Arthur Leggett

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Ex-member Arthur Leggett will pay a visit to the Matagarup run on 19 September to celebrate the fact that he turned 103 on 8 September.

Almost all of the older members know what a great person he is, and I am sure that most of the younger members will think so too, after seeing and hearing him.

He was a very good runner and is well known for many things, including writing and reciting bush poetry. He’s an inspiration to anyone aspiring to have a long and good retirement.

We are hoping that he will once again recite some of his bush poetry. I know that Wayne Pantell ,director of Matagarup, also likes to write and recite bush poetry, so we might be lucky enough to be treated to a double ticket!

2020/21 Handicap Trophy

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Well we promised an exciting close finish to this year’s trophy and that is exactly what we got.

As close as it could be with Rashanthi Wanigasekera and Zane Walsh both finishing on 19 points, the first tie in the history of the event.

Congratulations to Rashanthi and Zane who will share the trophy.

Registration for AW events

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The arrangements for MAWA athletes wishing to compete in AW events is the same as last season.

Register via the special MAWA portal using the link in the MAWA Membership tab. Cost is $35.

MAWA Pole Vault Competition

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Given deferment of the Masters Games and preceding the closure of WAAS for maintenance, MAWA is holding a pole vault competition at WAAS on the morning of 19 September 2021 as follows;

Competition commences –                    9.30am  (warm up from 8.30)

Registration – direct to Geoff Brayshaw at prior to day, or no later than 9am on the day of competition at the venue.

Event Entry fee – a donation of $10 toward out of pocket costs payable on the day

WAAS entry – there will be the normal entry or visitors fee payable at the entrance to the venue to VenuesWest.

Entry prerequisite –  A member of MAWA with preferably prior experience of pole vault.

Queries –  any queries can be directed to Geoff as above.

Australian Masters Games

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Below is an announcement from AMG:

In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the 2021 Australian Masters Games which were due to be held from 9-16 October 2021 will be postponed until 23-30 April 2022.
This has been a difficult decision however, the health and safety of our competitors, officials and volunteers is our key priority.
The decision to postpone has been made in consultation with key stakeholders including the Confederation of Australian Sport and the Western Australian State Government through Tourism Western Australia, and careful consideration has been given to how we can deliver the best event possible to our passionate Australian masters sport community.
We will be in direct contact with those who have already registered via email regarding the postponement. Participants who are no longer able to attend the Games will be eligible for a full refund of their registration fees and the administration fee will be waived.
The 2021 Australian Masters Games team remains excited to bring the Games to Perth for the first time since 1993, and continues to look forward to getting active, social, and adventurous with participants in 2022.
We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during these challenging times.
2021 Australian Masters Games

Handicap Trophy Showdown

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The final handicap race of the MAWA year is nearly upon us, Nedlands is the place for the showdown to crown the winner of the 2021 Handicap trophy.  

Zane Walsh, runner extraordinaire, with a top 6 finish in each of his five eligible races, is the runaway leader with a record low score of 19. 

But…..there’s more….. 

Having only completed in four of the five required races, and needing to compete in the final event to be eligible, we have Rashanthi Wanigasekera. 

Quietly, elegantly, and stealthily shadowing Zane, Rashanthi in her four eligible races has only thirteen points to her name. 

It is not how fast they run that will determine who wins the trophy, but how many more of their fellow runners they each manage to pass. 

To claim the trophy, Rashanthi needs to finish in the top three, while at the same time Zane finishing outside the top 5. 

A personal best and finishing ahead of Zane may not be enough for Rashanthi, if Zane can secure a top 5 finish, his hands will be on the trophy. 

Excitement down to the last race, and we can all play a part, where you place in the race can have an effect on the outcome, be a shame to miss it. 

MAWA Early Start Policy

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The committee have agreed the following with regard to slow runners starting early on a Sunday:

  1. In runs where an early start is indicated in the programme, any slow runner can start at the earlier time. They need to ensure that a member of the Results Team is aware that they are starting early.
  2. In runs over 10k where no early start is indicated in the programme, a slow runner can request an early start, (30min), by contacting the Race Director prior to the event. The Race Director has sole discretion whether such early starts are allowed. If it is allowed the runner should check-in with the Results Team member at the start of the run.
  3. Early starts will not be permitted for handicap runs nor where the longest run is 10k or less.

September Throws Competition

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Throws Pentathlon starts at 0830 sharp.

56 and 100 pound Weight Throws start at 1200 sharp.

Heavy Weight Pentathlon starts at 1400 sharp.

Cost per individual is $10 payable on the day.

If doing the Throws Pentathlon at 0830 please be at ECAC well before the start time to avoid missing any throws as we cannot afford delays in the timetable.

Any volunteers or assistance in setting up would be greatly appreciated and we will be there at 0730 to commence setting up all of the events.

NOTE Severe weather or WA State imposed Covid Sanctions remain a risk to this event being cancelled at short notice as with all other sports and activities.

Dick Horsley Trophy

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Congratulations to Rodney and Crystal Glossop who have taken out the Dick Horsley Trophy for partners at the Darlington Dash this year for the first time!

It was keenly contested so well done to all the entrants – for full results please go to the Road Results page:

Darlington Dash Results

Why not have a go next year?

Winter Track and Field Revised Programme

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The programme for the rest of the winter has been revised to show the jumps competition being run by Dave Wyatt.

Note that the beginners’ throws coaching this Thursday is hammer/weight (weather permitting).