MAWA Coaching

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Our five MAWA coaches have confirmed the arrangements for the 2019/20 season. All welcome. See the website for details – right sidebar

AGM Minutes

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The AGM Minutes 13 October 2019 are now on the website for viewing – just look under “Our Club – About Us”

Vale Bjorn Dybdahl

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Club stalwart and prolific medallist on every level, Bjorn Arne Dybdahl crossed life’s finish line on Saturday, October 12, with the dignity and integrity he raced with. Bjorn was a long time member of Masters, often completing the short run followed by the long run in handicapped days when time permitted, while partner Deb Wolfenden competed in the walk.

Proudly Norwegian born, Bjorn was competitive on the world stage for Australia across a range of events, being a valuable team member in cross country teams on many occasions. His natural speed was combined with sheer hard work, building his endurance to a level where in 2001 he placed third in the open Sri Chinmoy 100km road event in 9:10.43. A fine steeplechaser, a finalist at world level over 800m and one of the finishers in the marathon where the stadium was to witness distressed finishers in the severe heat. There was one certainty, Bjorn would finish and he did.

Bjorn was a great pacemaker, and always David’s number one choice to help him achieve his World Records.

Bjorn was able to converse on a myriad of subjects with depth and knowledge, despite a hearing loss and English being his second language. Passionate, but never loud, intellectual, but never condescending he was a popular man, a fierce competitor and a much loved grandfather, father and partner. He will be missed….

Bjorn’s funeral will be held at Karrakatta at 10.30 AM on Wednesday 23rd October

AGM Report

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Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM 13 October for your great support!

Special thanks to Elaine and all the morning tea helpers it was delicious!

Minutes and new Committee Contacts will be put on the website in due course under “Our Club” – “About Us”

Your new Committee was elected as follows:

President – Richard Blurton

Vice-President – Andrew Cuthbertson

Secretary – Delia Baldock

Treasurer – Gary Fisher

Committee Members:

  • Mark Howard
  • Silke Peglow
  • Pam Thonell
  • Janne Wells

Special thanks to retiring committee Jim Langford and Giovanni Puglisi for all their fantastic work!

It is also great to see more of our newer members coming on board the Committee.

Congratulations to the winners of the following awards which were presented at the AGM:

Achievement Award: Road – Ngaio Kerr

Achievement Award: Track & Field – Andrew Ward

John Gilmour Trophy – Melissa Foster

President Pins – for outstanding volunteers:

  • Maurice Creagh
  • Carol Bowman

AMA E-News October

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Please click on the link below to view your AMA October E-News:

AMA E-News 14

See Championship reports, Toronto news, Board profiles and more!

Note the AMA Multi-Event Championships will be held in Bendigo, Victoria

4-5 January 2020 – Decathlon and Heptathlon: entries will open soon

AMA Multi-Event Flyer

Maintenance work at ECAC

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ECAC will be closed week commencing 4th November.

As a result:

There will be no Monday training or Thursday competition that week.

The Patron’s Trophy Long Jump will be held on 24th October, the same evening as the Discus.

Monday track training

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Just a reminder that we have booked ECAC for track training every Monday from 8am to 9am through until the end of March 2020.

AGM Reminder

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Don’t forget our AGM will be held after the run next Sunday morning 13 October.

It will be held in the Hockey Club rooms off Perry Lakes Drive, Perry Lakes, Floreat.

Morning tea will be provided before the AGM

AGM starts promptly at 9.45am – please sign on the attendance book when you arrive.

Agenda and reports are available under the “Our Club” “About Us” menu tab above.

Please send any apologies to: mawasecretary@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Vale Mary Heppell

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See this tribute to Mary Heppell written by Jackie Halberg

Mary joined ‘The Vets’ in 1992.  Her family was heavily involved in the  Canning Districts Athletic Club, with son Barry a competitive young runner.

Mary had macular degeneration and was classified as legally blind.  However she was not defined by that label, and as many of our long standing members would remember, she was fiercely independent, determined and courageous.

In the earlier years she preferred the longer events, both road and cross country. When asked if she walked or ran, the answer was a definite “ran”. However as the years passed and her sight deteriorated she sometimes found it difficult to follow the course. Her enthusiasm never left her though.

For many years she helped me mark out the course for the run which became known as the X- Pagoda run.  5.30 starts – in the dark – lots of fun. I will miss her friendship.

Her funeral cortege will arrive at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park at 10.30am on Wednesday October 9 for a Graveside Burial Service.

Strive meetings in 2019

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Any member who wishes to compete in a Strive meeting prior to the end of this year MUST let Barbara know as soon as possible. vetrunners@iinet.net.au