Western A's Sizzle at AV State Track and Field Championships and AV Junior Knockout Final

The end of February saw a BIG weekend of Track and Field for Western Athletics as athletes competed and excelled during weekend competition. In a strong showing for the club, thirteen members competed in the Athletics Victoria Open State Track and Field Championships while eleven athletes made it through the AV Junior Knockout rounds to book themselves a spot in the 2nd  Annual AV Knockout final. There were many strong performances across the weekend. In the AV Open T&F Championships Western A's athletes walked away with three Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals with athletes making finals and running PBs in Victoria's pinnacle competition. It was Gold, Gold Gold, for Luke Stevens running a PB of 46.06 in the Mens 400m final as he works towards the magic mark of 45.40sec for an Olympic qualifier. Morgan Mitchell backed up two previous PBs and Olympic qualifying times by once again running a PB and OQ in the Womens 400m final in a sharp 51.81sec. Not to be out done Julia Burke stepped up from the Junior ranks to out throw her more experineced open age competitors to take out the title in the Womens Shot Put with a throw of 13.16m. Other standout performances came from Nathan Pearce, with a fast finishing performance to capture a Silver in the 1500m in his first season of Open competition and Cody Shanahan and Claire Hodgart both medalling with a bronze in the 3000m Steeple. Aimee Lane, Alexie Alferi, Billie Arch, Rochelle Kennedy, Michael Mirindi, Chris Downie and Amador Bemejo allrepresented Western A's across the weekend in what was our strongest showing fro many years.

The AV Junior Knockout Final was conducted in conjunction with the AV Open T&F Championships. Wesetrn A's Athletes captured a total of fourteen medals, six gold, five silver and three bronze. It was two gold for Aliyah Canepa in the discus and hammer, a gold for Thomas Glover in the steeple, backed up with a bronze medal in the pole vault, Billie Arch silver in the long jump, Julia Burke gold in the hammer and shot put, Decalam Macaulay bronze in the hammer. Daniel Masini vaulted to a silver in the pole vault, Adora Arch dual silver medallist in the 100m and shot put, Yara Taylor silver in the Javelin, while Seve Redmore bounced back after a challenging Saturday showing his fighting spirit to take out the bronze medal in the hammer. Other competitors included Aynain Beg competing as a bottom aged athlete and Jackson Glover nursing an injury both competed strongly in their respective events.

Also a special mention to those who gave up their time to support as club helpers, Claire Hodgart, Collete Taylor, Christine Arch, Steve Glover, Andy Redmore and Dale Masini, on behalf of the club and competitors it was much appreciated.


Australia day eve at the Tigers Clubhouse

Celebrate Australia Day Eve this year at The Tigers Clubhouse.

Australia Day Eve - The Tigers Clubhouse

State Relay Championships

Congratulations to all those who competed in last weekend’s State Relay Championships at Lakeside stadium. Everyone put in a huge effort and it showed in our results. Of the 23 teams we finished with one first place, two second place and four third place finishes as well as many other teams making through to the finals of their event. A great result in the context of the increased participation in this year’s championships and many of teams posted their best times since 2012; Women’s Open Medley, Women’s 4x400, Men U16 Medley, Men U16 4x100, Men U14 4x100, Men U14 4x400, women’s 4x1500 and 4x400.

Billie Arch claims Silver at Commonwealth Youth Games

Well done Billie! SILVER in the long jump with a mark of 6.04m at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa on 8 September 2015.

Billie's jump also set's a new U18 long jump club record!

Billie Silver

Photo courtesy of Athletics Victoria

Club records broken at AV Shield Round 2

The AV Shield 2015-16 season has kicked off with a bang. In round 2 we saw multiple club records set.

Luke Stevens, in his first race for the season, broke his own 200m record by 0.05, setting a new club record of 20.93. Onlookers commented Luke looked very relaxed.

Heath Beveridge set a new record for the U14 boys 1500m walk. Heath's time was 8:18.0 breaking the club record by 9.7 seconds.

Well done!



Top 20 finishes at Melbourne Marathon festival


Melbourne Marathon 2015 - Photo by Katie Seibold

Impressive numbers ran in the multiple events at Melbourne Marathon festival yesterday, with 3 top 20 finishes in the marathon and a new club record!

Winter age group winners for XCR 2015

Congratulations to this year’s XCR age group award winners. Thanks for your efforts this season in your training and racing and good luck for the track and field season.

Western Athletics celebrates 20 years

20th anniversary

On the 12th September approximately 140 people helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of this wonderful club. The organising committee would like to thank all those that attended the evening to help make it such a successful night. To see past and present athletes together ranging in age from approximately 12 to 75 was wonderful.

Rob Pope Australian Marathon Champion

Rob Pope Australian Marathon Champion

Photo courtesy of Athletics Australia

Congratulations to Rob Pope on winning the Australian Marathon Championships in Sydney!

PREMIERS!! Tan Relays Race Wrap


Premiers! Pictured (L-R) Brigitte Sneyders, Nardine Bainbridge, Claire Hodgart, Brianna Bunworth - Photo by Stu Macaulay

Congratulations to our Women’s Div 2, Premiers for 2015! Off to Premier Division now! With four wins, two second, two third and two fourth place results, it’s been a very solid consistent effort from all athletes for the season and there were not just four there were many that carried the work load. The athletes who contributed directly to the team this year were: Carolyn Huell, Belinda Keogh, Brigitte Sneyders, Brianna Bunworth, Tracy Douglas, Nardine Bainbridge, Claire Hodgart and Rochelle Kennedy.

Burnley Half Marathon Race Wrap

Race start

Off and racing - Photo by Lori Glover

With a total of 21 seniors competing in this year’s Burnley Half Marathon, it was our best in at least 5 years and one of our best turn-outs ever! This was mainly due to increased numbers from our women’s ranks with a total of 10 athletes, where in many other years we would struggle to field one team. For those who rose early to brave the cold, the conditions ended up being ideal, with light cooling winds and overcast, many of us put in great runs. As with other races this year, Burnley was a great example of how, as a collective, we have progressed and that we are an emerging force in the AV XCR series. There were a staggering number of PBs, of the 21 athletes at least half of us ripped one out! To add to this, our women’s Div 2 were all in the top 20, remarkably finishing 9th, 11th and 13th, while our men’s Div 2 had 4 in the top 60 with a few our best athletes missing.