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

Athletics Victoria needs your help this coming season!

Athletics Victoria earlier this week launched the new format and process changes for the AV Shield 2017-18 season on social media and the AV website.

As a member of Athletics Victoria, you would have received an EDM linking you to the news piece. If you missed it, please click on the link below for more information and an explanation to the revised format.

http://athsvic.org.au/2017/generalnews/frontpage/201718-av-shield-important-information/

Please make sure you read the information in the attached link so you are familiar with the changes. There are timetables featured on the AV Shield section of the website if you wish to have a more in-depth look at the scheduling, click on the link below.

http://athsvic.org.au/events/competitions/avcompetitions/av-shield/

With the new format of AV Shield being implemented this year, it is imperative that we use the time between now and the start of the season to assist our officials/volunteers and provide some guidance as to how Athletics Victoria as a State Membership Association see the competition being operated. Athletics Victoria will be providing Victorian Officials and volunteers (who are keen to get involved) with Photo Finish, Meet Manager – Scoring, Results, Administration, and Check-In training workshops.

If you or anybody in your club, zone, or family is keen to assist, please let us know so we can include you in correspondence in relation to the workshop(s).

The 20th September and 4th October will be predominately for Photo Finish operators. This will be a great opportunity for those currently involved and/or seeking some new knowledge on the system set-up and operation, to come down and liaise with fellow operators. There are two options, ‘A Beginners Guide’ which will be for those seeking to get involved and learn more about Photo Finish. The other Photo Finish workshop on the 4th October will be for all Photo Finish operators – however, please feel free to come to both if you wish to simply refresh on certain areas. If you are interested in getting involved as an Administration Delegate, the Monday 25th September is the workshop for you.

  1. Wednesday 20th September: Introduction to Photo Finish (A Beginners Guide)
  2. Monday 25th September: Admin Delegate training (For all Admin, Check-in, MM, PF administrators)
  3. Wednesday 4th October: PF Workshop (Practical/Roleplay for all beginners and those doing PF this season)

Athletics Victoria appreciate and support the lengths our volunteers go to, in assisting week in and week out. However, we need your continued support in the coming seasons to make sure athletes are provided with the best possible service and key roles like the roles you play are pivotal in delivering on our expectations.

In order for us to facilitate and cater can you please advise us of your availability to attend all or any of the above courses before Tuesday 19th September 2017 to via email to Andrea Hallett andrea@athsvic.org.au

We look forward to your involvement.

Yours in Sport,

AV

 

 

2017 Magpie Multies

Entries are now open for the 2017 Magpie Multies to be held at the home of Collingwood Harriers Athletics Club, Heidelberg Road, Clifton Hill, Victoria on the weekend of October 7/8th.

This event is a National Permit Meet.

For eligible AV Members who enter and participate in the  Magpie Mutlies, your results from the events held on Saturday (only) will score points for your Club in AV Shield. **To be eligible you must have purchased a MAX Package or a Track & Field Package and be competing in Magpie Multies.

Program of Events MENS Events WOMENS Event Open (and Over Age) Decathlon Open (and Over Age) Heptathlon U20 Decathlon if required U20 Heptathlon U18 Decathlon U18 Heptathlon U16 Heptathlon U16 Heptathlon U14 Pentathlon U14 Pentathlon.

In addition there will be a ‘Women’s Decathlon’ in the program.

Entry fee – $20 (Pentathlons – $10)

Enquiries and/or entries can be made to Steve Griffiths on (03) 5786 5385 or griffiths.stephen.r@edumail.vic.gov.au

MAGPIE MULTIES

PRELIMINARY TIMETABLE (Subject to change depending on entries)

Saturday October 7th Beginning at 10am.

Day 1 Open (and over age), Under 20, Under 18 Men’s Decathlon 100m, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400m Women’s Decathlon 100m, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 400m.

Day 1 Open (and over age), Under 20, Under 18, Women’s Heptathlon 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m.

Day 1 Under 16 Men’s Heptathlon 100m Hurdles, Shot Put, High Jump, 200m.

Day 1 Under 16 Women’s Heptathlon 90m Hurdles, Shot Put, High Jump, 200m.

Sunday October 8th Decathlons beginning at 9:30 am Pentathlons beginning at 11am Heptathlons beginning at 1:30pm.

Day 2 Open (and over age), Under 20, Under 18 Men’s Decathlon 110m Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 1500m. Women’s Decathlon 100m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 1500m.

Day 2 All Heptathlons Long Jump, Javelin, 800m, (1500m U/16 men).

Under 14 Women’s Pentathlon 80m Hurdles, High Jump, 200m, Shot Put, 800m.

Under 14 Men’s Pentathlon 90m Hurdles, High Jump, 200m, Shot Put, 800m.

Note: Every effort will be made to finish all competitions as close as possible to the same time.

Princes Park Relays Wrap

Cold. Sunny. Wet. Dry. Wind chill.

We had everything on Saturday morning for the final event on the XCR’17 calendar – the Princes Park Relays. However, the weather didn’t seem to deter athletes, as they arrived eager to tackle a new course.

Geelong Region took out Men’s Premier Division in a time of 56:01. They led from the start and never looked like giving up their prime position. Box Hill were second in a time of 56:14, with Knox Athletics (featuring Olympian Jeff Riseley) rounding out the top three in a time of 57:16.

In the Women’s Premier Division it was South Melbourne who were too good, finishing first with a time of 54:43. Glenhuntly were second in a time of 55:33, with Box Hill coming in third place with a time of 55:49.

The Men’s 40+ Division saw Glenhuntly claim first place in a time of 32:28, with Athletics Waverley and Glenhuntly (team 2) rounding out the top three. Up a Division in the Men’s 50+ it was Box Hill who were too strong, crossing the line with a time of 32:48. Athletics Waverley and Athletics Nunawading placed second a third respectively.

The Women’s 40+ Division saw Ballarat Region claim the Princes Park title with a time of 36:44. Athletics Waverley and Mentone finished second and third.

In the Men’s U20 Division it was Box Hill who were too strong, finishing with a time of 29:02, ahead of Glenhuntly and Doncaster (team 2). The Women’s U20 Division saw Glenhuntly get the win in a time of 36:28, with Athletics Essendon and Yarra Ranges finishing second a third.

Click here for results.

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It was great to see so many turn up for what ended up being a great morning of competition. Thanks to all those that participated throughout the XCR’17 season. Your involvement and support is what makes cross-country in Victoria so special and competitive!

#XCR17

 

Princes Park Relays Preview

Tomorrow is the final round of the XCR’17 season! And what better way to finish than with an epic relay battle out at Princes Park…

As is stands in the Men’s Premier Division, Knox and APS United are facing relegation, with Western Athletics, Box Hill 2 and Frankston all looking to make the jump from Division 2 next year. Someone who knows the importance of getting a team into Premier Division, is Michael Masseni (Western Athletics), who has decided to pass up on the Mitchell Street Mile to ensure his team has the best chance of elevating themselves for next year. Inspirational stuff!

In the Women’s Premier Division it’s currently Box Hill, Ballarat Region and Geelong Region who are facing relegation. However, Melbourne University are only clear of the danger zone by one point, which makes for an exciting battle between the bottom four. Old Xaverians, Athletics Essendon and Malvern Harriers are all in the hunt for a promotion into the top Division.

Click here for the full ladder standings.

One of the most popular locations for elite sports clubs to complete their time trials, the XCR’17 season culminates at a new location, Princes Park. A very flat and fast course, athletes will complete one lap of the 3.2km course each in the hope of bringing the XCR’17 premiership back to their club. There is plenty of room for clubs to set up their tents and we would love to see all clubs embrace the new location for 2017.

Now for a weather report from Dr Nicholas Earl (Senior MUAC Forecaster):

“Rain overnight will be clearing away by morning leaving Princes Park mainly dry but with a high chance of light showers during racing. Moderate SSW wind will mean a tough start and finish to the lap, but easier up the far side. Cool with temperatures around 9 degrees. Gravel path will be damp underfoot, so could get messy.”

Please note: There is no pegging allowed! If you’re planning on setting up a marquee, weights must be used.

Look forward to seeing everyone as it’s going to be a fantastic end to what has been an awesome year of cross-country running!

#XCR17