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SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

I hope everyone is doing well in the current difficult and challenging circumstances.  Like many, we eagerly anticipated the announcement of the roadmap for Victoria’s reopening. We all wish to see a return to normal activity, unfortunately the plan around public events was not clear and we seek further guidance on the framework for us to commence competition and the phased restrictions that come with it.
 
We are optimistic we can start our season as planned on 20th November and then have a full and exciting season ahead. What is clear is that vaccination is the way out and our chances of having a “normal” season will depend on this.
 
There has been a lot happening with the VAL over winter and we look forward to rolling out a few initiatives across the season. We are working to increase our member experience and engagement, providing greater opportunities and incentives for athletes to compete regularly.
 
Like many sporting bodies we are striving to increase our membership base across all categories and demographics. We need your help with this as we create new pathways to VAL competition. We are also seeking sponsorship partners that align to our sport and can support events or specific categories of members for the duration of the season.
 
It is terrific to welcome many new officials for this season, it will certainly spread the load across the season and provide a great spread of knowledge and experience to the VAL. Our officials are essentially volunteers and without them we have no sport. Please welcome our new and returning officials for this season;

Handicappers –
Andrew McDowell – All junior and restricted races (up to 400m)
Colin Lane – Women’s 70m & 120m
Graeme Goldsworthy – Open 70m, 120m and 200m
Darryl Nettleton – Masters 120m & 300m
Jonathon Rogers – Women’s 300m & 400m
John Jones – Open 300m, 400m & 550m
Sean Quilty – All 800m, 1600m & 3200m
 
Stewards –
Rob Lehmann – Chief Steward
Wally Meechan – Steward
Sue Anderson – Steward
Angela Phillips – Steward
 
We will provide more updates soon but I hope everyone is gearing up for a busy VAL season and will be supporting our pre Christmas events.
 
Stay connected to our socials FacebookInstagramTwitter YouTube where we will provide the latest news and event information plus updates about the season ahead.
 
If you have any feedback, ideas or concerns feel free to contact me via email President@val.org.au
 
Regards
Matt McDonough
VAL President


NEW WEBSITE!

We're excited to bring you our new look website that provides us with a platform to introduce new and exciting components. We still have some minor updates remaining but you will soon be able to register and enter races. Stay tuned for more features on the way!


REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 1

We're getting close now! The registration process will operate exactly the same way on the new site. But don't complete registration just yet. Registration will open for everyone on October 1st.


REGISTRATION FEES

Registration fees for the 2021-22 season will remain unchanged. 

Under 14 athlete: Free
New Athlete: $60
New Trainer: $100new Athlete/Trainer: $160
New Interstate Athlete - Free (must be registered with reciprocal pro running body)
New Interstate Trainer - Free (must be registered with reciprocal pro running body)

Renewing Athlete Student (full time): $120
Renewing Athlete: $210
Renewing Trainer: $100
Renewing Athlete/Trainer: $250
Renewing Interstate Athlete: Free (must be registered with reciprocal pro running body)
Renewing Interstate Trainer: Free (must be registered with reciprocal pro running body)

You can view the full list of member benefits here


 

VICTORIAN RUNNERS & TRAINERS AWARDS

The Victorian Runners & Trainers Association have advised that due to the lockdowns the annual awards function will not be held this year. The VRTA will present trophies throughout the 21-22 season at the meetings when the runners are present.

View the full list of award winners here