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 – David McNeill

David McNeill’s name is one that has become synonymous with expertise over 25 laps of a track. The two-time Olympian has represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, four IAAF World Cross Country Championships, including a World Championship appearance in 2009 (Berlin). 

McNeill’s 16th place finish in Rio de Janeiro highlighted a career grown at altitude in the mountains of Flagstaff,  Arizona, spending three years representing Northern Arizona University in the collegiate athletic system, competing at nine NCAA national championships, winning two national titles whilst finishing 2nd twice, the Old Xaverian’s club member returned home a formidable international athlete.

With Zatopek:10 victories in 2008 and 2015, McNeill admits that the event holds a special place in his running calendar, having catapulted the wiry 27:45 10,000m man to a variety of green and gold emblazoned teams.

McNeill enters the 2017 edition of the race ranked 8th all-time for the distance amongst Australians, setting up a fascinating battle against the 3rd best Australian over 10,000m, 8 years his junior, Queenslander Patrick Tiernan. Many years of training weeks well in excess of 160 kilometers a week will hold McNeill in good stead, as local fans are treated to two of Australia’s best figuring each other out for a place at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 11 DECEMBER 2008: David McNeill of Vic, Michael Shelley of QLD and Bobby Curtis of the USA run together in the Mens Zatopek 10000 Metres during the Zatopek Classic National Series meet at Olympic Park on December 11, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)


When did you first hear about the Zatopek race?

Probably around 2002. That was my first experience going and watching the Zatopek. I remember watching Lee Troop and Steve Moneghetti running the main event, and Shaun Forrest winning the U20 3km over Clint Perrett. On reflection, it was probably the beginning of my love affair with distance running. 

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

I first ran it in 2006. That was my first year in the senior ranks, and so it just seemed a natural progression to participate in it after having run the 3000m the previous few years in the juniors.

What does Zatopek mean as an event to you?

There’s certainly some sentimentality surrounding the event for me. I appreciate the history behind the event, I’ve won it twice myself, and I associate it with happy memories with my first coach, Tom Kelly, who was a major player in paving my way into this sport. But it’s also an important part of my quest each year to make Aussie teams, so there’s an element of pressure and nervous energy surrounding the event too!

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA –  05 DECEMBER 2015: Brett Robinson, David McNeill and Brian Shrader run in the Men’s 10,000 Metre Zatopek Open during the Australian All Schools Championships & Zatopek:10 at Lakeside Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Did you initially understand who Emil Zatopek was?

To be honest, I couldn’t tell you. I certainly know and appreciate who he is now, but the initial meaning I attributed to the event probably had more to do with how I felt star struck watching folks like Lee Troop and Craig Mottram winning the event when I was a youngster, and the way being at the old Olympic Park made you feel. That was an incredibly special venue, whose history was palpable every time you set foot in the stadium or on the track. 

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

I went into my first Zatopek with a chip on my shoulder. I’d stagnated over the last couple of years, and went into it with a great deal more dedication and my first time running over 100km a week in preparation. I went from a 31min 10k runner to coming 2nd Australian in a tick over 29mins.

How has the Zatopek 10 effected your career to date?

It’s provided a couple of my career highlights for sure. I rank my two Zatopek wins as some of my most special memories in this sport.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 05 DECEMBER 2015: David McNeill of Old Xaverians celebrates after crossing the line to win the Zatopek Mens 10000m Open during the Australian All Schools Championships & Zatopek:10 at Lakeside Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Background and interview courtesy of Sean Whipp

Zatopek 2017 Entry List

The 2017 Zatopek 10 entry lists have been finalised.  Fifteen events are scheduled on the program which will kick off at 630pm on Thursday 14th December 2017.

For the first time heats will be run in the David Baxter Memorial 100 yards Mens Championship Event at 630pm and then the final scheduled for 7.30pm.

Entry Lists for the Zatopek 10 can be found via ths link    Zatopek Event List 01122017

**Athletes in the Gary Honey and Steve Hooker Challenge have been notified and final pairings and/or groups will be determined shortly.

The amended draft timetable is below

Start Time No Event Timetable
6.30pm 1 David Baxter Memorial 100 Yards * Heats
6.40pm 2 Denise Boyd 100 Yards Women *
6.45pm 3 Gary Honey Long Jump Challenge
6.48pm 4 Vic Schools Girls Relay
6.53pm 5 Vic Schools Boys Relay Final
6.55pm 6 Open Mens Shot Put
7.00pm 7 Womens 4 x 400m Relay *
7.07pm 8 Mens 4 x 400m Relay *
7.10pm 9 Steve Hooker Pole Vault Challenge
7.15pm Formal Presentations
7.30pm 1 David Baxter Memorial 100 Yards Final
7.37pm 10 OPEN WOMENS 1500m
7.45pm 11 OPEN MENS 1500m
7.55pm 12 Ondeicki u20 3000m Women
8.15pm 13 Zatopek Womens 10,000m * ##
8.55pm 14 De Castella u20 3000m Men
9.15pm 15 Zatopek Mens 10,000m* ##

AV SHIELD Competition Cancelled



With the Bureau of Meteorology still forecasting severe rainfall, thunderstorms, and flood warnings across Victoria for Saturday and Emergency Management Victoria advising of the risks and unpredictability of a superstorm, Athletics Victoria are forced to cancel all AV Shield competition at Doncaster, Ringwood, Bendigo, Ballarat, and Geelong for the safety of all AV members.

Bureau Issued at 10:50 am Friday, 1 December 2017.

HEAVY RAIN and SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS which may lead to FLASH FLOODING are forecast throughout much of the State today, with a focus about the northeast. Heavy rain and thunderstorm activity will continue throughout SATURDAY, before contracting to the southeast during SUNDAY.
Rain totals to midday Sunday of 50-150mm are expected in the warning area, with 100-200mm in the northeast and peak totals exceeding 250mm possible about the northeast ranges.
Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon, and Bairnsdale.
We look forward to welcoming you back next weekend for AV Shield round 8 at Williamstown, Casey Fields, Ballarat, and Bendigo.

Have a pleasant and safe weekend.

The AV Team

Ron Clarke Scholarship 2018 – Applications Open


The aim of the scholarship is to provide support for a middle distance/distance athlete to achieve his or her athletic and educational potential. The recipient will be expected to uphold those values demonstrated by Ron over his life: commitment to his athletic career, his education and his subsequent working life; support of the athletics community; and dedication to his family and other important relationships.


Ron Clarke was truly a “renaissance man”. Among his lifetime achievements he was a successful businessman, an environmental crusader, Mayor of the Gold Coast for eight years, a philanthropist and a devoted family man.

But it is as a runner that Ron is best known. Ron showed that distance runners could race hard, race fearlessly and race anyone. His assault on performance barriers was stunning: in his halcyon days Ron took almost 40 seconds off the world record for 10,000 metres between December 1963 and July 1965 (36 seconds in one race), and 18 seconds off the world record for 5000 between January 1965 and July 1966. Ron won an Olympic bronze medal at 10,000 in Tokyo in 1964 and silver medals at three miles at the Perth Commonwealth Games in 1962, at three and six miles in Kingston Jamaica in 1966 and at 10,000 metres in Edinburgh in 1970. In all, he set 17 world records over the period 1963 to 1968, in events ranging from 2 miles to one hour.


In the late 1960s, there was a dearth of international competition in Australia. Glenhuntly Athletics Club, of which Ron was always a proud member, went guarantor for several meets at Olympic Park in 1968. A main attraction was to see people like Ron, Ralph Doubell, Derek Clayton and Kerry O’Brien run.  Close to 20,000 spectators would turn up. In part, this led to several of our very top athletes at the time, including Ron, establishing Athletics International (AI). The inaugural meeting of AI was held at Helen (Ron’s wife) and Ron’s home on 15 December 1968, and was attended by 37 of our then best athletes. Ray Weinberg was elected the first President and Ron became the AI Patron, a position he held until he passed away in June 2015.


AI’s aim was to provide international competition for Australia’s athletes, and to help bring Australia’s coaching standards and facilities up to international level. In 1971 AI published Athletics the Australian Way (followed later by a second edition), with Ron both the editor and a contributor. These books contained ‘comments, advice, thought and stories about the events in which each contributor specialised and their approach to athletics’. Profits from the track meets and sales of Athletics the Australian Way provided the capital to establish the Athletics International Trust. Today, this Trust funds AI’s initiatives to help young and emerging athletes, including the domestic and international travel grants programs, and the Athletics International Ron Clarke Scholarship. Luke Mathews was the inaugural Ron Clarke Scholarship holder in 2016, and Lora Storey in 2017.

In all Ron, through both his athletic profile and desire to put something back into the sport of athletics, played a vital part in AI getting off the ground.



  1. Funding and associated obligations

 The Athletics International Trust has allocated up to $5,000 each year for this scholarship. The AI Awards Committee will oversee the awarding of the scholarship payments. The successful athlete will receive $2,500 at the start of their first semester of study. The Ron Clarke Scholarship holder will receive a second $2,500 at the start of the second semester, following receipt by the AI Awards Committee of:

  • Evidence of successful completion of the requirements of semester one; and
  • A progress report on how the Scholarship has assisted the holder to progress both their educational and athletic goals.

 At the completion of the academic year, the Ron Clarke Scholarship holder must:

  • Provide to AI a final report indicating how the $5,000 assisted him/her to progress in their education of choice and their athletic career.
  • The Scholarship holder will, where practical, be required to give a short presentation to the “Strawberries and Cream” function (should it be held) on their progress over the past year, and aspirations for the future. This function, to commemorate Ron’s world records at the Oslo Meet, has previously been held in association with the Zatopek 10km meet in Melbourne in December.
  • Finally, the Scholarship holder will be required to prepare short articles for the AI Newsletter as requested, but no more than twice a year both in the year of holding the Scholarship and the next two years.


  1. Mentoring

 The recipient of the scholarship will be offered a mentor from Athletics International if they wish. The mentor’s role will not be a coaching one, but rather one that provides support and advice when needed. Typically, this mentor will be a former elite athlete and have experiences that could provide lessons for the scholarship recipient.

  1. Criteria

The scholarship criteria best reflect many of the characteristics Ron held dear. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate they:

  • are an Australian citizen
  • are a promising runner in a distance from 800m to the marathon, including the 3km steeplechase
  • can demonstrate a commitment to athletics, as shown through participation over several seasons, including currently
  • have demonstrated improvement over recent years, with potential to achieve elite status
  • are a student attending a post-secondary education institution in Australia and undertaking, as a minimum, a 50 per cent but preferably a 75 per cent load
  • do not receive significant financial support from Athletics Australia/NASS, State Institutes of Sport or other sponsors

Closing date

Friday 2 February 2018

Application form

To download an application form click on this RON CLARKE Scholarship 2018 Application form

The completed application form should be emailed to:

New Officials role

Athletics Australia & Little Athletics Australia are now recruiting for the role of Officials Coordinator.

Please see the Sportspeople advertisement for further information, including the position description: Click HERE

Everything and a whole lot more at the Vic Relay Champs this weekend

Every so often the planets align and all of the components that you need for a memorable Championship event come together. The State Relay Championships were ‘everything and a whole lot more’ with some stellar performances, some upsets, a Victorian Club record and a ‘dead heat’ in the Mens Open 4 x100m final.

The one thing that probably kept the day on track was the weather. Not only was Lakeside Stadium bathed in sunshine, the traditional swirling winds took a day off.

The day commenced with the 4 x 1500m across the 40 and 50+ age groups for Men & Womens, with wins to Box Hill (M50+), St Kevins (M40+) and Western Aths (W40+. For the first time in over 10 years, the Open Men and Women  competed in the 4 x 1500m with St Kevins taking the Mens title in a respectable 15.31.51 (Adam Pyke, Alex Rowe, Peter Bol and Luke Mathews). Athletics Essendon took out the Womens in 18.03.71 (Anna Kasapis, Emilie Guy, Emily Mizis and Charlotte Watson).

The Medley Relays were again timed finals across Mens and Womens U14 U16 and U18 with wins to Box Hill  (W16), Diamond Valley (MU16), Glenhuntly (WU18) and Old Scotch (MU18) who edged out Box Hill by four tenths of a second across the 1600 relay journey in 3.34.25.

In the Open Womens Medley Athletics Chillwell set the time of 4.11.07 with Amelia McGowan, Eliza Walsh, Abbey Badrock and Heidi Demeo (all of whom are still U20) to keep both St Kevins and Sandringham to the minor medals.   In the Mens Athletics Chillwell posted a favourable time of 3.30.85 only to be beaten by the experienced Athletics Nunawading quartet of Nathan Deslandes, Jarrod Michael Robinson, Tristan Robinson and Lachlan Mann.

The afternoon then lead into the preliminary rounds of the 4 x 400m with all age groups apart from the Open Men and Women heading to finals later that afternoon. The finals of the Open Womens and Mens 4 x 400m are held on the Zatopek 10 program which will be Thursday 14th December commencing at 6.30pm.

Running in separate heats, Athletics Essendon and Deakin took the first of two automatic qualifiers to the final wining Heat 1 and Heat 2 respectively. Essendon pitched a quality team with Stella McNamara, Linden Hall, Carline Higham and Jessie Andrew running 3.52.55 while in Heat 2 Deakin posted  3.52.36 (Lily Bayes, Cara Peake, Jessica Gulli-Nance and Mia Gross).  But it was Doncaster in Heat 3 that has set the bar for a competitive final with a time of 3.49.40 with Georgia Feben, Katherine Katsanevakis, Connor Gist, and Abbey del Motte.  Doncaster will remain short favourites for the Womens 4 x 400m Final and simply looked too good for the competition. Joining these Clubs in the Final will be Melbourne University, Box Hill, Sandringham, Old Melburians and Glenhuntly.

In the Mens Open Heats it was a battle of the youth versus experience with Geelong Guild winning Heat 1 with Lachlan McPherson, Josh Pedrisat, Jake Penny and Harvey Murrant with a 3.18.80. Heat 2 belonged to the experienced team from Doncaster with Wes Spargo, Liam Procaccino, Conrad Coumaros and Kevin Rassool posting 3.13.76 to qualify the fastest for the final.  The money will be on Doncaster to repeat their performance in the final and if so they will be hard to beat in 2017.  Old Melburnians,  St Kevins and Geelong Guild will fight it out for the minor medals and it will be any ones guess how they will fall. The remaining qualifiers are Old Xaverians, Athletics Nunawading, Athletics Essendon and Melbourne University.

But the race of the day in the 4 x 400m finals belonged to the Womens U16 Gold Medallist from Collingwood Harriers AC. Prior to the final there was some chatter around a potential Club record from this team although the Collingwood source was not overly confident until the girls hit the track. The team of Chiara Santiglia, Ellie McKenzie, Lucy Leutchford and Sunshine Spencer ran their own race and ran 3.58.33 (sub 60 secs for each runner) to break the 33 year old record set by Deakin in 1995.

The final of the Mens Open 4 x 100m relay was a show stopper and perhaps those words were too close to the truth with Doncaster and Old Melburians crossing the finish line together. The race was called a dead heat at 41.38 secs after neither Will Johns (OLM) and Kyle Niccolussi (DON) could be separated by the photo.  But dont believe me, check it the vision yourself. MENS 4 x100M

The Womens 4 x 100m belonged to Diamond Valley who ran a classy team of Sophie Taylor, Sophia Fighera, Sienna Fighera and Maddison Coates to win in 45.69. Click on the link to re live the final WOMENS 4 x 100m

For the complete list of result from the Victorian State Relay Championships click here.

And to watch some of the action from our athsvictv streaming click on our youtube link Here

A very special mention to our Victorian Officials, Club Helpers and Volunteers who helped present another successful Championships. Our sincere thanks for your hard work.

2017 State Championships Winners

4 x 400 *Final run at Zatopek 10 4 x 400 *Final run at Zatopek 10
4 x 800 DONCASTER 4 x 800 ST KEVINS
4 X 1500 ESSENDON 4 X 1500 ST KEVINS
Distance Med CHILWELL Distance Med NUNAWADING
4 x 100 ESSENDON 4 x 100 ESSENDON
4 x 400 OLD XAVS 4 x 400 OLD XAVS
Distance Med GLENHUNTLY Distance Med OLD SCOTCH
Distance Med BOX HILL Distance Med DIAMOND VALLEY
WOMENS 40 + MENS 40+
4 X 400 KSB
4 X 1500 BOX HILL

Club Championship Tally (based on Championship Title)

Club State Relay Titles

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 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

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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


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

Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships – Closing date extended

With a number of schools competitions last weekend and the SSV State Championships running at Lakeside Stadium today, the closing date for entering the Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships has been extended until 11.59am Wednesday 25th October 2017.

To Enter and for all information , click on the following link   AV All Schools Event Page