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 Monday the 19th of March until Tuesday the 3rd of April, 2018.

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.

2018/2019 Membership Fees and Packages

The President of Athletics Victoria Heather Ridley today advised all affiliated Clubs of the upcoming changes to membership and package fees for the 2018/2019 Season.

A comprehensive briefing paper was circulated to all Clubs along with a short video presentation from AV CEO Glenn Turnor outlining these changes.

AV Members will receive a summary email next week (commencing Tuesday 13th March 2018) also outlining these changes.

These changes will come into effect on 1st April 2018.

AV – Membership Fees briefing pack

AV Video Presentation 


[LIVE RESULTS!] Victorian Junior and Para Track & Field Championships

Follow all the action this weekend at the Victorian Junior Track & Field Championships by clicking the Live Results link below. Be sure to follow on all social changes for as-it-happens coverage.

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Australia Day OAM Honours

It was with great pride that three members of Athletics Victoria’s extended family were announced as recipients of Order of Australia Medals (OAM) in the Australia Day honours this year. Lavinia Petrie was awarded an OAM for Service to Athletics in Victoria, Simon Baker was awarded his OAM for Service to Athletics, particularly Race Walking, whilst Tom Hancock was awarded his OAM for Services to Athletics.

We congratulate them all for being duly recognised for their wonderful achievements, which are outlined below as they appeared on this year’s awards list – 

Lavinia Petrie

Service include: 

Victorian Masters Athletics:

Manager, Knox Venue, 6 years. 

Co-Venue Manager, Croydon, 5 years. 

Past Club Captain, 10 years. 

Life Membership, 2012. 

Active Member, since 1977. 

Ringwood Athletics Club: 

Vice- President, since 2012. 

Past President 

Past Secretary 

Life Membership 

Active Member, since1966. 

Athletics Victoria: 

White Zone Secretary, since 2010. 

Former Manager, State Cross Country Teams and Track Teams. 

State Selector, current. 

Active Member, Athlete and Official. 

Member, first Australian women’s Cross Country representative team to World Cross Country, Morocco, 1975. 

Awards and recognition include: 

Recipient, Female Masters Athlete of the Year, International Association of Athletics Federation, 2014. 

Recipient, Edwin Flack Award, Athletics Australia, 2015. 

Recipient, holder of 8 world records, World Masters Athletics Championships.

Simon Baker

Service include: 

Athletics Australia:

Member, Racewalking Commission, since 2013. 

Board Member, 1993-1996. 

Co-Founder, Athletes Commission and Chair, 1992-1997. 

Recipient, E H Flack Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Athletics, 1992. 

Australian Track and Field Coaches Association: 

Director for Strategy, current. 

Coordinator, Racewalk Coaching Course. 

Oceania Representative, International Association of Athletics Federations Athletes Commission, 1991-2001. 

Track and Field Coordinator, Australian Capital Territory Academy of Sport, late 1990s. 

Race walking: 

Level 5 (Elite/International) Coach, since 1994. 

Co-Founder, High Performance Squad, Victorian Racewalking Club. 

Founder and Co-Coordinator, annual Falls Creek New Year Racewalking Training Camp. 

Australian Institute of Sport: 

Former Coach, late 1990s. 

Scholarship holder, 1985-1994. 

Member, Australian Olympic Team, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. 

Member, Australian Commonwealth Games Team, 1986 (Gold Medallist), 1990 and 1994. World Cup Representative, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989 (Gold Medallist), 1991 (Silver Medallist) and 1993. 

IAAF World Championship Representative, 1983, 1987, 1991 and 1993. World Indoor Championships Representative, 1989.

Tom Hancock

Services include:

Ivanhoe Harriers Athletics Club, Melbourne:

Coach, since 1964.

Competitor, since 1964.

Life Member.

Coach, Maclean Throwers Club (NSW).

Coach of Paralympians including:

Andrew Martin. Terry Giddy. Peter Negropontis. Kieran Ault-Connell. James Bertalli.

Coach, Maclean Little Athletics Club (NSW).

Lecturer in Charge of Athletics, Institute of Technology in Bundoora, Melbourne,1976-1979.

Former Athletics Course Coach Oceania Region (IAAF Level 1 course), International Amateur Athletics Federation.

Former Australian Discus Coach, Australian Institute of Sport.


Winner of Victorian Junior and Open Championships and Australian Universities Championships.

Holder of 5 world championships in high jump, discus, shot put and the throws pentathlon twice.

Gold Medal, Javelin 30m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Gold Medal, Discus 30m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, High jump 120cm, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, Hammer Throw 34m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, Shot Putt 10.45m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, Weight Throw 14m, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney, 2015

Silver Medal, Throws Pentathlon, Australian Masters Athletics National Championships, Sydney,

2015 Awards and recognition include:

Recipient, Henri Schubert Award for Australian Athletics Coach of the Year, 1995.


2017/18 AV Shield Season End On A High

Another season of AV Shield has been run and won, culminating in a huge day of competition at Lakeside on Saturday.

The program was interrupted early as the Queen’s Baton Relay entered the stadium as part of its long journey to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games.

Across 14 different categories, their emerged 12 different winning teams on the day, with the only teams to win multiple categories being Glenhunty and Mentone with 2 category victories apiece.

Full individual results can be found here, with team results being available to view here.


2XU On Show at Vic Junior Champs

We’re thrilled to have 2XU attending the 2018 Victorian Junior and Para Track & Field Championships from February 23-25 to show off their latest range, including their celebrated compression products. Be sure to drop by their tent and check out what they have on offer.

XCR’18 Season Taking Shape

We’re not willing summer to end by any means, but alas, it will be over before we know it. The colder months aren’t all bad though; the fashion is better, open fires are kind of nice, but above all else, it’s the time for XCR!

Planning is well underway for XCR’18 and yet again there are some exciting new venues and format changes. Notably – 

    • Distances for Open Men & Women Cross Country will now be 8km/10km/12km
    • Women’s 50+ and Men’s 60+ competition will be introduced to the XCR’18 season.
    • U20 women will now do the 10km race at Albert Park replacing the 3km distance.
    • 2018 will see a new venue become part of the XCR rotation. St Anne’s Winery will host the 8km Cross Country taking place there on the 5th May 2018. More than just an exciting new course, it’s a chance for the adults to taste some fantastic wines afterwards (responsibly of course!) and take in the on-site farmers market. With ample parking, this is a great round to bring the family along to.

The XCR’18 Handbook with all relevant and important information and rules of competition about the season will be released March 2018. As soon as it’s been finalised, team gradings and duty roster will be sent out to clubs.

XCR’17 awards will be presented at the first round of XCR’18 at the Jells Park Relays this year.


Saturday 21/04/2018 XCR Rd 1 – Jells Park XC Relays (Jells Park)

Saturday 28/04/2018 XCR Schools – Jells Park XC Relays (Jells Park)

Saturday 5/05/2018 XCR Rd 2 – 8km XC (Short XC) (St Anne’s Winery, Myrniong)

Saturday 12/05/2018 XCR Schools – XC Road Relays (Princes Park)

Saturday 26/05/2018 XCR Rd 3 – 12km XC (Long XC) (Cruden Farm)

Saturday 16/06/2018 XCR Rd 4 – XC Championships (Bundoora Park)

Saturday 16/06/2018 XCR Schools – Schools XC Championships (Bundoora Park)

Saturday 7/07/2018 XCR Rd 5 Sandown Road Relays (Sandown Racecourse)

Sunday 22/07/2018 XCR Rd 6 – Albert Park 10k & 3k (Albert Park) To be confirmed

Saturday 4/08/2018 XCR Rd 7 – Lake Wendouree 15km & 6km (Ballarat)  To be confirmed

Saturday 18/08/2018 XCR Rd 8 – Anglesea Ekiden Relays (Anglesea)

Sunday 19/08/2018 – Australian Half Marathon Championships (Sunshine Coast, QLD)

Saturday 25/08/2018 – National XC Championships (Maleny, QLD)      

Sunday 2/09/2018 XCR Rd 9 – Burnley Half Marathon & 5km (Burnley)   

Saturday 15/09/2018 XCR Rd 10 – Tan Relays (Kings Domain) To be confirmed      

Sunday 16/09/2018 Australian Marathon Championships (Sydney, NSW)  


 2018/19 Athletics Victoria Membership Changes

After considerable feedback from members and clubs, the 2018/19 season will see a few key changes to the membership registration process.

XCR: The XCR Relay Package will no longer exist. Any athlete who submits a membership* registration and is approved by their nominated club by the appropriate time, will be eligible to compete in all XCR Relay events in 2018. This also applies for track relays later in the year. The XCR Package will remain, with the purchase of this automatically entering an athlete into all individual XCR events for the season.

Bib allocation: For the 2018/19 season, athletes will be issued with their bib number once their membership is approved by their nominated club. Athletes will no longer be required to purchase a package or individual event entry in order to be allocated a bib number, you will still need to purchase a package to be able to compete.

Bibs: In 2017/18 we trialled the use of Tyvek bibs due to a new timing system for XCR. These bibs will again be used for the XCR season as it allows us to attach a timing chip on the back of the number, however we will also be using cloth bib numbers. Each athlete who registers in the XCR’18 season will be issued with three (3) individual bibs (all with the same number), one Tyvek bib (with timing chip attached), to be worn on the front, and two cloth bibs, one to be worn on the back for the duration on the XCR’18 season and the other (for the front) to be used for XCR Relay events and the duration of the summer track and field season. Athletes who register after the final individual XCR’18 event will be issued with two cloth bibs (again with the same number on both) for the remainder of the Athletics Victoria season.

  • XCR Relays: Cloth front and back
  • XCR Individual Rounds: Tyvek front and cloth back
  • Summer competition including relays: Cloth front and back

Membership registration: The Athletics Victoria online member portal will open for 2018/19 season on April 1, 2018. Please refrain from registering for the 2018/19 season prior to this date as memberships will not be rolled over to the new season.

*Membership refers to the base membership fee only. Packages will again be available for purchase either with your membership, or at a later date once your membership has been approved by your club. For a full explanation of what each of the packages offers, please refer to the Join Now page.

We look forward to seeing you at the start of the XCR’18 season.

“The Countries” all done for another year.

Last weekend, 766 athletes descended upon Llanberris Reserve in Ballarat for the 2018 Victorian Country Track and Field Championships.

The weekend’s program was modified to protect athletes, spectators and officials from the afternoon heat, but the average temperature across the five sessions still averaged above 30 degrees with unseasonably high humidity making it feel like Far North Queensland at times.

The competition was equally as hot as clubs and individuals alike battled it out for glory.

A full wrap of awards from the weekend are below, whilst results from individual events can be found here.

2018 Victorian Country Championship Awards

Margaret Saunders Country Cup

An aggregate award won by the highest scoring AV Club in competition at these championships, based upon points scored from the results in event finals only.

Eaglehawk (1611.5 pts)

Ex Athletes Cup –

An aggregate award won by the highest scoring AV Club in female competition at these championships, based upon points scored from the results in female event finals only.

Eaglehawk (912.5 pts)

David Kitt Trophy –

An aggregate award won by the highest scoring AV Club in male competition at these championships, based upon points scored from the results in male event finals only.

Bendigo Harriers (706 pts)

Stuart Hunter Memorial Shield:

This trophy will be presented at the conclusion of the Championships to the Country athlete/s judged to be the outstanding under 16 athlete at these Championships.

James Woods (SBE)

1st U16 Men Shot Put (10.82m)

1st U16 Men High Jump (1.70m)

1st U16 Men Javelin (40.14m)

– 1st U16 Men Pole Vault (3.20m)

– 3rd U16 Men Discus (30.50m)

– 4th U16 Men Long Jump (5.27m)

Joyce Lockyer Memorial Shield:

This trophy will be presented at the conclusion of the Championships to the Country athlete/s judged to demonstrate sportsmanship, be encouraged in and dedicated to their field event/s discipline.

Emma Werner (EKA)

1st Open Women Hammer (46.05m)

2nd Open Women Shot Put (10.33m)

4th Open Women Discus (26.36m)

– Worked as an AV Official on each of the three days.

– Instrumental in assisting the para-athletes.

Mentor to younger athletes providing advice, support and encouragement

Athletics Chilwell Veteran Award Male: Awarded to a Veteran Male, aged 40 years and over, judged on his outstanding performance/s at these championships.

Brett Gilligan (BGO)

– 1st 40+ Men 100m (11.78)

– 1st 40+ Men 400mH (1:02.71)

1st 40+ Men Javelin (38.64m)

1st 40+ Men Shot Put (9.08m)

1st 40+ Men Discus (34.84m)

1st 40+ Men Long Jump (5.65m)

– 1st 40+ Men Triple Jump (11.67m)

– 1st 40+ Men High Jump (1.71m)

– 1st 40+ Men Pole Vault (4.00m)

Athletics Chilwell Veteran Award Female:

Awarded to a Veteran Female, aged 40 years and over, judged on her outstanding performance/s at these championships.

Sharon Pedersen (CHI)

1st 40+ Women 2000m Steeplechase (7:41.09)

– 1st 40+ Women 800m (2:26.90)

1st 40+ Women 400mH (1:17.50)

Australia Day Medal Male:

Awarded to a male athlete with the most outstanding performance at these Championships.

Damien Birkinhead (COR)

– 1st Open Men Shot Put (20.27m) (Commonwealth Games A qualifier.)

Australia Day Medal Female:

Awarded to a female athlete with the most outstanding performance at these Championships.

Alanna Peart (BYC)

1st U16 3000m Walk (14:21.88) (National qualifying time.)

2018 Victorian Country Championships – TIMETABLE CHANGE

WEATHER FORECAST  – Timetable changes for  2018 Victorian Country Championships.

Message from Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor

Following the Bureau’s forecast for this weekend of temperatures of 38 degrees, we have reviewed a number of options to ensure the safety of everyone participating. Re-scheduling the competition was not an option with many competitors having arranged and paid for accommodation and travel plans.
The agreed option was to amend the timetable of events to reduce the amount of time athletes, officials and volunteers are exposed to the heat of the day.  Where possible we have moved distance events to early morning or later at night and have amended the competition rules to remove preliminary rounds.
We are very aware that these changes may affect plans and cause some inconvenience –  but our priority is to ensure all of our competitions are conducted with the safety of all concerned as the priority.
The major changes are :-

  • Competition on Friday 26th January will now commence at 9.30am (track) and 10.15am (field) with an extended break from 1.00pm until 6.30pm.
  • Competition on Saturday 27th January will start on the track with the 3000m walk at 9.00am followed by the 100m (finals and timed finals) which will conclude at 11.30am. The program will then break until 6.15pm with the finals of the 1500m, 400m and the 10,000m. Field events will commence 30 mins earlier in the morning session and start at 9.00am and conclude at 1.00pm on Saturday. The evening field session will recommence at 4.30pm and conclude at 9.45pm.
  • Sunday 27th January program will commence at 9.00am with the 200m (finals and timed finals) followed by steeplechase, short hurdles and relays with an anticipated finish time of 2.20pm. There are no changes to the Sunday field event timetable.

Competition amendments:-

  • All track event will be conducted as a straight FINAL or a TIMED Final.
  • 800m Finals will be conducted in lanes where there are 12 or less competitors, or on the 800m curve start where there are more than 12 athletes checked in for the Final.
  • 1500m field sizes will be determined at the discretion of the Competition Director but where there are large numbers of entries, two timed finals can be conducted.
  • Athletes must check in for TRACK Events and will be asked to provide their SEASONS BEST performance on the CHECK IN sheet so that TIMED FINALS can be seeded. If an athlete does not provide seasons best then they will not be seeded correctly.
  • Where TIMETABLE changes create a clash of events for athletes, all effort will be made to ensure that athletes can be accommodated.

If the timetable changes now makes it impossible for an athlete to compete, then AV will provide a full refund.
In addition to these timetable changes we are working with our host committee to provide additional shade areas and increased access to water and refreshments.

**The Club Duty Roster will also change and we will work with the organising committee and all clubs that are rostered on to ensure we can conduct the competition. We may ask for some more helpers.

To access the amended timetable click  HERE.

Date: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th January, 2018

Location: Llanberris Reserve – York St, Ballarat

2018 Australian Under 20 3000m Championships

The Australian U20 Women’s 3000m Championships is being held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on Friday February 2nd, 2018.

Click here to begin the online entry process.

Entries close Friday January 26, 2018 at 9am.  If you have issues completing your registration, please contact ANSW for help prior to entries closing.


Due to the problems experienced with the online entry system last week, we have extended the cut off time for entries into the 2017 Victorian Country Track & Field Championships until midday (12.00pm)  today, Tuesday the 16th of January.

Metro athletes are also able to compete as invitational athletes, the rules of which are available on the event page via the link below.

Make sure you plan in advance as accommodation is at a premium around the country championship weekend and make sure your entry is on time before the closing date.

NOTE – the entry portal is due for maintenance between 5:00pm – 5:30pm Monday the 15th of January so you may experience difficulties entering during this period.

All the details can be found here –…/2018-victorian-country-track-field…/

2018 Australian Athletics Championships & Nomination Trials

The 2018 Australian Athletics Championships and nomination trials are the pinnacle event of the Australian Athletics Calendar, with a four-day event commencing on the 15th February on the Gold Coast. This event also serves as the Commonwealth Games nomination trials.


Entries will close with AV at 12.00pm on the 25th of January 2017 at which time all event entries will need to be verified and all entries submitted to Athletics Australia on the 29th of January 2018.

Please include your seasons best in your entry form for each event you enter. A reminder that the qualification period commences on the 1st of January 2017. Athletes must have achieved the entry standard for every event entered.

Please ensure you read the information on Event Entry Fees on the Event Page which includes the Event guidelines, draft timetable and event entry standards.

For important event and entry information click the event page here.