State Teams

Athletics Victoria states squads offer a pathway for individuals to compete in a results focused environment against athletes from around Australia in both track and field, and out of stadia competition. State team’s are made up of athletes who have met certain criteria after competing in state level championships.

2018 Australian Cross Country Championships

Date: 25th August, 2018

Location: Maleny Golf Course, North Maleny, Queensland

There will be an Athletics Victoria Selection Committee established to carry out the selection of the Victorian Cross Country team

The selection committee will operate under the selection policy listed, making amendments where deemed necessary to maintain the best interests of Athletics Victoria and to remain in line with any changes drafted by Athletics Australia.

The AV Selection Committee and Athletics Victoria will have final say over selection, appeals will be directed through State Teams manager Sean Whipp:

Selection Criteria

  1. Representative age group teams for the Australian Cross Country Championships are under 14, under 16, under 18 and under 20 (as at 31 December 2018) for boys and girls, with 16 male & female athletes selected per gender, per age group.
  2. The Victorian Cross Country Championships on June 16th (Bundoora Park) will be the selection trial for this team, athletes who do not compete at this event will not be considered for selection, unless qualifying criteria detailed in point 5 are met.
  3. It is necessary to submit the nomination form, completed on the laptops available at the Athletics Victoria tent located near the finishing line, to be considered for selection. Athletes will only be considered for the AV team if they have completed the nomination form. In the unusual case that an age group has insufficient nominations to fill an age group bracket of 16 athletes, the next best placed athlete will be contacted.
  4. Thirty-two athletes will be selected for each age group, 16 male, 16 female. Selection is determined by athlete finishing order, thus if the first 16 athletes to cross the line in a race select to represent AV, those 16 individuals will be selected if appropriate selection documentation is completed.
  5. Athletes who are unable to compete at the trial due to illness or national representation will need to provide a written application with supporting documentation to be considered. The athlete will also need to have competed in a minimum of one AV XCR18 event to be considered for selection.
  6. All selections will be confirmed via email/AV website on Thursday, June 21st
  7. Emergencies will be named and offered places in the team if/when any selections are declined.

U20 Athletes

Eligibility – To be eligible for a position in the team in the U20 category, an athlete must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Complete a nomination form on the day, at the Athletics Victoria tent
  2. Is currently enrolled as a student at a Victorian secondary school
  3. If athlete is not currently enrolled as a student at a Victorian secondary school, the athlete must be a member of Athletics Victoria

Para-Athlete Selection Guidelines

To allow for recent changes in historical para-selection structure, Athletics Victoria will take two events into account for Para Cross Country State team selection.

Both events listed below are held over 3k, the same distance run at the national championship level, allowing for equitable assessment of both trial races.

Selection Events

  1. Athletics Victoria: All Schools Cross Country Championships – June 16th
  2. School Sport Victoria: State Para Cross Country Championships – July 19th

Results will be considered from both events, utilising an MDS Cross Country scoring table provided by Athletics Australia, in conjunction with Sport Inclusion Australia. In total, 6 athletes per age group will be selected for both Boys and Girls teams in Under 16 & Under 20 age groups.

Open Para athletes are encouraged to apply for selection via email, please contact with 3000m personal best, relevant race times listed and your Athletics Victoria Club membership.

Uniform (Purchase information provided following selection)

Compulsory Uniform for this trip includes, male and female options listed:

Competition singlet or crop top (male or female)

Competition briefs, boy leg briefs, shorts, or half-tights (male or female)

Team Travel

The Australian Cross Country Championships is an individual travel event, as Athletics Victoria will not be supplying team accommodation or travel options. Therefore, athletes are required to organise their own transportation and accommodation.

Athletics Victoria will provide team management services for the event, thus a combined team levy and entry fee will be confirmed shortly.

Competition Date

The 2018 Australian Cross Country Championships are conducted by Athletics Australia (AA) and will be held on Saturday 25th August, 2018. The Championships include both the Australian All Schools events for junior age categories (including U20’s) and Athletics Australia Open & U20 events.       

Competition Venue

The Championships will be held at Maleny Golf Course, approximately 94kms from Brisbane or 43kms from Mooloolaba, QLD. The course map and loop variations will be made available closer to the race date via

Participating Teams

The Championships will be contested by teams from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania.

Team Meeting

There is no pre-departure team meeting for the 2018 Australian Cross Country Championships, all relevant state team and competitor information will be included in subsequent emails. Also, check the Athletics Victoria website on a regular basis for updated information.

2018 State Team Management

One team manager (Sean Whipp) will travel to the 2018 National Championships to facilitate administrative duties on the race day, including competition bib collection and distribution.

A mobile contact number will be provided closer to the event.


All athletes are required to wear the official and current Athletics Victoria STAR competition uniform. Your individual uniform requirements will be met in the coming days, with an email to be sent out to athletes detailing costs and the most convenient method of uniform order.


A draft timetable has not been issued at this point in time.  A timetable will be released via the event page on the Athletics Australia website in the near future –

Further Information

Please check the Athletics Victoria website regularly ( for the latest team news and event updates. If you have any concerns with any of the information in this bulletin, please don’t hesitate to contact Athletics Victoria on (03)8646 4500, or via email,

General Information

  • Only financial members of a State or Territory Member Association are eligible to compete for an Australian Championship as an individual or in a team category.
  • Athletics Australia encourage nominated participants to wear their State or Territory uniform when competing and for presentation ceremonies.