MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
When our 2019/2020 season ended abruptly, I experienced some pretty low feelings and I didn’t think things could get much worse. Now, 13 weeks later and most of Victoria is on Stage 3 restrictions, with Melburnians on Stage 4 restrictions. It is a very weird time for many, some of whom are lonely/isolated and have no one in their house to talk with, while others have all their children and significant other at home and cannot escape the noise. Whatever you are experiencing, I hope you are still getting out (for your hour!) to train and make the most of the sunshine that we are getting this winter.
The VAL has been working on a pandemic plan – and recently held a forum for the Clubs to discuss what the plan means for if and when we can resume racing. It is our absolute intention to resume racing as soon as we can – ensuring we meet all the rules – and we will communicate what that looks like as soon as we know.
As always the league is keen to have input from you – the clubs, athletes, trainers, sponsors and wider community, so please get in touch if you have ideas or suggestions for us. In the coming months we will be holding an athlete and trainer forum, focusing on elements of race day and we seek your input. This is likely to be a zoom meeting and workshop – so you can contribute from the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned to this newsletter and our social channels for more details as they become available.
THE 2019-20 'STAWELL LIFT'
The 'Stawell Lift' incentive has been a successful initiative for the past 3 seasons. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 2020 Stawell Gift, the league sought feedback from athletes, trainers and officials to discuss transferring the lifts for the recipients in the 19-20 season to the 2021 Stawell Gift.
Based on the feedback received, lifts received during the 2019-20 season will not carry over to the 2021 Stawell Gift.
The league considered several options but ultimately determined the lift could only be successfully and fairly applied within the season the lift was received.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Due to several constitutional anomalies at the Annual General Meeting (held 26 July) relating to member eligibility, nominations and voting issues, a Special General Meeting will be held on Sunday 30 August.
More information about the SGM can be found here
PANDEMIC PLAN (RETURN TO COMPETITION)
The VAL has a 'Return to Competition' plan that will continue to be developed as the pandemic unfolds over the coming weeks and months. We will continue to update and align the plan under the recommendations of the Victorian State Government and the AIS framework. We are confident that we can provide a safe environment for members when the time comes to return to competition. Hopefully this isn't too far away!
The good news...
We've been communicating with our clubs and can confirm that many clubs have confirmed prize money and are ready to go! A big shout out and thank you to our clubs for pushing on in difficult times.
The bad news...
What we're doing...
In addition to our Pandemic Plan for a safe return to competition, we're aiming to bring you some possibilities of what the 20-21 season may look like. We're hopeful of a full season of competition but we're planning some alternatives just in case!
This is a difficult task and there are many factors to consider including numbers permitted at gatherings, starting the season late, venue availability, scheduling with other sports, local council restrictions, prize money and more.
We'll be seeking feedback on the backup plans if the pandemic continues to impact the season. Until then, we hope you're training hard and keeping safe.
ANTI-DOPING: NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS
The Victorian Athletic League Anti-Doping Policy has been amended and is effective 10 August 2020.
The changes bring our sport in line with the establishment of Sport Integrity Australia which will replace the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Australia from 1 July 2020.
The changes which come into effect on 10 August 2020 are:
- Replacing the words Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA);
- Replacing CAS with the National Sports Tribunal (NST) as the first-instance hearing body for all athletes and the Appeals Division of the NST for appeals for ‘non-international level’ athletes.
- Amending the definition of ‘National Level Athlete’ to introduce the Lower-Level Athlete category to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level; and
- Removing the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.
For more details on the changes, please click here
You can stay educated about Anti-Doping by downloading the ASADA Clean Sport App, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The App is a one stop shop for Anti-Doping which includes tools to find low risk supplements, check if a medication is banned in sport, complete a virtual reality testing mission, give ASADA feedback, report doping and more.
Please see information below in relation to Face Coverings as of 11.59pm Wednesday 22 July, 2020:
- When leaving home for one of the four reasons, people 12 years and older must wear a face covering, unless an exemption applies.
- If you are doing strenuous physical exercise you do not need to wear a face covering but you must carry one with you. Strenuous exercise includes activities like jogging, running or cycling but not walking.
Lawful excuses or exceptions for not wearing a face covering:
A face covering is not required in the following circumstances:
Infants and children under the age of 12 years.
A person who is affected by a relevant medical condition - including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition. This also includes persons who are communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to that person’s health and safety related to their work, as determined through OH&S guidelines.
Persons whose professions require clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth. This includes teaching or live broadcasting.
- Professional sportspeople when training or competing.
- When the individual is doing any exercise or physical activity where they are out of breath or puffing; examples include jogging or running but not walking. You must have a face covering on you and wear it when you finish exercising.
- When directed by police to remove the face covering to ascertain identity.
- The person is travelling in a vehicle by themselves or with other members of their household.
- When consuming food, drink, medication or when smoking/vaping.
- When undergoing dental treatment or other medical care to the extent that the procedure requires that no face covering may be worn.
- When entering or inside a financial institution, like a bank.
- During emergencies.
You must carry a face covering with you when leaving home for one of the four reasons, even if you don’t need to wear it while undertaking your current activity, for example you can take your face covering off to eat. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering at all times you don’t need to carry it with you.
Click to view the Department of Health & Human Services website for current restrictions in Victoria and more information relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Due to Covid-19, our office hours have changed.
Monday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Tuesday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Wednesday - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday to Sunday - Closed
Phone: (03) 8646 4545