Committee Summary July to October

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  • Membership peaked at 770 at the end of September but is now just under 600 in the new membership year. This large drop was expected due to covid-related reasons.
  • The new Sunday helper registration is working well – members need to remember to sign up as new runs appear on the list.
  • Agreed with VenuesWest that we will acquire a high jump mat from them at no cost to be permanently positioned at ECAC.
  • We received a trust fund residue of $5000 that must be spent on capital equipment. The committee has agreed the club will purchase throwing implement measuring equipment, a rain cover for the high jump mat, a trolley for starting blocks and a spare e-gun.
  • MAWA State Championship dates were agreed with AW. 27th February for pentathlons and 12th/13th March for the main weekend.
  • Silke has set up a MAWA Instagram account.
  • Richard and Gillian attended the AMA AGM via Zoom.
  • A Sunday ‘early start’ policy was agreed and disseminated.
  • We were delighted to appoint Karyn Tolardo to the Committee. Our walkers form a strong part of the club and it is good that they will be represented at Committee level.
  • Rochelle will continue being responsible for trophies and medals, Mark for track and field and Silke for communications and social media. Karyn and John will share the Road Coordinator role. Karyn will take responsibility for ensuring the first aid box is fully stocked.
  • The Weir Run will become our 10k road running championships.

Committee Summary March – June 2021

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  • The 2021/22 Sunday programme has been agreed and will be published in August. It contains several new runs following member suggestions
  • The membership form was removed in early July and prospective new members advised to pay visitor fees until the 2021/22 form is available in late August
  • A new arrangement will be introduced for booking Sunday helper dates whereby members select dates online up to 3 months on advance. This will provide a more flexible arrangement and reduce the high drop-out rate. It will be fully explained in an email to all members. As discussed at the AGM over 80’s will not be required to do helper duties
  • Silke will set up a MAWA Instagram account, which is the preferred social media for a lot of our younger members
  • The track at WAAS will be re-surfaced between October and February. Following consultation with our WAAS meet organisers, the committee agreed there will not be alternative Tuesday meetings in this period
  • There will be all-ages State Cross Country and 20km Walk Championships. Check the Athletics West website for details and online entry
  • There will be an Australian Masters Cross Country Championship in Adelaide. Check the AMA website for details and online entry
  • Our 2021 State Track and Field Championship was highly successful attracting a record entry of 203
  • A detailed review of Track and Field finances revealed that despite additional costs for floodlighting at ECAC we roughly broke even. Track fees at ECAC will remain at $3
  • It was agreed that non-members could attend MAWA coaching sessions but must register and pay the $5 visitor fee. This is required for insurance purposes
  • Barbara Blurton, Bob Schickert and Richard Blurton have been invited by AW to join the organising committee for the Australian Masters Games
  • Richard Blurton will attend the AMA AGM in Tweed Heads in late August

Committee Summary December to February

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  • Surpassed our all-time membership level of 703 in January
  • Encouraged to see a lot of new young Track and Field members
  • February and March saw very large participation at ECAC on Thursdays
  • To save on cups members are requested to bring their own water bottles for use at the finish
  • Slower runners and walkers doing the long events are encouraged to start 30 minutes early, but must check with the Race Director
  • A review of Track and Field income and expenditure has shown that we are close to break even. Therefore the $3 ECAC cost will remain unchanged
  • All members who joined by 1st March get free access to the World Masters Rankings site. Log in with your email address and it will be recognised.
  • The results of the OMA Virtual Championships are now on the OAA website. Thanks to Oliver Berry for managing the MAWA entries
  • OMA Championships in Norfolk Island 2022 have been cancelled. Next events are Australian Masters Games in Perth in October, (entries now open), AMA Nationals in Brisbane 1st to 4th April 2022 and WMA Indoors in Edmonton in March 2023

Committee Summary September/October

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  • Sunday tags to restart 4th October.
  • Sunday visitors to restart 15th November, with requirements for exact cash put into tin and cut-off 10 minutes before run start.
  • Agreed to purchase time display board linked to photofinish.
  • Agreed to purchase one-piece soft top cover for high jump mat.
  • Committee roles for next 12 months: Silke – communications and in particular facebook, Pam – Sunday Run Co-ordinator, John – Sunday Run Equipment, Mark – Track and Field, Rochelle – Medals and Trophies, Richard – Track Bookings. If possible questions and comments should be addressed directly to the responsible committee member.
  • Electronic timing required for State Records 800m and below.
  • AMA Coaching Grant received and 2020/2021 coaching programme set up and detailed on the website
  • Answers to issues raised at MAWA AGM: there will be no limit on visitors, older athletes will be exempt from helper duties in future years, free membership will be kept at 90+.
  • Attended AMA AGM. For those interested the minutes will soon be on the AMA website.
  • Acknowledgement of Country. MAWA statement is now on the website home page, but announcements prior to runs will only be made when we are at a site of special Aboriginal significance.
  • On the social side there will be a Christmas lunch if sufficient interest – speak to Elaine Dance.
  • Next Year’s National and International events: A decision on AMA Champs Canberra will be made on 16th December. A decision on WMAC Tampere will be made in January. World Masters Games in Kansai Japan in May – this has been cancelled. Australian Masters Games in Perth in October – planning for this to happen.

Committee Summary – Jan and Feb 2020

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  • The new member additional fee has been raised to $20 to reflect increased costs for bibs and tags.
  • There will be no winter meets at WAAS this year ahead of Toronto World Champs. We held such meetings in 2018 and they were very poorly attended.
  • McCallum Lakes again impacted by Australia Day preparations. Timing will be moved next year
  • Agreed MAWA events to go into AMA postal half marathon – Bunbury, Joondalup, HBF Run for a Reason and MAWA club.
  • Agreed to recognise our 90 year olds by giving them free membership.
  • Members should always use our Events Calendar to check the details of club events – there is now a direct tab access on the website

Committee Summary December

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  • The AWA Heptathlon/Decathlon events in January will also be MAWA State Championship events.
  • The 2020 Handicap trophy will conclude with City Rail in August.
  • Entries for the 2020 AMA Postal Half Marathon will open in early February.
  • Agreed to purchase a new big clock for ECAC – partly funded by the generous bequest from the estate of Ray Gimi.
  • The Ray Gimi Trophy has been established to be awarded to the winner of the Woodbridge Handicap.
  • From January all MAWA members will have full access to the World Rankings database, under an agreement reached by AMA.
  • From 2020 the Jim Barnes Trophy will be awarded for the best age-graded score in the MAWA Club Half Marathon
  • Also from 2020 the John Gilmour Trophy will be awarded to the Athlete of the Year rather than the Performance of the Year.
  • The 2021 Australian Masters Games will be held in Perth

Committee Summary November 2019

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  • Welcome to new members Pam Thonell and Silke Peglow
  • Committee roles agreed. Janne will continue with trophies, Pam will be Sunday run co-ordinator, Silke will do Sunday equipment and share visitor table with Andrew, Mark will continue with track and field
  • Mark Kerr will handover facebook administration to Silke, Maureen Kershwar and Jenn Parker
  • Super Heavy Weight introduced as a new MAWA event – ask a thrower if you don’t know what that is
  • Melbourne Cup Lunch reported to have been very successful
  • Membership year will be changed to 1st October to 30th September to align with AWA track and field season. An email will be sent to all members with further explanation
  • Generous donation received from Ray Gimi estate – looking to have a trophy or event named in his memory. Ideas welcome
  • Following AGM discussion the committee confirmed that we will not pursue the idea of a clubroom for Sunday runs, but will focus efforts to have a clubroom at the new athletics facility being considered by Canning Council to replace ECAC
  • MAWA supports AMA plan for the National Half Marathon Championship to be a postal event.
  • Considered AMA proposal to eliminate the 60m event from the National Championships and committee was split 4/4. This has been fedback to AMA

Committee Summary April 2019

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  • Race results will no longer be compiled and read out after our runs, but the first 3 in each event will be noted in the web results. Compiling these results ties up a helper, and the read-out is not necessary as results are on the website the same day.
  • New course for Darlington Dash agreed, starting at Glenn Forest.
  • Agreed to purchase a second recording watch.
  • For GOT run, we will all meet at the Hockey Club where there are toilets and we will have the greeting. Then walk over to the start in Bold Park.
  • Andrew continues to pursue our ‘green’ agenda and has purchased more recyclable paper cups. But we also request that you bring and refill your own water bottle to avoid using the cups at all at the finish.
  • The track handicap at UWA is set for May 9th, and there is no ECAC meet that evening. See previous post on entry details.
  • Ernie Leseberg has agree to be our new webmaster. Many thanks to Hamish for the great work he has done on the website over the years.
  • Colin Smith is working on the design of a MAWA running cap.
  • The AMA Half Marathon will be in Perth May/June 2020. Jim Langford will lead the team that will plan this event.

Committee Summary March 2019

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  • Our onepiece uniform has been approved, and a compression top sample is being produced. Contact Mark Howard if interested.
  •  Due to high visitor numbers at our events a committee member will be available to assist Andrew at the visitors table.
  •  The Darlington Dash will now start at Glen Forest and go towards Darlington and back. This is primarily for safety reasons to avoid road crossings.  The new course will be 5.5km and 11km.
  •  Due to high entry numbers we expect to make a surplus on the State Champs. The committee have approved purchase of a second windgauge and a lapcounter/bell. 



Committee Summary February 2019

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  • Some changes are being made on how we show State Records. The State Record is the best performance in the State regardless of whether the athlete is a member of MAWA. Where the State record holder was not a MAWA member at the time of setting the record, the MAWA records list will also show in italics the best performance by a MAWA member, and that will be a MAWA club record. The vast majority of State Records were set by MAWA club members.
  • A new GOT course has now been agreed with the Kings Park Board. The long run will be 8.4km.
  • Confirmed that singlet or crop top is the state uniform, and not a T shirt. However, for athletes wanting to wear a T shirt for warmth or comfort, a plain T shirt can be worn beneath the singlet.
  • Bookings for the March camp have now closed.
  • The prototype one-piece uniform is due to be delivered soon. The supplier has been asked to produce a sample compression top to the same design. The plan is that both of these will become approved uniform, but we will order them directly from the supply when needed, (i.e. we will not carry a stock).
  • The MAWA nominees for AMA Awards were approved and our on our website