Overview

With a number of options available for athletes pursuing the next step, Athletics Victoria provides a variety of teams and squads to help harness athlete development and progression into the national ranks.

Pathways

NASS Program Structure

The NASS is split into two main programs:

Enhanced NASS: This program is targeted at athletes with the most realistic chance to meet the aims 
of the NASS program; now or in the future.

Podium:
1. Gold – Gold medalist at the most recent Podium Benchmark Event with the capacity to realistically sustain this level of performance at the next.
2. Medal – Silver or Bronze medallist at the most recent Podium Benchmark Event with the capacity to realistically sustain this level of performance at the next.

Podium Potential:
1.Finallist – Fourth to eighth place at the most recent Podium Benchmark Event with the realistic capacity to reach the Podium level within two years.
2.World Class – Athletes with the realistic capacity to reach the Finalist level in an individual event within two years.
3.International – Athletes with the realistic capacity to reach the World Class level in an individual event within two years.

Commonwealth:
Commonwealth – Athletes who do not satisfy the criteria above but who has the realistic capacity to win a medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Development:
Development – Athletes with the realistic capacity to reach the International level in an individual event within two years.

Emerging:
U19 Talent Squad – Under 19 age group athletes showing the potential to perform at IAAF World Junior Championships top sixteen level within a year (able bodied athletes) and to progress to the Development level.

Team NASS: This program is targeted at athletes who do not meet the meet the membership criteria of the Enhanced NASS program but who, nevertheless, are selected to represent Australia in major global Championships.

Senior: Athletes selected to represent Australia in identified senior championships.
Junior: Athletes selected to represent Australia in identified U20 championships.
Squad: Identified athletes with the potential to represent Australia in 2014/15.

Senior National Competition

Athletics Australia Championships:
The Australian Athletics Championships are held annually to determine Australia’s champion athletes in a range of athletics events. The championships are the primary qualification trial for athletes wishing to compete at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or World Championships

Australian Athletics Tour:
Athletics Australia are pleased to announce and confirm the dates and venues for the 2015 Australian Athletics TourAthletics Australia and our Member Associations will collaboratively deliver international standard athletics competitions supporting both elite high performance and development pathway.

Senior State Competition

Victorian Open Championships:

Athletics Victoria’s championship events provides the platform to compete against Victoria’s best athletes. With competition for junior, open and masters athletes covering track, field, relay and multi-events. Our championships are a stepping stone towards national-level competition, giving you the chance to earn Victorian team selection and represent your state against Australia’s best.

Athletics Australia Junior Teams

IAAF World Youth Championships:
The IAAF World Youth Championships is a global athletics event comprising track and field events for competitors who are 17 or younger (youth). The event is organized by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It is held biennially. It was first held in 1999.

IAAF World Junior Championships:
The IAAF World Junior Championships are the world championships for junior aged athletes (19 years old or younger on 31 December in the year of the competition), organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It is held biennially since 1986.

Youth Olympic Games:
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international multi-sport event organized by the International Olympic Committee. The games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events consistent with the current Olympic Games format. The age limitation of the athletes is 14 to 18.

Athletics Australia Junior Squads

Under 19 Talent Squad:

The Athletics Australia Under 19 Talent Squad was introduced in 2007. Athletes selected into this program are recognised as having the potential to become senior international athletes.

Athletes selected into this squad are tracking along the current Athletics Australia performance matrix. Performance matrix standards for the 2014 squad can be found by clicking here for FEMALES and clicking here for MALES.

Athletes and their personal coaches attend two camps at which they work closely with the NJC and a group of past athlete mentors.

Aims of the program include:
– To set up a network of support around talented athletes to assist the transitional period from junior to senior athletics e.g. Mentors, NJC, AA staff, sport science and other squad members
– To further educate, inspire and develop athletes with a view to senior international representation
– To build athletes understanding of the behaviours and commitment required to be an elite athlete

Under 17 Development Squad:

Launched in 2006 this squad consists of athletes in each discipline selected by the National Junior Coaches (NJC) based on performance and potential.

Athletes are selected by the National Junior Coaches based on performances in competition and potential. The squad meets for one camp each year with the athletes’ personal coach invited to a concurrent coach education program.

Aims of the program:

  • To identify and bring together talented athletes for the purpose of educating them in sport science practices and for coaching assistance from the NJCs
  • For talented athletes to find enjoyment in the U17 program and to aspire to continue on to the next level e.g. World Youths, U19 program, World Juniors
  • To create a network of contacts to support athletes and coaches of the future (e.g. AA staff, NJC, sport science)
  • To increase the athlete’s knowledge in order to promote behaviours that enhance elite level performance

AV Target Talent Program

Athletics Victoria Target Talent Program (AVTTP) is the early identification element of Athletics Australia’s High Performance Department.

The aim of this program is to encourage and develop the best young athletes around the State by providing them with an opportunity to train with other talented athletes, learn from professionals and to interact with their personal coach and AVTTP coaches in a training environment.

The program is delivered by Athletics Victoria and more information can be sourced by emailing sean@athsvic.org.au

Victorian Junior Teams

Australian All Schools Championships:
The annual track and field event pits athletes aged under 14, under 16 and under 18 against each other in the race for coveted national school titles, over a three-day event that culminates a big year of school-based athletics, with the best of the best.

Australian Athletics Junior Championships:
To compete in the Australian Athletics Championships and/or Australian Junior Championships, athletes must either place at the relevant State Championships, or equal or better the Athletics Australia entry standards.

Junior State Competition

Victorian All Schools and Junior Championships:

Athletics Victoria provides school athletes from under 14 to under 20 age groups the opportunity to compete against the states best and achieve selection for the Australian Schools Championships.

Note: There is no Under 20 age group at the Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships.

Entry Level

Club Competition:

Inter-club competition focused on getting involved and having fun. Learning the basics and the platform to progress up the ranks and enjoy participating with fellow club members.

Join Now – With nearly 60 affiliated clubs in the Metropolitan and Country regions, Athletics Victoria services the East, North West, South  East, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, North East and Gippsland areas. Each club is unique and offers a range of facilities and services. Athletics is a fun way to keep fit, meet new people and learn new skills…why not join a club today!