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By now, most VRWC members will be aware that Athletics Australia and its member State organisations have cancelled all competition until at least May 1st. In line with this, I am advising all members that our Winter season opener has also been postponed until at least May 1st.  As the current health emergency develops we will post regular updates, but we must be realistic and not hold false expectation of the season commencing on that date, or indeed at any time in the foreseeable future.

I would urge all members, and others of your acquaintance connected with athletics, to read the notice released yesterday by Glenn Turnor (AV CEO) at this link: http://athsvic.org.au/2020/news/athletics-activity-in-australia-postponed-until-may-1/.

As Glenn's notice states, AV are suspending the XCR season until May 31. While their circumstances in managing much larger numbers differ markedly from our own, an exact starting date for the VRWC road season is something the Committee will assess in the coming weeks, based on best advice.

In this unprecedented and troubling time, on behalf of the VRWC committee, I wish you, your families and friends the best of health, and good fortune in maintaining it. We also hope you can keep up your training programs, albeit modified. As members of a strong family sporting club, we all have a stake in observing the most authoritative, up-to-date information and acting on it, in our own interests and those of the community at large.

Best wishes
Stu Cooper


Sadly, another big announcement, cancelling the annual LBG Racewalking Carnival in Canberra in June. The ACT Fitness and Race Walking Club have determined that in the interest of public health they do not wish to conduct the Annual Race Walking Carnival on the long weekend in June. The decision of the ACT Committee is supported by the Executive of Race Walking Australia and consequently the 2020 Canberra Race Walking Carnival is cancelled.

The AGM of RWA which is normally conducted on the June long weekend will now be scheduled for the Saturday evening preceding the AA/RWA Winter Race Walking Championships currently proposed for August 30 in Melbourne.’

** 2019 Annual Report **

2019 Trophy Winners - Winter Season

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The Victorian Race Walking Club is a specialist racewalking club which has been affiliated  with Athletics Victoria since 1921. The club is also affiliated with the Australian Federation of Race Walking Clubs (now known as 'Racewalking Australia').

The famous flying foot logo has uniquely identified the club since its inception.


Club races are conducted all year around in a traffic free environment on the Albert Park Formula One Grand Prix service roads Albert Park Reserve, Middle Park. The clubrooms are in the Middle Park Bowling Club which is shown in the following map.


All club races are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations. However, walkers participating in club races can also walk under 'Club Rules' which offer a more relaxed interpretation of walking, suited to beginners or older walkers.

Our winter season sees us racing at Middle Park every weekend (mostly on Saturday afternoons but with a few Sunday mornings thrown in) from late April to mid September. Note that our races are open to anyone - they are not age group delineated. Regardless of which event you enter, will will automatically receive Handicap and Actual Time points in your correct division - U10, U12, U14, U18, Open, Masters (40-59) or Masters (60+).

The club also holds regular VRWC Club Championships in the following categories

  • Under 9
  • Under 12
  • Under 15
  • Under 20
  • Open Age
  • Masters [Women 40+] [Men 40+]

The club assists Athletics Victoria to conduct the Victorian Road Walking Championships. The club also assists Athletics Victoria to conduct the Athletics Australia Road Walking Championships when they are allocated to Melbourne.

As well as conducting club events for masters walkers, the club assists in the conduct of the road walking championship events for the Masters Athletic Associations when the events are held in Melbourne.

The club also boasts a weekly very comprehensive email based newsletter ('Heel and Toe Online').

Specialised coaching in racewalking technique can be arranged for all levels from beginner to advanced. Seminars are conducted regularly by Athletics Victoria qualified club coaches.

The club to date has had members selected

  • in every Australian Olympic Team since World War 2.
  • in all but one of the Australian Commonwealth Games Teams since walking events were introduced into the Games at Kingston, Jamaica 1966.
  • in all World Athletics World Race Walking Cup Australian Teams since World Athletics introduced the competition in 1979 at Eschborn, Germany.

VRWC is proud to support Runners World Melbourne which is a club sponsor. We recommend this store for all shoes and related sporting gear.

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To contact VRWC, contact one of the following people: image

Stuart Cooper
President, VRWC

Terry Swan
Secretary, VRWC
c/o Middle Park Bowls Club
PO Box 5290
Middle Park, VIC, 3206
Karyn O'Neill
Treasurer, VRWC
Mark Donahoo
VRWC Vice President