The History of the Merger

In 1982 officials from the Altona, Sunshine and Werribee Athletics Clubs met and eventually formed the Western Suburbs Combine Club for Track and Field Competition.

After winning “B” grade at Aberfeldie that year, entry was granted into “A” Reserve competition. When “A” and “A” Reserve merged into a 12 team we won entry based on our good performances in “A” Reserve.

We were later joined by Footscray, Coburg, Preston, Keilor St Bernards and the former North Old Boys, St Albans and North West Athletic clubs.

In 1993/94 we entered a women's team and won entry into “A” grade for the same reason.

For some years we were permitted to compete in the Winter Competition as Western Suburbs and then all ran for Sunshine when the Board's policy changed.

During these years a bond of co-operation and trust developed between the clubs.

These contacts and the spirit engendered by many pack runs at the Brisbane Ranges and the hard work to gather and organise teams in “A” grade has formed the basis for the amalgamations.

During the 1994 - 1995 Track & Field Season there was some informal discussions between some of the senior competing members of the Sunshine and Werribee Clubs. These discussions centred around the future of each club, the loss of membership throughout the years and the inability of each club in entering competitive teams at both the Interclub Competition and at the State Relay Championships.

During the same period a formal working party made up of the Footscray, Sunshine & Werribee Clubs were looking at the problems that athletics was experiencing in the Western Suburbs.

The informal discussions and the formal working party work flowed quite naturally into formal meetings. Later in 1995 a survey was carried out of the individual club members, more meetings held between the three clubs, a vote was carried out and Western Athletics Incorporated was born.

It has been a resounding success, the Club's Teams and Relay performances have been outstanding and that is not mentioning the individual performances.

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