Summer Special Track & Field Package

Athletics Victoria will again release a 6-round Summer Special Package for rounds 7-12 of Shield for the 2017/18 Season.

Open   $65

Junior $55

Dual $30

This allows athletes registering to be eligible to score points for their club and have access to the online pre-entry system.

If you compete in at least 3 of the remaining Shield rounds, you will be eligible to compete at the Shield final, should your team qualify. However, an athlete must have a ranking in that event for their nominated age group, as per the 2017/18 AV Shield rules.

The Summer Special Package will become available from 9am Monday, 20th November. Please note that in Geelong Region, Round 7 will be held on Sunday 26th November, with all other zones and regions holding Round 7 on Saturday 2nd December.

Both package options can be purchased when completing membership, by selecting either ‘2017/18 T&F Package’ or ‘Summer Special T&F Package’ option from the Membership Registration page or alternatively through the ‘Events’ tab once your membership has been approved by your club.

To register to become an AV Member, you’ll need to head to athsvic.org.au (but you’re already here!) and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Members Portal (located top right of screen).
  2. Create a Profile or login to you existing profile (if you are unsure of your login details either select a password reset or contact the AV office – DO NOT create another profile)
  3. Once in Profile, select Membership Registration or Renew Membership.
  4. Add either ‘2017/18 T&F Package’ or ‘Summer Special T&F Package’ to your membership registration.
  5. Once the order has been processed (and approved from your Club), you’ll be eligible to compete.
  6. Our new pre-entry system will be available once approval has been received.

To pre-enter, follow these steps:

  • Head to athsvic.org.au (you’re already here!)
  • Click on Members Portal (located top right of screen)
  • Sign in with your username and password.
  • Click Events (located slightly on the top right of screen)
  • Select the relevant 2017/18 AV Shield Round.
  • Select the venue you wish to compete at.
  • Select your specific events (which will be moved into your ‘cart’).
  • Once all events have been selected, click on your ‘cart’ (located top left of screen).
  • Follow prompts to ‘check out’.
  • Once ‘check out’ has been completed, you will receive a confirmation email.

*Note: All events pre-entered must be done so before midday (12pm) on the Wednesday before that Saturday Shield event.

**Note: Athletics Victoria does not offer pro-rata rates on membership/packages.

New Officials role

Athletics Australia & Little Athletics Australia are now recruiting for the role of Officials Coordinator.

Please see the Sportspeople advertisement for further information, including the position description: Click HERE

Everything and a whole lot more at the Vic Relay Champs this weekend

Every so often the planets align and all of the components that you need for a memorable Championship event come together. The State Relay Championships were ‘everything and a whole lot more’ with some stellar performances, some upsets, a Victorian Club record and a ‘dead heat’ in the Mens Open 4 x100m final.

The one thing that probably kept the day on track was the weather. Not only was Lakeside Stadium bathed in sunshine, the traditional swirling winds took a day off.

The day commenced with the 4 x 1500m across the 40 and 50+ age groups for Men & Womens, with wins to Box Hill (M50+), St Kevins (M40+) and Western Aths (W40+. For the first time in over 10 years, the Open Men and Women  competed in the 4 x 1500m with St Kevins taking the Mens title in a respectable 15.31.51 (Adam Pyke, Alex Rowe, Peter Bol and Luke Mathews). Athletics Essendon took out the Womens in 18.03.71 (Anna Kasapis, Emilie Guy, Emily Mizis and Charlotte Watson).

The Medley Relays were again timed finals across Mens and Womens U14 U16 and U18 with wins to Box Hill  (W16), Diamond Valley (MU16), Glenhuntly (WU18) and Old Scotch (MU18) who edged out Box Hill by four tenths of a second across the 1600 relay journey in 3.34.25.

In the Open Womens Medley Athletics Chillwell set the time of 4.11.07 with Amelia McGowan, Eliza Walsh, Abbey Badrock and Heidi Demeo (all of whom are still U20) to keep both St Kevins and Sandringham to the minor medals.   In the Mens Athletics Chillwell posted a favourable time of 3.30.85 only to be beaten by the experienced Athletics Nunawading quartet of Nathan Deslandes, Jarrod Michael Robinson, Tristan Robinson and Lachlan Mann.

The afternoon then lead into the preliminary rounds of the 4 x 400m with all age groups apart from the Open Men and Women heading to finals later that afternoon. The finals of the Open Womens and Mens 4 x 400m are held on the Zatopek 10 program which will be Thursday 14th December commencing at 6.30pm.

Running in separate heats, Athletics Essendon and Deakin took the first of two automatic qualifiers to the final wining Heat 1 and Heat 2 respectively. Essendon pitched a quality team with Stella McNamara, Linden Hall, Carline Higham and Jessie Andrew running 3.52.55 while in Heat 2 Deakin posted  3.52.36 (Lily Bayes, Cara Peake, Jessica Gulli-Nance and Mia Gross).  But it was Doncaster in Heat 3 that has set the bar for a competitive final with a time of 3.49.40 with Georgia Feben, Katherine Katsanevakis, Connor Gist, and Abbey del Motte.  Doncaster will remain short favourites for the Womens 4 x 400m Final and simply looked too good for the competition. Joining these Clubs in the Final will be Melbourne University, Box Hill, Sandringham, Old Melburians and Glenhuntly.

In the Mens Open Heats it was a battle of the youth versus experience with Geelong Guild winning Heat 1 with Lachlan McPherson, Josh Pedrisat, Jake Penny and Harvey Murrant with a 3.18.80. Heat 2 belonged to the experienced team from Doncaster with Wes Spargo, Liam Procaccino, Conrad Coumaros and Kevin Rassool posting 3.13.76 to qualify the fastest for the final.  The money will be on Doncaster to repeat their performance in the final and if so they will be hard to beat in 2017.  Old Melburnians,  St Kevins and Geelong Guild will fight it out for the minor medals and it will be any ones guess how they will fall. The remaining qualifiers are Old Xaverians, Athletics Nunawading, Athletics Essendon and Melbourne University.

But the race of the day in the 4 x 400m finals belonged to the Womens U16 Gold Medallist from Collingwood Harriers AC. Prior to the final there was some chatter around a potential Club record from this team although the Collingwood source was not overly confident until the girls hit the track. The team of Chiara Santiglia, Ellie McKenzie, Lucy Leutchford and Sunshine Spencer ran their own race and ran 3.58.33 (sub 60 secs for each runner) to break the 33 year old record set by Deakin in 1995.

The final of the Mens Open 4 x 100m relay was a show stopper and perhaps those words were too close to the truth with Doncaster and Old Melburians crossing the finish line together. The race was called a dead heat at 41.38 secs after neither Will Johns (OLM) and Kyle Niccolussi (DON) could be separated by the photo.  But dont believe me, check it the vision yourself. MENS 4 x100M

The Womens 4 x 100m belonged to Diamond Valley who ran a classy team of Sophie Taylor, Sophia Fighera, Sienna Fighera and Maddison Coates to win in 45.69. Click on the link to re live the final WOMENS 4 x 100m

For the complete list of result from the Victorian State Relay Championships click here.

And to watch some of the action from our athsvictv streaming click on our youtube link Here

A very special mention to our Victorian Officials, Club Helpers and Volunteers who helped present another successful Championships. Our sincere thanks for your hard work.

2017 State Championships Winners

WOMENS OPEN 2017 MENS OPEN 2017
4 x 100 DIAMOND VALLEY 4 x 100 DONCASTER/OLD MELBURNIANS
4 x 400 *Final run at Zatopek 10 4 x 400 *Final run at Zatopek 10
4 x 800 DONCASTER 4 x 800 ST KEVINS
4 X 1500 ESSENDON 4 X 1500 ST KEVINS
Distance Med CHILWELL Distance Med NUNAWADING
WOMENS U18 MENS U18
4 x 100 ESSENDON 4 x 100 ESSENDON
4 x 400 OLD XAVS 4 x 400 OLD XAVS
4 x 800 COLLINGWOOD 4 x 800 GLENHUNTLY
Distance Med GLENHUNTLY Distance Med OLD SCOTCH
WOMENS U16 MENS U16
4 x 100 GEELONG GUILD 4 x 100 DIAMOND VALLEY
4 x 400 COLLINGWOOD * 4 x 400 NUNAWADING
Distance Med BOX HILL Distance Med DIAMOND VALLEY
WOMENS U14 MENS U14
4 x 100 GEELONG GUILD 4 x 100 GEELONG GUILD
4 x 400 GEELONG GUILD 4 x 400 WESTERN ATHS
WOMENS 40 + MENS 40+
4 X 100 CHILWELL 4 X 100 ESSENDON
4 X 400 CHILWELL 4 X 400 ESSENDON
4 X 1500 WESTERN ATHS 4 X 1500 ST KEVINS
WOMENS 50+ MENS 50+
4 X 100M 4 X 100M BALLARAT REGION
4 X 400 KSB
4 X 1500 BOX HILL

Club Championship Tally (based on Championship Title)

Club State Relay Titles
ESSENDON 5
GEELONG GUILD 4
CHILWELL 3
DIAMOND VALLEY 3
ST KEVINS 3
BOX HILL 2
DONCASTER 2
GLENHUNTLY 2
NUNAWADING 2
OLD XAVS 2
WESTERN ATHS 2
BALLARAT REGION 1
COLLINGWOOD 2
OLD MELBURNIANS 1
KSB 1
OLD SCOTCH 1

AV releases discounted flights to Adelaide in December

The ‘BIG V’ Team to compete at the National All Schools Championships in Adelaide in December is nearly complete and AV has access to a limited number of return flights (Mel-Adl) at our discounted price of $310  (all inclusive) for families and friends. Flights depart Melbourne Thursday 7th December and return Sunday 10th December.

Two flights options are available below and the departure/return flights cannot be swapped or changed. So if option 1 suits then you leave Mel at the designated time and return Sunday at the designated time. With this special price there are no changes or upgrades available.** No discounts for children are available. One price for one seat.

Option 1

–       Airline Flight no. Date Departure – Destination Times
Virgin Australia VA231 Thursday
7 December
Melbourne – Adelaide 15:40 – 16:30
Virgin Australia VA238 Sunday
10 December
Adelaide – Melbourne 18:05 – 19:55

 

Option 2

Airline Flight no. Date Departure – Destination Times
Virgin Australia VA229 Thursday
7 December
Melbourne – Adelaide 14:40 – 15:30
Virgin Australia VA242 Sunday
10 December
Adelaide – Melbourne 19:05 – 20:55

In addition we have some options for accommodation in Adelaide as well.

Here is the catch – you will need to contact Athletics Victoria by email following the instructions below.

Here is how you can access these flights:-

  1. PRIORITY 1 -> EMAIL your full name and daytime contact phone number to info@athsvic.org.au and one of our AV team will call you back between 10.00am  – 1.00pm Monday 13th November 2017.  **If you are allocated flights we will need payment over the phone when we call you back on Monday 13th November 2017.If you are also interested in accommodation options please include that in the email by saying “Accommodation options please”.
  2. Priority 2 – Call Athletics Victoria on 03 86464500 after 12.00pm Monday 13th November 2017

That email address again               info@athsvic.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zatopek Timetable includes Mens and Womens Open 1500m

A number of events have been included in the Zatopek 10 2017 timetable to assist athletes prepare for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. As part of a National competition program, Zatopek 10 will include an Open Mens and Womens 1500m and a Mens Shot Put. The National competition program aims to have at least two opportunities for elite and sub-elite athletes to compete and qualify for Gold Coast prior to the selection trial and National Open Championships in mid February 2018.

“This years program at Zatopek 10 has been changed to incorporate some Open invitation events for our NASS and Elite athletes preparing for April 2018. The traditional mens 800m has been changed to a 1500m after discussions with Athletics Australia High Performance. In addition we have a Mens Shot Put on the card so I’m hoping that NZ’s Tom Walsh might come and compete alongside Damien Birkenhead’ say AV CEO Glenn Turnor.

“Last time Tom competed at Zatopek he broke the then New Zealand Shot Put record but I am sure that he is also busy with his preparation for the Gold Coast’.

Turnor also confirmed that entries for the U20 Womens and Mens 3000m are attracting runners from Australia and beyond.

“I have been asked to approve entries for a number of athletes from the USA and New Zealand for the Zatopek card but there is again a lot of interest in the Junior 3000m which will be competitive to get a lane at this stage’.

The Mens and Womens 100 yards State Championships will open the program on Thursday 14th December at 6.30pm and there are still lanes available. For more information click on the following link ZATOPEK 10:2017

 

Victorian Relay Championships Preview

The Victorian Relay Championships are back at Lakeside Stadium this Saturday 11th November with 396 teams chasing a spot in 33 finals.

This event has a long and proud history, and as the first Championship event of the season, it is a great opportunity to bring Clubs and their members together. Twenty nine (29) of the 56 Athletics Victoria affiliated Clubs have entered teams with both Ballarat and Bendigo competing as ‘regions’. With a full and fast program scheduled for Saturday , AV General Manager Competitions & Government Ross Cunningham says it is a big program to try and keep on time.

‘ We have 396 teams entered for this weekend and the program will start with the Womens 40+ 4 x 1500m at 10.00am and conclude with the U18 Girls and Boys 4 x 800m at 6.30pm.’ says Cunningham

‘It is a full day of competition and we rely on the athletes to make sure they know where they need to be for each relay event. We will using the infield to marshal teams for the 4 x 100m events and with the help of Victorian Officials and Club Helpers will get people where they need to be.’

With 33 finals on the card this weekend, the Womens and Mens final of the 4 x 400m Relay will be held at the traditional time on the Zatopek 10 program on Thursday 14th December 2017.

While there is a strong Club and social element to this event, there is still some strong rivalry between AV Clubs. Looking at the last 5 years of the Championships, it shows the depth of unity among all Clubs  which begs the question, who will be next.

Quick Vic Relays Form Guide

Womens 50+  – Western Aths should take this out, but dont discount Ballarat Region to  put in a late run in the closing stages. No issues with any of them making the distance.

Mens 50+ – open race this one. Box Hill have the distance specialists many of them will be coming off  big sessions this Cup week.  Diamond Valley are certain for the 4 x 100 if their trainer can hold them together and get them to the start line in one piece.

Mens Open 4 x 100m – The Old Melburnians stable have three runners this year and the pressure will be on all to perform. Questions around winter preparation and whether they have the depth. No problem with the distance although they will struggle if challenged with strong changeovers. St Kevins will take this out.

U16 Womens Medley will be the race of the day with Sandringham, Collingwood, and Geelong Guild likely contenders. Dont forget some outside support for Essendon and Frankston here.

U14 Boys sees the return of Bendigo Region who claimed two group wins in 2014. Probably the most open race on the card with limited form on the field (but great to see strong support still) in this class.

Finally a full card of racing at Lakeside Stadium tomorrow with weather forecast to be fine, becoming sunny with 25 degress which will go well for a dry and solid track rating of a GOOD 3.

For all  the information on the Victorian Relay Championships click on the link HERE

 

 

 

Athletics Victoria Club Champions 2012 – 2016

WOMENS OPEN 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
4 x 100 SANDRINGHAM SANDRINGHAM DIAMOND VALLEY SANDRINGHAM SANDRINGHAM
4 x 400 SANDRINGHAM SANDRINGHAM DONCASTER  SANDRINGHAM
4 x 800 BOX HILL BOX HILL DONCASTER DONCASTER WESTERN ATHS
Distance Med DONCASTER SANDRINGHAM DONCASTER KNOX AC
WOMENS U18
4 x 100 ESSENDON ESSENDON GEELONG ESSENDON ATHS NUNAWADING
4 x 400 OLD XAVS ESSENDON FRANKSTON RUYTON CHILWELL
4 x 800 COLLINGWOOD ESSENDON ESSENDON ESSENDON FRANKSTON
Distance Med DONCASTER SANDRINGHAM CHILWELL BOX HILL EAGLEHAWK
WOMENS U16
4 x 100 DIAMOND VALLEY SANDRINGHAM SANDRINGHAM KSB BOX HILL
4 x 400 COLLINGWOOD CROYDON ESSENDON FRANKSTON  –
Distance Med SANDRINGHAM GLENHUNTLY ESSENDON SANDRINGHAM CHILWELL
WOMENS U14
4 x 100 SANDRINGHAM FRANKSTON OLD XAVS SANDRINGHAM ESSENDON
4 x 400 COLLINGWOOD COLLINGWOOD ESSENDON ESSENDON  –
WOMENS 40 +
4 X 100 KSB VMA KSB KSB  –
4 X 400 CHILWELL BOX HILL KSB WESTERN ATHS WESTERN ATHS
4 X 1500 BALLARAT REGION KNOX AC GLENHUNTLY BOX HILL  –
WOMENS 50+
4 X 100M WESTERN ATHS WESTERN ATHS WESTERN ATHS WESTERN ATHS  –
MENS OPEN 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
4 x 100 OLD MELBURNIANS OLD MELBURNIANS OLD MELBURNIANS SANDRINGHAM
4 x 400 ST KEVINS OLD MELBURNIANS OLD MELBURNIANS OLD MELBURNIANS KNOX
4 x 800 ST KEVINS DEAKIN KNOX ST STEPHENS
Distance Med ATHS NUNAWADING KNOX DONCASTER ATHS NUNAWADING
MENS U18
4 x 100 DONCASTER ESSENDON FRANKSTON CASEY CARDINIA DONCASTER
4 x 400 ESSENDON GEELONG GUILD ESSENDON GEELONG GUILD DONCASTER
4 x 800 OLD SCOTCH OLD SCOTCH CHILWELL DIAMOND VALLEY KNOX
Distance Med DONCASTER CHILWELL KNOX DIAMOND VALLEY DONCASTER
MENS U16
4 x 100 CASEY CARDINIA ST KEVINS ESSENDON ESSENDON WILLIAMSTOWN
4 x 400 BENDIGO REGION OLD XAVERIANS ESSENDON CHILWELL BENDIGO YMCA
Distance Med BENDIGO REGION ALBURY DONCASTER BENDIGO HARRIERS BENDIGO YMCA
MENS U14
4 x 100 ST KEVINS SANDRINGHAM BENDIGO HARRIERS FRANKSTON EMH
4 x 400 BOX HILL OLD XAVERIANS BENDIGO HARRIERS GLENHUNTLY OLD XAVERIANS
MENS 40+
4 X 100 GLENHUNTLY WENDOUREE DIAMOND VALLEY DIAMOND VALLEY DIAMOND VALLEY
4 X 400 GLENHUNTLY GLENHUNTLY BOX HILL DIAMOND VALLEY BOX HILL
4 X 1500 ST KEVINS BOX HILL BOX HILL COLLINGWOOD BOX HILL
MENS 50+
4 X 100M DIAMOND VALLEY DIAMOND VALLEY GEELONG GUILD DIAMOND VALLEY DIAMOND VALLEY
4 X 400 BOX HILL DIAMOND VALLEY DIAMOND VALLEY KEILOR ST BERNARDS WESTERN ATHS
4 X 1500 BOX HILL BOX HILL BOX HILL KEILOR ST BERNARDS KEILOR ST BERNARDS

 

Junior Sport Policy consultation begins aiming to improve longevity in athletics

(Story from Athletics Australia)

Athletics Australia is set to begin a consultation process to develop a Junior Sport Policy.

The policy will establish an evidence-based position on the appropriate programs for junior participants in athletics that:

  • encourage participation and a development of fundamental movement skills and physical literacy; and
  • provide the best opportunities for athletes to reach their potential

Athletics Australia has engaged the services of Benita Willis to assist with the consultation and development of the policy. Willis is an 11-time Australian record holder, including in the marathon and is a four-time Olympian, two-time Commonwealth Games representative, 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Champion, 2003 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships bronze medallist and three-time Australian 5,000 meters champion.

“Playing sport, not necessarily just competing, was my focus growing up in Mackay, North Queensland,” Willis said. “I’m hoping that as a qualified physical education teacher, that I can help bring learning strategy to the fore in developing this policy.”

Athletics Australia Member Associations and the Little Athletics family will be engaged as part of the policy development, while input will also be sought from:

  • International athlete development and pathway experts,
  • World’s best practice research and examples of child development,
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Education Representatives
  • Coaches
  • IAAF and international athletics organisations
  • The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Teachers and Principals
  • parkrun Australia

Darren Gocher, CEO Athletics Australia said it’s the organisation’s goal to ensure that children continue to love the sport throughout their lives.

“We want to help children have less screen time and participate in sport for the sheer joy of it. Athletics is a sport that can be enjoyed regardless of age – the more young Australians that are involved, the greater the community benefit.”

James Selby, GM Program Development said that it the organisation’s responsibility to ensure that children develop a life-long love for sport, and a healthy lifestyle.

“As a foundation sport, we have to work with partners to ensure that the sporting experiences of our children are positive and age-appropriate,” he said.

“In doing this and supporting them with appropriate environments and coaching, we know that we can not only contribute to more Athletics Champions in future, but also better students, healthier individuals and a more connected community.”

The consultation process is expected to take three months with policy development set to
begin mid-2018.

Submissions can be made as part of the consultation process by clicking here.

Victorian State Relay Championships

Entries for the 2017 Victorian Relay Championships will close 9.00am Monday 6th November 2017.

Reminder to athletes and team managers to submit your entries via the AV portal.

Victorian Relay Championships will be held on Saturday 11th November at Lakeside Stadium.  To enter Click on this LINK

AV Shield Bib Allocations

Due to the nature of the new compete anywhere rules for AV Shield, the following bib number pick ups will occur at AV Shield for athletes that have been assigned bib numbers and have not yet received a set of bibs. Please Note: Athletes that have competed in XCR, you will be required to bring your bibs for AV Shield.

Metro athletes who have pre-entered

Your bib will be at the venue you have pre-entered for.

Metro athletes entering on the day

Your bibs will be delivered to your home zone (ie Red and Yellow zone bibs will go to Doncaster, Blue and White to Nunawading). If you are competing at an alternate venue, you will be issued with a set of temporary bibs for the day. Bibs that are unclaimed will be taken home by your club for future collection.

Country athletes competing in their home locations

Your bibs will have been sent to your clubs already and will be able to be collected at your venue.

Country athletes competing in Metro venues

Your bib will be at the venue you pre-entered in, if you are entering on the day then you will be issued with a temporary bib.

Athletes who are ‘trialling’ AV Shield

All athletes who have not purchased a T&F package but wish to try out AV Shield will be issued with a temporary bib and bib number.

The team at AV wish everyone the best of luck in the first round of AV Shield for the season.

 

Call For 2018 National Champs Team Managers

Applications are open for Age Group Manager roles for the upcoming Australian All Schools Championships (Adelaide, SA). Applicants with a background in athletics and team sport management are encouraged to apply.

Please read the attached document detailing the position and application requirements.

All questions should be directed to State Team Manager (Sean Whipp) – sean@athsvic.org.au

AV Shield Round 1 is Live!

The AV Shield season is almost upon us with just over a week to go. Today we are delighted to open pre-entry for Round 1 of the 2017/18 AV Shield season!

To make it simpler we have created an ‘AV Shield Entry Guide’ that will assist you when entering.

In recent weeks Athletics Victoria provided all members with information on the upcoming summer season.

A brief overview of the competition changes:

We encourage all members to familiarise themselves with the new format for the season ahead and encourage others to participate.

Best of luck for the season ahead!

#AVShield