Office closure due to Melbourne F1 Grand Prix

Due to road closures and restricted entry to Albert Park as a result of the upcoming Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix, Athletics Victoria’s office will be unattended from Tuesday 12th March until Tuesday 19th March, 2019.

During this time, AV staff will be working remotely and will be contactable in the first instance via email. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you need to.

A list of staff and email addresses can be found here.

Coles Victorian Track and Field Championships – RESULTS

Results from the Coles Victorian Track and Field Championships are available here!

Weekend 1 Results

Weekend 2 Results


Vale Vern Curnow

Vale Vern Curnow.

Sadly Vern passed away on Monday and he will be greatly missed by the Athletic Community, especially Gippsland Athletics.

An incredible life.

Verran William Curnow joined athletics and the Victorian Amateur Athletic Association in the latter half of the 1960’s.

Vern was a school teacher by profession and as such travelled around Victoria through his work commitments. This saw him attached to four athletic clubs during his career. Most notably, Vern is recognised mostly for his work in the Latrobe Valley.

His original club was South Bendigo, followed by a short stint at South Melbourne in the early 1970’s. Then the athletics journey began when Vern moved down to the Latrobe Valley and joined Morwell Athletic Club, which in the 2000’s amalgamated into the Gippsland Athletic Club, much to the chagrin of some. Vern also competed for the Victorian Masters.

Vern covered the four areas of the sport of athletics during his career: athlete, coach, official and administrator.

Among his most memorable competing moments, was in the green and gold in the Oceania Games at Canberra (1984) and the World Masters Games at Melbourne (1987). He delighted in the realisation, when Athletics Victoria (AV) finally introduced veteran’s competition to the Victorian Country Championships (VCAC) in additional age groups. Vern had won the men’s 50+ invitation long jump event in 1996 at Bendigo, four years before they became official events.

His coaching became a valued and pleasant avenue to his own competitive career and the extension of coaching into the Central Gippsland Secondary Schools Sports Association, GippSport and the Gippsland Sports Academy allowed Vern to further the aspirations of many athletes.

As a technical official, Vern’s three most cherished appointments were to the Sydney Olympic Games (2000), the Sydney Paralympic Games (2000) and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games (2006).

Whilst these were highlights, Vern was just as much at home officiating during interclub in Gippsland or in Melbourne at Olympic Park or Lakeside or one of the suburban venues when the call came. Vern also officiated at many State and National Championships over the years.

Vern was for very many years synonymous with the Victorian Country Championships and when hosted by the Latrobe/Gippsland Regional Centre, Vern was at the fore with the skills to organise the administration of the entire event, in addition to officiating during the weekend’s events in his now familiar role within the start line crew. Appointments to the starting panel and as Start Line Co-ordinator remained as special moments in Vern’s career.

As an administrator, Vern was the consummate organiser. His administrative talents went as far back as 1969-70 when he was President at South Bendigo. He was quite often Secretary to his club and was the long serving Secretary to the Latrobe Valley (then Gippsland) Regional Centre, after an initial stint as it’s Vice President when he first arrived in the Valley. Working alongside Vern and Pat Collings and the late Ron Lucardie, Vern Curnow was also instrumental in administering cross country events, including State titles when hosted at Lardner Park, near Drouin.

Vern was a long-time member of the AV Country Committee, where he served as Deputy Portfolio Manager for a number of years. Vern would travel hours, to and from Melbourne to attend meetings, so that the Latrobe Valley clubs would be represented at all levels of the organisation.

Such was the esteem in which Vern Curnow was held in, at a local level in particular, the Gippsland interclub competition was named after him in 2008. His own club has won the competition from 2014 to 2018 and in the current season Gippsland finished second to South Coast.

Not one to seek accolades or attention, Vern was recognised and honoured during his long athletic career. Life Membership was bestowed upon him from the Morwell Club, and he was in rare company, again with the late Vern Collings and Ron Lucardie, when these three gentlemen were awarded the only Life Memberships of Gippsland Athletics in the mid 1990’s.

Vern was elected to the State’s highest honour when delegates elected him a Life Member of Athletics Victoria on 22 July 1998.

Over his many years of involvement, Vern was also recognised with the GippSport Special Achiever Award; the Australian Sports Medal from the Australian Sports Commission; the Gippsland Sports Academy Sports Development Award and induction as a member of the Latrobe City Sports Hall of Fame. This recognition, Vern noted as special highlights in a rewarding career in athletics.

Vern passed away peacefully on the morning of 4 March 2019, aged 73, after a three year battle with illness. He leaves his wife Glenys; two adult sons Jared and Warren from his first marriage and grandchildren.

“Vern Curnow celebrates 50 years in Athletics.” – GippSport 

Vern Curnow has dedicated fifty years of his life to Athletics in the Gippsland Region. Recently the Executive Officer of GippSport, Barry Switzer, presented Vern with a commendation plaque at a Vern Curnow Shield Athletics Competition held at the Joe Carmody Athletics Track in Newborough.

In presenting the award Barry indicated that Vern’s contribution to the sport is unparalleled. “Vern has been an active participant, administrator, coach, mentor and official during all of this time as a volunteer. He has appropriately received numerous awards along the way and gained appointments at the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics (2000) and the Commonwealth Games. Vern has also been a highly valued member of the GippSport and Gippsland Regional Sports Academy Boards. We really appreciated the opportunity to recognize his remarkable achievements,” concluded Barry.

“Vern Reflects on 50 years.” – GippSport 

As an athlete there have been many rewarding moments competing for South Bendigo, South Melbourne, Morwell, Gippsland Athletics and the Victorian Masters Association; amongst the most memorable would be competing in the Green and Gold colours at the Oceania Games in Canberra (1984) and the World Masters Games in Melbourne (1987).

Athlete Coaching became a valued and pleasant avenue to my own career and the extension into the Central Gippsland Secondary Schools Sports Association, GippSport and the Gippsland Sports Academy allowed me to further the aspirations of many athletes.

Club Administration extends to four of the five Clubs mentioned and became more extensive the longer the period of involvement.

As an Administrator seeing the re-introduction of multi-event competition in Gippsland for both men and women and having a Shield Competition for the four Gippsland Clubs named after me serve as two important milestones.

As an Official the appointments at Local, State, National and International events around Australia that included Schools, Under-age, Open and AWD have special significance to me, most often working with the Start Line Crew.

Appointments to the Starting Panel and as Start Line Co-ordinator will always remain as special moments.

The two most cherished appointments were to the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics (2000) and the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (2006).

The presentation of Life Memberships to the Morwell Athletic Club, Gippsland Athletics and Athletics Victoria; the GippSport Special Achiever Award; the Australian Sports Medal from the Australian Sports Commission; the Gippsland Sports Academy Sports Development Award and the Induction as a Member of the Latrobe City Sports Hall of Fame all note as special highlights of a rewarding career in athletics.

HVC 5 Entries Open

High Velocity Club 5 entries are open.

Event will be on Thursday 21 March 2019 at Duncan Mckinnon.

Draft Timetable

Please note:-

– subject to availability of Officials, Long Jump will run at either 7.15pm (after Triple) or 6.15pm(same time as Triple). Vic Milers and AV Throwers competition is also on Thursday 21st March at Lakeside.

Entries close 11.59am 18th March 2019

Draft Timetable High Velocity Round 5
5.45pm 400m Hurdles 91.4
400m Hurdles 86cm
400m Hurdles 76.2cm
6.00pm Triple Jump (Men 13m+ and Women 11m+)
7.15pm (6.15pm)* Long Jump (Men 6m+ and Women 5m+)
6.10pm 200m Women (All ages)
6.30pm 200m Men (All Ages)
6.45pm 110m Hurdles 106.7cm
110m Hurdles 99.1cm
110m Hurdles 91.4cm
100m Hurdles 84cm
7.10pm 400m Women (All Ages)
7.30pm 400m Men (All Ages)
7.40pm 100m Women (All Ages)
7.55pm 100m Men (All Ages)
* Subject to recruiting sufficient Officials.
Subject to event entries it may not be possible to run the 100m/200m in the opposite direction

Calling All Coaches

This is your personal invitation to come along to the designated coaches space in the Presidents Room overlooking the track for a cuppa over the Coles AV State Track & Field Championships weekend of athletics.

It’s an opportunity to have a chat and escape the heat between your athletes’ scheduled events.  Please remember to bring along your Coach Accreditation Card for access.

Portal Outage

Please note: The Athletics Victoria Portal will be down this afternoon from 2pm onwards for maintenance.

Round 10 – AV Shield Start Lists & Metro Timetable

Round 10 AV Shield is upon us this weekend. Use the below links to view the Start Lists and Timetables for all venues!









HVC 2 – Entries Close Tues 15th Jan

High Velocity 2 will return to Box Hill on Friday 18th January with the Open Womens and Mens 100m, 400m, short hurdles and triple jump.

The Open Mens 400m already has some quality in the field which includes Christian Davis and Finlay Kirsopp-Cole (CHI), Will Johns and Michael Tsotsos (GHY), Jarrod Michael Robinson (ANW) and  Conrad Coumaros (DAC).

Brittany Burkitt (OLM) and Christine Byrne (GHY) will headline the Womens 100m while Jackson Bennett (STK) and Matthew Rizzo (MPA) are the early entrants in the Mens Open 100m.

Entries for HVC 2 are due to close 11.59am Tuesday 15th January 2019. Enter via the AV Member Portal.

Check out the action from HVC1 thanks to the team at athsvictv.




2019 Vic Multi Champs – Results

The 2019 Victorian Multi Track & Field Championships make their way to Bendigo this year!


Date: Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th January, 2019

Location: La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics Complex (Google Maps)

Entries Close: 11:59am (Midday) Monday 7th January, 2019 – No late or on the day entries will be accepted.

If you have issues entering the event please contact Athletics Victoria PRIOR to the closing date at or the Competitions Department on 8646 4512/8646 4526 and leave a message explaining the issues you are experiencing. Athletics Victoria will not accept any late entries and emails received after the closing date will not be accepted.

NOTE: Please be aware that following the closure of entries, AV will publish a provisional timetable with allocated provisional times.

Please Note: Athletes must be a member of Athletics Victoria or their state/national association in order to compete at State Championship events. Any athletes that enter and do not meet this criteria will be asked to become a member of their state association otherwise they may not be able to compete.


Entry fees will only be refunded if a cancellation is received in writing to  prior to entries closing. Any refunds after this time will be processed only if the written notification is accompanied with a medical certificate before the first day of competition.

HVC removes entry restrictions for 100/200/400

Entry to the 100m 200m and 400m will be open to all from Round 2 HVC on Friday 18h January 2019 at Box Hill. The restrictions for horizontal jumps and hurdles will remain.

Every person that enters the 100m, 200m and 400m will be seeded into heats based on their seasons performance.

Program of Events

Round 2                 100m / 400m   Short hurdles   Triple Jump

Note to all Coaches – if you are looking for a distance outside of what is on the program, AV is happy to include a heat of that distance. We recommend you discuss between yourselves to arrange fields for any additional distance.Please email before the closing date of entries to arrange.

Entries for HVC close midday Tuesday 15th January 2019.

For more information click the LINK



Upcoming Coaching Courses

There’s plenty of exciting courses coming up in the New Year. The details of these are as follows:

19th & 20th of January 2019          Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Coaching Course
20th of January 2019                       Level 1 Community Athletics Coaching Course
23rd of January, 2019                     IAAF Kids Athletics Upskilling course
7th of April, 2018                             Level 1 Community Athletics Coaching Course
10th of April, 2019                           IAAF Kids Athletics Upskilling course


Keep reading for more information on the individual courses.


IAAF Kids Athletics:

Course and Resource Fee $99

The Australian Sports Commission’s ‘Sporting Schools’ programme, offers students in primary schools access to sport based activities before, during or after school.  As of Term 3 2015, Sporting Schools will be available to every primary school in Australia.

Athletics Australia delivers IAAF Kids’ Athletics through the Sporting Schools programme which allows children to explore and develop the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing.

Sporting Schools will be delivered in schools before, during and after school hours and all coaches will be paid for their involvement.

The IAAF Kids’ Athletics Upskilling Program will give Coaches the skills to teach children the core fundamentals of athletics – running, jumping and throwing – using modified equipment with a focus on fun and following the IAAF’s successful global framework.

To be accredited to coach as part of the Sporting Schools athletics programme, you need to be a registered coach with Athletics Australia and undertake this upskilling course. See for more details about getting registered.

Once you have successfully passed the IAAF Kids’ Athletics Upskilling Course you will be an endorsed Athletics Provider in Sporting Schools.

With Sporting Schools being available in hundreds of primary school around the country, there are a wide variety of opportunities for coaches around Australia to enjoy teaching kids the basics of athletics and be paid for it; so get yourself accredited now!


Level 1 CAC:

Course and Resources Fee:  $240 (Athletics Victoria Members) + $250 (non-members) includes your first year of coaching registration with Athletics Australia

Course Length: 2 hours Pre-Course work + 8 Hours Face-To-Face (Practical & Theory) + post course assessments tasks

The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course focuses on developing the coach’s human management skills and understanding of physical literacy and how it can be improved based on the ‘Teaching Games for Understanding’ model of sports development.  The course instructs how to coach the fundamental skills of Run, Jump andThrow in beginning athletes to prepare them for future Track and Field success, which must be understood before event-specific coaching can be developed.

This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as a community coach which is transferable to other sports engaging in the community coach program.

There is pre-course work for this course which can be accessed here and must be completed prior to attending the course.  The two units to undertake are Community Coaching General Principles and Play by the Rules, Child Protection module.  You need to set up a login and then enrol in the two modules – they are both free of charge.

Post-Course Assessment Tasks:  After completing the face-to-face component of the course you are required to successfully complete the Session Planning Assignment and self reflection requirements prior to receiving your coaching accreditation.


Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach:

Course and Resources Fee: $350 (Athletics Victoria Members) or $360 (Non Athletics Victoria Members)

Time: 8:30am – 5:30pm over two (2) days

Pre-requisites for this course:

Successfully completed Level 1 Community Athletic Coaching Course or granted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) by Athletics Australia

A minimum of 30 hours coaching experience after completing the Level 1 Community Athletics Coaching Course

Completion of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Play by the Rules online course, Harassment & Discrimination and the Certificate of Completion either submitted to the facilitator on the day of the course or emailed to Blair Taylor at Athletics Australia (  All participants must complete the online module prior to the practical component of the course.  You can login to the online learning portal to complete relevant pre-course work here.

The Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course is the next progression from Level 1 Community Athletics Coach.  It is designed to develop event specific skills and drills and an understanding of the basic technical model of the below events for an athletes participation in athletics at club level and school competition.

The event groups covered are:

• Sprints & relays
• Hurdles
• Middle & Long Distance up to 5000m (excluding steeple chase/walks is an online component of the course)
• Jumps (excluding pole vault)
• Throws (excluding hammer)

In addition coaches are introduced to training principles, Components of Fitness and programming and evaluation skills are further developed.

For more information and to register for these courses, head to the portal, here.