will secure your place in track and field events. AV Shield Entry Guide
  • On the day of competition, athletes will be asked to check-in for ALL events at the registration desk no later than 30 minutes before their events scheduled start time, featured on the timetable of events.
  • Check-in will open 90 minutes before the first timetabled event on the program.
  • Athletes who do not check-in will be asked to compete in a later heat for track events and may lose their allotted space in field events.
  • There will still be allocated time for track heats on the day. Field events will be capped at the set number featured on the timetable. Athletes who do not check-in for field events will be removed from the card and the available space offered to another athlete.
  • This season, athletes who enter elite field cards without having an AV Ranking or showing capacity to achieve that performance will be removed from that card and all other field cards. It is the athlete’s responsibility to enter themselves in only one field time slot across all venues per round.
  • Athletes entering multiple field cards across various venues, will be removed from ALL sheets and opportunity offered to another entrant.
  • Performance lists will be pre-published before each event to inform athletes which heat they will be allocated. We are encouraging all members to purchase the Hy-Tek Meet Mobile App which provides instant start lists, results and schedules.
  • Athletes competing in laned events will be seeded on performance and will no longer need to report into the administration tent after their event as a race result will be captured by Photo Finish.
  • Athletes competing in circular events will be seeded based on performance and will report into the tent following their event to capture results.
  • Athletes will be able to access results on Hy-Tek Meet Mobile App and on Score Manager screens after their event.

All results will be featured on the AV Rankings after the event. Athletes/Team Managers will have the opportunity to query a result through the Athletics Victoria website no later than Wednesday 11.59pm following the completed round of competition.

We hope to see all clubs, athletes and volunteers supporting AV Shield this season and look forward to another exciting summer ahead. Best of luck for the season!

Portal and Website Temporary Outage

Please note both the Athletics Victoria website and portal services will be down from 1pm on Thursday the 30th August until 1pm on Friday the 31st August.

For urgent enquiries contact the office on 8646 4500.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this temporary outage.


Calling all race walking judges.

Athletics Australia, Athletics Victoria and the Victorian Race Walking Club will be conducting a Walk Judging Seminar on Saturday 1st December 2018.

The Seminar is open to those interested in becoming Walk Judges and for existing Judges to upgrade. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival; however, lunch will be at the officials’ own expense.

Please bring stationary including pencils, pens, paper and the current IAAF handbook.

Presenters: Bob Cruise and Zoe Eastwood-Bryson

8.30am – Registration
9.00am-11.30pm – General seminar for level 1-3 and anyone who wishes to attend Held by Bob Cruise and Zoe Eatswood- Bryson
11.30pm-12.30pm – Lunch
12.30pm – Exams ( bring a laptop)

Bayview Eden Hotel
6 Queens Rd, Melbourne, 3004

To register your interest, please complete and return the form located here WALK JUDGING SEMINAR 2



Anglesea Family Caravan Park have kindly offered those who have booked accommodation for this weekend the following cancellation conditions:

• Any accommodation bookings for Saturday night only- the park will charge a cancellation fee of $25.00 for any bookings cancelled prior to 5pm on Friday 17th August,2018.

• Any bookings not cancelled for Friday & Saturday night will have 100% of all monies paid absorbed as a cancellation.

• Any bookings for Friday & Saturday night who call to cancel will have the opportunity to transfer their booking to another date for use within 6 months from initial booking period.

Please note all bookings and cancellations must be made to the Caravan Park by Friday 17th August 2018, 5.00pm.

IMPORTANT: For those still planning on heading down to Anglesea this weekend please notify the Caravan Park by 5.00pm today also otherwise bookings will be cancelled.

AV Team

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.

XCR18 Anglesea Weather


The weather forecast for this Saturday in Anglesea predicts rain and possible thunderstorms throughout Saturday with high winds  of up to 40km/h.

If the weather forecast remains the same or worsens, then the Anglesea Ekiden Relays may be cancelled this weekend.

As you will be aware AV were forced to adjust the course routes earlier this week due to parkway closures on safety grounds by Surf Coast Shire and Parks Victoria.  Due to the risk factors associated with the terrain and surrounding woodland areas and with the high chance of thunderstorms we will continue to monitor the forecast and remain in contact with the Bureau of Meteorology.

Any decision about this weekend will be made by 4pm Thursday 16th August 2018  and Athletics Victoria will communicate to all members, Clubs, and Officials, by SMS, social media and the AV website.

If the forecast improves but remains a concern either before Saturday or on the day, then the program and distances may be amended  and members will be advise of any changes by SMS, social media and the AV website.

The safety of all competitors, officials, volunteers, and spectators is the priority and we will be back in contact by 4pm Thursday 16th August 2018.

Glenn Turnor CEO