AGM – Thursday 22nd April 2021

Notification of 2021 Annual General Meeting for Yarra Ranges Athletics Inc.

To be held on THURSDAY 22nd APRIL 2021 from 7.30pm at

Mt Evelyn Community Hall

44 Birmingham Road, Mt Evelyn

  • Attendees can be members eligible to vote or observers/guests.
  • Members eligible to vote are: 
    • registered competing members, as at March 31st, 15 years or older, or
    • parent/guardian of competing members under 15 years old, or
    • Life Members and Honorary Members.

When registering your attendance, please indicate if you are attending as a voting member or as an observer. (If in doubt, email Secretary for clarification) on: secretary@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

To assist with planning and communication your pre-registration is appreciated.  Reply to Nigel Murden via secretary@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

For the meeting to proceed a quorum of at least 10% of eligible voting members are required to be in attendance.

Agenda

Welcome

Apologies

Acceptance previous AGM minutes

Presidents Report

Treasurers Report

Elections

Close of Meeting

(Time for Q&A regarding any club activities and plans is available at the end of formalities)

CRUCIAL: We MUST fill the position of President at the AGM. 

Other executive positions require filling at the meeting, however voting and/or selection of those positions will not occur until a President has been elected and confirmed. The role of President is no longer an onerous, hands on position due to the work the Committee has done over the last 12 months to create Portfolios and divest the workload (see Background information attached). It requires a person with good communication and people management skills comfortable knowing the support teams are getting the job done.

We encourage all our members to consider if they may be able to perform this role.  We also encourage any possible president nominees to contact our most recent president, Michael Clarke on 0403 819 390 to further discuss what is required.

If you do not feel comfortable taking on the role of president then please consider one of the 19 other positions that need you which include:

  • Executive position (Vice President – LA & AV, Secretary, Treasurer)
  • General committee  – refer Background information attached

For more information on specific roles and tasks, please e-mail president@yarrarangesathletics.org.au or call Jamie on 0402 233 677.

  • Nominations for the Executive positions must be in writing or via email.
  • A member may nominate themself, or with consent be nominated by another member.
  • Nominations for Executive and General committee positions must be received by the secretary 48 hours prior to the AGM. 
  • If no nominations are received nominations will be called from the floor. 
  • Should a member fail to be elected to the nominated position, the member may nominate for any other position for which an election is still to be held. 
  • Where only one nomination is received, the member is declared the elected member. 
  • Where 2 or more nominations are received for the Executive committee a ballot will be held. 
  • Where 15 or more nominations are received for the general committee a ballot will be held.
  • Nominations must state the applicants name, date of nomination, position of nomination and where nomination is presented by consent, the name of the presenting member.
  • Nominating members must be 18 years or over for committee positions.

Any Special Resolution must be received no later than 14 days prior to the AGM as per the Incorporate Rules.

If you have any questions please contact Jamie Strudley (0402233677) or any of our committee members.  

A copy of the latest YRA incorporated rules and By-Laws are attached.

Email nominations must be sent to Nigel Murden secretary@yarrarangesathletics.org.au at least 48hrs before the meeting commences.


We look forward to seeing you at Mt Evelyn Community Hall on Thursday 22nd April.


Nigel Murden 
Secretary on behalf of the Committee

Yarra Ranges Athletics

Weekly Newsletter – Mar 23

Club vs Club Trophy

Yarra Ranges Athletics held the annual inter-club competition on the weekend where the 4 clubs compete for the coveted Champion Club trophy. Final results were not available as we go to print, but the scores were very close throughout the morning. Some tense, hard fought relay races at the end of the program may be the deciding events. The winning club will be announced at the Presentation day this coming Sunday.

The competition was fierce throughout he morning with fantastic number of PB performances on what will be the last day of competition for the 2020-21 summer.

State Relay Championships – This Weekend

Good luck to all out athletes competing at the Little Athletics Victoria State relay Championships at Casey Fields this coming weekend. Relays are a fun event so enjoy the competition.

Yarra Ranges have 15 teams entered for State Relays on the 27th and 28th of March. It is a great opportunity this year to run at a state event for all out athletes and we hope they enjoy the experience racing against other team from around Victoria.

Have lots of fun and know the Club is proud of you for running in the Yarra Ranges colours!

U9-U12 – Saturday 27th of March

U13-U16 – Sunday 28th of March

Location: Casey Fields, 160 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East

Presentation Day – This Sunday

This coming Sunday will see the Presentation Day for our Little Athletics, to be held at Morrison Reserve from 2.00pm on Sunday 28th.

Seniors Final Round Results

Our seniors competed at the final round of the AVSL competition for 2020-21. Another great turn out of club athletes saw some excellent performances, led by a stirring 400m victory for Hayley Wilkins and a continuation of some impressive performances by Ash Rooke.

Announcements from the Committee

A huge thank you to everybody who helped over the weekend with our working bee. There will be more jobs coming as we approach cross season, stay tuned!

Our track will be used for School Bookings from time to time and we are looking for volunteers to help serve at the Canteen during the day.

We have a booking on the 1st of April if anyone is available to help Uli and Katie during the busy lunch period between 11am – 1pm. Thank you.

For enquiries, suggestions, or anything else, email the committee here at committee@yarrarangesathletics.org.au We would love your feedback!

Upcoming Events for April

Sat 3/Sun 4 – Stawell Gift – Little Athletics handicaps: U9-U16 (Stawell)

Sat 17 – OpeningYRA Cross Country Round – SAVE THE DATE – VENUE TBC

Training – Kate’s training sessions for Little Athletes

In the lead up to State Relay Championships this weekend, Kate will again have a focus on relay training this Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm. Round up your team to see if they can come along with you to training!

Then next week is the final week of Term 1! Training will be Wednesday 31st March only (not Thursday) at 4pm and we will have a celebration session (games and fun!) to farewell the Track and Field season and welcome in the Cross Country season.

Terms 2 and 3 will focus on Cross Country running, strength and mobility. Wednesday 4pm at the track for all ages and Thursday 5.30pm at Victoria Rd Primary School for those aged 9+.

For more information, keep an eye on the “Yarra Ranges Athletics Clubhouse” Facebook page.

Seniors Athletics

Seniors events coming up…

March 2021

Thurs 25 – Melbourne Track Classic (Lakeside)

Sat 27 – AVSL Playoffs (Lakeside)

Wed 31 – Rare Air Club (meet 12)

April 2021

Thurs 1 – High Velocity Club (meet 8)

Thurs 1 – Box Hill Classic (3000m & 1500m)

Tues 6 – Rare Air Club (meet 13)

Sat 10 – AV Throwers (meet 10)

Sat 24/Sun 25 – Victorian Masters Championships

Weekly Newsletter – Mar 16

State Track & Field Championships

Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes had a busy weekend of athletics as club athletes enjoyed another fun
filled twilight round, 18 athletes proudly represented the club at the Victorian Little Athletics Track &
Field Championships.

Our eighteen qualifiers to State Champs competed exceptionally well. Saturday saw some tough
weather conditions making competition more difficult.

All our athletes should be proud of the results and hopefully enjoyed competing on the new track at Lakeside Stadium.

Round 9 AVSL

Our seniors competed at round 9 of the AVSL competition with many events completed before the
competition was abandoned due to heavy rain. Thanks to our club helpers Michael Willey, Craig
Hewitson, Collen Anderson, Mia Strudley and Jamie Strudley. 

Round 10 AVSL

Our seniors compete at Round 10 of AVSL. This will be our Powerplay round so we need all our senior athletes competing if possible.

Powerplay doubles our ladder points and hopefully should keep us from being relegated back to Division 3. Our home venue this weekend is Nunawading.

Events on offer this weekend include long jump, pole vault, discus, javelin, 100m, 110m hurdles, 1500m, 400m, 5000m walk.

Entries close Wednesday at MIDDAY, 11:59AM. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Last Friday’s Twilight

Twilight rounds are always a fun, enjoyable evening and a perfect way to end the school and work
week. Our athletes recorded several personal bests as they really made the most of the conditions. The hamburgers from the bbq were also a bit hit.

Club vs Club This Week

This week our little athletes return to Saturday morning competition.

Pull out your wigs, capes, costumes etc and dress up in your club colours for the annual battle!

Who will take out the Perpetual Trophy this year???

Club captains will be announced, athletes will March past in their clubs with a battle cry to inspire the best performance in each other!

Arrive early to help set up the equipment and blow up balloons and decorative the track with streamers!Remember your Registration Patch!

The canteen is needing some help tomorrow so if you can spend half an hour to help out please see our volunteers.

Working Bee This Saturday 20th March

At the track any time between 11am and 2pm.

Straight after completion of the Littles. Any help is good help, even if you can only help for 15 minutes. It would be greatly appreciated.

State Relay Championships

The LAVic State Relay Championships will be held on the 27th and 28th of March at Casey Fields.

U9-U12 is Saturday, U13-U16 is Sunday.

Presentation Day – 28th May

Our presentations for the 2020/2021 Summer season will be held on the 28th starting at 2pm!

Thanks to you all for a great summer season!

Relay Practice

With just 11 days to State Relay Champs (U9-U12) and 12 days to the U13+ relays, relay practice will be incorporated into Kate’s training sessions this week and next:
4pm Wednesday all ages
4.30pm Wednesday age 10+
4pm
Thursday age 10+

Weekly Newsletter – Mar 10

Twilight this Friday

This week’s round for little athletics is Friday 12th March. Warm-up will start at 5:45pm.

This week is a special program for the Under 6 athletes who missed out earlier in the season on Multi day. All Under 6 athletes will complete 5 events with points gained in each event determining the winners of the Multi event. Awards will be presented on Presentation Day.

Friday night will also be our annual Royal Children’s Hospital Fundraiser. Little Athletics Victoria has been in partnership with the Good Friday Appeal to help raise funds for RCH for 49 years. Rather than a relay this year we will have Crazy Sock Night. Wear your craziest pair of socks and throw a few coins into the RCH fundraiser tin if you can!

The program for Friday currently looks like this (tap to enlarge):

Instagram

Follow our Instagram for weekly photos from the Yarra Ranges Athletics community, there are heaps more awesome photos to see!

Club vs Club

Next week’s round; Saturday, 20th March is Club v Club day. Jaguars, Comets, Mustangs and Redbacks will compete to earn points for their club. Now is a great time to start organising outfits and costumes in club colours for what is always a fun day for all athletes.

State Track & Field Championships

Best of luck to all of our Littles competing at State Track and Field Champs this weekend!

Senior Athletics – AVSL Round 9

Saturday 13th March

BILL STEWART ATHLETICS TRACK, NUNAWADING

This weekend is the second last round of AVSL, hopefully we can make a last minute push to avoid relegation. We can get maximum points off of your best 3 individual events plus a relay. If possible, enter 3 events and let us know if you’d like to run in a relay team.

We will be activating our powerplay in Round 10, and look forward to seeing everybody there!

Weekly Newsletter – Mar 2

Junior Athletics

The next event is Saturday 6th March – 8:45am for warm up lap

Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes had a busy weekend of athletics as club athletes enjoyed a twilight round, Region Track & Field Championships and weekend two of Athletics Victoria State Track & Field Championships.

Seniors Athletics

Saturday 6th March – AVSL Round 8 – Doncaster / Casey Fields

HAMMER, POLE VAULT, TRIPLE JUMP,  SHOT PUT, 200m, 3000m, 400m HURDLES, 5000m WALK, 800m

ENTRIES CLOSE Thursday at 11:59am

Check-in
Check in via CS-sport app is still compulsory on arrival.
Athletes will not need to check-in for events on the day as in previous seasons. Athletes will only need to advise the field event officials at the event site if they are scratching from a field event.
Track events will be pre-seeded and if an athlete does not appear for their relevant heat, the event will operate with a blank lane. If athletes miss their time slot, the athlete will be allowed to compete in a later heat if there is availability but will not score points.
Athletes must report into the event site no later than 10 minutes before the event start time to allow those on the wait list the opportunity to compete. Athletes who are not at the event site prior to the commencement of the event will be scratched.

Twilight

Twilight rounds are always a fun, enjoyable evening and a perfect way to end the school and work week.  Our athletes and parents really made the most of the environment to post some excellent results and destroy far too many hamburgers for dinner. Back to a regular Saturday morning round next week.

EMR Track & Field Carnival

A fantastic team of little athletics athletes represented our club at the Eastern Region Track & Field Championships, held  on the Knox Athletics track. There were far too many awesome performance to highlight. Once again our athletes excelled on and off the competition arena with their efforts, sportsmanship and team support.
Thanks also to the parents for doing duty’s as required.

Congratulations to our medallists Sasha Carroll, Scarlett Wheeler, Kayla Paton, Zoe Clarke, Madison Wheeler, Emily Fiedler, Tia Crossland, Arizona Peel, Ky Harris, Bailey Van Bert, Mitchell Pointon and Beau McKinnon.

Athletics Victoria State Track & Field Championships

Our senior club competed at Lakeside Stadium on Saturday & Sunday.

Congratulations to medallists Kiara Flavel, Ashleigh Rooke and Hayley Wilkins.  

Weekly Newsletter – Feb 24

Seniors

Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes competed at the Athletics Victoria State Track & Field Championships over the weekend. The championships were held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with events for age groups from Under 14 through to Open Men & Women.  Yarra Ranges Athletics had seven athletes compete over the weekend.

Fantastic performances by all our athletes, with special mentions for silver medallists Kiara Flavel (U17 1500m) and Sarah Ebbels (U17 Hammer Throw).

The championships continue next weekend with 8 Yarra Ranges athletes in action. 

Littles

After almost 12 months of big competition days being banned, postponed or cancelled, the young athletes from Yarra Ranges Athletics were full of enthusiasm and excitement to be participating at the annual Box Hill Relays.

A team of 57 athletes aged from 7 to 15, hit the track to race in the full range of track relay events. The traditional 4x100m, 4x200m and the newly introduced Swedish Medley over 1000m – seeing athletes run 100m, 300m, 200m and 400m legs leading to many position changes in each race.
Conditions were perfect, and the large crew of parent team managers got the runners warmed up, and excited before each race.

The morning was the domain of the youngest runners, and the youngest of all the Yarra Ranges teams were the highlight – U8 Boys finished 3rd, and the U8 Girls finished first in the 4x100m. Their endeavour was matched by the other teams as many athletes raced 3 or 4 times in heats and finals giving 100% for their team. In a sign of true teamwork, a number ran in higher age groups to help fill teams and allow others the chance to race.

As the day continued into the afternoon, the races for age groups U12 and above filled the schedule. The Yarra Ranges crowd maintained their noisy support for all teams, and were witness to some spectacular racing.

In highly competitive fields, the U12 Girls were the stars, securing 3 podium finishes, 2nd in the Swedish Medley and the 4x200m, and 3rd in the 4x100m.

The U16 teams ran excellent races, and included several younger athletes running up in age groups to allow the teams to compete. The 3 podium finishes a just reward for teamwork. Many other teams raced both heats and finals, as an excellent preparation for the upcoming State Relay Championships.
The full list of podium teams were: Gold: U8 Girls 4x100m, U16 Boys Medley; Silver: U12 Girls Medley and 4x 200m, U16 Mixed Gender 4x200m and 4x100m; Bronze: U8 Boys 4x100m, U10 Boys 4x200m, U13 Boys 4x200m, U12 Girls 4x100m.

Thanks goes to the Team Managers, Coaches and all club supporters for the efforts organising, training, marshalling and cheering. It was a wonderful day of racing and demonstrating the Yarra Ranges Athletics team spirit. Club officials received several positive comments regarding the behaviour and acts of sportsmanship by our athletes and we are so proud of everyone who was there on the weekend.

Twilight this Friday – 6pm

This weeks round of little Athletics will be another Twilight Round on Friday night from 5.00pm (setup)/6:00pm (start) as we have Region track & Field Championships over the weekend.

Good luck to all our athletes representing Yarra Ranges Athletics at AV State and EMR Region Championships

The BBQ will be cooking burgers and sausages for dinner.

Region Track and Field Carnival

This weekend at Knox will be the Region Track and Field Carnival for our U9-U16 athletes. A revised timetable has been sent to everyone, please check your email. 

DO NOT FORGET YOUR COMMONWEALTH BANK REGISTRATION PATCH!

Good luck to all athletes competing this weekend!

Region Relays

Region Relays has been cancelled and all teams have direct entry to the State Relay Championships at Casey on the 27th Mar for the U9-U12. The U13-U16 team will be entered in the following weeks when the portal opens. If anyone is unavailable to run on these days please contact info@yarrarangesathletics.org.au or call Katie on 0403 819391.

State Relays

LAVic has changed the schedule for State Relays and they are only going to run the 4×100 races. All 4×200 and Medleys have been cancelled. We had 32 teams entered but are now down to 12.

An email is being sent to all those who have shown an interest in relays this season. We are so sorry this is effecting so many of our athletes. Most will only have 1 run. We have the option to withdraw teams. Some will be willing to enjoy the experience for what it is but we understand that it is not for everyone.

Please check your email and let us know before Tuesday what your family plans. Large competitions have become so difficult because of COVID and LAVic staff are trying their best.

State Track & Field Championships

Plans for the State Track & Field Championships to be held at Lakeside Stadium on Sat 13th & Sun 14th March remain unchanged.

Weekly Newsletter – Feb 17

Thank you to everybody this week for your tenacity in the face of the circuit-breaker lockdown. We hope that everybody have been able to make the most of the time and get out in the fresh air for a run or a ride, and we are looking forward to seeing everybody this weekend for our Littles ‘Coles’ community round

This Saturday morning we will be having our ‘Coles’ Community Round. We have a special selfie frame on the day to take your best picture in! We are asking everyone to wear Red on the day, or dress up like a fruit or vegetable if you like! You don’t need to wear your club tops this week, have some fun and we look forward to a great morning. Just remember to wear your Commonwealth Bank Registration Patch. We have ten $10 Coles vouchers to give away to the best dressed athlete on the day! We look forward to seeing you all.

Saturday 20 – Javelin 8am for U11-U16

Saturday will be Program 2. U11-U16 will have Javelin at 8am. All other athletes will start at 9am. At the end of the program we will be running Relay practice for those who are available. 

Box Hill Relays – Sunday 21

Box Hill relays this Sunday the 21st of February. An email has been sent to all of our 57 athletes booked in for this Sunday. If you have not received an email please call Katie on 0403 819391. We are hoping that restrictions will ease and the kids can do what they love and have a run with their friends! Please remember to wear your Commonwealth Bank registration patch, White YRA competition top with Coles patch and navy blue shorts.  Good luck to all the athletes and have fun!!

Regional Track & Field Rescheduled to Feb 27/28

The EMR Track & Field at Knox that was postponed last week has been rescheduled to next weekend.

Seniors

Week 1 Victorian T&F Championships
Date: Friday 19th – Sunday 21st February 2021
Location: Lakeside Stadium (Aughtie Drive, Albert Park)
Please stay tuned for more information from AV regarding this weekend, with regulations being assessed to ensure whether the weekend can go ahead.

Check-in
Check in via CS-sport app is still compulsory on arrival.
Athletes will not need to check-in for events on the day as in previous seasons. Athletes will only need to advise the field event officials at the event site if they are scratching from a field event.
Track events will be pre-seeded and if an athlete does not appear for their relevant heat, the event will operate with a blank lane. If athletes miss their time slot, the athlete will be allowed to compete in a later heat if there is availability but will not score points.
Athletes must report into the event site no later than 10 minutes before the event start time to allow those on the wait list the opportunity to compete. Athletes who are not at the event site prior to the commencement of the event will be scratched.

** Compulsory Information **
You must have a face mask on your person at all times within the venue. 
Wear a mask if you cannot adhere to social distancing guidelines. 
Remain 1 person per 2sqm distanced.
If you feel unwell stay at home.
Remember to download the CS Sports App before arriving to the venue. This will speed up the CHECK IN process or arrival.
Follow all information on all signs within the venue.
Remember to CHECK IN using the CS Sports App.
Follow all information on all signs within the venue.

For a detailed list of results on all AV events, the AV results hub is the place to go.

Weekly Newsletter – Feb 10

Friday Night LA Round This Week

This weeks round of little Athletics is on Friday night from 5.30pm, our first twilight round for the season. Always a fun evening!

EMR Championships This Weekend

Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes have been competing and training as the Track & Field championship season approaches.  Our Little Athletics athletes finally get to test themselves against other clubs at the Eastern Metro Region Championships to be held at the Knox Athletic Track next weekend.  Two days of fun, sweat and tears as our athletes strive for more PB’s.

Good luck to the Under 9 through Under 16 athletes competing at Region Track and Field this Saturday and Sunday! Thank you to our wonderful parents and officials for doing duty so our athletes can compete. A separate email will be sent with a duty roster and information for the weekend. If you need any help before then please call Katie on 0403 819391.

PB Round

The club helped these athletes prepare  with our annual “PB Round” on Saturday.  Athletes got the opportunity to ring the bell for every PB… It was a very noisy morning of athletics! We look forward to seeing more fantastic performances at “regions” this weekend.

Seniors

Our senior athletes have plenty of competitions over the next few weeks. More rounds of AVSL, Vic Milers, HVC, Vic Throwers and State Championships all happening in the next 3-4 weeks.  Good luck to all our athletes participating.

Round six of AVSL was held in at several locations around Victoria, with many club athletes competing. Good luck to athletes competing at Vic Milers on Tuesday evening and Victorian 5km champs on Thursday evening. 

Club Presentations

The club was finally able to present awards for the 2019-20 Little Athletics season. The “normal’ presentation day was thwarted by COVID-19, however the wait was certainly worth it. Our club and age group champions were among the many awards presented on Saturday morning at Morrison Reserve.

Results HQ

All of our athletes results are loaded into Results HQ every week. Log in to see your PBs and other results. If there is any issues with this please contact info@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

Relays

Box Hill Relay (Sunday 21 Feb) & EMR Region Relay (Sunday 28 Feb) teams will be announced at the end of this week.  Please let us know if your athlete is unable to run at either of these days, asap, so we can make arrangements for the team to run! Thank you to those athletes coming to run for Yarra Ranges. It looks like we are taking the biggest team of athletes from Yarra Ranges in a number of years! Looking forward to two great days of team racing! 

BOX HILL RELAY DAY – SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY – U8-U16
The Day will be broken into U8-U11 in the morning and the U12-U16 in the afternoon. This year the U8-U11 will NOT have mixed teams (Boys & Girls) So unfortunately the U8 will only have one race 4×100. The U9-U12 can race 4×100, 4×200 and Medley.
U12-U16 will have mixed races and can run in up to 4 races, dependent on athletes available.

EASTERN METRO REGION RELAY DAY – SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY – U9-U12 (track tbc)
Just for the U9-U12, as the U13-U16 will have direct entry to State Relays. Athletes will run in up to 4 races this year as there is no heats, just straight finals.

STATE RELAY DAY – SATURDAY 27th MARCH – U9-U12 – Casey Fields
Teams will have qualified through Region Relay Day – This year Relays is over 2 days. More teams will qualify this year in the 4×200 and the Medley.

STATE RELAY DAY – SUNDAY 28th MARCH – U13-U16 – Casey Fields
No qualifiers needed. Direct entry for the U13-U16 age groups.
We would love to have at least 4 athletes from each age group, boys and girls. Hopefully even more from our bigger age groups! Athletes can be promoted up 2 age groups to form teams. Please text Katie on 0403 819391 or sign up at the Registration Table on Saturday.

Relays are a fun, team orientated event and we encourage all children to participate. As a
club we enjoy the whole day competing against other clubs from around the region and
state. The children enjoy spending the day with friends from our club and making new
friends with other athletes while doing what they love!

This year, athletes can compete in up to 4 events, up from 3.
Teams compete in a number of different events, 4 x100m; 4 x200m mixed, 4x100m,
4x200m and the Swedish Relay for girls & boys.

Due to clashes with the calendar, this season only the Region Relays Carnivals will only be
for U9-U12 athletes to qualify for the State Relays.
The U13-U16 athletes will have a direct entry into the State Relays, with unlimited Team entries.
All events at the Region and State Relays are Timed Finals only, and seeding at State is based on performance at Region. The number of events an athlete can compete in increases from 3 to 4. 
As all events are either Finals or Timed Finals, depending on entries, Team changes no
longer exist on the day. Team changes can still occur between Region and State Relays.
The number of teams that qualify for the State Relays in the U9-U12 age groups has
increased for the 4×200 and the Medley. The 4×200 is now 24 teams, previously 16, the
Mixed Sex 4×200 is now 16 teams previously 8, and the Medley is now 16 teams, previously 8.

If you would like more information please have a chat to Kate Downward, Nick Fiedler,
Dannie McKinnon or Katie Clarke. 

Safety

Track Safety
It is essential that we all work together to try and reduce the chance of incident and injury during our competitions (and training).
Please keep the following guidelines in mind when moving around the track:
 – Before crossing the track, look left and right  – treat it like a road.
– Groups needing to move from one side to the other, walk around the outside of the track. Avoid walking across the infield or across the jumps and throws areas.
– Do not cross the track near the finish line, move well past before looking and crossing.
– It is understood that sometimes it is unavoidable to have young (toddler) siblings with a supervising parent. On those occasions they must be kept well clear of event areas at all times.
– Equipment use is for competition (and training), if athletes are using outside of competition, they are to be fully supervised and only using with correct competition or training technique.

A few more event specific safety requirements:
– High Jump: Mats are only for use during competition. Playing on mats at other times is not allowed.
– Discus: Watching athletes are not to stand at the net, stand or sit back away from the nets. Don’t play in front of the net area (not even to the side of the tape)
– Shot put: Only adult officials to be in front of the thrower. All watching athletes are to sit behind the thrower.
– Un-laned (lap) Races: Remind athletes to give others running space, particularly when passing. Don’t cut in front of others, run straight to avoid tripping others over.
– Finish line area: Fast moving athletes and spectators don’t mix. Keep well clear of the finish line (even for taking photos). Circular race (800/400) athletes only move to the start cones when called up by the starters.

Weekly Newsletter – Feb 2

YRA Little athletes had an excellent day out on the blue track at Albert Park lake for the State Combined Event Championships, with six athletes competing. It has been a year since Little Athletics Victoria has had a state competition and it was good to see how all the athletes embraced competition again. 

Some PBs, lots of fun and a great experience against quality opposition. A huge congratulations to all of our Littles who gave it their all in the Ranges colours. We can’t wait to see you all racing again soon!

PB Round This Week

This weekend is PB round. A chance to chase your Personal Bests in the events of your choice! You get to choose the 4 events you would like to compete in to see if you can snag yourself the special trophy at the end of year Presentation Day. If this is your first PB day and not sure what to do please message info@yarrarangesathletics.org.au or call Dannie on 0407 867 852. Our Under 6 athletes will be staying together as a group and competing in their own Combined Event Day.

Please note there is an 8am start for those wanting to get a PB in javelin and an 8:30am start for those wanting a PB in the walk or hurdle events.

2019/20 Summer Presentation This Saturday

To our members and athletes from the Summer of 2019-2020,

It is no secret that last year was interrupted, difficult, frustrating and perhaps even scary or sad.
We hope that you were all able to navigate the challenges with the support of family and friends.

The Committee is excited to invite all athletes that qualified for trophies from last Summer to come to the track at Morrison Reserve on Saturday 6th February from 11am to be part of the formal presentation. 50% participation is required for a trophy to be produced, please check with us via reply e-mail if unsure.

Equally, the Committee is thankful for the support and understanding that many of our members and families have shown as each version of a plan was erased by the many changes to government and sporting restrictions.

The plan for the morning is to present our major awards first from 11am, then present the age group awards. It is hoped that all awards will be handed out by 12pm. If you are unable to attend, please reply so we can make alternative arrangements for collecting trophies or awards.

As a brief summary of why it has taken this long to arrange a Presentation activity. The starting point was a desire to give the event some importance, rather than just issuing trophies from an empty room. When the season was cut short in March 2020, it seemed that group gatherings would not be possible for some time, so the original plan was for an October presentation to re-launch the new season.

Unfortunately, by the time October arrived, we were under far more complicated restrictions, with only small groups possible for several weeks. The volume of work required by our volunteer committee to just ensure competition could be provided with the restrictions made it difficult to add anything extra.

It is hoped that our families understand the challenges for everyone involved. While it is a long way from ideal, the trophies and awards will recognise and help us remember the season of 2019/20.

Regional Track and Field Entries Open Today

Regional Track and Field has been granted approval from the State Government!

Registrations will be opened this afternoon and close on Friday at Midday.

All athletes in the U9 – U16 age groups will be advised by email when the portal has opened.

There is no cap on numbers, but don’t leave it till too late. Once registration is closed no late entries are accepted.

Reminder this year that athletes can compete in up to 5 events.

Regions is at Knox Athletics Track on the Weekend of 13th and 14th February. There will be a guide to which days have events for your age group on the LAVic website. If anyone needs more information please message us and we can help you.

Go Yarra Ranges!!