Tribute to Betty Cuthbert

The athletics community today pays tribute to Betty Cuthbert who has passed away at age 79.  Winning four gold medals from two Olympic Games, Cuthbert was the golden girl of athletics. Athletics Victoria acknowledges and pays tribute to the life of Betty Cuthbert.  We acknowledge the recent statement from Athletics Australia President, Mark Arbib below.

Athletics Australia President, Mark Arbib, has made the following comments about ‘Golden Girl’ of the track, Betty Cuthbert.

“Betty was an icon of Australian and international athletics and it is with great sadness that we learned of her passing this morning.

“Athletics Australia, and indeed the Australian athletics community, extend our most sincere condolences to Betty’s family and friends, including her dedicated carer Rhonda Gillam, at this sad time.

“Betty’s history of success in athletics is inspiring. She is the only athlete, male or female, to win Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m, with her trophy cabinet also including three medals from the Commonwealth Games.

“Betty was tragically diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1969 and she has battled the disease courageously. She will be forever remembered as a legend of the sport and a trailblazer for our female athletes.”



Australian Junior Athletics Championships – Day Four

Frankston sprinter Lawson Power headlined day four results for the Big V with victory in the under 20 400m final in a time of 47.78sec at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Perth.

The result books his ticket on the Australian team for the IAAF world u20 championships in Poland later this year.

In the same race Ballarat Harriers athlete Liam Procaccino claimed bronze with a time of 48.44sec.

An enthralling under 17 high jump competition ended up in a sudden death with Old Xaverians Jonathan Lightfoot prevailing with a final clearance of 2.07m enough to clinch the national title.

In the second session on day four, Victoria, showcased its middle distance class when Athletics Nunawading athlete Zoe Brito-Babapulle winning the under 17 800m, in a meet record 2:07.13min. Athletics Essendon’s Maddison Caulfield continued the trend by claiming the under 18 800m in 2:11.59min.

Corio athlete Christian Davis delivered another 800m gold for the Big V in the under 18 final, crossing the line in 1:52.06min.

Yarra Ranges speedster Lateisha Willis continues to impress this week, claiming line honours in the 100m under 17 hurdles with a meet record time of 13.49min.

A first up attempt of 61.65m was enough for Doncaster thrower James Joyce to win the under 18 national hammer title.

Teaching himself to throw from YouTube videos, Eureka athlete Jesse Iese capped off a successful junior nationals campaign with victory in the under 16 shot put final with a mark of 16.44m.

Casey Cardinia para-athlete Dayna Crees (Tf35) added a second gold medal to her name on day four with honours in the para under 16 discus, with a mark of 17.21m.

Ringwood thrower Bianca Hansen produced a world u20 qualifying mark of 51.11m to finish second in the under 20 discus final behind Queensland’s Kirsty Leigh Williams, who claimed the national title with a distance of 53.30m.

Photos are available via the Athletics Victoria Facebook Page.

Access full results here

Event website here

Gold Silver Bronze
Rebecca Henderson – Women 5000 Metre Race Walk U18 – 24:57.09 Kyle Swan – Men 5000 Metre Race Walk U18 – 20:51.32 Corey Dickson – Men 5000 Metre Race Walk U18 – 25:21.25
Erin Garbler  T36 – Women 400 Metre Para U20 – 1:25.99 Philippa Huse – Women 5000 Metre Race Walk U18 – 25:12.56 Zahra Hayes – Women 5000 Metre Race Walk U17 – 25:02.57
Nicholas Grech – Men Long Jump U15 – 6.24m Isabella Simonelli – Women Discus U16 – 37.84m Jemma Peart – Women 5000 Metre Race Walk U18 – 25:29.39
Jonathan Lightfoot – Men High Jump U17 – 2.07m Gary Haasbroek – Men Pole Vault U18 – 4.25m Laura Butler Tf20 – Women Discus Para U16 – 10.23
Dayna Crees Tf35 – Women Discus Para U16 – 17.21m Lachlan Jorgensen – Men 400 Metre U15 – 52.70 Mia Gray – Women Long Jump U14 – 5.12m
James Joycey – Men Hammer U18 – 61.65m Riley Caines – Men 110 Metre Hurdles U18 – 14.32 Liam Campbell – Men Hammer U17 – 51.79m
Abbey Krippl – Women Long Jump U14 – 5.28m Aaron Leferink – Men 100 Metre Hurdles U16 – 13.08 Luke Padgham – Men 1500 Metre U16 – 4:06.26
Baye Agostino – Men Long Jump U14 – 5.80m Emma Butler – Women Javelin U18 – 44.16m Grace Goldsworthy – Women 400 Metre U16 – 56.71
Sio Laki T?f37 – Men Discus Para U20 – 33.11m Maya Pundij – Women 80 Metre Hurdles U14 – 12.79 Chloe Grenade – Women Triple Jump U18 – 12.21m
Gigi Maccagnini – Women 400 Metre U15 – 57.37 Women 4×100 Metre Relay U18 – 46.59 Nicholas Grech – Men 400 Metre U15 – 52.75
Lawson Power – Men 400 Metre U20 – 47.78 Isaac Hockey – Men 1500 Metre U20 – 3:52.80 Sophia Fighera – Women 400 Metre U20 – 55.37
Jesse Iese – Men Shot Put U16 – 16.44m Lauren Ryan – Women 1500 Metre U20 – 4:27.66 Stephen Dang – Men 110 Metre Hurdles U18 – 14.33
Zoe Brito-Babapulle – Women 800 Metre U17 – 2:07.13 Bianca Hansen – Women Discus U20 – 51.11m Aiden Saluni-Kettle – Men 100 Metre Hurdles U16 – 13.10
Maddison Caulfield – Women 800 Metre U18 – 2:11.59 Liam Procaccino – Men 400 Metre U20 – 48.44
Christian Davis – Men 800 Metre U18 – 1:52.06 Eleanor Leeson – Women High Jump U16 – 1.65m
Men 4×100 Metre Relay U18 – 41.62   Tayleb Willis – Men 90 Metre Hurdles U14 – 13.20
Lateisha Willis – Women 100 Metre Hurdles U17 – 13.49M   Heidi Demeo – Women 800 Metre U17 – 2:08.41
Nicole Reynolds – Women 100 Metre Hurdles U18 – 13.52   Men 4×100 Metre Relay U14 – 48.25
    Women 4×100 Metre Relay U14 – 52.30
    Ryan Patterson – Men 1500 Metre U20 – 3:56.20
    Abbey Badrock – Women 100 Metre Hurdles U18 – 13.98


After considerable and ongoing feedback from members and key stakeholders regarding the Athletics Victoria membership structure, over the past eighteen months the organisation has developed a new, more flexible membership model.

The new model will be based on a ‘pay as you go’ structure, and has been designed to assist clubs recruit and retain members by making the product offerings easier to access.

In addition to the new membership model, Athletics Victoria has undertaken an extensive review to upgrade the current online club and member portals’ design and functionality.

Both the new online portals and membership structure will officially be launched on Friday 1 April, 2016.


The membership offering will now consist of individual packages:

  • Membership to Athletics Victoria;
  • XCR packages;
  • Track & Field package; and/or
  • Individual event entry (for individual event entry for XCR and Championships)

By creating separate packages, members make a selection and pay for only what they wish to participate in, but, they have the option to add packages or upgrade throughout the season.  An additional benefit is that once the initial AV and club membership payment is made, members can buy a package or enter an event at a later date, which means payments can be spread out across the membership season.

Subject to the completion of the review of the track & field season by the Shield Committee, members will have access to 12 rounds and a final of AV Shield competition.  A major change will see Athletics Victoria providing financial support for country zones that offer the full AV Shield competition program. Country members will no longer be required to pay additional fees to compete in AV Shield, but, will no longer have access to a country discount.

Championship events only

Members can pay their Athletics Victoria and Club fees, and only enter championship events if they wish. They will not be eligible to compete in the summer competition. The two-week trialling member option will still be available for the summer competition.

Note: After a trial period of two years, AV Knockout was not supported and will not continue in the 2016/2017 season. We are reviewing the competition pathway and looking at other options for age graded competition.

To support the new membership model, the membership categories will also change for the 2016-17 season:

  • Athlete (competing member)
    • Open 20 years and older
    • Junior 13 – 19 years of age (as at 31 December) and
    • Dual 11 – 14 years of age (must have current LAVic Registration)
  • Coach (16 years and older)
  • Officials (16 years and older)
  • Social (non-competing member); and
  • Recreational Runner (now available to clubs)


  Athletics Victoria Membership Fee   XCR Package Track & Field Package   Both – Max Pack (XCR + Track & Field
Athlete – Open** $100 + $125 $125 or $200
Athlete – Junior** $80 + $100 $100 or $150
Athlete – Dual $50 + $55 $55 or $75
Coach $0          
Official $0          
Social $40          
Recreational Runner $40          
Alternate First Claim $40          
Club Transfer $50          


*Must be a current financial member of Athletics Australia

**Family discount of $15 per person available when three (3) or more Open or Junior athletes reside at the same address and register at the same time.


The following table sets out a comparison of membership and package fees from 2015/16 and 2016/17:

Note that this does not include club fees.

Age Group 2015/2016 2016/2017
Open -only competes in XCR $170 (AV Fee) + XCR Series Ticket ($95)   Total  $265 $100 (AV Base) + XCR Package ($125)

Total $225

Decrease $40

Open -only competes in Track & Field $170 (AV Fee) $100 (AV Base) + Summer Package ($125)

Total $225

Increase $55  

Open – competes in both XCR and Track & Field $170 (AV Fee) + XCR Series Ticket ($95)

Total $265

$100 (AV Base) + Max Pack ($200)

Total $300

Increase $35

Open (only competes in Championship Events) $170 (AV Fee) $100 (AV Base) + Individual Entry Fee ($20) per event

Total  $120

Decrease $50

Junior (13 – 19) 2015/2016 2016/2017
19 only competes in XCR $150  + XCR Series Ticket ($75)

TOTAL – $225

$80 (AV Base) + XCR Package ($100)

TOTAL – $180

Decrease $45

19 only competes in Track & Field $150 ( AV Fee )

TOTAL $150

$80 (AV Base) + Track & Field Package ($100)

TOTAL $180

Increase $30

19 Competes in both XCR & Track & Field $150 (AV Fee) + XCR Series Ticket ($75)

TOTAL $225

$80 (AV Base fee) + Max Pack ($150)

TOTAL $230

Increase $5

19 only competes in Championships Events $150 (AV Fee)

TOTAL $150

$80 (AV Base Fee) + Individual Event Entry ($20)

TOTAL $100

Decrease $50

16 only competes in XCR $130 (AV Fee) + XCR Series Tickets ($50)

TOTAL  $180

$80 (AV Base) + XCR Package ($100)

TOTAL – $180

No change

16 only competes in Track & Field $130 (AV Fee) $80 (AV Base) + Track & Field Package ($100)

TOTAL $180

Increase $50

16 competes in both $130 (AV Fee) + XCR Series Tickets ($50)

TOTAL  $180

$80 (AV Base) + Mac Pack ($150)

TOTAL $230

Increase $50

Dual (11-14) 2015/2016 2016/2017
Dual athlete only competes in XCR $55 (AV Fee)  + XCR Series Ticket ($40)


$50 (AV Base) + XCR Package ($55)

TOTAL $105

Increase $10

Dual athlete only competes in Track & Field $55 (AV Fee)


$50 (AV Base) + Track & Field Package ($55)

TOTAL $105

Increase $50

Dual athlete competes in both $55 (AV Fee) + XCR Series Ticket ($40)


$50 (AV Base) + MAX PACK ($75)

TOTAL $125

Increase $30

Dual athlete only competes in Championship Events $55 (AV Fee) + Individual event entry ($20)


$50 (AV Base) + Individual Event Entry ($20)


Decrease $5

*Must be a current financial member of Athletics Australia
**Family discount of $15 per person available when three (3) or more Open or Junior athletes reside at the same address and register at the same time.

Entry into Victorian Championships events (Track & Field) is not included in the above packages and members must entry and pay separately for these events.

The Athletics Victoria wreath program will continue for at least the 2016/2017 season. A bib number will be allocated to a member once they have paid their Club and Athletics Victoria membership. The BIB numbers will be physically issued to the member once a package is purchased (XCR or Track & Field or Victorian Track & Field Championship Event) or they have been selected to compete in a Club relay at XCR or at Track Relays.

In addition, the extensive range of benefits offered by Athletics Victoria to members and clubs will continue, along with a number of new projects to be rolled out in 2016-17 to directly assist club retain and grow their membership numbers.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the new membership model or the guide, please email or call (03) 8646 4500.


2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games marathon runner Liam Adams has won his second Australian cross country title in emphatic style this Saturday 29 August at Moonee Valley racecourse.

“I didn’t really want to go that quick at the start, I just wanted to sit in the pack for the first lap and then try and build it home towards the end,” Adams said.

The multiple world championships cross country representative moved away from a lead pack of six early and maintained a gap of 150m alongside Australian Capital Territory state cross country champion Joshua Johnson.

“I got out there and probably ran a little to quick and just tried to hold on to that pace… I wanted a really big hit out today.”

Adams was using the championships as preparation for the October 11 Chicago marathon, where he hopes to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“That’s the main aim right at the moment (Chicago marathon) so been doing a big training block, 200km weeks, millage went down a little bit this week, 180km,” Adams said.

Donning the Athletics Essendon colours, national cross country wasn’t a lock, but, with the choice of running in Chicago it worked out for Adams who claimed his second national title since taking honours in 2011.

“Originally I wasn’t sure if I was going to be running national cross or not, I was tossing up between Chicago and Berlin, once we worked out Chicago was the better option and, once we worked out Chicago was the better option me I thought we would chuck in the national cross country championships and have that as a big solid hit out.”

The 2014 Commonwealth Games representative will take plenty of confidence to Chicago in bid for a maiden Olympics appearance.

“It shows that I’m in good form and it good to have that reassurance, I’ve been doing a lot of hard work and it shows that it has all been paying off.”

2015 IAAF world cross country representative Courtney Powell has delivered back-to-back national titles after moving ahead of London 2012 marathon runner Jessica Trengove in the last kilometre of the 8k race.

“I’m really happy, it was in Melbourne which meant a few of the girls got to come and watch,” Powell said.

“It was really good to have all the naughty spectators cheering who weren’t in the spectator zone, as they were all over the course, so yeah I’m really happy.”

After a consistent season on track and road Powell is building up to her first Zatopek:10 race this December.

“I’m going to take on my first 10km track at Zatopek, I don’t know what it is going to be like, it will be a really good test for me, there is bound to be plenty of quality Australian and maybe even international runners in that race.”

Powell’s closest rival Trengove maintained the pressure in the final 500m but was unable to close the gap on the 2014 world junior 5000m representative.

“That was a real test, it was really good having her there and, all the other competitors.”

“I did what I had to win, I love racing, I was so excited to race,” Powell said.

“I just increased the pace a bit, I focused on, I know there weren’t to many hills but attacking the turns and I think that’s what got me away from everyone.”

Other results:

In the under 23 men’s category ACT made it a one-two with Johnson (36.06) and Matthew Baxter (36:15) taking first and second while Victorian based athlete Stewart McSweyn finished third with a time of 36:45 minutes.

In the under 23 rankings Powell topped the list with New South Wales pair Kate Spencer (28:15) and Sarah Waters (28:19).

For the first time a masters challenge was introduced and in the men’s category Victorian John Meagher took line honours in 40:30 minutes ahead of Queensland’s Matt Macdonald (40:45) and Tasmanian Daniel Smee (42:04).

It was all Victoria in the women’s masters event with Kate Seibold (30:31), Angela Williams (31:01) and Julia Edwards (31:16) filling the podium.

The home state took team honours in both the open men and women’s grades. It was a close call in the men’s open division with the Victoria (23) claiming honours over the ACT (24) by one point.

Key information:

Event webpage: Click here

Summer Competition – What you need to know

With the first round of Summer competition starting soon, there is some important information for clubs and members that we wanted to make sure you are across for this season.

Shield Competition
–    Round 1 of AV Shield starts Saturday 11th October check your Shield venue timetable AV Shield Timetable
–    There are ten (10) Rounds of Shield with the Shield Final on Saturday 31st January 2015 at Lakeside.
–    Rounds 6, 9, and 10 of Shield are ‘Zone v Zone’ Rounds. It means you still compete for your club; earn points for your club, but you will compete at the same venue as   another Zone.
–    Zone v Zone competition (Rnds 6, 9 and 10) are National Permit Meets which means your performance may be considered for international events such as World Championships or World Youth Champs. Your performance at all Rounds of Shield and all of our Vic State Champ Meets can be used to qualify for National Championships.
–    REMINDER – some rules have changed and there are some new rules to consider. Please make sure you are familiar with these AV Shield Rules

AV Knockout
–    It’s a new age group based competition for this season and it might mean you need to hurdle or throw a different height or weight to get a time or distance to be eligible for Knockout.  You can throw or hurdle at a round of Shield so make sure you check with your Team Manager or the Competition Manager on the day – Knockout Rules

Registration with AV
–    You can register as a member with AV up to five (5) days before each Round of Shield. Don’t forget some rounds of Shield are on a Sunday or Tuesday so the last day you can register will change, but make sure you get in early to avoid any confusion.
–    If you are transferring to a new club or you are competing for your second claim club you have to make sure you meet the criteria to do so otherwise your points might not count. You can register online Member Login and follow the prompts.
–    If you are having any trouble at all with registering or you are not sure what to do give yourself plenty of time and call the AV Office on 86464500

When I compete
–    You must wear your club uniform which has already been approved by AV. You must also wear your AV bib numbers – one on the front and one on the back of your competition singlet or top. Our high jumpers and pole vaulters are only required to wear one (1) bib number on the front or back.
–    Non-registered athletes and officials must complete a Trialling Member Form which you can get from the Admin Team at your Shield Venue. You can compete up to two times as a trialling member before you are asked to join a club. Details of all trialling members will be provided to every Shield venue each week.

Best of luck for the upcoming season.

Victorian Country Championships set for five year venue rotation

Athletics Victoria after meeting with the regional representative committee has agreed on event locations for the next five Victorian Country Championships including the Albury/Wodonga.

“We now have agreed venues for the next five years which gives our regional committees the opportunity to seek local and regional support and to promote this iconic event,” Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor said.

Victorian Country Championships locations:

  • 2015 – Bendigo
  • 2016 – Geelong
  • 2017 – Casey Fields
  • 2018 – Ballarat
  • 2019 – Albury/Wodonga

The Victorian Country Championships will be held over the Australia Day weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Athletics Victoria welcomes this rotation in particular South Coast and Albury/Wodonga who are exciting additions to the list of venues. It’s a great opportunity to take athletics to different regions around Victoria, said Turnor.

Metro athletes are welcome to participate but as has been the case in the past only four metro athletes in finals.

“‘The Country championships have been a great success for over 25 years and we look forward to making sure they continue to be,” said Turnor.

The Victorian Country Championships attracts strong competition with over 700 participants competing in Ballarat this year from all over Victoria and around Australia.

The event also serves as great boost for local economies and helps promotes Athletics Victoria’s challenge of JOIN.EXPERIENCE.BENEFIT.