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Hello everyone,

Welcome to another jam packed newsletter with the AVSL season coming to a close last week, the State Championships kicking off this weekend over 3 days, volunteers required for a great opportunity for the club to raise some much needed funds, celebrating representing our country over in Oman and behind the scenes work being done in preparation for the upcoming cross country season. So let’s get into it.

Results are finalised and we have been crowned “CHAMPIONS” of Division 5 for season 2023/24.

Winning 11 out of 12 rounds is a fantastic effort considering for the first two rounds we were missing a large number of our APS school athletes due to clashes with the APS program.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed throughout the season as it is a team effort. Was great to see a number of our athletes register and compete in 1-2 events outside of their favourite event and help build up our bank of points each week. That is the goal we need to aim for next season and have every member compete in a minimum of 2-3 events to ensure we remain competitive and stay amongst the top 3-4 clubs in Division 4. Dare to dream for and aim for promotion to Division 3 🀞

Our final tally score 106,052 would have the club 3rd on score alone in Division 4, promising signs for next season.

Final ladders to see who in all 5 divisions will be going up and who is going down for next season can be seen  at https://athsvic.resultshub.com.au/#
WEEK 1 STATE T&F SUMMARYOld Scotch Athletes Shine in the Opening Weekend

The Old Scotch Athletics Club is proud to announce a triumphant first weekend at the 2024 Victorian Championships. Our team displayed exceptional talent and tenacity, resulting in outstanding performances across various age groups:

26 Athletes in Action: From the Under-13s to the Open category, our athletes showcased their skills with gusto.
Personal Bests Galore: Approximately 8 personal bests were smashed. Given the competitive nature of the Championships, these personal bests carry extra significance.
Medal Rush: Our club’s visibility soared with stellar performances, including gold medals for Jayden Millie and Tom Roach; silver for Bart Leeton, Aj Merry (who also achieved silver in his debut 3000m Steeple and a National Qualifier), and two additional silvers for Tom Roach; and bronze for Gabby King and Will Katic.
Debut and Qualifiers: Max Searle marked his first competition for Old Scotch with a National Qualifier in the U20 110H.
Sub-60 Sec Achievements: Both Jayden and Gabby broke the 60-second barrier in their 400m finals, a first for them.
Semi-Finals and Headwinds: Will Byrne-Jones hit a personal best despite challenging conditions to make the semi-finals of the Open 100m.
The Little Things: Alby Elsom narrowly missed the 400m final by 0.002 seconds, a testament to the fine margins in athletics.
Double Finalists: Impressive performances in the U17 and U13 1500m finals with two competitors in each.
Building Experience: Several athletes gained valuable experience that will benefit their future competitions.

As we gear up for the next weekend of the Championships, we’re fueled by the spirit of our athletes who are ready to set more personal bests and captivate the crowd once again.

As we continue to celebrate these achievements, let’s keep the momentum going.

Here’s to another weekend of surpassing our limits and making the Old Scotch Athletics Club proud!

To see further photo’s from week 1 and throughout the season head over to our photo gallery https://oldscotchathleticclub.com.au/old-scotch-athletic-club-photo-gallery/


Female OP100mAshleigh Arnold13.18 (P) 
Female 17400mGabrielle King59.40 PB3rd place
   60.28 (P) 
Female 15400mSophie Senior64.87 PB 
Female 141500mPhoebe Grant5:05.228th place
Male OP100mWilliam Byrne-Jones11.24 (S) 
   11.07 PBInto a headwind
 1500mEdward Beischer3:54.967th place
   3:59.07 (P) 
  Connor Merigan4:15.28 (P) 
Male 20100mElden Zeng11.95 (P)Into a 4.8m/s headwind
 400mCooper Stanley52.00 (P) 
 1500mRory Vial4:03.5510th place
   4:04.61 (P) 
  Nathan Munro4:09.38 (P) 
  Aj Merry4:21.93 (P) 
  Lachlan Gance4:19.57 (P) 
 3000m SteepleAj Merry10:09.98 PB3rd place, National Qualifier
 110m HurdlesMax Searle16.29 PB5th place
Male 18100mHenry Dawborn12.46 PB 
 400mWill Katic49.263rd place
   51.68 (P) 
 1500mConor Sullivan4:05.295th place
   4:14.52 (P) 
Male 171500mBart Leeton3:57.562nd place
  Thomas Lindeman4:09.5211th place
   4:14.92 (P) 
  Luke Bodle4:22.34 (P) 
Male 16400mAlbert Elsom55.63 (P)Missed final by 0.002 sec
Male 151500mHenry Curlewis4:36.878th place
Male 13400mJayden Millie59.70 PB1st place
 1500mAlexander Rajan4:48.214th place
  Mark Ballantine5:07.516th place
Male P17100mTom Roach20.54 PB2nd place
 Long JumpTom Roach1.79m2nd place
 Shot PutTom Roach5.30m1st place
Big thankyou to Nathan from Richmond Rehab who attended last Friday night at Lakeside Stadium supporting our athletes  and providing complimentary stretching and pre/post event massage for our runners on the night aimed at enhancing the well-being and performance for our competing athletes. 

As a club it is important our members support the partnerships we have forged. Don’t forget the arrangement being offered by Richmond Rehab to all OSAC members and supporters with discounted massage and physio services .

Visit the clubs website for further details https://oldscotchathleticclub.com.au/old-scotch-athletic-club-announces-exciting-partnership-with-richmond-rehab/


Week 2 2024 Victorian Track & Field Championships

Thankyou to those families who have volunteered to cover our club duties Friday night and the morning session on Saturday. It’s the collective effort throughout the season that has enabled the club to be successful on and off the track.

For those keeping a keen eye on the live stream this weekend we are going to see us well represented again from both our female and male athletes and hoping to see more PB’s and the Scotch cardinal making its way onto the dias.

Friday night  we will be out in force with 10 athletes battling it out in the the heats of the 800m trying to make it into Sunday’s finals where we have 3  already straight through. Saturday morning we have 6 runners in the finals of the 3000m, while that’s occurring keep an eye on the pole vault mat and see Lachy soar and then at lunchtime we have our sprinters running the bends trying to conquer the 200m and join Tom R in the final later on in the afternoon.

Reminder the championships is a ticketed event for spectators and they can be purchased in the lead up which is recommended so you are not queuing up on the day. For all information relating to tickets, entry list and timetable please refer to the below link.



Other upcoming events:

To see all events leading up to the National T&F Championships in April please refer to https://oldscotchathleticclub.com.au/old-scotch-athletic-club-calendar/


* Even though AVSL has finished, we continue to train with the aim of performing at PB level for Championships, Milers or High Velocity meets
* Scotch schoolboys – 3:30pm Tuesday & Thursday at school
* All other athletes – 5:00pm Tuesday & Thursday Righetti Oval
* If unsure please check with respective coaches

Reminder from last week’s newsletter that the club has secured a fundraising sausage sizzle day at Bunnings, Hawthorn (230 Burwood Road, Hawthorn) on Saturday, 16 March 2024 (in 2 weeks) between 7.30am and 4.30pm. 

This is a major fundraising opportunity for the whole club and we are calling on all athletes and parents across both the track & field and cross country competitions to support us in running a successful day. Thankyou to those who have volunteered already πŸ‘

HELP STILL REQUIRED – 9 timeslots to fill
We are only seeking 2 hours of your help to do a shift cooking or serving and we need at least 25 people for the day.  We can find a position for anyone over the age of 13 so feel free to sign up your kids as well! To sign up please copy and past the link into your browser https://linktr.ee/osathleticclub

Please add your name, contact email and phone number for the day and any others who are coming with you to the shift times that are nominated in the form and we will confirm final details closer to the date.

It will be a fun day and a great way for the club to raise funds to continue to support our cross country and track & field athletes so we hope to see as many of our parents and athletes helping out as possible.

Ian Kluckow will be the BBQ Captain for the day and can be contacted on 0415165579 for more details or if you have any questions. 

2024 FISU World University Championships
The world’s best student athletes landed in Muscat, Oman last weekend for the 2024 World University Cross Country Championships.

Huge congratulations to our own Ben Beischer who finished in 17th place overall in a time of 30:39. An amazing effort considering how hot it would have been and running 10km cross country in the desert mind you as well. Not for the faint hearted.

Well done Ben from everyone involved in the club πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

For some more pictures taken of Ben from the event head to https://oldscotchathleticclub.com.au/wp-admin/post.php?post=4471&action=edit

SAVE THE DATE – JAMIESON 2024Following on from the club’s outstanding track and field season, we encourage all members to be part of the 2024/25 winter/cross country season!

More details to follow, but for now please mark Saturday April 6th in your diaries as the opening event – the Jamieson 5km at Scotch.

It’s a gentle reintroduction to cross country running, a fast course and a lovely afternoon tea overlooking the Yarra River. In addition to hordes of athletes in cardinal, we will need marshalls and afternoon tea helpers – we want to ensure this is the best event on the calendar!

Any questions in regards to the upcoming Winter Cross Country season please email the club at oldscotchathleticclub@gmail.com subject line: Cross Country and we will have the cross country delegates come back to you.

We hope to see this years members rejoin and welcome new members into the fold. If you have any family or friends who enjoy the longer runs away from the track don’t be shy in promoting Old Scotch as the club of choice.

Have a great week everyone and we will be back next week with a wrap up of the last week of the State Championships.