Melville middle distance athletes strike gold

Melville’s Middle Distance group performed very well across the weekend in the Athletics WA 2019 State Championships. Not only did our runners pick up a swag of medals but they also achieved a number of valuable PB’s. Full results are up on the Athletics WA website. The group was superbly led by it’s spiritual leaders Kayla Van Der Linden and Lachlan Bennett. They both went straight to the front of their races and said “Catch me if you can” to the rest of the field.

  • Kayla won gold and ran 4:26 in the U16 Girls 1500m breaking her own State record in the process
  • Lachlan ran also ran a PB in his 800m final at 1:56 and won gold in the U18 Boys 800m

Our seven Melville athletes who competed at the championships and indeed all the rest of the middle distance group at Len Shearer have been a pleasure to be involved with this season

Well done to all of you
Coach Ross

Athletes in the photo from the left:
Raynor Keane, Vanessa Miller, Charlotte George , Kayla Van Der Linden , Lachlan Bennett , Luke Chapman , absent from photo- Aiden Street 

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Training update – u9 to u11

At the last Non-Executive meeting, the question was asked regarding the coaching of U9’s to U11’s at Len Shearer on a Tuesdays afternoon as per the current coaching program until the conclusion of States.

The decision was to trial the training of U9’s to U11’s, however the training will only be for those who have qualified for States from Zones. The training will only proceed with a coach being supplied from each Club to assist and manage the training program. The training of the U12’s to U17’s will continue as is and if the U12 to U17 athlete numbers are low the coaches may assist with the training of U9’s to U11’s.

Noting the current athlete numbers at training, training will be from 5:00pm to 6:00pm for all athletes for Tuesday only. Middle distance will remain as it is for U12’s to U17’s and seniors athletes. Middle distance for U9’s to U11’s will be completed on a Tuesday, if required.

Please remember this is a trial and once States is completed training will be for National representatives and conclude 18th Mar for Track and Field and 19th for Middle distance.

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The Wheelbarrow man comes to training

David Baird (aka the wheelbarrow man) came to middle distance training on Wednesday night. David set a Guinness record in 2008 by running 4115km from Sydney to Perth with a wheelbarrow. He talked about what it was like running a marathon a day for 112days. He gave the middle distance training group great insight into a “never say die” mindset and how to manage adversity. The group concluded that “ordinary people can do extraordinary stuff”.

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Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 February 2019



COST: $5 Per Athlete

Where is Zones:  Melville is part of Zone 2 which is hosted by by Southern Districts LAC at Ern Clarke Athletics Track, Cannington

Entries for this event are to be completed by registered athletes through their athlete profile on ResultsHQ via the event invitation page.

Number of event athletes may nominate for at Zones:

  • U7 – U9      maximum of 4 events over the two days – no limit on the amount in one day
  • U10 – U12   maximum of 5 events over the two days – no limit on the amount in one day
  • U13 – U15   maximum of 6 events over the two days – no limit on the amount in one day


More information can be found on the WALA website here.

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Reminder – competition night tonight an Melville Gift success

Reminder that Wednesday 23/01/2019  is competition night.

Last Saturday evening saw the usual flow of events changed slightly with the running of the Melville Gift. Some great running by all and well done to those who claimed some well earned $. Please ensure you provide your bank details to Catherine Zhoya if you were one of the lucky winners.

Photos from the evening can be found here. 

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This Saturday – Twilight and Pro Race

Welcome back everyone and a happy new year!

Reminder that this Saturday is a twilight meet (starting at 4:45pm) and also includes the Pro Race. The Pro Race has received a large number of entries so expect the racing to be fast and fun. Josh Ross, 2 time Olympian will be hoping to continue his stellar pro racing form. However local boy Sasha Zhoya will not want to make it easy on his home turf and will take the running to Josh. A number of other Melville athletes who have bee training hard over the festive season will also be in the running and hoping to take home a share of the prize money.

Visit the WACL web site for the start lists and time table.

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Melville Gift – Saturday 19th January

The Melville Gift is a handicapped Pro-Running race format happening on the first competition back after the Christmas break: 19th January 2019!!
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It will be an evening of entertainment, with free giveaways and great prizes on offer! Everyone is in with an equal chance so get your entries in.
Rule of handicapped races: Slow runners gets the advantage to start in front of the fast ones! Equal chance to all!
What’s needed: PB’s to be able to establish the handicaps. For Melville Roar athletes these will be on ResultsHQ.


If you have any questions contact Catherine Zhoya via email Send Mail
Entry online to WCAL website
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