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I’m New to Athletics, How Do I Get Started?

Hello and welcome to Athletics Victoria.

Come and enjoy all athletics has to offer. Whether it’s your first time here or you’re making a comeback, we have something for everyone.

Below we’ve listed four sections of our most common questions. If you still have a few, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone on 03 7032 8400 or email at info@athsvic.org.au. We’re only too happy to help.

1. I’m Starting Out. Is Athletics For Me?

Absolutely! Athletics isn’t only about track and field. Whether you are looking to kick start your health journey, learn a new skill, meet new people or prepare for your fitness goals, athletics can help.

From community-based participation and beginners to elite performance, coaching courses, officiating, and volunteering, we have something for everyone.

We have something for you.


2. What Events Do You Offer?

We operate around five-event offerings.

  1. Summer Participation – AVSL – Summer Track and Field
  2. School Competitions
  3. Specialist Groups and Club Meets
  4. State Championships
  5. Completed: Winter Participation – Cross Country Specialist Groups and Club Meets

Starting October 8 -Summer Participation – AVSL – Summer Track and Field

Contested during the summer season, from October to April, Athletics Victoria Shield League (AVSL) is our summer track and field competition. Your AV clubs battle it out for promotion and relegation.
To compete in AVSL, an AV membership and Summer package can be purchased; however, if you wish just to come and try, you can pre-enter online as a trialling participant for one round on us!

Completed – Winter Participation – Cross Country

Our winter cross-country season, or XCR, is a series of fantastic community-based events for you to challenge yourself and enjoy several great locations with friends. Common with runners of all abilities, our XCR season features a range of distances and locations from coastal courses to farm-land rolling hills to on-road racing.
XCR is the perfect event to leap outdoors, improve your fitness and challenge yourself.

School Competitions

Whether your school participates in athletics or not, we have opportunities for everyone to get involved. Our events provide inclusive experiences for students of all abilities. From educational athletics days to fun-filled festivals, the opportunities are there for all to have a go.

If your school is interested in hosting a track & field event, please get in touch with our team at schools@athsvic.org.au

State Championships

Our State Championships allow you to challenge yourself and compete against the best in Victoria across various event disciplines. The State Championships are an opportunity to achieve your goals, whether a medal or a personal best. The Championships are open to all with an AV Base Membership.

Specialist Groups & Club Meets

Specialist meets cater to a range of athletes who want to further develop their skills across several track and field disciplines.

Specialist groups include;

  • AV Throwers (Hammer, Discus, Shot Put & Javelin)
  • High-Velocity Club (Sprints, Hurdles, Horizontal Jumps and High Jump)
  • Rare Air Club (Pole Vault), Victorian Milers Club (800m, 1500m, Mile and 3000m) and
  • The Victorian Race Walking Club (Walks).

3. Ok, This Sounds Great! How Do I Participate?

We have two core memberships at Athletics Victoria, the Recreational Runner and the Base Athlete Membership. You can learn more here.

The Recreational Runner

This membership features a low $10 per year fee (not including event entry fees) and Personal Accident Insurance, including event cover, training cover, and cover outside of AV-sanctioned events*.

We also have discounts for our coaching courses if you want to upskill. With the Recreational Runner membership, you pay for the events you wish to attend as you go.

Base Athlete Membership

The Base Athlete Membership is for those who want to challenge themselves regularly – i.e more events, more often.

You pay a yearly membership fee through your club of choice. This membership includes Personal Accident Cover – i.e., event cover, training cover, and cover outside of AV sanctioned events* and the ability to enter events throughout the year, and score points for your club –  it’s all about the community vibe.

Our members usually select clubs on their proximity to home and the offerings for club members. 

To enter events through this membership, you simply pay a discounted entry per event.

Base Athlete Membership Add Ons

On top of the Base Athlete Membership, you have the option to add one of three packages with all your entry fees included.  For summer (track and field), it’s the Track and Field Package for the best value experience in athletics.

For families, we offer family memberships for the whole crew. Click here for more information. To learn more, please phone: 7032 8400 or email us at info@athsvic.org.au


4. Looking For More Information?

don’t hesitate to contact us via phone on 03 7032 8400 or email at info@athsvic.org.au.