Dear Members

We have some terrific news. After many months, our track will be open this week.

Rest in Peace: John Sandford

Rest in Peace: John Sandford

John Sandford, Life member of Western Athletics, has passed away.

John is remembered kindly for his service to the Western Athletics Club as a long time throwing coach.

Many will remember John at training, in his blue overalls, passing on his down to earth wisdom. John gave his time freely and consistently to teach athletes how to throw and in doing so contributed to the way they think and how they approach life.
John shaped the lives of his athletes by listening, thinking carefully and responding as they rode the highs and lows of competition. He helped them to accomplish things and to develop self-belief.

We send our condolences to John’s family and friends.

Five tips to adjust your running for only 60 minutes a day

Five tips to adjust your running for only 60 minutes a day

If you are a runner, jogger or someone who likes to go for long walks you may be wondering how best to adjust your training and exercise to a 60 minute a day limit. Here are five tips to adjust your training to 60 minutes a day.

Find Your 30 Initiative

Find Your 30 Initiative

The Find Your 30 challenges were created to support the Find Your 30, Do It Your Way campaign developed in collaboration with WynActive (Aquapulse, Eagle Stadium and Werribee Outdoor Pool leisure centres) and Wyndham City Council during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Important Information - COVID-19 - Current restrictions

Important Information - COVID-19 - Current restrictions

The following information is correct as at 21 July 2020. 

Visit for the latest information on restrictions.

In metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell the following sport and exercise activities are restricted

  • You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with one other person or household members. You must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. 
  • Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools are closed.
  • Community sport training and competition cannot occur.
  • If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you cannot attend or participate in community sport elsewhere.
  • People aged 18 years and younger are not exempt from this restriction.
  • Some outdoor sport facilities are closed. 
  • Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, in addition to the instructor.
  • Swimming pools are closed.
Important Information - COVID-19 - Return to Play Guidelines

Important Information - COVID-19 - Return to Play Guidelines

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.

Important Information - COVID-19 - Club training suspended

Dear Members,

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."

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for members and family

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.

Volunteer of the Month - November

Volunteer of the Month - November

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.

Where are the female coaches?

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.