2016 Rio Paralympics

We have an awesome team of Victorians competing at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, set to commence in just under a weeks time!

So we thought it’d be a good idea to introduce you to our stars who’ll be making Australia very proud!

Brydee Moore:

Born with cerebral palsy, Brydee lives by the motto “see the athlete not the disability.” At her first international competition, the 2006 FESPIC Games, she cleaned the field in discus and shot put, taking home gold in both events.

Brydee has 25 Championship gold medals to her name, and holds the Australian records in the F33 classification for all three of her throwing disciplines. Her shot put personal best. 6.47m, is almost in touching distance of the world record.

Bydee’s main ambition is to represent Australia at eight Paralympic Games.

Isis Holt:

Melbourne teenager Isis proved herself as a future Paralympic great, when less than a year after taking up Para-athletics “to try something new”, she broke a world record in the 100m and 200m T35.

Shaking up the international Para-athletics scene, Isis one-upped herself again at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships when she took almost one second off her previous world record in the 200m to win gold and qualify a spot for Rio.

Coached by Nick Wall, the mighty Victorian says that while setting new world records has been a great experience, the thing she is most proud of is being able to prove that having a disability is no barrier for achieving goals and would like to use her success to inspire others and change perceptions.

Jake Lappin:

Hailing from Victoria’s oldest inland town of Kilmore, Jake is quickly making a name for himself in the world of wheelchair racing.

Competing in the T54 class alongside legendary Australian Paralympians Kurt Fearnley and fellow Victorian Richard Colman, Jake made his Paralympic debut at the London 2012 Games, where he won bronze in the Men’s 400m relay.

In ten years, Jake is hoping to be competing well enough to beat the times of his role model, Kurt.

Jaryd Clifford:

Diamond Valley young gun, Jaryd made his debut in the green and gold at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar and has since dedicated his time to ensure he makes the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team.

Jaryd first began losing his eye sight at the age of three, when it was detected he had early on-set viteliform macular degeneration, a genetic condition which affects a person’s central vision.

At the 2015 World Championships, Jaryd Clifford competed in the 5,000m event, placing seventh in the final with a time of 15:55.02.

In 10 years time, Jaryd hopes to be a Paralympic gold medalist.

Jemima Moore:

Beijing silver medalist Jemima is a talented young wheelchair track racer from Highton, aiming for further honours in Rio.

Jemima was only 16-years-old when she competed in Beijing.

The Victorian became a paraplegic resulting from a spinal virus when she was six and as a teenager took up athletics.

One of her greatest sporting moments was winning the 100m at the 2008 Victorian State Championships. Which was an extremely impressive achievement after only taking up the sport in 2007!

Madeleine Hogan:

While Madeleine is a world leading F46 javelin thrower, this does not adequately describe the depths of her talent. She is also a state level cricketer, skilled golfer, dedicated university student and is proficient at playing piano.

Madeleine came to fame at her first Paralympic Games in Beijing, taking home a bronze medal. As a 19-year-old , she smashed her personal best by almost four metres to pocket Australia’s first athletics medal of the 2008 Games. it rates among the highlights of her career.

However it was 2011 which was Madeleine’s breakthrough year. At the IPC Athletics World championships in Christchurch, she won gold in the javelin, leading from start to finish!

Nicholas Hum:

For Nicholas, sport runs through his veins. Growing up, his father represented Victoria on the track while his grandmother worked in the Athlete village at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

As a young competitor in his international field, Nicholas set a new Australian and Oceania F20 long jump record with a jump of 6.55m.

In 2011, Nicholas was awarded the Young Achievers Award from children’s charity Variety.

Richard Colman:

Born with spina bifida, Richard has always wanted to do the very best in everything he sets out to achieve. It turns out his very best is world beating and the track specialist has spearheaded the Australian athletics team for more than a decade.

In 2004 at the Athens Games, Richard took home the gold medal for Australia in the T53 800m as well as breaking the Paralympic record.

In Beijing he won a silver medal in the 200m and a bronze in the 400m, which was just 0.6 seconds outside of world record time.

In London Richard returned to his Athens form and won another gold medal in the T53 800m!

In his break from training, Richard set more world records when he became the first person in a wheelchair to complete Bolivia’s Death Road, a 64km track which descends 3,500m!

Russell Short:

One of the most successful Australian Paralympian athletes of all time, Russell stands to enter a remarkable eighth Games at Rio 2016.

With a bronze medal under his belt from the London 2012 Games, Russell isn’t slowing down. At his sixth Games in Beijing he was given the honour of carrying the Australian flag during the Opening Ceremony. The Games saw him finish sixth in both the discus and shot put.

Russell has been awarded an OAM and an Advance Australia Award for his contribution to sport. He was also the first athlete with a disability to be accepted into the Australian Institute of Sport in 1988.

Sam McIntosh:

Sam’s life changed dramatically in 2007 when he fell off a BMX bike whilst on holiday with his family in Coffss Harbour. The accident broke Sam’s neck and he became a quadriplegic.

Training with Richard Colman’s coach Mandi Cole, Sam has improved his times in the T52 100m (by more than a second), 200m (by more than 4.5 seconds) and 400m (by nearly 5 seconds).

In 2011, Sam broke the 100m record at the IPC World Championships, with a fifth place finish.

He is close to adopting the novel theory of missing the warm up prior to competition, acknowledging most of his personal best times have come when he hasn’t done anything before racing. While he is currently concentrating on track racing, Sam believes he will contest road events in the years to come!

Jesse Wyatt:

Although he may be relatively new to the international Para-athletics scene, New Zealand born Jesse Wyatt firmly made his mark as one to watch when he threw 8.69m in the F33 shot put at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships to secure a fifth place finish. Not a bad result for his international debut.

Jesse has come a long way since his beginnings in Para-sport. Having never considered a sporting pathway, Jesse was introduced to Paralympic sport following surgery to aid his mobility.

While involved in Para-equestrian, Jesse met the wife of his current coach John Eden, who having been around Para-athletics suggested that he test out his talents in the shot put circle.

Coached by John since this chance meeting in 2012, Jesse has gone from strength to strength in shot put, and has now fulfilled his goal of being selected for an Australian Paralympic Team.

While Jesse’s immediate focus in on improving his personal best at the Paralympic Games, he hopes to have a long and prosperous career in sport. In 10 years time, he hopes to be a two-time Paralympian, with a medal under his belt.

When he isn’t training or competing, Jesse can be found camping and fishing at the Bemm River in Victoria.

All the best guys…We’ll be cheering loud and proud!


Batons and Butterflies

Starting to get that tingling sensation permeating through your body…? We are.

Don’t panic though. It’s the good kind of tingling. The kind of tingling that alerts you to something magical around the corner. The kind of tingling that is so wonderful, your body can literally sense enjoyment coming its way…

So, what’s causing this heavenly tingling you ask!? Well it’s simple: The 2016/17 Summer Season featuring the Victorian All Schools Championships featuring All Schools Track Relay Championships featuring Kanye West*

Cue the cheers and applause.

Make them short lived though. Because it’s now time to get down to business. Track Relay Championships are first out of the blocks – zing. Which means teamwork. Which means trust. Which means belief you and your squad has what it takes to be crowned the best in Victoria!

However it also means a baton. Oh yes. A baton. The one thing that stands between winning and losing. Something so simple in stature can either make your squad victorious, or be the demise of so much hard work. Trust us. Our Communications & Growth Leader (whose name can’t be mentioned out of fear his 2006 school 4×100 teammates will find him) has been on the wrong end of a baton-change, and he’s never fully recovered…

But do not fear. There’s still plenty of time to train. To practice those changeovers. To find the leg which suits you and your loyal teammates best. And to visualize running down the final straight, baton firmly placed in your hand, with the crowd erupting in screams of excitement! Once all this has been conquered, your school will be ready for the All Schools Track Relay Championships!

And just so you all know…We at AV love the commitment every student shows at our All Schools events. We love watching teams band together. We love seeing teachers and coaches (who’ve put countless hours into your school’s athletic program) relish with their students in the wins. We love the smiles and laughter schools share with each other throughout the entirety of the event. We love everything about the All Schools Track Relay Championships.

All we ask…is that you love it too.

Wednesday 31 August – it’s on!


*Kanye West is unfortunately unavailable. But don’t you reckon he features on an awful lot of songs!? Anyway, just a thought.





Victorian Officials Awards

The Victorian Officials Awards function was celebrated on Sunday 24 July in the Cathy Freeman room at Lakeside. The theme on the night was ‘Let’s Celebrate Rio’ to coincide with the Olympic Games which kick off in just two weeks’ time, and we’re sure all those in attendance had a great afternoon!

During the day our service badges were awarded to recognize the efforts of our Officials. Congratulations to the following on outstanding years of Officiating:

30 years – Gordon Loughnan and Jim Cain.
40 years – Tony Williams and Di Lowden
45 years – Paul Jenes and Lorrain Morgan

A special mention to Marion Patterson who has been an Official now for 60 years – a tremendous effort indeed.

An important aspect of this event is to announce and present awards for the past season. Each Region and Zone were asked to submit their nominations for the outstanding Officials from their area.

Congratulations to the winners from the following Zones and Regions:

Red Zone: David Armstrong
Blue Zone: Pam Noden
Yellow Zone: Brendan Ferrari
White Zone: Yvonne Glover
Ballarat Region: Stephen McLennan
Bendigo Region: Garnet Rodda
Geelong Region: Lou Mirarchi
Western Country Region: Julie Bicknell
Southern Metro Region: Pam Carroll
Northern Metro Region: Phil Atkins
Western Metro Region: Wayne O’Halloran
Gippsland Country Region: Justyne Roscoe
Eastern Metro Region: Jon Seddon

The Official of the Year is awarded to an Official who has made an outstanding contribution to Athletics over the past season. The award is only given to an Official who has dedicated significant time and effort.

The Official of the Year was awarded to Andrea Hallett.

Vern Curnow was also awarded 50 years Membership Service award.

Congratulations to all of our award winners – all were truly deserved!

XCR’16 Albert Park – UPDATED (as of 12/07/2016) Timetable Change

The start times for Albert Park this Sunday 17th July have been amended. Please view all updated changes…

The revised timetable is:

8:30am – Men’s 10km Open and Masters, and u20 and u18 Men.

9:30am – Women’s 10km Open and Masters.

10:30am – Junior 3km event for Women u20, u18, u16 and u14 and Men u16 and u14.

 ** No early starters for this event.

A message from Glenn Turnor, CEO, Athletics Victoria:

A further review of the start times has been completed after we received constructive feedback from members concerned that the proposed 5 min gap between the start of the Men’s and Women’s event would create congestion problems on the course with the Elite Women having to run around and/or through some of the Male competitors.  The review also took into account further entries received for this weekends’ event.

 After consultation with the Competition Director and Competition Manager and a number of coaches and athletes, all three races this weekend will now be scheduled one hour apart.

–        This will allow a majority of competitors in each of the 10km events to complete their event before the start of the next race; and

–        There are currently 660 Men (Open, Masters, u20 and u18) entered with a wider range of finish times for the 10km event and they will start first to fit into the road closures which will end at 11.00am

–        For this year Men and Women will not compete in the same event.

We appreciate the feedback and constructive commentary received and thank those who have taken the time to do so. While I am conscious of making any change to an event, I have no issue in doing so where there is an issue of safety for any of our competitors”.



2016 Gold Coast Half-Marathon Championships – Results

The weather really turned it on in the Sunshine State for all athletes competing at the 2016 Gold Coast Half Marathon Championships over the weekend.

It was another successful road championship with a high level of individual and team performances on display for those who made it out to soak up the sun and cheer on the many competitors representing themselves and their State.

A huge congratulations to Cassie Fien (QLD) and Duer Yoa (VIC) who took out their Individual Titles respectively,  and also the Victorian women who managed to defend their Team Title from 2015.

Well done guys!

Link below for full results:

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Melton officially opens its Bridge Road Sports Precinct

The Bridge Road Sports Precinct has been opened and will become the official home for hockey and athletics within the region.

In partnership with the City of Melton, the $11.3 million project will feature a synthetic athletic track and two new hockey pitches, which will host clubs from a grassroots level, right up to Open Divisions.

The state-of-the-art facilities (which began construction in September last year) include four unisex change rooms, a first-aid area, kitchen, officials’ headquarters and a meeting place for important club fundraisers.

It’s a real boost for the Melton community, where participation rates within Victorian athletics, are undoubtedly expected to rise!

If you’re interested in being part of the development of the Athletics Victoria club, please contact Club Development Manager Kirby Ellis,



AV Annual General Meeting

In accordance with the provisions of the Athletics Victoria Constitution please see below a Notice of the Annual General Meeting to be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27 July 2016 in the Cathy Freeman Room at Athletics House – Lakeside Stadium.

Please refer to the following documents:


Athletics Victoria is an inclusive organisation and has adopted the recommended governance principles to work towards an equal gender representation on the Committee. Please encourage and support nominations for equal representation.

Reminder to all Clubs that to attend and vote at the AGM you must be a fully paid and affiliated club by the 30th June 2016. Please make sure all affiliation fees are paid.

Supper and refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the AGM.

If you have any questions about the AGM or nomination forms please contact Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500 or email

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.


Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Victoria’s best distance runners are hitting the Surf Coast for Athletics Victoria’s Ekiden Relays on Saturday the 15th of August. Geelong’s team, including Craig Mottram, Nick Wightman & Julian Spence, will be looking for a big win on home soil. The term ‘Ekiden’ originated in Japan, although the concept of a long distance relay race is […]