As Athletics Victoria are unsure what is to come in the following weeks, regarding community lockdowns, they have decided to cancel the remainder of the Winter Season.
Athletics Victoria have decided to cancel this weekend's XCR Round scheduled for Ballarat due to the limited administration timeframe post lockdown as well as the inclement weather predicted.
The cancellation has now led to review of the remainder of the XCR season plans.
Athletics Victoria have issued the following update regarding rounds 4 and 5:
Please be advised that due to the current restrictions still in place across Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne (as of 17 June), Athletics Victoria has decided to reschedule the 12km individual round at Cruden Farm from Saturday 26 June to Saturday 10 July 2021.
This change means that, unfortunately, the Sandown Relays will be cancelled. The 12km individual round will replace the relays on the XCR calendar. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and offer reassurances that we continue to work with the necessary authorities to provide opportunities in the future.
In response to the announcement by the Victorian government this morning, Round 3 of XCR at St Anne's, scheduled to be held next Saturday, June 5, has been rescheduled and is now set to take place on Saturday, August 7.
Given that the scheduled end of the announced lockdown is Friday, June 4, the timeline to deliver Round 3 of XCR at St Anne's as planned would be highly constricted.
Round 4 of XCR, scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 26, at Cruden Farm, is expected to go ahead as planned, pending any further decisions made by the Victorian government.
Luckily, we were just able to fit in our AGM last night before lockdown was reimposed.
Several awards were handed out on the night:
Life memberships presented to Richard Russell and James Lynch
by President Jeff Franklin.
Life Membership Awards:
Joined the club as an athlete in 1984. Served on the committee from 2009-present including 3 years as Vice President.
He has been instrumental in starting the training program at Chelsworth Park. He attends every Tuesday and Thursday, is a qualified Coach, and coaches the junior group in middle distance. His most notable athlete so far is Jal Wishart who set a new Club record. James has been a fixture at Chelsworth training since 2016, very valuable for our relationship with IGS.
Joined the club as an athlete in 1984. Served as a committee member from 1990-1995 and again from 2015-present. Treasurer from 1991-1995.
He has assisted with the Saturday morning coaching of Ivanhoe Grammar students at both Track & Field and Cross Country since 2016, thus helping to provide Ivanhoe Harriers visibility and presence.
Our historic event was held on Saturday, 17th April, in fine conditions. We had a great morning with 24 runners and a quick BBQ afterwards.
1st place was Cormac Skaliotis, Yr 7 at IGS
2nd place was Thomas Franklin, Yr 9 at IGS
3rd place was Kate Bukovsan, Yr 7 at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar
Fastest times: Thomas Langdon- 20:12, David Greig- 20:37 and Alex Linke- 22:27. (Note: course record still stands at 19:47)
For all the times view the full list of results, however a couple of observations:
Many thanks to Chris Branigan, Troy Rowe and Adam Franklin for helping at the finish line and particular thanks to Michael Linke for cooking the snags.
A great start to the Cross Country season.
Cormac Skaliotis, (handicap winner), Thomas Franklin (2nd), Kate Bukovsan (3rd), Sami Rowe (winner of the COVID Cup over 6 events during 2020/21), David Greig (wins the chocolates for an excellent 4:00 minutes in a 1500m this past season) and Thomas Langdon, fastest time in the handicap race of 20:12.
The new uniforms have arrived.
Yesterday's training session was the first opportunity for the athletes to wear their new uniform in public. The official debut of the new uniform will be at the next round of AVSL at Doncaster on 6th February.
Jack Harper ran a very good 200m in 23.47, a big PB...then did a great long jump, 4.96...congrats Jack.
Harry Shaw surprised with a 5.30 long jump with no practice. Harry also recorded a PB in his 200m with a 24.66, he is a very versatile athlete.
Ben Morrison ran his best ever sprint recording 26.76 in his 200m, not bad for a middle distance man!! a massive 2 second PB.
There is still time to get on board, register for some summer athletics, build your fitness and support the team!
Athletics Victoria has structured a 10 round program for the summer months. The program has been significantly modified in order to satisfy Government COVID-19 restrictions. Many events are not catered for at present.
This will be a summer we will not forget but at least, at this stage, we will have some competition over some events.
Provided there are no new breakouts, the first six competition dates are scheduled as follows:
|60m sprint, 600m, Long Jump, Discus||Doncaster|
|100m sprint, 400m, Triple Jump, Shot Put||Doncaster|
|200m, Walk, Long Jump, Discus||Doncaster|
|100m sprint, 800m, Triple Jump, Shot Put||Doncaster|
|100m sprint, 400m, Long Jump, Discus||Aberfeldie|
|200m, 1500m, Triple Jump, Shot Put||Doncaster|
Please note the first four rounds are on Sundays.
We intend to update the program as more information comes to hand and hopefully COVID-19 restrictions ease further. Thankfully the easing of restrictions on Sunday, 22nd November will assist.
We hope to see a solid attendance at the first round as we target some serious PBs over the 600m. If you want to have a crack...get your registration in.
The Committee has been working away at developing a new uniform. This project gained traction following our joining with the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians' Association (OIGA) and the desire to display the badge of OIGA.
This presented as a convenient opportunity as in recent years, a number of club members and past members had mentioned their preference of our original uniform and bolder colours.
The Committee looked at options with the desire to return to our original colours as far as possible and develop a design that was a closer resemblance to the original uniform featuring the historic maltese cross.
The final artwork is shown below. OIGA badge on right breast, the maltese cross will be a fraction larger than shown in this proof.
We are delighted to be able to embrace the past and show ourselves as distinctly "Ivanhoe". I am sure all the older members will be very pleased. A straw poll of our younger athletes at training has given a tick of approval to this next step in our evolution.