Sandown Relays Race Wrap

A top ten finish for Nardine Bainbridge

The weather played a huge part in the relays with AV truncating the races, with two laps per leg down to the single lap, 3.1km.  This was good news for some but it also meant some juggling of open men’s teams with the danger of losing one of our best from the Premier team.  It was with initiative and cool heads that the open men’s teams in the Div 3 and Div 6 were prepared to move the order around to accommodate for the missing athlete.  Thanks Michael Masseni, Luke Hodgart, Adrian Jeffkins and spotters Peter Cashin and Tom Vernon.  Thankfully, it was not necessary to change the teams around again with everyone making the race in time.  Thanks to the support on the day from Brenda Cashin for money collections and all those who braved the chilly conditions to run or record for the teams – everyone put in a superb effort.  Thanks also to our three AV helpers, Ben Mudie, Karen Sharp and Mechelle Lane who spotted and recorded for the U16 women’s teams.

Former Member - Amy Cashin

Amy has been studying in the USA on an athletics scholarship at the West Virginia University since August 2013. In that time she has achieved a great deal both academically and athletically.

Amy dedicates her time with the Special Olympics, Ruby Memorial Hospital, local nursing homes, and in the summers, she helps coach and mentor at local youth cross country camps.

Her coach at WVU, Sean Cleary said, "Words alone cannot describe Amy's leadership in helping guide not only our track and cross country programs, but more so the overall student-athlete experience at WVU."

We can’t wait to see Amy when she comes home for Christmas and at the Falls Creek training camp.

2018-2019 Committee

The Western Athletics Inc. Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 30th April 2018. At the meeting the 2018-2019 Committee was elected.

Congratulations to the following Committee members who will lead the club over the coming year.

  • President – Peter Cashin
  • Vice President - Adrian Jeffkins
  • Secretary - Kellie Evans
  • Treasurer - Graham Shaw
  • General Member - John Alchin
  • General Member - Brenda Cashin
  • General Member - Mechelle Lane
  • General Member - Phil Dunstone
  • General Member - Ben Mudie
  • General Member - Janice Hodgart

Jells Park Race Wrap – XCR'18 Round 1

Premier Men - Photo by Tania Shanahan
Premier Men - Photo by Athletics Victoria

Australian Junior Athletics Championships (AJAC) – Sydney, 14-18 Mar 2018

The Australian Junior Athletics Championships were held in Sydney over five days, with more than 400 Victorian Juniors representing their State competing against the best junior athletes in Australia. Western Athletics had twenty-two wearing the Big V some for their first time.  Each day athletes were confronted with warm to extremely hot temperatures, with all five days entering the 30’s and Sunday reaching 39 degrees prior to midday, but every day was humid and energy sapping.  With 1 Gold and 5 Bronze, any many Pbs, our athletes represented Western Athletics proudly.  A very comprehensive report/summary of the weekend has been produced by Stu (thank you), and a full list of results follow.

XCR2018 is just around the corner

The first race of the XCR18 season will be Saturday 21st April at Jells Park.  Please make sure you have your registration completed at least a week prior.  As this is a relay, if you are registered early, it makes the team selection process a lot easier.  When you register you will be required to complete AV registration, as well as the clubs registration.  The club fees for all categories remains unchanged.  

Please go to the below Athletics Victoria link for all details relating to the season, and the associated costs.

Refer to the  Packrun calender for the winter season   Ensure you check your emails and Facebook posting for everything and anything relating to the XCR season. Phil Dunstone  we be our wonderful winter team manger again.  Please make his job a bit easier to replying to any emails by the due date.

Click to download the 2018 Western Athletics Winter Calendar

Open Victorian Championships and State/National Multi Championships

On the weekend of Friday 2nd March to Sunday 4th March we had athletes compete in the State and Multi Championships.

Their final results were:-

Boikai Java - 6th Semi (Heats) Mens100

                   22nd 200m

                 - 11th LJ

Morgan Mitchell - 1st Semi (Heats) 400m withdrew from Final

Lexie Alfierie - 6th Prelim (Heats) 400m

Jotham Kuku - 5th TJ

Billie Arch - 8th LJ

Jamieson Battiestella - U20 Hepthalon - 2nd National and a new club record

Kelera Ratu U18 - Hepthalon - 14th National

Ethan Payne U18 Decathalon - 4th Victorian

Congratulations to all athletes and their coaches

Morgan Mitchell selected for Commonwealth Games team

Commonwealth Games Australia have now announced the full athletics squad for Gold Coast 2018.

Congratulations to Morgan Mitchell who has been selected for both the 400m and 4x400m events.

The full squad can be found on Athletics Australia's website at:

2017/18 Shield Wrap Up

What a busy season.  With last minute changes to the program it was a challenge in the beginning.  However, like all new things, we adapted.  A massive thank you to all our volunteers.  It is widely recognised that Western Athletics, adheres to their allocated duty requirements.  We had many new faces who helped this season - thank you.  We would still like to see more.  As part of competing in shield, we ask that ALL athletes offer to volunteer for 1 hour at least twice for the season.  This helps spread the load.

Another big thank you to our photographers; such as  Tania Shannahan     and Lorraine Glover .  It is wonderful to look back on the day.  Some of the images captured are amazing.  

The final results for the club at Shield Final are:-

Div 1 Men 5th

U18 Men 2nd

U16 Men 1st

40+ Women 6th

U16 Women 3rd