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.