Thursday, August 26.
Thank you for your continued support around the challenging periods of lockdown, which has significantly impacted what the AV team has been trying to deliver this winter. Like you, we are waiting for the next round of advice from the Victorian Government on what will occur after the current lockdown.
Over the past 18 months, we have managed to find avenues to provide competition and opportunities within the government restrictions and passed on reductions in membership fees to acknowledge the financial pressure points that come with community lockdowns. When this season commenced in April 2021, we were hopeful that we could complete the winter competition. While there were roadblocks, significant pre-event preparation continued, financially supported by government grants and subsidies in the previous year. However, in 2021, this level of prior support is not available.
As we are unsure what is to come in the following weeks, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the Winter Season. AV Members who have purchased packages (XCR and MAX) have been emailed earlier today with three options:
- For XCR Packages – a free upgrade to a Max Package
- For Max and XCR Packages – a partial refund or
- No upgrade or refund.
For XCR21 Bundoora, all individual event entries will be refunded. All individual entries in the 2021 All Schools Cross Country Championships will also be refunded. If you are in these groups, you will have received an email with further information.
If circumstances change post 2nd September and there is the capacity to schedule a cross-country event (as prescribed within the government directions), further information will be provided, including how to enter and individual entry fees.
This season has already been ‘challenging’ with the cancellation of the winter season, which will put pressure on the financial outcome. However, we will continue to work hard to provide opportunities when restrictions ease.
I want to thank each and every one of you who has committed to Athletics Victoria, all our AV clubs, coaches, officials, Club Administrators, and volunteers for the past 18 months. Your understanding and hard work have been a bright spark during this time.
Chief Executive Officer
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