2017 AUSTRALIAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, NSW
26 March – 2 April 2017
More than 3500 track and field athletes of all ages will compete in the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, with the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre set to host the inaugural combined Junior and Open aged championships for able-bodied and para-athletes from 26 March to 2 April 2017.
Spanning eight days, the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships will be the largest annual athletics event in Australia and the Oceania-Pacific region and will bring together participants of all ages in the pursuit of personal bests and national championship medals.
Athletes will be aiming for selection for numerous events including:
WA TEAM MANAGEMENT
Team Manager: Mel Tantrum, High Performance Manager, Athletics WA. Phone: (08) 6272 0480. Mobile: 0401521702. Email: email@example.com
Assistant Team Manager / Media Manager: David Smith, Social Media Consultant, Athletics WA. Phone: (08) 6272 0480. Mobile: 0401 234 557. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Team Manager: Jake Trewin, Development Officer, Athletics WA. Phone: (08) 6272 0480. Mobile: 0450 019 077. Email: email@example.com
Relay Team Manager: Maria Taylor. Phone: 0427 649 068. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Relay Coaches: TBC
Physiotherapist/Sports Trainer: Ben Clark. Phone: 0438 985 132. Email: email@example.com
Massage Therapist: Margaret Gibson. Phone: 0407 943 120. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following information is provided to assist WA athletes entering the Australian Athletics Championships to be held in Sydney from 26 March – 2 April 2017.
26 March – 2 April 2017
Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, NSW
EVENT DETAILS AND PROGRAM OF EVENTS:
Visit the Athletics Australia website for the current event information:
Athletes are selected to represent their state at these championships. The following entry guidelines are applicable to all WA athletes nominating for the 2017 Western Australian State Team to compete at the Australian Athletics Championships (Junior and Open athletes).
Online entries will open on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Entries will close at 11:59pm on Sunday 5 March 2017.
Entry will be via the Athletics WA website: https://2017-aus-aths-champs-wa-entry.eventdesq.com
No late entries will be accepted.
Athlete levy for all athletes (Junior and Open) is $150.00.
Entry fee is $30.00 per event.
Athletics WA will then submit all entries and payments to Athletics Australia.
Athletics WA will charge all athletes attending the Australian Championships a levy that includes team management services, administrative costs (meet entry processing fees), access to the WA Team Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist, relay team management, and a souvenir t-shirt. The levy for all athletes (Junior and Open) is $150.00.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
To be eligible to compete, athletes must be a current member of Athletics WA. Athletes must be a minimum of 12 years of age as at the 31 December 2017.
HOW DO I QUALIFY?
To qualify to compete in the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, athletes must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
Achieve the Athletics Australia Entry Standard (Automatic Qualification), or
Achieve entry via a place (1st, 2nd or 3rd) at WA State Championships:
Achieve the Athletics Australia Entry Standard (Automatic Qualification)
Athletes who achieve the qualifying standards for the nominated event during the period 1st January 2016 to 13 March 2017 automatically qualify for the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships in that event. Entry standards (Para-athletes and Able-Bodied) can be found on the Athletics Australia website:
Athletes must achieve the standard for their age group in 2017 and must ensure they achieve it with the correct implement weight or hurdle height where relevant. Hand times (with appropriate correction as detailed in the entry standards) are accepted. Wind readings may be up to 4.0m/s.
Performances can be achieved at any of the following meets:
Achieve entry via a place (1st, 2nd or 3rd) at WA State Championships
Athletes who finish in the first three places (1st, 2nd or 3rd) at the WA State Championships will also automatically qualify for the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships.
WA State Championships includes the 2016 Go for 2 & 5 WA State All Schools Championships (14-16 October 2016), and the 2017 WA State Championships (24-26 February 2017)
In the application of this rule, it will apply to the first 3 Western Australian athletes. In the case of the WA State All Schools, athletes will automatically qualify up an age group, regardless of any changes in implement weights or hurdles heights. For example, the first three finishers in the 2016 Go for 2 & 5 WA State All Schools U14 100m will qualify for the U15 100m at the 2017 Australian Championships. For athletes in events where the implement weight or hurdle height changes post 1 January, the “Entry by Place” rule still applies.
Age is calculated as at 31 December 2017. Age groups for able-bodied athletes are outlined below:
Para-athlete age groups are U16, U20 and Open
MULTIPLE AGE GROUPS:
Athletes may enter in multiple event age groups provided they have achieved the relevant entry standard for the older age group (with the correct implement weight or hurdle height where applicable).
Athletes should ensure that nominations for multiple age groups are made in accordance with the following competition regulations:
Athletes may only enter events in a maximum of two age groups.
No athlete may enter the same or similar events within the U15 and U16 age groups.
No athlete may enter the same or similar events within the U17 and U18 age groups.
Para-athletes may enter the same or similar events in U16 and U20 age groups.
Same or similar event refers to 80/90/100/110m hurdles; 200/400m hurdles; 3000/5000m and 3000/5000m walk and each of the throwing events (regardless of change in weight of implement). Athletes 12 or 13 years of age are not permitted to enter the Steeplechase event.
All para-athletes must have a current National Level Classification (or higher) to qualify for entry into an Athletics Australia event. If the athlete’s National Classification (or higher) is past its review date, entry will be at the discretion of Athletics Australia.
Athletics WA will conduct a National Physical Classification in Perth during the WA State Championships from 24-26 February 2017. Register online at:
Athletics Australia will also hold a National Physical Classification during the event in Sydney.
The draft timetable can be found on the Athletics Australia website. Click here: http://athletics.com.au/Compete/Events/2017-australian-athletics-championships-5
All Western Australian athletes competing at the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships must wear the official Athletics WA uniform. The Athletics WA uniform can be purchased from the Athletics WA Office, Upstairs Aisle 2, at the WA Athletics Stadium Mondays – Fridays between 9:00am – 12:00pm. Uniforms may also be purchased on Friday evenings 6:00pm – 7:00pm during the Strive Competitions.
Note: There is currently no online shop operating.
Compulsory Athletics WA competition uniform items are:
Optional Athletics WA uniform items include:
Stock of these optional items (Canterbury brand) is limited and not all sizes are available.
Note: Athletics Australia will allow competitors in open events to wear their sponsor’s uniform (if required as part of their sponsorship agreement). However, all non-sponsored Open athletes and all Junior (U14 - U20) athletes must wear official state team uniforms.
TEAM PHOTO AND SHIRT PRESENTATION:
All athletes can collect their souvenir t-shirt from 4:45pm – 5:30pm on Friday 17 March at the WA Athletics Stadium prior to the Strive Competition. A team photograph will be taken at 5:30pm sharp. Wear your state team shorts or trackpants or plain black shorts for the photo.
Athletics WA will not be coordinating team travel and accommodation for the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships. All athletes will be required to book their own travel and accommodation for this event and stay with their parents, coaches, clubs or schools.
Athletics WA will be sending a management team to the event which includes a Team Manager, Assistant Team Manager, Media Manager, Relay Manager, Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist.
FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION:
All athletes must book and pay for their own flights and accommodation in Sydney.
Athletics WA will nominate teams for all relay events at the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships. The Athletics WA policy is to select the fastest combination of athletes to field our most competitive teams.
Athletics WA Relay Squads will consist of up to eight athletes per relay discipline. The first six available athletes in the corresponding 100m and 400m finals at the 2017 WA State Championships will be automatically selected into the State Relay Squads. An additional two athletes may be added to the squad at the State Selectors discretion, based on results throughout the 2016/17 season. These selections are at the absolute discretion of the Selectors.
Squad training sessions will be organised prior the Australian Athletics Championships and competition opportunities will be available during the Strive Track and Field Competitions prior to the Australian Championships on 2, 10, 16 and 24 March. Relay Coaches will be appointed to coach and manage each team.
In total, there are 16 relay events at the Australian Championships. U14 and U16 age groups only have 4x100m, while the U18, U20 and Open age groups have 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Please nominate your availability for relay selection when completing the online registration.
Relays are scheduled as follows (subject to change):
Monday 27 March
8:20pm 4x100m U18 Women
8:28pm 4x100m U18 Men
8:36pm 4x100m U20 Women
8:44pm 4x100m U20 Men
Wednesday 29 March
7:41pm 4x400m U18 Women
7:50pm 4x400m U18 Men
7:59pm 4x400m U20 Women
8:08pm 4x400m U20 Men
Saturday 1 April
6:25pm 4x100m U14 Men
6:31pm 4x100m U14 Women
6:38pm 4x100m U16 Men
6:45pm 4x100m U16 Women
Sunday 2 April
3:25pm 4x100m Open Women
3:33pm 4x100m Open Men
3:41pm 4x400m Open Women
3:50pm 4x400m Open Men
TEAM WA SEATING:
Team WA will set up in the grandstand in the same spot each day and will be available to answer questions from WA Team members. State Relay teams will be coordinated from this spot. Team WA physio and massage will be set up at the warm-up track each day. All athletes will be required to collect their own bibs from the Athletics Australia TIC.
SOCIAL MEDIA – ATHLETICS WA:
We actively encourage you to like our Athletics WA Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest information on #TeamWA2017 during the Australian Championships. https://www.facebook.com/athleticswa/
Join the conversation on Facebook www.facebook.com/athleticswa #TeamWA2017
ASADA will have a presence and will conduct drug testing at the Australian Championships. Therefore, we encourage all athletes, parents and coaches attending these Championships to undertake some form of personal education around anti-doping and the testing process. Please be aware of the process of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) and the difference between junior and open level athletes and retrospective TUEs.
The ASADA website contains information regarding testing, testing processes, education, athlete rights and responsibilities https://www.asada.gov.au/ to complete the online Level 1 and Level 2 courses (if you haven’t already done so)
a video that explains the drug testing process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p849msht_A
Department of Sport and Recreation:
Athletes can apply for funding support from the WA Department of Sport and Recreation under the “Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme” to help cover travel and accommodation costs. Visit http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/individuals/athlete-travel-subsidy-scheme for further information.
Local Sporting Champions:
The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships. Visit http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/local_sporting_champions for further information.
Funding may be available from your local council. Visit your council’s relevant website for information about support.
SELECTION LETTERS FOR SCHOOL / UNIVERSITY / WORK:
You are only required to attend the Australian Championships on your competition days. However, we encourage you to attend the other sessions to support your team mates and watch all athletes strive for team selections. If you need a letter for your school, university, or employer to confirm your selection and request time off, please email email@example.com
The 2017 Australian Athletics Championships is a selection event for the following teams:
The Team WA information booklet is available on the Athletics WA website and must also be read as it contains important competition information.