2019 Athletics Victoria Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following members of the Athletics Victoria family who received awards at the 2019 Athletics Victoria Annual General Meeting.

Life Membership 



Pam Noden





Raelene Boyle












Mary McDonald







Geoff McDonald











Steve Gaffney






Regional Service Award


Joanne Lambert









50 year Distinguished Service Award



Stuart Robley




2019 AGM information

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Athletics Victoria will be held on Wednesday 21st July 2019 in the Cathy Freeman Room commencing at 7.00pm.

The Agenda for the 2019 AGM has been distributed to all affiliated Clubs and Life Members by email. The AGM will be streamed on athsvictv from 6.50pm. Nominated Club delegates and Life members only are welcome to attend.

In 2019 there were five (5) positions available for nomination on the Athletics Victoria Committee and five nominations were received. Under clause 26.2(d) of the AV Model Rules the following nominations are duly elected

Jamie StrudleyYarra Ranges
Allison RobisonGlenhuntly AC
Tamsyn Manou (LM)Sandringham AC
Grant MackenzieBox Hill AC
Claire BurtonWestern Athletics

The five nominations will join

Ian Rickard (LM)Brunswick AC
Samantha CulbertBox Hill AC
Rob WendelDiamond Valley

At the conclusion of the 2019 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 31 July 2019, the Athletics Victoria Committee will have an equal representation of women and men which meets the mandatory quota of at least 40% women.

The 2019 Annual Report will be available online prior to the AGM.

2019 AGM Agenda



Walk Judging Seminar – Officials

Athletics Australia, Athletics Victoria and the Victorian Race Walking Club will be conducting a Walk Judging Seminar on Saturday 10th December (2016). The Seminar is open to those interesting in becoming Walk Judges and for existing Judges to upgrade.


Saturday 10th December

9:00am – Registration

9:30am-12:00pm – General seminar for level 1-3 and anyone who wishes to attend held by Bob Cruise and Zoe Eastwood-Bryson

12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Exams (Bring laptop)


Sunday 11th December

7:00am – Australian 50km Walks Championships, Fawkner Park, Melbourne


  • Stationary (pencils, pens, notebook)
  • Current IAAF Handbook (if you do not have a Handbook you can download one from the IAAF website)

Please click here for a form to fill out.


Membership Renewal

The member portal is now live. To access please use this link: https://members.athsvic.org.au/signin

LAVic Officials who are not members of an AV club are regarded as Independent Members and should register as per instructions below.

For those who are Independent members just need to log in – Message comes up “Your pending membership requires approval” Approve Membership – Accept or Decline

Officials that belong to an AV Club –  Want to renew your membership – Yes, copy to form – Check member type and association (club) – tick permissions box then submit – press checkout in the shopping cart

Officials that belong to an AV Club and are athletes – Once logged in go to “Want to renew your membership – Yes, copy to form – Check member type and association (club) – tick permission box and then proceed to check out and pay nominated athlete fee.

Officials that are AV Life Members – Membership renewal will be automatic – no need to complete anything

To nominate to Officiate at an XCR event – On the home page of your portal – Select Events tab on the top tool bar – all the events will be shown – Click the Volunteer button for the event you are wanting to nominate for – click the Period button and select “All day” then submit.

What would you do?

Here are three scenarios:  Answers will be in the next edition of the Official Word

At the start of a 200m race, the athlete in lane 8 just after the actual start, has to “duck” under a boom camera which was not retracted in time in order to complete the race.

During the warm up for the men shot put qualifying competition, after all athletes have had two warm up trials in order, one athlete goes to the rack and has one more warm up throw without asking permission or receiving it to do so.

In the pole vault event, there is a strong following wind.  A competitor vaults and apparently clears the bar which is simultaneously moved by a gust of wind, appearing to be about to be dislodged.  However, the competitors elbow is seen to contact the bar, pushing it sufficiently far back such that is does not fall.

You are the Referee, what is your decision???

Northern Exposure

AV-ANSW Officials Development Exchange Program 2016

We all have our own journey as officials, but selection for the AV-ANSW Officials Development Exchange Program provided a unique opportunity to share an experience that was both professionally enriching and personally rewarding. And so it was in mid-February this year that Christine Dell, Josh Savage and Stuart Schnaars gathered at Melbourne Airport on a sunny Friday afternoon and flew to Sydney for the ANSW Junior and Youth Track & Field Championships.

With all of the administration for the weekend handled by AV – Jetstar flights, taxi transfers in Sydney and accommodation at the Ibis SOPAC – the scene was set with the goal to broaden our experience and practical knowledge as officials through exposure to a different State-level Track & Field Championship environment. Our objective was to achieve the AV goal whilst maximizing our enjoyment.

Like our AV Junior State Track & Field Championships, the competition ran from twilight Friday to twilight Sunday, but due to travel constraints, our participation was limited to the full program on Saturday and up to mid-afternoon Sunday. Kim Owens was our Sydney host and she did a terrific job making our integration into ANSW a seamless experience, with the three of us allocated to Field event teams for the weekend – no surprises there! And this is where the differences between AV and ANSW became noticeable:

  • Each team was fully comprised of qualified officials – no Club Helpers – and the Chief appointment within the team changed with events. (Gave the event a ‘National Championship’ feel to it).
    • This enabled the workload to be well spread and mitigated fatigue, especially for Chiefs.


Josh Savage checking end of round performances in the Shot Put.


Christine Dell enjoying a less stressful moment at the Long Jump under Tony Okulicz watchful eye.

  • Field Teams were allocated events across the range maximizing the variety of appointments throughout the Championship as demonstrated by the events we officiated in:
    • Christine – Long Jump, High Jump (Chief) and Shot Put
    • Josh – Shot Put, High Jump (Chief), Pole Vault (Chief) and Javelin, plus a Saturday cameo at Triple Jump on the rake
    • Stuart – Javelin, Triple Jump (Chief) and Long Jump (Chief)
  • No Call Room; athletes were required to report to the event site 20 minutes before the advertised start time.
    • the 20-minute requirement was not strictly applied, but event start times were and ‘late’ arrivals got limited or no warm up.
  • Field Referees were present and acted as mentors for Chiefs providing immediate feedback on the conduct of the event, highlighting what went well and areas for improvement.
    • Chiefs in turn provided mentoring to their team, which for us greatly enhanced our learning experience.
  • The Field Program ran to time. The program was ‘intensively’ managed by Tony Okulicz; time allocations were reasonable/realistic and the Referees worked with Tony to ensure the time allocations were achieved.
  • Despite everyone working under the IAAF Competition Rules, there are always variations in the way events are conducted due to personalities and idiosyncrasies. This was the basis for the true value of the learning experience over the weekend. Working with new people in different surroundings was educational and fun.
  • They don’t have an ‘Andrea Hallett’! Admittedly, ANSW were working under ‘adverse’ conditions with the Championship being held on the Warm Up Track due to the Main Stadium Track being unavailable (re-surface in progress) and the Officials’ Room being an ‘ATCO-type’ hut with no space to swing a cat, but there didn’t appear to be someone there with the primary purpose of ensuring officials were fed and watered at all times. We are very well catered for in Victoria with ‘quality’ meals and refreshments and Andrea’s mobile cart service throughout the day.


Resistance was futile – we were assimilated!

L-R: Stuart Schnaars, Christine Dell, Josh Savage

To wrap it up, we would like to thank Glenn Turnor (CEO AV) and Duncan Tweed (CEO ANSW) for providing the Exchange Program, Kim Owens for hosting us in Sydney, Tony Okulicz and Tony Smyth for their mentoring throughout the weekend and the AV office for all the background administration that is required to support such a wonderful program. Our objective was achieved. The three of us returned to Victoria with new friendships and a broader practical knowledge of officiating our sport.

So in January next year, if you find yourself sitting at home thinking should I or shouldn’t I put my name forward, just do it. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.

Thank you AV and ANSW!


Left: George Toemoe, Marc Ambat and Garth Pereira with Victorian Officials Peter Price, Jeff Hughes and Phil Allen

Right: Christine Dell, Marc Ambat, Garth Pereira and Richard Lawysz

School Sport Victoria honoured Athletics Victoria Members

At the School Sport Victoria Annual General Meeting on 19 November, four Athletics Victoria members and two clubs received SSV Recognition Awards for their services to School Sport Victoria.

Ellen Perry, Ian Fisher and Doreen Gianinni received their awards for their ongoing dedication to SSV Cross Country and  Track and Field as officials over many years. Their experience and expertise means that the students get the best of the best. Thus ensuring that events run smoothly and the students can perform at their best.


Kirsteen Farrance, Ian Fisher, Ellen Perry, Doreen Gianinni, Steve Griffiths, Max Binnington

Trevor Vincent OAM and the Glenhuntly Athletics Club received their awards for their work over many years with the Southern Special Schools Sports Association in providing opportunities for students with disabilities in cross country and track and field. In recent years, this has seen many students go onto the SSV and AV Cross Country Championships and state representation. Trevor was not able to attend the meeting, but Club President, Max Binnington, accepted the award on Trevor’s behalf.

Collingwood Harriers Athletics Club is a long-time friend of school sport. The club has provided the canteen facilities at the SSV State Cross Country Championships for many years making sure athletes, spectators and officials alike are well fed with nutritious food. The club also provides their facilities for training for the Team Vic 12 years and under Track and Field team which allows the team officials to meet with parents, organise training and relays as well as the team photograph. Steve Griffiths accepted the award on behalf of the club.

Victorian Officials Starters’ Seminar

On Sunday 15th November, a Starters’ Seminar was held at Athletics House in Albert Park.

The Seminar was presented by Geoffrey Martin OAM, who is an inaugural member of the IAAF Panel of International Starters. The seminar was attended by 20 people, and included starters who officiate at Little Athletics Victoria and Athletics Victoria competitions. The seminar included a theory component, followed by a practical component out on the Lakeside Stadium track.

During the seminar, Geoffrey covered a number of key topics regarding starting. Attendees were taken through details of the latest edition of the IAAF Starting Guidelines. This included the structure and organisation of the Starting Team. The roles of Start Coordinator, Starter, Recallers, Starters’ Assistants and Start Referee were all covered in detail.

Particular emphasis was given to what constitutes a false start (Rule 162.6), and how these should be handled. Geoffrey also encouraged the use of disciplinary warnings (yellow and red cards) by the Start Referee as a tool to ensure that athletes do not intentionally delay the start of a race, or cause another athlete to false start.

During the theory session, the ideal positioning of the starter, recallers, starters’ assistants and start referee, for each type of race, were shown and discussed. This was then reinforced with a session on the Lakeside Stadium track to give participants the opportunity to put what they learned into practice.

We would like to thank Geoffrey Martin OAM for taking time out of his busy schedule and travelling to Melbourne to conduct the seminar.

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Geoffrey Martin OAM shows where Starters’ Assistants should position themselves during the start of a 400 metre race.


Attendees are shown where the starter, recallers and start referee should position themselves for the start of a 400 metre race.

Getting started is easy!

Firstly, complete the ‘Level 0 – Introduction to Officiating’ module by following the links in the ‘E-Learning’ section to the right of this page. You can then move on to ‘Level 1 – Club/Centre/School Official’ and beyond.

Once you have completed ‘Level 1’,  please contact either Sally or Andrea and we will assist in providing opportunities for you to utilise the knowledge you have learned through officiating.

AAOES- Level 3

Level 3 is the highest accreditation offered in Australia. This will include seminars, practical components and a written exam.

These courses are available in the following disciplines;

  • Track
  • Jumps
  • Throws
  • Walks
  • Out Of Stadia
  • Technical
  • Competition Managment

As Level 3 is still being developed, candidates can complete the current Level A exam from the old scheme of Jetstar Little Athletics and Athletics Australia.

For more information on Athletics Australia policy on A Grade, please click here
Athletics Australia practical Card – Just a friendly reminder re the Practical card. New cards are currently being updated by Athletics Australia and will be released over the coming weeks.  The new cards will also include Seminar attendance.

The Official must advise the mentor or Level 3 Official that they wish to be observed prior to competition.

Below is a listing of those with Level 3 (A),  that are eligible to sign these cards. 

Margaret Dunbar Administration  
Khan Sharp Administration  
Paul Jenes OAM Administration  
Lorraine Morgan Administration  
Elaine Mcleod Administration  
Sarah Davis Administration  


Kevin Wigmore Jumps  
Gayle Anderson Jumps  
Stephen Weisz Jumps  
John Coleman Jumps  
Sarah Davis Jumps  
Lorraine Sawyer Jumps  
Pamela Noden Jumps  
Ellen Perry Jumps  
Helen Rieniets Jumps  
Kirsteen Farrance Jumps  
Lorraine Morgan Jumps  
Richard Lawysz Jumps  
Ian Morehouse Jumps  
Elaine Mcleod Jumps  
Peter Barrett Jumps  


Tony Williams Out of Stadia  
Margaret Dunbar Out of Stadia  
Marion Patterson Out of Stadia  

Kevin                 Wigmore              Out of Stadia


Lorraine Morgan Technical  
Gary McBroom Technical  


Kevin Wigmore Throws  
Gayle Anderson Throws  
Peter Barrett Throws  
Stephen Weisz Throws  
Sarah Davis Throws  
Khan Sharp Throws  
Lorraine Sawyer Throws  
Ellen Perry Throws  
Helen Rieniets Throws  
Kirsteen Farrance Throws  
Lorraine Morgan Throws  
Richard Lawysz Throws  
John Coleman Throws


Lynne Wolowiec Track  
Tony Williams Track  
Kevin Wigmore Track  
Gayle Anderson Track  
Peter Barrett Track  
James Cain Track  
Robert Van Der Wilk Track  
Pamela Noden Track  
Patricia Robinson Track  
Kirsteen Farrance Track  
Brendan Ferrari Track  
Doreen Giannini Track  
Ivan Harding Track  
Lorraine Morgan Track  
Brian Moore Track  
Hugh McKechnie Track  
Judith Mason Track  
Sarah Davis Track  



Williams Walks  
Ralph Bennett Walks  
Lorraine Morgan Walks  
Judith Mason Walks  
Gordon Loughnan Walks

Diane               Lowden                Walks

New Education Scheme

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme (AAOES) is a joint initiative of Athletics Australia and Jetstar Little Athletics Australia, providing a seamless and transparent education pathway for Australian Athletics Officials.

The scheme is endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission and follows best industry practice, with online learning coupled with face-to-face delivery. The aim of the Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme is to ensure an effective and efficient education framework is provided to guarantee Australian Athletics Officials remain world leaders in event delivery at all levels of athletic competition.

The following information outlines the process for Officials to engage with Officials’ education in Australia.


The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme emphasises the power of knowledge and competency. Our aim is for it to be widely accessible and it will encourage a greater number of people to be provided with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge to officiate athletics competitions.

The athletics specific levels of this scheme delivered within Australia are:

  • Club/Centre/School Official AAOES Level 1
  • State Level Official AAOES Level 2
  • National Level Official AAOES Level 3

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme is complemented by two additional invitation-only courses delivered at at Oceania Athletics Association or International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) level. These courses are designed to allow Australian Athletics Officials with the opportunity to advance their education past that of existing national officiating levels.

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme currently consists of the following:

Pathways flowchart – Click here

So, You’re a Check Point Official? Make that an Umpire!

Article by Kirsteen Farrance

Many club volunteers and officials arrive at a cross country or road race event to find we have been allocated a check point for the day. First thoughts; ‘…damn, forgot my book’ or ‘… at least I have my phone’!

An Umpire on a Cross Country is more than just someone who points in the right direct each time the runners come past you. You are the eyes and ears of the referee out on the course during every race ie you are an umpire, a course assessor, a race reporter as well as making sure the runners run in the right direction.

Of course, cross country and road races are not run in perfect conditions, so an Umpire should always be prepared. This includes:

  • Warm clothing including gloves and a beanie
  • Wet weather gear
  • Water proof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • A camping chair or stool
  • Mobile phone
  • Two way radio (provided by the organisers)
  • Note pad and pen to write down any competitor numbers or describe any misdemeanours
  • Water bottle and/or thermos of a hot beverage
  • Something to eat – lunch and/or snacks (don’t forget to take your rubbish with you)

I have even seen someone organise their camp stove, had the billy boiling and the snags cooking!! Of course, if you are tending to the snags, you’re not watching the course or the runners.

Prior to the start of competition, the Referee (or the Competition Director) will brief all Umpires on:

  • Making sure you stand in an appropriate position at your allocated position to:
    • Watch the runners approach your check point, checking for any interference or any runner(s)not following the marked course
    • Make sure the runners are heading in the correct direction
    • Watch the runners run past and away from you checking for any interference or any runner(s) not following the marked course
  • Radio through to the Referee indicating the bib number of the first runner past your check and the last runner past your check point for every lap of every race
  • Listen to the calls from the other check points paying attention to any calls indicating runners that may have dropped out
  • If you identify any interference or course cutting, radio this through to the Referee immediately, make a note of the bib numbers of competitors involved and what you observed
  • Remember, it is your job to report anything usual. It is the job of the Referee to make the decision if an infringement has occurred and to warn or disqualify any runner

IAAF Rule 250.9: If the Referee is satisfied on the report of a Judge or Umpire or otherwise that an athlete has left the marked course thereby shortening the distance to be covered, he shall be disqualified.

For the Referee to enforce this rule correctly, the Umpires now become very important. So, a correct call on whether a runner is ‘shortening the distance to be covered’ from an Umpire must be observed and noted on behalf of the Referee.


  • What if the course at or near your check point becomes slippery, boggy or just plain dangerous:
    • Radio through to the Referee with your concerns
    • The Referee, or Assistant Referee, may come and have a look or
    • You may be instructed to move the flags, so that the runners run around the dangerous patch of ground
    • You would make this alteration prior to the next race or once all the runners have past you.

Mentoring Program for new season

This season the Victorian Officials Committee will be promoting the Mentoring Program more widely.

Mentors for Zones:

Don Blyth  and Pam Noden –  Blue Zone

Peter Barrett – Bendigo

Sarah Davis – Ballarat

Gayle Anderson, Jenny and Terry Harris and Peter Westwood – White Zone

Brendan Ferrari – Yellow Zone

Malcolm Duncan- Yellow / White Zone/ LAVic

Jeff Hughes, Phil Allen, Tony Williams and Ellen Perry – Red Zone

Be sure to introduce yourself to any one of these mentors.

They are there to assist you over the summer season and especially with the Championship events.

Each Little Athletics Centre will also have Centre  Official Mentors – formally Chief of Official.  Experienced personnel at Centre level to guide in current processes and protocols, to support and nurture parents during this new season.

Each Region will also have Official Mentors who will be able to assist with the progression to the next level.  Target  those who will be Chief / Key Officials at Region events and will attend the Advance Officials Course – have face to face meetings with presenters in the week prior to Region Events.

Presenters of the ITOC and AOC courses will be Andrew Stirling, Malcolm Duncan, Stuart Schnaars, Michael Brazel, Doug Cobbledick and David Green (Kyabram)