Stadium Closure Times

Lakeside Stadium will be playing host to a visiting international team during the period from the 29th of January through to the 8th of February. As a result, there will be no access to the stadium at the following times and dates –

Monday 29th January – 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Tuesday 30th January – 9:30am to 1:00pm and 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Wednesday 31st January – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Friday 2nd February – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Saturday 3rd February – 6pm to 10pm

Monday 5th February – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Tuesday 6th February – 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Wednesday 7th February – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Thursday 8th February – 6pm to 10:00pm

AV Office Closure

As a result of road closures at Albert Park this Thursday the 25th of January associated with the 2018 Towards Zero Race Melbourne, the AV office will be closed for the day.

Should you have any urgent needs on that day, please email

2018 Victorian Country Championships – TIMETABLE CHANGE

WEATHER FORECAST  – Timetable changes for  2018 Victorian Country Championships.

Message from Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor

Following the Bureau’s forecast for this weekend of temperatures of 38 degrees, we have reviewed a number of options to ensure the safety of everyone participating. Re-scheduling the competition was not an option with many competitors having arranged and paid for accommodation and travel plans.
The agreed option was to amend the timetable of events to reduce the amount of time athletes, officials and volunteers are exposed to the heat of the day.  Where possible we have moved distance events to early morning or later at night and have amended the competition rules to remove preliminary rounds.
We are very aware that these changes may affect plans and cause some inconvenience –  but our priority is to ensure all of our competitions are conducted with the safety of all concerned as the priority.
The major changes are :-

  • Competition on Friday 26th January will now commence at 9.30am (track) and 10.15am (field) with an extended break from 1.00pm until 6.30pm.
  • Competition on Saturday 27th January will start on the track with the 3000m walk at 9.00am followed by the 100m (finals and timed finals) which will conclude at 11.30am. The program will then break until 6.15pm with the finals of the 1500m, 400m and the 10,000m. Field events will commence 30 mins earlier in the morning session and start at 9.00am and conclude at 1.00pm on Saturday. The evening field session will recommence at 4.30pm and conclude at 9.45pm.
  • Sunday 27th January program will commence at 9.00am with the 200m (finals and timed finals) followed by steeplechase, short hurdles and relays with an anticipated finish time of 2.20pm. There are no changes to the Sunday field event timetable.

Competition amendments:-

  • All track event will be conducted as a straight FINAL or a TIMED Final.
  • 800m Finals will be conducted in lanes where there are 12 or less competitors, or on the 800m curve start where there are more than 12 athletes checked in for the Final.
  • 1500m field sizes will be determined at the discretion of the Competition Director but where there are large numbers of entries, two timed finals can be conducted.
  • Athletes must check in for TRACK Events and will be asked to provide their SEASONS BEST performance on the CHECK IN sheet so that TIMED FINALS can be seeded. If an athlete does not provide seasons best then they will not be seeded correctly.
  • Where TIMETABLE changes create a clash of events for athletes, all effort will be made to ensure that athletes can be accommodated.

If the timetable changes now makes it impossible for an athlete to compete, then AV will provide a full refund.
In addition to these timetable changes we are working with our host committee to provide additional shade areas and increased access to water and refreshments.

**The Club Duty Roster will also change and we will work with the organising committee and all clubs that are rostered on to ensure we can conduct the competition. We may ask for some more helpers.

To access the amended timetable click  HERE.

Date: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th January, 2018

Location: Llanberris Reserve – York St, Ballarat

2018 Australian Under 20 3000m Championships

The Australian U20 Women’s 3000m Championships is being held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on Friday February 2nd, 2018.

Click here to begin the online entry process.

Entries close Friday January 26, 2018 at 9am.  If you have issues completing your registration, please contact ANSW for help prior to entries closing.


Due to the problems experienced with the online entry system last week, we have extended the cut off time for entries into the 2017 Victorian Country Track & Field Championships until midday (12.00pm)  today, Tuesday the 16th of January.

Metro athletes are also able to compete as invitational athletes, the rules of which are available on the event page via the link below.

Make sure you plan in advance as accommodation is at a premium around the country championship weekend and make sure your entry is on time before the closing date.

NOTE – the entry portal is due for maintenance between 5:00pm – 5:30pm Monday the 15th of January so you may experience difficulties entering during this period.

All the details can be found here –…/2018-victorian-country-track-field…/

2018 Australian Athletics Championships & Nomination Trials

The 2018 Australian Athletics Championships and nomination trials are the pinnacle event of the Australian Athletics Calendar, with a four-day event commencing on the 15th February on the Gold Coast. This event also serves as the Commonwealth Games nomination trials.


Entries will close with AV at 12.00pm on the 25th of January 2017 at which time all event entries will need to be verified and all entries submitted to Athletics Australia on the 29th of January 2018.

Please include your seasons best in your entry form for each event you enter. A reminder that the qualification period commences on the 1st of January 2017. Athletes must have achieved the entry standard for every event entered.

Please ensure you read the information on Event Entry Fees on the Event Page which includes the Event guidelines, draft timetable and event entry standards.

For important event and entry information click the event page here.

Financial Assistance for Australian Junior Athletics Championships

Are you aged between 15 – 20 and have qualified for the Australian Junior Athletics Championship in Sydney in March?

If so, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to cover your travel expenses thanks to the Torch Club.

The Torch Club was founded over 30 years ago with the objective of raising money to offer financial aid to Junior Athletes.

Those interested in applying should email Carole Haberle from The Torch Club at, requesting an application form, and providing details of your age, club and intended competition and event.

AV Multi Championships Postponed and AV Shield Round 10 moved to Sunday 7th January 2018

Hi and welcome to 2018. I hope you had a safe New Year.

2018 has started with some challenges with the weather forecast for this Saturday 6th January 2018 set to hit 41 degrees for most of the afternoon with a late change expected (according to the Bureau of Meteorology) after 6pm.

We have been looking at options to conduct competitions across Victoria (AV Multi Champs and AV Shield) based on the updated and now current weather forecast and with high temperatures confirmed the AV Multi Championships in Geelong will not go ahead this weekend and will be postponed. We are looking at an alternative date and venue for this Championship and will work on finalising the details by the end of this week. Further, Metro Shield Round 10, Geelong Region and Bendigo Region will now move from Saturday 6th January to Sunday 7th January 2018 to avoid the heatwave.

Here are the details –
*Blue/White Zone – Sunday 7th January Knox Athletics Track commencing 1.00pm. The Blue/White Timetable can be found HERE
*Red/Yellow Zone – Sunday 7th January Lakeside Stadium commencing 1.00pm. Pls Note change of venue from Aberfeldie due to track repairs not being completed. Red/Yellow Timetable can be found HERE

*Geelong Region – Sunday 7th January commencing at 1.00pm. Geelong Timetable can be found HERE

*Bendigo Region – Sunday 7th January commencing at 11.00am. *Entries will close Friday 5th February 9.00pm. For the Bendigo information click HERE

*Ballarat Region will be conducting a twilight meet Saturday 6th January (subject to any changes to forecast) commencing at 6.00pm

**Please note – Club Duty Roster will remain the same. AV Staff will assist Clubs in Yellow/Red now moving to Lakeside Stadium but Club duty for set up and pack down will still be in force.
A reminder that athletes can enter on the day and will need to check in 60 mins prior to commencement of the event time. Also, a reminder that the Competition Director can change an event time by up to 15 mins on the day.

The AV Shield Committee will continue to assess any effect a date change may have on eligibility for the Shield Final.

I appreciate your understanding of these changes due to the weather forecast and hope that all understand the need to provide a safe environment in which to conduct a competition for athletics, officials and volunteers.

Glenn Turnor
CEO Athletics Victoria

2018 Vic Multi Championships

The 2018 Victorian Multi Championships competition makes its way to Geelong on the 6th and 7th of January and provides competition for athletes from under 14 to over-age age groups, to compete against the states best multi athletes.

Entries close at midday Wednesday the 3rd of January, so don’t delay!

Christmas & New Year – Closing Dates

From all of us at Athletics Victoria, we hope you have a wonderful festive season, and thank you for your support throughout 2017. We’re excited about what 2018 has in store as we continue in our endeavour to raise the bar even higher!

Our office is closed from 5pm, on Tuesday, the 19th of December, and will reopen on Wednesday the 3rd of January, 2018 – see you in the new year!

Zatopek Legacy – Patrick Tiernan

Patrick Tiernan’s rise to distance running royalty has been meteoric over the last 2 years, but the Toowoomba native has been busy building an impressive athletic resume since the grand old age of 11.

Winning the Australian Cross Country Championships in 2005, the humble Victoria Park Race Course played host to a number of future Australian representatives, with a Victorian Under 20 team winning a national title with a perfect score, made possible by the likes of Toby Rayner, Liam Adams, David McNeill, Brenton Rowe and Steve Kelly – all of whom wore a green and gold singlet at a junior or senior representative level.

Tiernan quietly reminded the distance running community of his potential as a 17 year old, running 30:34 in a 10 kilometre road race on the Gold Coast, a subtle sign of things to come, as Tiernan won 2012 Australian Under 20 titles in the 1500m (3:50.67) and 5000m (14:40.59) events before departing for the famed Villanova University distance program.

It was in Villanova, Pennsylvania that the Queenslander’s prominence would rocket to international notice, a combination of results throughout the 2013-14 season indicated Tiernan was racing with maturity well beyond his years. A debut appearance at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships saw the youngster finish 9th in a field of over 200 athletes, with conditions requiring the start line to be moved due to inclement weather.

Building on a promising cross country season, Tiernan qualified for the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, finishing 7th and 6th respectively – this was a pattern that would become all too familiar in the coming years.

Tiernan departed Villanova with personal bests of 3:45.43 (1500m), 7:48.55 (3000m) and 13:25.78 (5000m) and an NCAA Cross Country title, having competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics whilst still a college student.

Tiernan’s development post-collegiately has been similarly rapid, with appearances at the IAAF World Championships in both the 5,000m (11th) and 10,000m (22nd), displaying a proficiency over the longer distances causing statisticians nationwide to hone their editing skills.

A 13th place finish at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship was an exhibition in patience amongst unbridled chaos, on a 2km looped course, Tiernan progressed throughout the race from 35th through 2km, to 26th, 23rd, to 19th with a lap remaining, ultimately finishing as the first non-African athlete in 13th, one position behind Leonard Komon (15km WR holder) and 3 places ahead of World and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich.

Ranked 3rd, 3rd and 4th respectively across 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m on all-time Australian lists, boasting personal bests of 7:37.76, 13:13.44 and 27:29.81, the 23-year old is now an established regular on the Diamond League circuit. The defending Zatopek:10 champion following a brutal series of accelerations over the final 12 laps of the 2016 race, Tiernan will enter the 2017 event quietly confident in his preparation, with an eye on a home-state Commonwealth Games berth.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 08 DECEMBER 2016: Patrick Tiernan wins the Zatopek 10 Australian 10,000m race during the Zatopek 10 Australian 10,000m Championships on December 8, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

When did you first hear about the Zatopek race?

The first Zatopek race I remember hearing about was 2008, when Dave McNeill sprinted away from Bobby Curtis and Michael Shelley. I saw the result in an R4YL magazine, and recognized Shelley’s name after seeing him at a lot of road races in Queensland. From then on, I would always look at the results of the race the day after it was run, and said to myself that I’d run it one day. The first time I actually went to the meet was last year when I competed in the main event.

Why did you first run the Zatopek 10,000m event?

The timing was perfect for me; I’d just come off of the NCAA cross country season, and had no more eligibility for Villanova. It was also the first step for me in qualifying for the World Championships, so it just made sense to come back and run it. I think last year was also the first time I physically felt ready to run a 10km on the track, which was very important to me.

What does Zatopek mean as an event to you?

It’s a very high priority meet for me for a number of reasons. First off, it’s a race on Australian soil, which have been very rare for me over the last 5 years. Coming back to Australia and getting to race in front of a number of familiar faces was a big deal for me, and something that I’ll always look forward to. Secondly, most of Australia’s great distance runners have won this race at some point in their career, and to have the chance to put my name up with their’s is an awesome feeling. Finally, there are very few track races around the world where the fans are able to come out onto the track. It makes for a great atmosphere, and hopefully we can get a few more people out this year to make it even more exciting.

LONDON, ENGLAND – 12 AUGUST 2017: Patrick Tiernan of Australia, Mohamed Farah of Great Britain and Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the United States compete in the Men’s 5000 Metres final during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Did you initially understand who Emil Zatopek was?

Not at all. It was either my high school coach, Tom Bradbury, or my Dad that first told me about him. At first I didn’t think much of what he did, but after realizing how hard it is to compete at the top level, I gained an incredible amount of respect for the man. To do what he did is something that would seem impossible to most.

What changed most during your training build-up to your first Zatopek 10?

I wouldn’t say that my training was changed for the Zatopek race, but rather for my last NCAA cross country race. Regardless, what I did in the lead up to that obviously paid off for me when it came to the Zatopek 10. In the lead-up to the race, I was doing a lot of fartlek sessions, with some quicker 1km reps thrown in either at the end or in the middle of each session. The purpose of this was to be able to adjust and recover if the pace quickened at random points throughout the race. I had also increased the amount of strength and conditioning work I was doing, which I think really helps in the latter stages of the race.

LONDON, ENGLAND – 12 AUGUST 2017: Patrick Tiernan of Australia leads during the Men’s 5000 Metres final during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

How has the Zatopek 10 effected your career to date?

It was my first race as a professional, and really set a good tempo for the remainder of my season. It is a tough race to win, and I think that it helped me realize how much physical and mental strength is required to compete at the top level.

What does the race signify to you in the world of junior Australian athletics?

I never personally ran the 3,000m at the Zatopek meet. I was supposed to race in 2012 I think, but I was just beginning the process of going to Villanova University, so I had to pass up the opportunity unfortunately. Since the 2008 meeting where Dave won the 10,000m, I did keep close tabs on the junior race results. I remember seeing guys like Ryan Gregson, James Nipperess, Brett Robinson, and Jordy Williamsz win the event, and I really wanted to give it a crack. However, things just didn’t line up unfortunately. However, all of those guys went on to have great careers, and are still running at a very high level, so I think it just shows how significant the race is as far as identifying the next generation of Australian distance runners.

How did the U20 race effect your career progression at the time?

Obviously it didn’t have a direct effect for me, but seeing other guys around my age competing at the front of a race like that was always great motivation for me. Even when I first moved to the US, I would look at the result of that year’s race, and say to myself that when I eventually came back that I wanted to be able to compete and win a race like that, so it was always a source of motivation for me.


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 08 DECEMBER 2016: Patrick Tiernan poses with the trophy after winning the Zatopek 10 Australian 10,000m race during the Zatopek 10 Australian 10,000m Championships on December 8, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Background and interview courtesy of Sean Whipp

Zatopek Legacy – Benita Johnson (nee Willis)

Benita Willis built a career during 2000-2012 that featured 18 major championship appearances in an Australian outfit, a four-time Olympian, Willis is best known for her 10 national records ranging from 2000m to the Marathon, and victory at the 2004 World Cross Country Championships, the only Australian ever to win the prestigious event.

The Mackay native had a number of phenomenal showings at the World Cross Country Championships, racing in 8 editions of the event with a lowest finish of 17th, placing inside the top 10 on 7 occasions in both long and short-course configurations.

Willis’ finishes over grass, mud, snow and gravel cross country courses are testament to the versatility of her abilities across a range of distances, ultimately winning the event in 2004 in Belgium, defeating a set of international athletes who held a combined 28 major championship medals between them, such is the middle to long-distance melting pot that the cross country arena provides.

Willis’ involvement with the Zatopek:10 event began with the Ondieki Under 20 3000m Challenge, winning the event as a junior, cementing her international competitiveness in finishing 7th at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Annecy, France.

Whilst Willis never ran the 10,000m event at the Zatopek:10 event due to the timing of her seasons, her national record was set in a viciously competitive environment, running 30:37.68 in finishing 8th at 2003 World Championships, some 34 seconds faster than the next fastest Australian best time.

22 Sep 2000: Benita Willis of Australia (left) and Ryan Rosemary of Ireland (right) in the Womens 5000m heats at the Olympic Stadium on Day Seven of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

When did you first hear about the Zatopek event?

I first heard about Zatopek when I was in about year 10 at school as I came down to Melbourne to run the “Olympic Dream” race (1500m race) and people were talking about Zatopek then. As I grew up in North Queensland, I didn’t know too much about big races around Australia as was generally more focused on hockey and team sports and did athletics with the school season in the last few months of the year. 

At first (when still in high school) I thought Zatopek was just a meet for the 10km and wasn’t till I was a few years older that I knew juniors could race over shorter distances. I moved to Canberra after year 12 to take up a scholarship at the AIS and it was there that I learnt about Zatopek and later that year decided to race the U/20 3km. 

What does the race signify to you in the world of junior Australian athletics?

I think it is a fantastic race of Australia’s best junior runners – all coming together at one meet to run. The 3km is not a major championship event so it mixes up athletes who have speed and endurance all in the same race – tactically this is awesome to see how it plays out. I love tactical races and the year I won this event, finished with a sprint finish. Many of our top athletes today, in the past and I’m sure in the future have won or will win this race as a junior. 

It also signifies Australia’s rich distance running history (being the Ondieki U/20 3km) and the prestige in following someone of Lisa’s calibre as a junior.  

Did your training change at all in the lead up to such a nationally competitive race?

No, I just trained like I normally do but as it was in my first year in Uni (was doing uni full time at University of Canberra), was already on holidays so had a bit more time to relax between training sessions in the weeks before. 

How did the U20 race effect your career progression at the time?

It further motivated me as I did a PB, won the race and enjoyed it too which is the main thing. At the time I was still playing a bit of hockey (as well as training for running at the AIS) so after that I just went with the running, became more committed and continued along that path. This 3km at Zatopek was the 2nd 3km I’d ever done (I was 18/19 I think at the time). 

NANNING, CHINA – 15 OCTOBER 2010: (L-R) Xiaolin Zhu of China, Florence Jebet Kiplagat of Kenya, Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea and Benita Willis of Australia pose during IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Nanning 2010 press conference on October 15, 2010 in Nanning, China. (Photo by Wang Zhao/Getty Images)

Background and interview courtesy of Sean Whipp