THE SEAGULL September 2017

STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BLOCKS

Summer AV Shield Important Changes
This year the AV Shield season has had a format change. It has moved to a combined 2 zones per meet. Click here for more information or view the AV video explanation below, which provides a clearer picture on what these changes mean. Click here to download the 2017-18 AV Summer Competition Calender. 

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WAC Working Bee

Thank you everyone for attending the working bee! We were able to do some pretty impressive clearing with the pole vault mats and covers now disassembled and soon to be removed. This was the first phase of us restoring the possibility of hosting pole vault events and training.

WAC Bunning BBQ

We are holding a Bunnings BBQ in Altona on Saturday October 7th. We would loves some volunteers who would be able to spend 1-2 hours on the day! If you are available please contact Karmel on 0438265146 or click the link below!

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COMMITTEE NEWS

AV Summer WAC Team Manager
The club is looking for a Team Manager for the upcoming summer season! If you are interested please check out our position description. We are more than happy to have more than one Team Manager so don't hesitate to put your hand up!
Club helper update- HUGE thank you!
You may remember late last year we had some club conversations about getting better at providing our allocated club helpers at AV Shield and XCR competitions. We tried a number of ways to do this and after a few attempts at a number of systems, and receiving feedback from members via the volunteer survey, the committee settled on a new system to improve the way we manage our club helpers.

This system requires members to sign up to a club helper duty at the start of season, upon registration. This allows members to choose exactly when they volunteer and provides plenty of notice, and as a club, we now have a fairer distribution of club duties and greater participation and support from members and their families. It has also relieved the committee of the ongoing need to find volunteers on a weekly basis and at short notice, allowing us to focus on other things.

We have used this system during the XCR season and the results are promising. For the first time, our club had a helper allocated to every single volunteer shift for the entire winter season. That is a huge milestone for us, and as a club we should be very proud of that. Thank you to everyone who signed up and completed a club duty this winter, it has made a world of difference for the committee and to those who often filled roles at short notice.

A reminder for members: if can no longer attend on the day you selected, please swap with another club member.

We will continue to use this system over the summer track and field season, once AV make the club helper roster available to us, we will make it available for members to sign up.

Thank you again to everyone who signed up and helped out over the winter, much appreciated.

ON THE TRACK

Australian Cross Country Championships - Wollongong - Alyssa Bearzi

On the 26th of August, a group of athletes from Williamstown Athletics travelled to Wollongong, New South Wales to take part in the Australian Cross Country Championships held at the Kembla Joggers Club. The famous cross country course was reasonably flat and perfect for the sunny and windless conditions Wollongong had provided. Both Alfa Adem and Monique Goldsworthy ran in the Under 14. Over the fast 3km course Alfa placed 29th while Monique placed 32nd out of 54 athletes. The under 18 race consisted of 2 laps of the 2km course. Over the quick 4km course Alyssa placed 13th out of 56 runners. Overall, it was a good weekend away from the cold weather in Melbourne. Well done to all the athletes who participated.

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School Sports Australia 2017 Cross Country Championships - Zoe Woods
I competed at the school sport Australia National Championships representing school Wesley College. I ran in the U18’s team and we were looking to qualify for the World Championships with my school.
The race course was in a beautiful area in Hobart, Tasmania, and it offered some amazing views. On race day, the weather was miserable and unfortunately I was also sick with the flu. Considering the circumstances, I ran well, placing 25th in the U18’s. Our school team was quick but unfortunately, we got pipped for the win by a team from NSW.  The experience was valuable and I look forward to competing in new championships in the future.

CURRENT FUNDRASING INITIATIVES

The Committee is currently exploring various method to fundraise to improve the club and what it can provide to members. If you have any ideas that you would like to bring to the club feel free to contact the club by responding to this email.

Williamstown Little Theatre 
Thank you Williamstown Little Theatre for all the years of support to the club! If you are interested in attending the Little Theatre, they have two remaining productions for the year:

"The Seafarer"

Dates:  Wednesday 20 September 2017

Thursday 21 September 2017

"The 39 Steps"

Dates:  Wednesday 29 November 2017

Thursday 30 November 2017

For information on the Plays:  www.wlt.org.au

Cost:  $22.00

Contact: Sue or David Jamieson on 9397 6299 or email: sjamieson49@gmail.com for ticket availability.

Theatre Location: 2-4 Albert Street Williamstown