WA 2019 State Long Course Cross Country championships

Melville were well represented on Sunday in the Athletics WA 2019 State Long Course Cross Country championships just held at a wet Perry Lakes venue. Pictured are Angus McArthur who as a nine year old made a big jump to firstly run and then place highly in the U 14 boys 4k race. Vanessa Miller our female distance specialist, ran hard and earned a silver medal in the U18 Girls race.
Raynor Keane was first across the line in the U20 Para 4k event. He won gold by scoring the highest percentage after the officials allocated each athlete their percentages using the Multi Disciplinary Scoring table. This is a comparison table and is used to fairly rate athletes with different disabilities but who compete all together in a Para athletics event

Each of the pictured runners have been training regularly with the Melville Centre crosscountry Group at Piney Lakes. I commend them on the terrific work ethic they have each shown this season
Well done also to those other Melville competitors who also ran well and completed their events.
Coach Ross

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Dates for your diary ..

The final cross country training session for our junior athletes (under7’s-11’s) will be held on Wed 14 August and senior athletes (under 12’s – 17’s) on Mon 19 August.

Also, to celebrate our fabulous winter season, our wind up will be held on Sat 31 August at 3pm (venue TBC).

We would love all Winter athletes to attend.
Pizza and drinks will be provided for athletes & parents BYO nibbles plate to share

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Winter training update


CROSS COUNTRY Training @ Piney Lakes (MAC winter registered athletes only)
– Mon is time trials for U12+ & starts at 4.45pm
– Wed starts at 4.30pm & is training for both groups being Juniors U7-U11 & Seniors U12+

ROAD WALKING Training @ Shelley Foreshore (MAC & SDLAC winter registered athletes only)
– Mon starts at 4.30pm & combined training with Southern Districts LAC

Any queries pls email macchampandoffmgr@gmail.com

*** REMINDER ***

Winter tags will be available for collection at Cross Country training on Wed (4.30pm at Piney Lakes) for those who have (by Mon) registered & paid for their tags

Singlets will also be available to purchase $35 ea

Any queries please email macchampandoffmgr@gmail.com

Winter Calendar (Dates & Locations)

Winter Program (Race Times)


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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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