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Newsletter Edition 5
BMLAC Edition 5 newsletter is now available
State Relay Progressions
Congratulations to the
following BMLAC teams who will all now represent the Centre
at the State Relay Championships on December 14 at Lakeside
Girls U 9 - 4x200 Metre
Girls U 11 - 4x200 Metre
Mixed U 10 - 4x100 Metre
Boys U 13 - 4x100 Metre
Girls U 13 - 4x200 Metre
Mixed U 13A - 4x100 Metre
Mixed U 13B - 4x100 Metre
Girls U 14 - 4x100 Metre (Q)
Girls U 14 - 4x200 Metre
Boys U 14 - 4x100 Metre
Boys U 14 - 4x200 Metre
Girls U 15 - 4x100 Metre (Q)
Girls U 15 - 4x200 Metre
Boys U 15 - 800 Sprint Medley
Boys U 15 - 4x100 Metre (Q)
Boys U 15 - 4x200 Metre
Mixed U 15 - 4x100 Metre (Q)
Mixed U 16 - 4x100 Metre (Q)
Mixed U 16 - 4x200 Metre (Q)
Boys U 14-16 801 Sprint Medley
Full list of progressions
A fantastic day of competition
was held at the Western Metro Region Relay Championships at
Newport Athletics Track, Williamstown. BMLAC
have 7 teams who have now automatically qualified for the
State Relay Championships to be held on Saturday 14th
December at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park.
State Relay Timetable
BMLAC also placed 2nd & 3rd in
a number of races and will therefore be eagerly awaiting
notification from LAVic on State Progressions, which should
be available on Thursday.
A big thank you to our Team Managers, Mark Byrnes and Leon
Whitehand. Also many thanks to our officials manager,
Bec Casey & all parent helpers for the day.
The Centre appreciates the time and dedication from all the
coaches: Tom, Russell, Jacquie, Leon, Ally, Linda & Robert
who have volunteered many hours ensuring that our teams were
prepared for these Championships.
State Relay Automatic Qualifiers
Under 16 Mixed Sex 4x100m
Under 16 Mixed Sex 4x200m
Mixed Age Boys U14-U16 Medley
Under 15 Mixed Sex 4x100m
Under 15 Boys 4x100m
Under 15 Girls 4x100m
Under 14 Girls 4x100m
A twilight meet was conducted
this week due to the Western Metro Region Relays being held
on Saturday. Although the conditions were very cool
and a majority of our intermediate and senior athletes are
involved in relays,
it was pleasing to see so many athletes in attendance.
A modified program was conducted with all athletes competing
in 4 events for the evening.
WMR Relay Duty Roster
The Region Relay roster is now
This week's changing conditions
did not deter us from completing our weekly scheduled
program. Many thanks for everybody's patience as we
waited for a passing shower mid morning.
Three new records were set for
the meet. Under 15 athlete, Lucas Shugg (Blues) ran a
consistently paced race in the 1500m to break a long
standing 20 year old record by over 4 secs, setting a new
time of 4:27.31 mins. In the same event Jayden Bullard
(Blues) broke the Under 16 1500m record, running 5:08.75
mins. Jack Shaw (Eagles) bettered his own Under 16
300m Hurdles record in a new record time of 44.29 secs.
Next week's meet will be a
twilight meet to be held on Friday evening commencing at
5pm, due to the
Western Metro Region Relays
to be held on Saturday at Newport Athletics Track,
Williamstown. Competing athletes are required to
arrive at the track by 8am (unless otherwise instructed by
Athletes who did not collect a
Centre singlet from the Office, then please do so at this
week's twilight meet on Friday.
A parent duty roster will be
available here soon. Timetable
Best of luck to the 42 BMLAC
teams representing the Centre at this year's Region Relays.
The Region Relay Timetable is
Newsletter Edition 4
BMLAC Edition 4 newsletter is now available
Club Relay Challenge and Multi
Instead of our regular track &
field program, this week the Centre introduced a new event
to the season calendar, conducting a Club Relay Challenge
Day. Athletes were allocated to teams, according to
grading results, with each Club; Blues, Boomerangs, Dolphins
and Eagles represented by boys & girls teams in the Junior,
Intermediate and Senior age groups. All athletes
participated in a 4x100 metre, 4x200 metre relay whilst each
Club provided one boys & girls Intermediate and Senior
The highlight of the Relay
Challenge was the inclusion of a parents race. The
female 4x100 m parent relay was closely contested by 8 teams
with the lead changing several times, finishing with a hotly
contested final leg. The mens 4x100m parent relay
exhibited some athletic talent and the Boomerangs, who were
favourites to take line honours, did not disappoint their
supporters as they crossed the line comfortable victors,
from a fast finishing Eagles team, as Blues tried
desperately to minimise the gap and the Dolphins crossed the
line in fourth place. Well done to all competing
parents who made this a special day for their kids.
Presentations from last week's
Centre Multi Event were held during the Club Relay
Challenge. Full results
HERE. All Multi Event
athletes also received a participation certificate with
results and final placing. If you did not receive your
certificate, please collect it from your team manager next
Saturday. Presentation photos
Thank you to all those who
assisted with the Club Relay Challenge, whether it was as a
relay change over official or as a parent guide for athletes
to their marshalling area. A special thanks to all
athletes and parents, your contribution made this a
successful event for the Centre.
If you enjoyed competing at our
Centre Multi Event, then why not join other BMLAC members
and enter the State Multi Event.
Entries are now open for the LA Vic State Multi Event to be
held on 1st & 2nd February 2014 at LaTrobe University,
Cost: $15 per entrant
Early Bird Entries close: December 20 (12 noon)
Entries Close: January 14 (12 noon)
Saturday 1 February - Under 9 - 11 Boys & Girls
Sunday 2 February - Under 12 - Under 14 Boys & Girls
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 February 2014 - Under 15 - 16 Boys &
Please note due to the quantity of events that the U15 and
U16 athletes compete in their events will be held over 2
Training this Tuesday has been
cancelled. See you all at the Club Relay Challenge on
Thursday 12 December 2013
at Lakeside Stadium, Albert
Park starting at 6pm
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The Centre Multi Event Day was
held today. The forecast rain held off long enough for
us to successfully complete the program. All
registered athletes competed in 5 events - hurdles, sprint, distance,
long jump and discus; gaining points in each event.
Trophies will be awarded to all
age group winners and medallions for second and third place
getters. All athletes will receive a certificate with
their full results and final placing. These awards
will be presented at our Club Relay Challenge Day to be held
at Masons Lane on Saturday.
Congratulations to Jack Shaw
(Eagles) who set a new Under 16 100m Hurdles record this
week, running a new record time of 16.08 secs. Well
Club Relay Challenge, to be
held this Saturday,
is a new event on the Season Calendar. All athletes
will be put in teams for their Club, running in at least 2
races for the day. Teams will be made up in the
Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups. The aim of
the day is to ensure that athletes become familiar with
participating as part of a team and correct relay
Team Managers will be
finalising their Club Relay teams in the next couple of
days, so if you know that you will be unavailable on
Saturday please email us
HERE so we can let your
team manager know.
Athletes will be required to
arrive at Masons Lane by 8.30am, so all teams can be
finalised and athletes know which Club teammates are in your
Mums and Dads, don't forget to
wear your running gear so you can participate too - your
kids will love seeing you out there having a run . This is a
fun, family day.
Regulations - Spikes
LAVic have recently been
informed by Lakeside Stadium that the Venue Rule for the
length of spikes for events (exclusive of Javelin and High
Jump) is now 6mm. This will mean that majority of our Little
Athletes probably have 7mm currently in their shoes and will
need to alter them should they be competing at the upcoming
State Relay Championships at Lakeside Stadium or future
events at this venue.
Notice - Harry Sullivan
Condolences to the Sullivan
families on the recent passing of Harry Sullivan - husband
of Wendy, father to Paul (Wes), father-in-law to Amanda (all
past BMLAC Executive Members) and Grandfather to Laiton &
The beautiful warm sunshine and
slight breeze greeted our athletes this week at Masons Lane
and the kids relished in the conditions, once again
producing some fantastic results.
Our Under 16 athletes continue
to shine, appreciating the opportunities in the newly
structured age group, to set new Centre records. Jack
Shaw (Eagles) improved on two of his previous records.
First event for the day saw Jack better his 300m Hurdles
record with a time of 45.23 secs and later in the day
stormed home in the 400 metres to set the new record at
56.99 secs. Brant Lopes (Dolphins) also bettered his
record in the Discus with a massive throw of 39.18 metres.
Brant then added 3 cm to the Triple Jump record with a new
distance of 11.57 metres. Courtney Homewood
(Boomerangs) continues to improve in her favoured event,
Javelin to increase her own record by 2 metres with a new
record distance of 22.30 metres.
Next Saturday will be the
Centre Multi Event Day.
Athletes must arrive at Masons Lane by 8.30am - Please don't
All Athletes compete in five
events (Hurdles, Sprint, Distance, Long Jump, Discus)
gaining points in each event. All five events
must be competed in to have completed the Multi
Event. If one event is not competed in, that athlete will be
deemed ineligible to win any award. Trophies are awarded to
the winners of each age group with medals for second and
third. All athletes will receive a certificate with full
results and final placings.
Multi Event Presentations will
be made the following week, November 16, at the Club Relay
Newsletter Edition 3
BMLAC Edition 3 newsletter is now available
Club Relay Challenge
This year our Centre will be
conducting a Club Relay Challenge Day to be held on Saturday
16th November. BMLAC Multi Event Awards will also be
presented during the program.
Team Managers are currently
collating teams for Junior, Intermediate & Senior Age
Groups. Parents will be required for the parents
races, please let your team manager know if you would like
* Only registered athletes and athlete’s
parents are permitted to compete.
* All athletes should have at least 2 runs for the
day. Athletes from the Senior Age Groups may run 3 races.
* The aim of the day is to ensure that athletes become
familiar with participating as part of a team and correct
* Heat A will have a team from each Club with the 4
best runners in the age group entered.
* If Clubs can field more than two teams in an age
group then the additional team will run in Heat B/C/D.
* Girls may race in Boys events to fill numbers. If
Boys are to run in Girls events then athletes must be from
* Female Parents may fill places for Male Parent
* Lane draws will be allocated.
* Club Duty Officers will need allocate parents to
guide athletes to the correct change over areas and also
nominate experienced relay
to be change over judges (more
to ensure the correct age groups and heats are on the
* Junior athletes will wear stickers on their Club
shirt indicating their age-group and heat.
This week conditions were a
little cooler for athletics but our kids produced some
fantastic results, with many athletes recording several PB's.
Many thanks to all parents who keenly officiated at events
this week allowing the program to run so smoothly and
enabling all events to be completed before 12 noon.
Two new records from our Under
16 athletes were set. Jayden Bullard (Blues) set the
pace early in the Open Age Boys 800 metres and produced one
of his best races to break his first Centre record, in a new
time of 2.26.84 mins. Brant Lopes (Dolphins) bettered
the 100m Hurdles record in a new time of 16.53 secs.
Many thanks to the following
parents who have volunteered to coach relay teams for the
Under 9 - Tom Bullock
Under 10 - Russell Arandt
Under 11 - Jaquie McHenry
Under 12 -
(please contact Mark if you can assist)
Under 13 - Leon Whitehand
Under 14 - Ally James
Under 15 - Linda Thompson
Under 16 - Robert Shaw
Coaches will now contact
athletes with regard to training sessions. If you have
not heard from your coach please catch up with them this
Saturday to confirm details.
For further information
regarding relays please contact our Special Competition
Manager, Mark Byrnes on 0406 436070.
On Saturday our Centre
participated in the LAVic 'Bring A Friend' program and many
of our athletes took advantage of this opportunity.
Athletes are now reminded that if your friend now joins
Little Aths, you eligible to enter the draw, via your invite
from LA Vic emailed last week, to win a PlayStation 3.
Lots of PB's (Personal Best)
results were recorded on Saturday and no doubt our athletes
will be looking forward to collecting their tickets next
week to see how many 'Gold Stars' they will receive.
William Lalor (Boomerangs) set
a new record in Under 9 boys Discus with a throw of 26.56
metres. In the Under 16 events Brant Lopes
(Dolphins) set 2 new records, the first in the
Discus throwing 32.17 metres and in the Long Jump pit Brant leapt
5.42 metres. Jack Shaw (Eagles) also set 2 records,
running 25.42 secs in the 200 metres and 59.58 in the 400
metres. Courtney Homewood (Boomerangs) bettered her
own record in the Javelin with a throw of 20.94 metres.
Parents of new athletes who
have not shown Proof of Age to the office, must do so
Our lost property box has
already accumulated various items, so please check the box
in front of the office next week to see if any items belong
We have some second hand
runners available for sale at the office. Drop in and
have a look for a bargain.
Newsletter - Edition 2
BMLAC Edition 2 newsletter is now available
Bring A Friend Day this week
This Saturday is 'Bring A
Friend Day' at BMLAC.
Do you have a friend at school
that you would like to come to Little Athletics with you?
If you answered yes, then why not bring them along on
An invitation for you to print out and give to your friend
HERE. Your friend can come
along on Saturday and then if they join up as a Little
Athlete, enter the competition and you will go into the draw
to be eligible to win a Playstation 3 bundle and your friend
could win a Birthday Party at McDonald’s store.
Coaches Required Urgently
Unfortunately, we have had a
disappointing response for relay coaches. If you are
able to help out with coaching a team please let our Special
Competition Co-ordinator, Mark Byrnes know you are
available on 0406 436070. We have teams which are
ready to start training but no coaches.
At this stage we require
coaches for all teams except Under 11 & Under 15s.
The BMLAC 2013/14 Season was
officially opened on Saturday by Centre President, Peter
Dickson. Peter welcomed our Life Members and thanked
our sponsors for their valued support. Our newly
elected Centre Captains were announced and we congratulate
Brant Lopes (Dolphins) and Courtney Homewood (Boomerangs) on
their leadership roles.
Three new Under 16 records were
set this week. Jack Shaw (Eagles) continued his
dominance on the track, taking .66 secs off last week's 300m
Hurdles record with a new time of 45.30 secs while in the
100m sprint Jack ran a new record time of 12.70 secs.
Ryan Shaw (Eagles) smashed the High Jump record with a new
record height of 1.75 metres. Brant Lopes (Dolphins)
added almost 2 metres to the previous Shot Put record with a
throw of 11.97 metres.
at 14/10 9pm (erorrs or omission email
Next Saturday will be our
Bring A Friend Day.
All registered athletes are invited to bring a friend along
to Little Aths for a free try out. Athletes are asked
to please report, along with your friend, to your team
manager on arrival for a name tag.
Final chance to
be a part of the 2013 BMLAC Relay Squad.
Relay Expression of Interest Forms
HERE must be submitted to
your Team Manager by this Saturday. Training will
start to commence for teams in coming weeks. All
coaches will contact athletes who have submitted a Relay
2012 BMLAC Relay Squad
& Field season commences
The 2013/14 track & field
season got underway on Saturday. The blustery
conditions did not deter our athletes from enjoying their
first week of competition. Welcome to all our new
members and it was great to see the return of our past
athletes too. 27 new Under 6 registered athletes took
part in their first week of Little Aths as well as another
10 athletes taking advantage of the '2 week trial period'
before registering option. Our current registrations
are over 220 with several athletes still to return after the
school holiday break. Online registrations are
HERE or register on one of
our competition days.
With the full implementation of
our Under 16 age groups including record results, our first
meet saw 5 new Under 16 records set. Jack Shaw
(Eagles) recorded 45.96 secs in the 300m Hurdles and 26.28
secs in the 200m events while over in the jumps pit Jack
leapt 4.98 metres in long jump to set his third record for
the day. Brant Lopes (Dolphins) recorded a new record
distance of 11.54 metres in the triple jump. Courtney
Homewood (Boomerangs) threw the javelin 20.01 metres to
better the previous record.
Next week we will be conducting
Program 4 and this will
also be our Official Season Opening with special invited
guests to be in attendance. A reminder that all
athletes must arrive by 8.30am to allow time to collect
previous week's result tickets and warm up before the first
Relay Expression of Interest
are due to Team Managers next week. Any
registered athlete in the Under 9-16 age groups are welcome
to become apart of the BMLAC Relay Squad to compete at
Region Relays on Sat 30th November at Williamstown and State
Relays on Sat 14th December at Lakeside Stadium (athletes
must be available to attend both dates). Training for
teams will commence in the coming weeks.
- Edition 1
Our first newsletter for the
2013/14 season is now available
Development Squad (JDS) Registrations Now Open
The Junior Development Squad
(JDS) gives U12 – U16 athletes an opportunity to gain new
skills and improve technical competencies through
participation in coaching and training sessions with some of
Victoria’s leading coaches. Training with other keen and
enthusiastic squad members is both fun and motivational and
helps develop new friendships based on an enjoyment of
athletics. The emphasis on learning new athletic skills and
improving existing ones is in a friendly and supportive
environment. The program consists of coaching days, invites
to events and a highlight for the year is the JDS coaching
To join JDS, athletes must achieve the qualifying standard
in their current age group of this season, although JDS
doesn’t commence until next season, with the first activity
in October. Therefore current U11 athletes must qualify
against the U11 standards, and so on. Athletes must achieve
One standard on 2 separate occasions or Two different
standards, once. This ensures that the performances show a
consistency and not just a once off.
The new JDS qualifying standards for Season 2013-2014 have
been finalised, please find them below. Each year the
standards are reviewed to ensure athletes have an
opportunity to qualify.
STANDARDS & PROGRAM