Stawell Athletic Committee statement on the Stawell Gift
The Victorian Government has implemented a State of Emergency that bans non-essential mass gatherings of 500 or more people in Victoria, effective midday Monday 16 March until 13 April 2020.
In respect of this announcement, the 2020 Stawell Gift will not proceed on April 11-13, 2020.
The Stawell Athletic Club is working closely with the Victorian Government, Northern Grampians Shire Council and the Victorian Athletic League in what is an evolving situation.
This includes assessing options for potentially re-scheduling the 2020 Stawell Gift to a date later in the year.
More information will be made available via the Stawell Gift website in the coming weeks.
We thank all of our participants, partners, spectators and suppliers for their patience and understanding at this challenging time.
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BERWICK & RINGWOOD
In light of the current state of emergency, the Berwick Gift scheduled for this Saturday 21 March has been cancelled.
The VAL in conjunction with the Ringwood Professional Athletic Club are looking at alternative options to stage the Ringwood Gift later in the year. We will continue to update you over the coming months in relation to this event.
To all athletes and trainers - we recognise all of the time, effort and sacrifices that you have put into this season and we are so very sorry that it has come to an end in this fashion. Look after one another, enjoy your training and we hope to see you all back next season stronger, fitter and faster!
To our officials - thank you for all the time and effort that you have volunteered this season. We look forward to seeing you all back later in the year.
As we work through what this means for next season, we will communicate with you and we ask for your understanding in these unprecedented times.
Over the coming weeks, the VAL will be refunding entries to the Geelong, Berwick and Ringwood Gift's, minus a small ($3) administration fee. As the Stawell Gift plans to reschedule the event, we will look to transfer all Stawell race entries to a future event date.