Australian All Schools Championships Team List

Below is the current team entry list for the Australian All Schools Championships as at 4pm, November 9. Any athletes that automatically qualified and are not yet on the list must log into the AV portal and pay the compulsory team levy and event entry fees before midnight tonight (November 9).


Victorians Richard Lawysz & Mark Stewart Inducted As Life Members Of Athletics Australia

Athletics Victoria would like to congratulate Richard Lawysz and Mark Stewart for being inducted as Life Members of Athletics Australia.

Richard and Mark were both recognised at the Annual General Meeting for their immense contribution towards the sport of athletics.

A recognition well deserved!

Richard Lawysz

First registered in 1965 as an athlete with St Josephs, Geelong.

Richard has worked as an athletic official since 1980, having provided more than 30 years of service to AA, AV, and to Geelong Athletics Centre (seniors and Little Athletics clubs) as well as holding position of president of the Centre.

A local high jump coach, whose junior/LAs success include Olympian Joel Baden, Richard has worked tirelessly as coach, administrator, educator, mentor and official at all levels of athletics.

Richard has served on both the AV and AA officials’ committees often chairing these and other subcommittees.

He has been instrumental in establishing the content and tests for officials courses at all levels, conducting the courses and marking the tests, as well as mentoring and developing officials. Richard played a significant role in developing the Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme (AAOES) a joint initiative between AA and ALA to ensure an effective and efficient education framework.

His qualifications include:

  • OLEO Victoria 2004
  • Qualifications – Oceania 2004
  • IAAF TOECS II Diploma 2002
  • IAAF ITO (Area): Appointed  2002—2010
  • IAAF AA ITO – Diploma III Passed /Appointed 2010
  • IAAF ITO (Area) 2014-2018
  • IAAF Diploma III 2014

Major events include:

  • 2000 Para Olympic Games
  • South Pacific Games, Samoa 2007 – Jumps Official
  • LOC Chair World Masters Games 2009
  • Commonwealth Games, New Delhi (IND) 2010
  • World Championships
  • World Indoors 2012
  • Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
  • Oceania Championships, Samoa 2015


  • AV Life Member 2008
  • Merit Award 1999
  • Julius S Patching Sports Official of the Year 2007
  • 2010 Vic Sport Official of the Year (selected from across all sports)
  • AA Official of the Year 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Richard has served our sport continuously throughout his 30 plus years and is thoroughly deserving of an Athletics Australia Life membership.

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart has led the way in Victoria and Australia with coaching and mentoring in the pole vault, one of the most highly technical events in athletics.

Mark first joined Box Hill Athletic Club as a teenager in the 1970s. He was ranked in Australia’s top-10 vaulters every year from 1982 to 1995, and set his personal best of 4.90 metres in 1995. As well as competing and coaching Mark would often be seen setting up the pole vault and officiating at interclub.

Academically, Mark completed a Master’s degree in economics and went on to attain a Ph.D. Mark became a successful coach early on in his career. He has coached all-comers, but is best known to a wider sporting public through his association with Emma George and Steve Hooker. He has also coached many athletes to success at club, national and international level including:

  • Brodie Cross (Youth Olympics);
  • Rachael Dacy (World University and Commonwealth Games);
  • Rosanna Ditton (World University Games);
  • Bridgid Isworth (world junior championships and Commonwealth Games);
  • Blake Lucas (World University Games);
  • Jacinta Lynn (World University Games):
  • Joel Pocklington (Commonwealth Games);
  • Phillipa Hajdasz (World U18 championships).

Mark has always been generous in sharing his vast knowledge with all athletes and their coaches around Australia. In addition to his voluntary coaching, officiating and mentoring work, Mark has worked for Athletics Australia as the national pole vault co-ordinator (1999 to 2002) and as the national youth event co-ordinator (since 2006).

In fulfilling these roles Mark has always worked above and beyond expectations, working very hard to encourage coaches from all states. He has shared his deep knowledge and supported some of our key smaller states to develop junior squad athletes and World U18 and U20 team members.

Notably, Mark has worked with Kym Simons in South Australia – coach of NASS athlete Kurtis Marschall (both world U20 championships silver medallist and Rio Olympic representative in 2016) and four other of his athletes who have been in national squads in the past three years.

Mark has supported Zsuzsanna Olgyay-Szabó who came from Hungary with little English and who coaches NASS athletes Jack Hicking (world U20 championships 2014) and Angus Armstrong (Australian senior national champion 2015).

Tasmania and Canberra both have healthy developing pole vault programs with Mark’s help over the past three years. Without Mark’s work and support this would not have happened.

Mark worked with Emma George from the time she took up the event until she had reached world record status and likewise Australia’s greatest pole vaulter Steve Hooker from the time he took up the event until he became Commonwealth champion in Melbourne in 2006. Characteristically, he then supported both in moving to the Australian Institute of Perth facility in Perth where they could work with Alex Parnov.

Emma joined Mark in 1994 in response to a message he had posted on the Box Hill club’s notice board calling for athletes to come and try the pole vault. By the end of 1997, when she moved to Perth, she had set 10 world records, including an indoor mark using a pit set up in the gymnasium at Melbourne’s Camberwell Grammar School.

Together, Mark Stewart and Emma George, took the fledgling women’s event to new heights.

Steve Hooker also began his vaulting career with Mark, going from beginner in 1997 to representing Australia at the World U20 championships in Chile in 2000 (finishing fourth) and the Athens 2004 Olympic Games before becoming Commonwealth champion on the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2006 competing in his hometown.

Building on Mark’s strong foundations, Steve transferred to the AIS in Perth before enjoying his greatest period from 2008 to 2010 when he successively won every major honor available to him – the 2008 Olympic gold medal, the 2009 world championships, the 2010 world indoor championships and the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Mark is all things pole vault. He has been active in sourcing equipment, buying it in bulk and making it available to all coaches and athletes no matter what club they belong to.

As well as years of setting up, coaching and officiating at interclub, Mark has been responsible for organizing various indoor pole vault events including promotional competitions at shopping centres.

A respected published author, Mark has featured several times in publications such as Modern Athlete and Coach, Australasian Science, and Quantum.

Pole vault is in a very healthy state in our country and much of this due to Mark’s tireless work and boundless passion. He is thoroughly deserving of an AA Life Membership.


Shield Weather Cancellations – Red vs Blue & Ballarat

URGENT UPDATE Blue V Red Zone v Zone Frankston….due to the weather, the event at Frankston today has been cancelled. The Zone Chairs conducted a risk assessment this morning after heavy rains, hail and severe winds created unsafe conditions to conduct competition. In addition, the weather bureau forecast for Frankston shows more heavy rain and wind warnings which will impact competition and the safety of athletes and officials. We are in the process of sending an SMS to BLUE and RED Zone competitors advising them of the cancellation of this event.
NOTE The Zone v Zone event at Aberfeldie will continue.

The competition in Ballarat has also been cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

The Zone v Zone Round between Blue and Red will be rescheduled as a virtual scoring round or as a future actual round with further details to be provided later. Ballarat reschedule or virtual scoring has yet to be determined.
We thank the Blue, Red & Ballarat Zone Committees for ensuring the safety of all competitors and officials.

Melbourne Marathon – Team Victoria Victorious!

Another dominant display by the Victorian women highlighted an exciting weekend at the MCG, with the Australian & Victorian Championships being decided at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.

Having taken out both the Half Marathon and Cross Country team titles, our women were looking for the 2016 clean sweep  – with home town advantage on their side.  Once again it was 26-year-old Collingwood Harrier, Virginia Moloney, who lead the way taking overall victory and the Australian & Victorian Championship titles.

Moloney’s stellar rise in 2016 has been nothing short of remarkable, with a win at the Australian Cross Country Championship, coming off the back of a streak of XCR road victories from 10k to the Half Marathon. Crossing the line on the hallowed turf of the MCG in a time of 2:34:27, Moloney has staked an early claim for selection for the 2017 World Championships in London, the windy Melbourne conditions making this an even more impressive performance.

South Melbourne athlete and team captain Sinead Diver once again provided the back up for Moloney, taking second place overall in 2:41:15.  An interrupted lead in certainly didn’t help Diver, but the character that saw her perform so well in the Beijing World Marathon Championships certainly shone through over the challenging second half of the course.

Marathon debutant Ellie O’Kane from Deakin completed the scoring team running consistently over the 42km to finish fourth overall in a time of 2:46:11, just 9 seconds shy of third.  In her first foray over the marathon distance, O’Kane indicated this may well be the event for her.

So with positions 1,2 & 4 the clean sweep became a reality – once again demonstrating the strength of distance running in Victoria and the importance of the XCR series as a key part of preparation for national events.

Western Athletics’ Nardine Bainbridge filled the next position for Victoria followed by Glenhuntly’s Tarli Bird and Tracey Austin from the Malvern Harriers.  Bainbridge’s time of 2:51:47 was a 90 second improvement on her personal best from the Gold Coast Marathon earlier in the year.

The Victorian men settled for second position in the team event behind a strong contingent from New South Wales.  Victorian Half Marathon Champion Zac Newman from Melbourne University trumped a number of the pre-race favourites to lead the team in with a well judged race, seeing him finish fourth overall in a time of 2:25:21.

John Dutton from Frankston AC was next to finish for the Big V, crossing the line 9th in 2:28:06.  Rounding out the top 10, team captain Steve Dinneen from Box Hill finished in 2:28:37.  Ballarat YCW’s Nic Van Raaphorst rounded out the team placing 14th in 2:32:51.

Overall winners and Australian Championship placings:

1st Virginia Moloney (VIC) 2:34:27
2nd Sinead Diver (VIC) 2:41:15
3rd Victoria Beck (QLD) 2:46:02

1st Tom Do Canto (NSW) 2:20:53
2nd Jack Colreavy (NSW) 2:23:16
3rd Matt Cox (NSW) 2:24:04

Australian Championship – Teams

1st Victoria
2nd Western Australia
3rd Queensland

1st New South Wales
2nd Victoria
3rd Queensland

Victorian Championship

1st Virginia Moloney – Collingwood Harriers
2nd Sinead Diver – South Melbourne
3rd Ellie O’Kane – Deakin

1st Zac Newman – Melbourne University
2nd Julian Spence – Athletics Chilwell
3rd Dane Verwey – Frankston


2016 Melbourne Marathon – Victorian Team

This year the Melbourne Marathon (16th October) incorporates both the Victorian and Australian Marathon Championships.

In the Australian Championships, the Victorian team will be vying for both Individual and Team honours, with the top three finishers from both the Men and Women, scoring points in the Team event against other Sates and Territories.

Throughout the year the Victorian teams have been extremely successful in all their events:

Australian Half Marathon Championship – Gold Coast – July 3rd

Men – Silver

Women – Gold

Australian Cross Country Championship – Canberra – August 20th

Men – Gold

Women – Gold

Both the Men and Women will be looking to go Gold & Gold on what is their home turf in Melbourne.
The Women’s Victorian Team consists of:

  • Sinead Diver (C)
  • Virginia Moloney
  • Tarli Bird
  • Ellie O’Kane
  • Tracey Austin
  • Nardine Bainbridge


The Men’s Victorian Team consists of (updated as Nick Wightman has pulled out)

  • Stephen Dinneen (C)
  • Duer Yoa
  • Craig Appleby
  • Nic Van Raaphorst
  • Zac Newman
  • John Dutton


Good luck to all who are competing!

Performance. Teamwork. Pride.

Melbourne Marathon – Runnin’ For A Good Cause!

The Melbourne Marathon.

In the late seventies and early 80s, most major cities decided to follow in the successful footsteps of Boston and host a marathon. With milk drink Big M sponsoring it, Melbourne staged its first marathon in 1978 on a course that began in Frankston, headed up Nepean Highway and finished outside the Melbourne Town Hall. Over 2000 runners took part in the inaugural event with most catching a special early morning train to Frankston. The race quickly went through a boom period with more than 6000 entrants in 1983 – the year that Robert de Castella won the world marathon championship in Helsinki. But as with many events in the southern hemisphere, the race struggled through the 1990’s before a massive upsurge in interest in 2007. Now owned by IMG, the race has become the biggest marathon in Australia with a record 6218 completing the course in 2012 and more than 35,000 entries across the four accompanying events – The Half Marathon, 10km Run and the Asics 5.7km run and 3km walk events.

The Melbourne Marathon is being held on Sunday October 16th this year!

Melbourne University Athletic Club member Ellen Schaef and her team of amazing fundraisers (including 3 doctors, 1 nurse, 3 molecular geneticists and 2 psychologists) have formed as Step Up for CUP – a team dedicated to raising awareness for patients diagnosed with Carcinoma of Unknown Primary (CUP) – a devastating disease where the cancer has already metastasized and the location of the primary tumor cannot be found.
As an enthusiastic athlete and competitor of 19 years, running has always been something that’s close to Ellen. Having graduated university with a Genetics Degree, Ellen moved from New Zealand to work at the Pete MacCallum Cancer Centre with patients suffering CUP. However, something that didn’t sit well with Ellen after starting as a Researcher, was the budget running out. The unsettling conclusion would be to lower the number of patients they would be able to recruit (and ultimately help) by about 50-100.
As it’s Ellen’s main role to consent patients to the study and follow their journey for 12 months so she is able to see firsthand the damage CUP does (both mentally and physically) and the thought of turning away patients her and the team can help (simply because lack of funds) was an awful feeling for Ellen.
When Peter Mac decided to fund-raise through the Melbourne Marathon, Ellen saw this as the perfect opportunity to create a team of dedicated and passionate people, to run and generate as many funds as possible to help their research requirements. Thus, Step Up for CUP was formed!
For a lot of us, running is taken for granted, but as Ellen learned there are those who would dream of having the luxury of strapping on some sneakers and hitting the track to run some kilometers with friends and family.
For Ellen and many others, the Melbourne Marathon is seen as being extremely tough, however, it doesn’t compare to what others are going through at Peter Mac.
To help Ellen and her research team raise money so they can better understand this devastating disease – please click here.

If you’re an AV Member and are running in the Melbourne Marathon for charity – please email your story to

2016 Rio Paralympics

We have an awesome team of Victorians competing at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, set to commence in just under a weeks time!

So we thought it’d be a good idea to introduce you to our stars who’ll be making Australia very proud!

Brydee Moore:

Born with cerebral palsy, Brydee lives by the motto “see the athlete not the disability.” At her first international competition, the 2006 FESPIC Games, she cleaned the field in discus and shot put, taking home gold in both events.

Brydee has 25 Championship gold medals to her name, and holds the Australian records in the F33 classification for all three of her throwing disciplines. Her shot put personal best. 6.47m, is almost in touching distance of the world record.

Bydee’s main ambition is to represent Australia at eight Paralympic Games.

Isis Holt:

Melbourne teenager Isis proved herself as a future Paralympic great, when less than a year after taking up Para-athletics “to try something new”, she broke a world record in the 100m and 200m T35.

Shaking up the international Para-athletics scene, Isis one-upped herself again at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships when she took almost one second off her previous world record in the 200m to win gold and qualify a spot for Rio.

Coached by Nick Wall, the mighty Victorian says that while setting new world records has been a great experience, the thing she is most proud of is being able to prove that having a disability is no barrier for achieving goals and would like to use her success to inspire others and change perceptions.

Jake Lappin:

Hailing from Victoria’s oldest inland town of Kilmore, Jake is quickly making a name for himself in the world of wheelchair racing.

Competing in the T54 class alongside legendary Australian Paralympians Kurt Fearnley and fellow Victorian Richard Colman, Jake made his Paralympic debut at the London 2012 Games, where he won bronze in the Men’s 400m relay.

In ten years, Jake is hoping to be competing well enough to beat the times of his role model, Kurt.

Jaryd Clifford:

Diamond Valley young gun, Jaryd made his debut in the green and gold at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar and has since dedicated his time to ensure he makes the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team.

Jaryd first began losing his eye sight at the age of three, when it was detected he had early on-set viteliform macular degeneration, a genetic condition which affects a person’s central vision.

At the 2015 World Championships, Jaryd Clifford competed in the 5,000m event, placing seventh in the final with a time of 15:55.02.

In 10 years time, Jaryd hopes to be a Paralympic gold medalist.

Jemima Moore:

Beijing silver medalist Jemima is a talented young wheelchair track racer from Highton, aiming for further honours in Rio.

Jemima was only 16-years-old when she competed in Beijing.

The Victorian became a paraplegic resulting from a spinal virus when she was six and as a teenager took up athletics.

One of her greatest sporting moments was winning the 100m at the 2008 Victorian State Championships. Which was an extremely impressive achievement after only taking up the sport in 2007!

Madeleine Hogan:

While Madeleine is a world leading F46 javelin thrower, this does not adequately describe the depths of her talent. She is also a state level cricketer, skilled golfer, dedicated university student and is proficient at playing piano.

Madeleine came to fame at her first Paralympic Games in Beijing, taking home a bronze medal. As a 19-year-old , she smashed her personal best by almost four metres to pocket Australia’s first athletics medal of the 2008 Games. it rates among the highlights of her career.

However it was 2011 which was Madeleine’s breakthrough year. At the IPC Athletics World championships in Christchurch, she won gold in the javelin, leading from start to finish!

Nicholas Hum:

For Nicholas, sport runs through his veins. Growing up, his father represented Victoria on the track while his grandmother worked in the Athlete village at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

As a young competitor in his international field, Nicholas set a new Australian and Oceania F20 long jump record with a jump of 6.55m.

In 2011, Nicholas was awarded the Young Achievers Award from children’s charity Variety.

Richard Colman:

Born with spina bifida, Richard has always wanted to do the very best in everything he sets out to achieve. It turns out his very best is world beating and the track specialist has spearheaded the Australian athletics team for more than a decade.

In 2004 at the Athens Games, Richard took home the gold medal for Australia in the T53 800m as well as breaking the Paralympic record.

In Beijing he won a silver medal in the 200m and a bronze in the 400m, which was just 0.6 seconds outside of world record time.

In London Richard returned to his Athens form and won another gold medal in the T53 800m!

In his break from training, Richard set more world records when he became the first person in a wheelchair to complete Bolivia’s Death Road, a 64km track which descends 3,500m!

Russell Short:

One of the most successful Australian Paralympian athletes of all time, Russell stands to enter a remarkable eighth Games at Rio 2016.

With a bronze medal under his belt from the London 2012 Games, Russell isn’t slowing down. At his sixth Games in Beijing he was given the honour of carrying the Australian flag during the Opening Ceremony. The Games saw him finish sixth in both the discus and shot put.

Russell has been awarded an OAM and an Advance Australia Award for his contribution to sport. He was also the first athlete with a disability to be accepted into the Australian Institute of Sport in 1988.

Sam McIntosh:

Sam’s life changed dramatically in 2007 when he fell off a BMX bike whilst on holiday with his family in Coffss Harbour. The accident broke Sam’s neck and he became a quadriplegic.

Training with Richard Colman’s coach Mandi Cole, Sam has improved his times in the T52 100m (by more than a second), 200m (by more than 4.5 seconds) and 400m (by nearly 5 seconds).

In 2011, Sam broke the 100m record at the IPC World Championships, with a fifth place finish.

He is close to adopting the novel theory of missing the warm up prior to competition, acknowledging most of his personal best times have come when he hasn’t done anything before racing. While he is currently concentrating on track racing, Sam believes he will contest road events in the years to come!

Jesse Wyatt:

Although he may be relatively new to the international Para-athletics scene, New Zealand born Jesse Wyatt firmly made his mark as one to watch when he threw 8.69m in the F33 shot put at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships to secure a fifth place finish. Not a bad result for his international debut.

Jesse has come a long way since his beginnings in Para-sport. Having never considered a sporting pathway, Jesse was introduced to Paralympic sport following surgery to aid his mobility.

While involved in Para-equestrian, Jesse met the wife of his current coach John Eden, who having been around Para-athletics suggested that he test out his talents in the shot put circle.

Coached by John since this chance meeting in 2012, Jesse has gone from strength to strength in shot put, and has now fulfilled his goal of being selected for an Australian Paralympic Team.

While Jesse’s immediate focus in on improving his personal best at the Paralympic Games, he hopes to have a long and prosperous career in sport. In 10 years time, he hopes to be a two-time Paralympian, with a medal under his belt.

When he isn’t training or competing, Jesse can be found camping and fishing at the Bemm River in Victoria.

All the best guys…We’ll be cheering loud and proud!


The Knockout blow…

‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali once said “Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up”. Well, unfortunately we can’t allow that to happen in Lakeside Stadium because your schools and parents might have something to say about it and I don’t think Lakeside has approval as a venue from the Combat Sports Board. Nope. Last time I checked Lakeside were strictly in the athletics and soccer industry. But that doesn’t mean athletics isn’t tough like Ali. It’s tough. But not as tough as you guys.

Do you know how we know that!? It’s because we’ve seen photos of you all smashing it during training. It’s because we’ve heard of super-fast times being recorded on the track. It’s because we’ve witnessed crazy-long distances being thrown and jumped on the field…and it’s because we know this years Victorian All Schools Knockout Championships is going to be all time!

To be frank, there’s just something special about this event.

The uniqueness of the Knockout scoring system means every school is always in with a chance to take out the entire competition. Whether you’re the Usain Bolt of your class, or the Nick Pearce (challenged me to a 100m sprint with a 20m head start – and still lost – zing – go me) of your class, you’re never out of the fight! Every inch matters.

Pop quiz:

Did you know that Athletics will always be single!? It’s sad to think but it’s the truth. Athletics will never have the chance to go on a date. It’s destined for individualism…and as a solo athlete – it can get really lonely out on Lakeside Stadium. But that’s where we come in. You see, we want everyone to feel as if they’re a part of something special.

I’m not a doctor but I’m pretty sure Lleyton Hewitt would give his Wimbledon trophy back to have a dozen more Davis Cup titles. I mean ‘come onnnnnnnnnn’ the man lived and breathed for his country. Australia was his team, and he would break both his arms and legs, to get himself to a disguised drop-shot from Novak Djokovic, if it meant there was a chance of victory.

We’re asking the same of you. Yep. Your first-aid teachers will have their hands full, but you know what!? I bet you’re all going to be smiling. Because deep down you know you gave it your all and knocked out a school with your power, speed and grace on the track and in the field.

So remember this, when you walk into Lakeside Stadium for the Victorian All Schools Knockout Championships, although you may be entering an event as an individual, you’re representing something much much bigger…your school.

Give em’ hell.