Zatopek Legacy – Patrick Tiernan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When did you first hear about the Zatopek race?

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

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

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

What does Zatopek mean as an event to you?

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

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

Did you initially understand who Emil Zatopek was?

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

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

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

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

How has the Zatopek 10 effected your career to date?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Background and interview courtesy of Sean Whipp

Zatopek Legacy – Benita Johnson (nee Willis)

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

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

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

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

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

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

When did you first hear about the Zatopek event?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background and interview courtesy of Sean Whipp

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

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