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AWD Classification Day

Athletics Victoria provides an inclusive streamlined competition program that creates opportunities for para-athletes at club through to state level and, a pathway to national competition.

Those athletes wishing to compete in para-athlete categories are required to have an eligible classification under the rules of Athletics Australia. To start the processes athletes will be required to submit interest in attending a ‘Get Classified’ day.

 

Community Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government has announced the opening of a new funding opportunity – the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The program aims to support the development of high quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria with a focus on increasing participation of all Victorians. For further information please read the attached Media Release and Application Guidelines.

We encourage anyone involved with a club to have a read of the information provided and speak to your club about it.

 

Athletics Australia announce key competition dates for 2015/16

Athletics Australia has today announced key competition dates for the upcoming track and field season, which starts early in December. Victoria will play host to the first four competitions of the calendar, including the extremely popular Zatopek:10 competition at Lakeside Stadium. The December period also includes the Australian All Schools Championships and the 50km Race Walking Championships.

The 94th Australian Athletics Championships will be held in Sydney in late march, spanning a four day period. The competition, which is set to conclude the Australian domestic season, is a critical opportunity for athletes seeking to be selected in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“Athletics Australia, its member associations, athletes and fans Australia wide are excited about the upcoming Australian Athletics season,” Tracey Gaudry Athletics Australia’s General Manager, Commercial & Growth, said.

“In a most important Olympic and Paralympic year, the Australian Athletics season provides the optimum platform for our elite athletes to prepare and qualify, whilst putting on a great sporting show for athletics fans and providing competition opportunities for emerging athletes of the future. Our mission is to engage all our stakeholders, from athletes and coaches, to fans and commercial partners, for mutual benefit. The new condensed calendar format provides that opportunity.”

Wayne Loxley, the Athletics Western Australia Chief Executive Officer, agrees and eagerly awaits the return of the Australian Junior Athletics Championships to Perth, supported by the Western Australian Government.

“Considerable effort has been made to ensure that the upcoming season strikes the right balance between providing both a vital competition opportunity and a vibrant platform to promote the sport and engage the Australian athletics community,” Loxley said.

The newly designed tour has a specific focus on delivering a competition structure that optimises performance late in the domestic season at the Australian Athletics Championships which will double as a trial for the Olympic Games.

“This structure of the season is optimal because it prioritises the Australian Athletics Championships, while providing an important series of competition opportunities in the lead up. The two-week break before the national championship is the best outcome we could have hoped for in terms of ensuring athlete preparedness for the trial,” Simon Nathan, Athletics Australia High Performance Director, said.

KEY DATES: 2015-2016 Australian Athletics Season 

AA Tour Dates 2015/16

 

NOTES:
–           Events in bold are Australian Championship events
–           Events in italics are Australian Athletics Tour events
–           The Zatopek:10 will feature the Australian 10,000m Championship for men and women
–           The date for the Briggs Athletics Classic in Hobart (TAS) is to be confirmed
–           There are two double-headers: 20 February (Adelaide & Canberra) and 19 March (Brisbane & Sydney)
–           The IAAF World Indoor Championships will be held 17-20 March in Portland (USA)
–           The 94th Australian Athletics Championships incorporates the Oceania & Australian Combined Events Championships for open and junior athletes

Phillipa Hajdasz

#WYCCALI2015 – Day 4 – Hajdasz wins SILVER at the World Youths

Phillipa Hajdasz can add World Youth medalist to her national under-18 pole vault champion accolade, after winning silver at this morning’s IAAF World Youth Championships.

“It’s all I wanted, I didn’t even think I’d get that,” Hajdasz said.

“I was so nervous, every jump I felt so sick, I looked at all the others and that calmed me down”, Hajdasz said.

Hajdasz had a clear slate in the final after clearing the first three heights of 3.70m, 3.85m and 3.95m on her first attempt. She then went on to clear her personal best height of 4.00m, finishing with a highest clearance of 4.05m.

“I didn’t expect that, I thought I might crack under pressure, obviously not.”

 

Walker Jemima Montag stepped up to the line in the 5000m walk this morning. After spending a large portion of the race at the top end, she eventually finished 11th with a time of 23:46.57.

“I tripped so many times, the experience was overwhelming, you know they start off slow and that’s different, we usually start off nice and just keep it, where this was like 4.40 and, as prepared as you are there is nothing you can do,” Montag said.

 

Fellow teammate and training partner Kyle Swan, didn’t have the race he was expecting after finishing 33rd in the 10,000m walk. He crossed the line with a time of 50:42.45.

#WYCCALI2015 – Day 3 – Ned Weatherly takes home BRONZE

Frankston athlete Ned Weatherly has this morning taken home BRONZE after his throw of 77.60m at the IAAF World Youth Championships. After a surprise exit in the qualifying round of the shot put, it was clear that Weatherly was out to redeem himself in the hammer throw.

“It’s a world championships and I’ve come third, I can’t describe it really I’m still on such a high,” Weatherly said.

“About a month ago I didn’t even know if I was going to be here, I was in the hospital with a suspected brain bleed, to come here after all of that, injuries, doubts and win bronze, I can’t believe it,” Weatherly said.

Ned showed that he is ready for these international competitions, by consistently being able to perform at a level close to his best. All of his attempts were within a few metres of each other, throwing 77.00m, 77.57m, 76.05m, 77.60m and 77.18m.

“I’ve got to take the experience from here and remain consistent in my throws, all my career I’ve been a very up and down thrower and tonight I’ve showed myself, no one else, I can definitely do it,” Weatherly said.

With the experience of last year’s Youth Olympic Games, Weatherly thrived in the big stadium atmosphere in Colombia.

“I’ve competed in big stadiums before, but not with that South American love for sport, I’ve never heard something so loud”, Weatherly said.

Alex Rowe at the 93rd Australian Athletics Championships

Alex Rowe withdraws from the World Championships

Athletics Australia has today confirmed the withdrawal of Alex Rowe from this year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

 

With the commencement of post-graduate studies in medicine at Monash University, Rowe has been unable to maintain the shape that he believes appropriate to compete on the international stage.

 

“I have reluctantly decided to withdraw from Beijing after much discussion with my coach, Justin Rinaldi, and my family. My recent race results have made it clear that I am not in the shape expected of an international athlete and consequently it was evident that this was the best decision” Rowe said.

 

“In February of this year I commenced my post-graduate studies in medicine and some of the challenges faced since, including living out of home for the first time, training independently and balancing my preparation with study, has been very difficult. My recent race results have been extremely disappointing and when considering the short time frame between now and the start of the championships I am unlikely to turn my season around.

 

“Withdrawing from Beijing is the best thing that I can do to ensure that I make the Olympic team next year. My sole focus now is to complete my study for the year and commence preparations for 2016. I plan to defer next year so that I can dedicate myself to training and competition.

 

“I have just turned 23 so I am very optimistic about my best performances being ahead of me, and that next year will see me improve on my personal best of 1:44.40.”

 

Athletics Australia Head Coach, Craig Hilliard, supports Rowe’s decision and commends him for being honest about where he is at.

Athletics Australia Technical Rules Update

At its February meeting the IAAF Technical Committee made a number of rule clarifications and interpretations.

Where they differ from interpretations currently applying in Australia, the new interpretations will take effect as from 19 February 2014 or as soon thereafter as this information can be appropriately conveyed to those officiating at or competing in each competition held from that date forward. 

The interpretations will apply to all national level meets and Championships including and as from the Perth leg of the Australian Athletics Tour on Saturday 22 February 2014.

Click here to download IAAF Rules Update