The Western Athletics Committee is committed to delivering a safe, enjoyable, and successful 2020 season under the guidelines and restriction of the State Government and in accordance with advice from Athletics Victoria.
As you would be aware the Australian government has announced Stage 2 measures for coronavirus last night. This introduces further rules and restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus.
The key message is: "Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work - where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising. Keep visitors to your home at a minimum. In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups."
At Western Athletics the health and safety of our members, coaches and family is a priority. Follow the below guidelines and advice to help you and every other member remain healthy and have a positive experience.
Please keep abreast of advice from reputable health and government sources as the COVID-19 situation in Australia is in a state of change.
The Jaimangal family are our volunteers of the month for November 2019.
Ticket 12 was drawn which was for the Jaimangal's completing club duties at AVSL Round 1 held at Aberfeldie. The Jaimangal's come from Werribee Little Athletics with Taleisha and Jalen now competing for Western Athletics in Stu Macaulay's squad. You'll find Taleisha and Jalen sprinting over distances from 100m to 800m!
Parent's Michael and Susan and the family have been regular helpers over the season, helping with club duties on at least three occasions at Aberfeldie and Werribee.
In the 23 years of Western Athletics the club has had three female coaches. In the early days we had Leonie Viterbo and more recently Alida Weitsz and Kylie Smith. Is this a new issue? No, if you go back to the days of the former Footscray, Sunshine and Werribee Athletic Clubs you could count on one hand the number of female coaches each of these clubs had.
So where are the female coaches? Is this just our club’s problem? No.
Glenn Evans is our volunteer of the month for October.
Ticket 31 was drawn which was for Glenn completing club duties at AVSL Round 3 held at Aberfeldie. Not surprising to see Glenn's name drawn, he's always happy to help whether it's club duties, or setting up/packing up both for shield events or during the winter season. Notably just 6 days prior to this Glenn had completed his debut marathon at Melbourne Marathon, in a very respectable time of 3:39:17!
Peter Cashin was drawn as volunteer of the month for September.
Ticket 2 was drawn which was for Peter completing the AV club helper role at the XCR Sandown Relays. Peter has stepped into the AV Helper role 4 times during the season. This was at Jells Park, Sandown, Burnley and the Tan Relays. Sandown was the most memorable for me, with Peter sitting out on the back straight offering encouragement! Peter also helped out at the Bunnings BBQ giving him 5 entries in the volunteer prize draw.
With solid numbers this round (53 athletes) we managed to field 13 teams and best results of the day were the Women’s U14 and U18 both winning their races and the men’s U18 coming third. This round was also very significant for our men’s Div 2 and Div 7. The Div 2 was sitting in the relegation zone all season and we managed to save it in the last race and our Div 7 followed through to guarantee the premiership. All other teams did enough to maintain the same gradings for 2020, no relegations!
We had another very powerful performance this round with three individual race wins from Ethan McMinimee U18 5km, Ebony Dodemaide U18 5km and, in the big, one Ryan Geard for his first win for Western Aths in the Half. In the teams’ results we had wins in the Men’s U20 men to steal a surprise premiership, Women’s U18 and Women’s U14 also sealing premierships in those age groups. Thanks to our helpers Mal Hodgart, Colin Drake and Peter Cashin.