Athlete of the Month for November is Mafi Haunga.
This was our best performance, so far, as a whole Club under the AVSL format where athletes are limited to scoring in 3 individual events. We scored 38 391 points in our Power Play at Keilor, which resulted in a top place finish by 9 657 points and 20 ladder points to help consolidate our position on top of Division Two. This result eclipses the 29 663 points in last year’s Power Play.
For the first time we had Zone A & B, competing at the one venue, Lakeside and things went smoothly.
We had 40 athletes competing, with 8 athletes in 2 events and 15 athletes in 3 or more events. Thank-you to Ruby, Nina, Sarah, Summer H, Emily, Honour, Liz, Brenda, Janice, Ben H, Jackson, Jacob, Carl, Matthew M, Oscar, Jeeva, Kaelan, Mal, Mafi, Alan B, Blair, Phil and Stan for competing in more than one event.
Athletics is back. Big numbers at Aberfeldie across all the disciplines and the presence of Premier Clubs like Essendon, Diamond Valley, Doncaster, Box Hill and Collingwood ensured a big day and strong fields.
Once again, our numbers were very good. We had 42 athletes competing, with 11 athletes in 2 events and 13 athletes in 3 or more events. Thank-you to Ruby, Nina, Soumeya, Sarah, Amber, Ruth, Chloe, Summer H, Emily, Honour, Liz, Brenda, Janice, Ben H, Brayden, Jacob, Carl, Rajvir, Kaelan, Mal, Mafi, Alan B and Stan for competing in more than one individual event, as this gave us more points and means our athletes will be eligible for more events in the Playoffs.
Thank-you and well done to all of our athletes and coaches who braved the cold wind and set us up for a positive start to the AVSL season.
After Round 1 our Club is sitting third on the Division 2 ladder, behind Sandringham and Mornington. In Zone A our U20 Men and Women are first and our U18, U16, U14 Men & U14 Women are fourth. Our U20 Men are 2nd in the State Age Group Grading.
Join us for a chat with Western Athletics Olympians Morgan Mitchell, Jack Rayner and Amy Cashin.
Michael Masseni is our host and chats to them about their Olympic preparations, pathway and experience of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
This webinar was recorded shortly after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In this podcast series by School Sports Victoria, they catch up with the significant support people who play a vital part in the athletes’ sporting journeys. They spend time interviewing parents, coaches, teachers, principals, even fiancés; anyone who has played a significant role in the sporting life of these fabulous Team Vic Alumni athletes.
Recently Brenda and Peter Cashin were interviewed as the parents of Amy Cashin. Amy is a Team Vic Alumni and an Olympian.
You can listen to the podcast at the following link: https://anchor.fm/school-sport-victoria/episodes/Brenda-And-Peter-Cashin--the-parents-of-Amy-Cashin--Amy-is-Team-Vic-Alumni-and-an-Olympian-competing-in-the-3000-Steplechase-e14vvbs/a-a677r0k
Congratulations to Claire Hodgart, winning the Athletics South Australia Open Women's State XC Champion.
Racing 10km on a 2km looped course through Victoria Park, Claire was able to put some pressure on the field mid race and then comfortably pulled away for a strong finish.
It was an incredible effort just to get there, Jack! Unfortunately a stress reaction in his femur forced Jack Rayner to withdraw during the marathon at Tokyo 2020 in Sapporo.
Shout out to Jack’s teammates in the race; Liam Adams (24th, 2:15:51) and Brett Robinson (66th, 2:24:04) - the green and gold battled valiantly in tough conditions!
From Jack himself: "For anyone wondering what it’s like to start a marathon after missing a month of training, it’s not fun (Stress reaction in femur). Olympic debut plus first and hopefully last race I’ll ever pull out of. Thanks for all the messages of support!!"
A credit for still getting out there and having a crack! You're an Olympian and we know you’ll be back, Jack - wishing you all the best with your recovery!