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RIP Marcus Arnold. After a successful career as an athlete, Marcus turned his hand to coaching. He trained athletes to the highest level in both amateur and professional athletics including Robert Ballard (1988 Seoul Olympics) and Jason Hunte (2004 Stawell Gift). He trained many other athletes over...

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Last Monday, Paul (Bob) Cashin passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 82.   Bob ran in the pros for 30 years and was a Life Member of the Stawell Athletic Club where he attended over 70 Gifts at Central Park.    In light of current Government crowd ...

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We'd like to share the recent statement put out by the Andrews Government this morning, citing changes to the restrictions for Victorian’s from Wednesday 13th May.   Mr Andrews states: As we have worked to flatten the curve, we’ve been telling Victorians there&rsq...

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MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER 6 MAY 2020   MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Almost four weeks ago, on Good Friday I was baking a cake and preparing to celebrate my sons birthday, which was to coincide with the 139th running of the Stawell Gift. I am thankful that I had something to distract...

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People of Pro Running is a series of short stories created by David Griffin. The stories showcase the wide variety of characters that travel and compete on the VAL circuit. We are hoping to release another series in the lead up to the 2020-21 season, and in particular we'd like to see more femal...

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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, t...

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The Victorian Athletic League is in consultation with State Government and other relevant bodies regarding the athletic events that remain in the 2019-20 season. As soon as we have further information, we will publish it on the VAL website and social media chann...

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The VAL advises that in the light of the rapid development in recent days with respect to the Coronavirus pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Geelong Gift. The decision has been made in consultation with The Geelong Gift committee, Athletics Victoria, Little Athletics Victoria...

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FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER 28 FEBRUARY 2020 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT So here we are at the pointy end of the season! Tonight is th...

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The Victorian Athletic League is celebrating the news of the signed agreement between the State Government and the Stawell Athletic Club which sees a $1.22 million dollar package over the next four years. It is a fantastic outcome with the prize money and TV broadcast maintained. We look forwar...

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  Below is a list of the Stawell Lifts gained as the season has progressed. The races and athletes eligible for the Stawell lifts in the 550m Open, 800m Open and the Open & Women’s 120m Gifts are below. Below is the main criteria for each event. Full conditio...

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO Welcome to the second half of the 2019-20 season. I hope you all had a happy and safe time over the holiday break and are excited about all the racing still to come. There's some important information in this months newsl...

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The St Albans Sports Club St Albans Gift will be going ahead tomorrow as planned. The latest EPA forecast suggests the air quality will be moderate. If the air quality reaches the 'very poor' or 'hazardous' levels, competition will be cancelled. Athletes that are sensitive ...

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