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 sam@athsvic.org.au.

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.









Fred Lester Training Grants – Closing October

The Fred Lester Distance Running Scholarship Fund offers Training Grants for distance athletes upon application closing on the 31st October.

The aim of the Grants is to financially assist distance runners who are registered with Athletics Victoria, to achieve higher levels of performance. Athletes between 20 and 30 years of age may apply for amounts up to $3000 per annum.

For the purpose of the Training Grants, distance running events include;

  • Cross-country and road races up to and including the Marathon distance.
  • Track events from 3000 metres up to and including 10,000 metres.

Funding requests could include participation in training camps, clinics and specific coaching programs and other costs directly associated with athletic competition.

Applications should include the following details:

  • Name, address, phone number and email address.
  • Long and short term goals.
  • Specific details of the initiative to be funded, including its role in the athlete’s development.
  • A summary of best performances to date.
  • An itemised list of proposed costs.
  • Current sponsorship’s or grants received to date.

CLOSING DATE: October 31st 2016.

Mail to: The Trustees – Fred Lester Scholarship Fund

PO Box 7535


Australian Cross Country Championships – Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra – Results


Saturday August 20th saw Stromlo Forest Park play host to the Australian Cross Country Championships. Victoria arrived with a typically strong team, determined to honour the historical state tradition of strong cross country performance. Conditions were some of the coldest Canberra had seen in recent memory, with temperatures hovering between 4 and 7 degrees, as winds blasted through at over 50km/h.

The Open teams proved dominant, with the Men’s team defeating ACT 24 points to 31. as Jack Rayner lead the team home in 4th (30:51), which was 18 seconds behind winner Stewart McSweyn  (TAS). Toby Rayner followed in 5th, Jack Davies 7th, and Nick Wightman rounded out the win in 8th position.

the Women’s race delivered a similar whitewash, as only highly touted Kate Spencer of NSW, as past World Junior representative over 5000m, managed to split the Victorian finish of 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th. Virginia Moloney claimed her first National Cross Country Championships (35:19), followed by Gemma Maini, Sinead Diver and Anna Kelly, who secured a team victory of 12 points to NSW’s 29 points.

Both Men’s and Women’s teams enjoyed success in the Under 23 Championship placings, as youngsters Jack Rayner and Jack Davies finished 3rd and 4th, whilst Anna Kelly claimed 2nd in the Women’s Under 23 race, all of which bodes particularly well for the future of Victorian Cross Country.

The Junior athletes in attendance braved the difficult conditions valiantly, with the result highlights listed below…

Under 20 – 8 km:

  • Boys: 1st Matthew Ramsden – 25:04 (WA), 3rd Nathan Percy – 25:25 (VIC).
  • Team standings: 1st NSW (25), 2nd QLD (28), 3rd VIC (37).

Under 20 – 6km:

  • Girls: 1st Jessica Pascoe – 20:49 (NSW), 2nd Charlotte Bassett – 21:24 (VIC).
  • Team Standings: 1st VIC (17), 2nd NSW (23), QLD (53).

Under 18 – 6km:

  • Boys: 1st Zachary Facioni – 18:59 (NSW), 3rd Haftu Strinzos – 19:14 (VIC) with arguably the biggest run of his career on the largest winter stage available.
  • Team standings: 1st NSW (17), 2nd VIC (33), 3rd QLD (58).

Under 18 – 4km:

  • 1st Katrina Robinson – 13:43 (QLD). Emma Files (VIC) missed the podium in 4th by a slim margin of 2 seconds.
  • Team standings: 1st QLD (15), 2nd VIC (32), 3rd NSW (37).

Under 16 – 4km:

  • Boys: 1st Luke young – 12:37 (NSW), 4th Adam Spencer – 12:48 (VIC) worked tirelessly throughout the race, leading large portions in an attempt to split up the leading pack, followed closely by Nicholas Fidler in 5th (VIC).
  • Team standings: 1st NSW (22), 2nd VIC (32), 3rd QLD (33).

Under 16 – 4km:

  • Girls: 1st Keely Small – 13:51 (ACT), with Sophie O’Sullivan (VIC) putting herself amongst the leaders early on and was rewarded with a brave 6th place finish.
  • Team standings: 1st QLD (33), 2nd NSW (41), 3rd ACT (55), 4th VIC (65).

Under 14 – 3km:

  • Boys: 1st Tom Palfrey – 9:44 (ACT), with Ayden Dignan – 10:02 (VIC), enduring potentially the worst of the weather conditions to finish 4th in a highly competitive field.
  • Team standings: 1st QLD (32), 2nd VIC (35), 3rd NSW (66).

Under 14 – 3km:

  • Girls: 1st Nicola Hogg – 10:15 (NSW), Taryn Furletti was the highest places Victorian, completing the challenging 3km circuit in 10:50 for 4th place.
  • Team standings: 1st NSW (21), 2nd WA (50), 3rd QLD (50), 4th VIC (56).

PRE EVENT…Our predictions.

Tarli Bird (Vic) – Victorian Champion XC 2016.

Sinead Diver (Vic) – Placed 2nd twice (2012 & 2014) at the Australian Cross Country Championships.

Gemma Maini (Vic) – World XC Representative.

Virginia Moloney (Vic) – Victorian 10km & 15km Champion.

Leanne Pompeani (ACT) – Winner of the Sydney Harbour 10km.

Kaitlyn Simpson (NSW) – 2nd at NSW Championships.

Kate Spencer (NSW) –  NSW Champion with a time of 15:28s in June and 3rd in the National XC Championships last year.

Mitch Brown (Vic) – Recorded a time of 13:37s this year in America.

Andy Buchanan (Vic) – Broke 30 minutes for 10km this year. In amazing form.

Jack Colreavy (NSW) – Received a National Steeplechase medal.

Jack Davies (Vic) – Promising youngster. Placed at state XC.

Jordan Gusman (ACT) – Second in National 1500m.

Stewart McSweyn (Tas) – Just missed out on an Olympic spot for the Steeplechase. In good form.

Adrian Plummer (NSW) – Former World Junior representative over 800m.

Matthew Ramsden (WA) – World Junior 2016 for 1500m and 5000m.

Jack Rayner (Vic) – Promising youngster. Recorded a time of 29:15s for 10km at Launie10.

Nick Wightman (Vic) – Victorian legend. Placed at State XC.

Hugh Williams (ACT) – Won the Gold Coast 10km.

Full list of results can be found here.

2016 Rio Olympic Games…completo!

In the midst of Usain Bolt (sticking it to Justin Gatlin) taking home his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100m sprint – there has been some amazing performances from our very own Victorian superstars…


Peter Bol, Jeff Riseley and Luke Mathews were first up in the 800m, with all three unfortunately missing out on a semi final appearance. Jeff was the fastest out of the three with a time of 1:46.93s! Although they may have been disappointed with their performances, it was still an amazing effort from the lads, and we’re super proud!

Rhydian Cowley came in a solid 33rd position in the 20km Walk with a time of 1:23:30. It was a great display of true grit, as Rhydian finished strongly, with a field that saw 63 cross the line!

Linden Hall and Zoe Buckman blitzed their first round heats in the 1500m on Day 1! However, they were both unlucky in the semi-finals, in what was a tough battle which saw the girls getting caught on the inside and unable to move freely throughout the race. Still, a remarkable achievement on making it into a semi-final of the Olympic Games!

Genevieve LaCaze continued her amazing form in the 3000m Steeplechase, qualifying for the final with a time of 9:26.25s!

David McNeill showed a lot a poise to finish off the 10,000m final with a solid 16th place and a time of 27:51.71s – the best ever performance by an Australian! A huge accomplishment at his second Olympic Games!

Morgan Michell showed the world her power in Round 1 of the 400m, clocking in with an automatic qualifying time of 51.30s! Unfortunately, the result didn’t go her way in the semi-finals, where the field really kicked it up a gear, posting times between 49.60s and 50.80s. Still a huge effort and awesome experience for Morgan at her first Olympics!

Lisa Weightman may have been disappointed with her own result, but we thought she was all class in the Women’s Marathon, finishing off the race in 31st position, in a field that saw 133 cross the line!

Joel Baden got his Olympic High-Jump campaign underway this morning. However, he was unfortunately unable to make it past the qualifying rounds. Still we at AV couldn’t be more prouder, and we have no doubt Melbourne University Athletics Club will have been tremendously proud of his Rio accomplishment!


Genevieve LaCaze produced something special in her 3000m Steeplechase final last night! With the Glenhuntly superstar finishing the race in 9th position, whilst also producing Australia’s 3rd ever fastest time, with a brilliant 9:21.21s!

Bring on the 5000m!


Just when we thought Genevieve LaCaze couldn’t be more awesome, she became more awesome. After crushing her 3000m Steeplechase PB in the final, she was able to back it up in her 5000m heat, to qualify for the final with another PB!

What’s even more exciting is Madeline Hills and Eloise Wellings will be joining Gen…

Ryan Gregson showed he’s got plenty in the tank as he produced an amazing kick on the home straight to finish 2nd in his heat to automatically qualify for the semi-final in the 1500m. A huge effort at his second Olympics!

Luke Mathews put in a gutsy performance, however it just wasn’t his night, with the Melbourne Track Club and St Kevin’s Amateur Athletic Club runner missing out on a semi-final spot in the 1500m crossing the line with a time of 3:44.51s.


Brooke Stratton started her Long-Jump campaign a little sluggish, but managed to get it together for her last jump and qualify for the final, clearing a distance of 6.56m! There is definitely more fire power to come from Brooke (who holds the Australian record), and we can’t wait to see how she goes!

Kathryn Mitchell was unbelievable in her Javelin qualification round, throwing a distance of 61.63, to pinch the last spot in the final!

Brett Robinson broke an Australian drought in the 5000m to qualify for the final with a time of 13:22.81s! The last man to feature was Craig Mottram in 2004. A huge result for Brett who looked sharp throughout the whole race.

Sam McEntee unfortunately was unable to make the final, finishing the heats 35th overall, with a time of 13:50.55s. However, it was a great experience to compete against the world’s best on the biggest stage!


Brooke Stratton flew 7.76m to cap off her first Olympic Games with a 7th overall place in the final! An amazing achievement and one that we’re all very proud of!

Damien Birkinhead (aka The Hulk) put in an enormous effort during the Shot-Put final to close out his Olympic campaign in 10th spot overall. His final distance was 20.45m!

Ryan Gregson was unbelievable throughout the Olympics, finishing the 1500m final with a time of 3:51.39s! In what was an extremely physical race, it was the first time an Australian had made the final in 40 years!

Brett Robinson was all class during his 5000m final. Crossing the line in 14th place with a time of 13:32.30s! Huge effort from Brett!

Kathryn Mitchell had an Olympics to remember, finishing the Javelin final with a distance of 64.36m, which placed her just shy of a podium spot in 4th spot!

Liam Adams continued his XCR form in the marathon, crossing the line in 31st position, with a time of 2:16:12!

Regan Lamble smashed her 20km walk to finish 9th overall! Amazing effort in what was a grueling race!

Jared Tallent…what a machine! Finishing 2nd overall in the 50km walk to claim silver! An absolutely amazing achievement from the defending Olympic champion!

Chris Erickson was solid in the 50km walk. Sticking close with the lead pack throughout the race, he finished off strongly for a 10th position overall and a time of 3:48:40!

Morgan Mitchell ran the last leg int he 4x400m final, in what was a fast-paced battle! Although it wasn’t as quick as their heat performance, it was still an amazing effort from the girls to make it all the way to the end!

Genevieve LaCaze capped off her amazing Olympic campaign with a 12th finish overall in the 5000m alongside fellow Aussies Eloise Wellings and Madeline Hills! An outstanding performance by Gen who continues to smash her own PB’s!

That’s all folks from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games…

Amazing performances from all the mighty Vics!!!

See you in Tokyo.









Batons and Butterflies

Starting to get that tingling sensation permeating through your body…? We are.

Don’t panic though. It’s the good kind of tingling. The kind of tingling that alerts you to something magical around the corner. The kind of tingling that is so wonderful, your body can literally sense enjoyment coming its way…

So, what’s causing this heavenly tingling you ask!? Well it’s simple: The 2016/17 Summer Season featuring the Victorian All Schools Championships featuring All Schools Track Relay Championships featuring Kanye West*

Cue the cheers and applause.

Make them short lived though. Because it’s now time to get down to business. Track Relay Championships are first out of the blocks – zing. Which means teamwork. Which means trust. Which means belief you and your squad has what it takes to be crowned the best in Victoria!

However it also means a baton. Oh yes. A baton. The one thing that stands between winning and losing. Something so simple in stature can either make your squad victorious, or be the demise of so much hard work. Trust us. Our Communications & Growth Leader (whose name can’t be mentioned out of fear his 2006 school 4×100 teammates will find him) has been on the wrong end of a baton-change, and he’s never fully recovered…

But do not fear. There’s still plenty of time to train. To practice those changeovers. To find the leg which suits you and your loyal teammates best. And to visualize running down the final straight, baton firmly placed in your hand, with the crowd erupting in screams of excitement! Once all this has been conquered, your school will be ready for the All Schools Track Relay Championships!

And just so you all know…We at AV love the commitment every student shows at our All Schools events. We love watching teams band together. We love seeing teachers and coaches (who’ve put countless hours into your school’s athletic program) relish with their students in the wins. We love the smiles and laughter schools share with each other throughout the entirety of the event. We love everything about the All Schools Track Relay Championships.

All we ask…is that you love it too.

Wednesday 31 August – it’s on!


*Kanye West is unfortunately unavailable. But don’t you reckon he features on an awful lot of songs!? Anyway, just a thought.






The 2016 Athletics Victoria Annual General Meeting has been called for 7pm, July 27 2016. The event will be live streamed with live chat capability, enabling remote viewers to contribute to the discussion. Depending on the questions coming in from the live delegates, online questions may or may not be addressed. Please note that online participants do not have voting rights.

Victorian Officials Awards

The Victorian Officials Awards function was celebrated on Sunday 24 July in the Cathy Freeman room at Lakeside. The theme on the night was ‘Let’s Celebrate Rio’ to coincide with the Olympic Games which kick off in just two weeks’ time, and we’re sure all those in attendance had a great afternoon!

During the day our service badges were awarded to recognize the efforts of our Officials. Congratulations to the following on outstanding years of Officiating:

30 years – Gordon Loughnan and Jim Cain.
40 years – Tony Williams and Di Lowden
45 years – Paul Jenes and Lorrain Morgan

A special mention to Marion Patterson who has been an Official now for 60 years – a tremendous effort indeed.

An important aspect of this event is to announce and present awards for the past season. Each Region and Zone were asked to submit their nominations for the outstanding Officials from their area.

Congratulations to the winners from the following Zones and Regions:

Red Zone: David Armstrong
Blue Zone: Pam Noden
Yellow Zone: Brendan Ferrari
White Zone: Yvonne Glover
Ballarat Region: Stephen McLennan
Bendigo Region: Garnet Rodda
Geelong Region: Lou Mirarchi
Western Country Region: Julie Bicknell
Southern Metro Region: Pam Carroll
Northern Metro Region: Phil Atkins
Western Metro Region: Wayne O’Halloran
Gippsland Country Region: Justyne Roscoe
Eastern Metro Region: Jon Seddon

The Official of the Year is awarded to an Official who has made an outstanding contribution to Athletics over the past season. The award is only given to an Official who has dedicated significant time and effort.

The Official of the Year was awarded to Andrea Hallett.

Vern Curnow was also awarded 50 years Membership Service award.

Congratulations to all of our award winners – all were truly deserved!