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The 2022-23 season has crossed the finish line!


Dear VAL members, Clubs, and community,

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to congratulate each and every one of you on a tremendously successful VAL season. It's truly inspiring to witness the growth in our membership, clubs, events, and prizemoney. The recent VAL/VRTA awards night provided a fantastic opportunity to celebrate outstanding individual performances and express our gratitude to the dedicated long-term supporters of the VAL.

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Taylah for her unwavering energy and commitment to ensuring the smooth operation of our beloved sport. Additionally, I want to express deep appreciation for our tireless volunteers. Their invaluable contributions make it possible for us to continue delivering our weekly events.

As we enter the offseason, we have a busy period ahead, dedicated to further enhancing our offerings and providing increased value and engagement for our members. We warmly welcome any assistance, so if you are available to lend a helping hand in any capacity, please don't hesitate to reach out.

The planning for the 2023-2024 season is already well underway. Alongside the continuation of what we have done well in the past, we have some exciting new initiatives in store and a commitment to ongoing improvements to benefit all. Your feedback remains invaluable in our pursuit to enhance our sport. I strongly urge each of you to take an active role in promoting the VAL by engaging new sponsors, coaches, and athletes.

Furthermore, I would like to remind you of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) during which the Board will set priorities for the next two years. We eagerly look forward to your participation and collaboration as we collectively shape the future of professional running.

As we approach the winter break, I wish you all a rejuvenating and enjoyable time off. I eagerly anticipate this coming season, where we will not only welcome back familiar faces but also embrace many new members who will undoubtedly enrich the diversity of our VAL community.

Should you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your input is highly valued and greatly appreciated.

Warm regards,

Matt McDonough
President, Victorian Athletic League

The VAL is seeking your feedback as an athlete, trainer or parent/ guardian of an athlete(s) on the 2022-2023 season and other aspects relating to the conduct of our sport.

Your feedback from this survey will help us to identify areas for improvement and ensure our sport continues to provide a positive and inclusive experience for all. 

This survey should take less than 10 minutes to compete and all responses are collected anonymously. Information you provide will be treated confidentially and will be de-identified and reported on in the aggregate.

If you have questions about this survey, please email the VAL, at
We appreciate your time and thank-you for your participation.

2023 Annual General Meeting, Sunday 25th June


WHEN:  Sunday 25th June 2023
TIME: 11:00am start, till 1pm.
WHERE: Cathy Freeman Room, Lakeside Stadium, 31 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park.

RSVP: Please confirm if you would like to attend (in person or online) by 5pm on Thursday 22nd June 2023 by emailing

Club delegates, Athletes, Trainers and friends are invited to join a public forum immediately following the AGM. The purpose of the forum is to discuss and assess the future of the VAL, discussions from the forum may be used to expand the Leagues Strategic Plan and current processes to ensure the League’s continued success into the future. 


The VAL has four Committee positions to fill at the 2023 AGM, if you wish to nominate for the position of VAL committee member, please find the appropriate nomination form HERE.

If you would like more information or to discuss your interest in nominating, please email and President Matthew McDonough will touch base with you to discuss further.

Nominations must be sent to and received
by Sunday 11th June 2023



Joining the VAL team is a great way to get up close to the action and strengthen the VAL community.

With a growing calendar of events, we are currently exploring ways to share the load for our Officials across the course of the season. Officials are the backbone of our sport and our events would not be possible without them!

We are seeking expressions of interest for a number of key Officials roles noting the following:

  • Roles may be combined or shared to eliminate weekly attendance requirements.
  • All officials roles are remunerated.
  • You can still be a competing athlete/coach to get involved.

We are seeking expressions of interest for the following roles:

  • Colour Tent Stewards
  • Photo Finish Operators
  • Social Media & Results Coordinators
  • Equipment Coordinators
  • Starters
  • Race Stewards 
  • Handicappers 

If if you have any questions or you are interested in any of the above roles, please contact Taylah via to find out more.

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