- 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.
Please note that the Minutes of the AGM and the new list of club officials with contact details is now on the website under the ‘About Us’ tab.
The MAWA Handicap Trophy is on again, last years’ winners, Rashanthi and Zane are history, their impressive feats from last year long forgotten, their superstar status thrown to the wayside, starting back in the pack with the rest of us.
It is a very exciting field for the first race of the season, we have 203 eligible members, (those who are financial and have run 3 or more races in the last six months), and over the course of the year, more members will join the ranks and swell the field.
Currently David Adams with a name starting with an ‘A’, is the runaway leader with an impressive ‘zero’ followed by Rochelle Airey, also with ‘zero’, while the unfortunate person with the name starting with a ‘Z’, Sue Zlnay is currently in last place, but still with an impressive ‘zero’….
Winning the trophy isn’t about winning one race, it’s about the long haul, being consistent, and being consistently good. Oh…… and also passing as many people as you can, but also being polite about it, and not saying “Gotcha” every time you do.
Your handicap is calculated meticulously each week, hours and hours of trawling through years of data, finding that one time you ran fast to justify such a harsh handicap, or it may be because you passed me in the last handicap race…..
On a totally unrelated note, I would like to finish by thanking Vic Waters for that lovely write up about me in the Vetrun last month, and after much consideration, I have realised that perhaps I have been a bit harsh on your handicap recently, and adjusted it accordingly. Keep up the good work Vic.
Hope to see you all there on Sunday
Tristan Bell, MAWA Handicapper
The Tuesday Track and Field meets are now happening with Mark and David running the track and Mike looking after throws.
Start time is 6:30pm and we have exclusive use from 7:30pm. Peruse the programme on the website and come along for a great night’s competition.
Head to the magazine tab to either download the latest TFNL or read it in the virtual bookcase.
As Jim Barnes will tell you anyone who can break a Frank Smith record is a truly great athlete. Well Roberto Busi did it at the State 10000m Championships on Friday, setting a time of 31:48.53 to beat Frank’s M45 State Record by over 50 seconds.
Roberto’s time was only 6 seconds off the Australian record set by Dave Power way back in 1973.
On 6th October VenuesWest announced that the re-surface of WAAS would be postponed for a year.
As a consequence we have booked the venue and will start a track and field programme at WAAS every Tuesday commencing on 12th October at 6:30pm. Our thanks go to David Adams, Mike Anderson and Mark Dawson for agreeing to run the event.
A revised Summer Programme is now on the website. Note that the throws programme at ECAC has been substantially revised to reflect the fact that we now also have throws on a Tuesday.
We have been unable to arrange for anyone to officiate at jumps and throws on a Tuesday, so athletes wishing to do the field events will have to self-organise.
Patron’s Trophy requires a ‘level playing field’ at both venues with good timekeeping and judged field events. For this year we can’t be sure this will be achieved at WAAS and hence the Patron’s Trophy will be at ECAC only.
The October vetrun is now available. Head to the magazines tab to download the high or low res version.
it was announced yesterday that the re-surface at WAAS has been postponed for a year.
We are looking into Tuesday meets at WAAS. Watch the website over the next few days for more information.
Due to planned maintenance work by Canning Council on 4th and 11th October, we need to be finished the session by 8:30. Hence we will start at 7am on those 2 weeks.