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Victoria

Within Victoria, there are many avenues for racewalking.

VRWC are the only specialist based racewalking Club in Melbourne. We have over 100 active members and hold races all year round. But you already know that as you are browsing our website which is http://www.vrwc.org.au

Ballarat Race Walking Club hold regular racewalking events in the Ballarat area. 
Contact via PO Box 1619, Ballarat Mail Centre, 3354.
Their website is http://ballaratracewalkers.com

Bendigo Walkers Club are based around the Victorian country city of Bendigo.
Contact Paul Rance 03 54418092  email: reggierancie1@yahoo.com.au

Geelong Walkers Club was formed 30 years ago by Noel Edgerton and was originally structured for children involved in Little Athletics who were interested in racewalking. The club has since evolved and it now caters for all types of walkers be it serious race walkers, little athletics children, mums / dads and grandparents. All styles of walk are welcome and the Geelong Walkers Club prides itself on its friendly family atmosphere.
The club holds various events - some serious, some for fun over different distances. Many events are handicapped so that everyone is on equal footing.
Their website is http://www.gwc.sportingpulse.net

Athletics Victoria is the governing body of athletics within the State of Victoria and are affiliated with Athletics Australia. As well as providing all year around competition,  they hold State Championships for most age groups (masters, veterans, U20, U18, U16, U14) over various walking distances, both track and road.  Athletics Victoria is the normal point of contact for all Victorian championships. In each case, there should be a specific entry form available and entries will close up to 2 weeks before the event. Competitors must contact the Athletics Victoria office, obtain and fill in the requisite entry form and return it with due payment before the closing date.
As in all such cases, the details on the entry form may differ from the above guidelines and the onus in on the individual competitor to ensure that all is in place by the due date. VRWC normally try to have copies of such entry forms at the club as an aid to members.
The Athletics Victoria Office is located at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park and their website is at http://www.athsvic.org.au

Athletics Clubs affiliated with A.V.
There are a large number of athletics clubs, both suburban and country, which are affiliated with Athletics Victoria and which cater for all athletics events, including racewalking. These clubs participate in the A.V. summer 'Interclub' competition and in the A.V. winter Cross Country season. You must be a member of one of these clubs to compete in A.V. championships.
A full list of all affiliated clubs (with contact details) can be found on the A.V. website (see above).

Victorian Masters Athletics Club is a specialist organization overseeing Masters (30+ for women and 35+ for men) competition in Victoria. They hold their own Victorian Masters Championships in all athletics events including racewalking. They hold both summer track and winter road racewalking championships. See their website at http://www.vicmastersaths.org.au

Masters Athletics Venues
There are a large number of Masters Athletics Venues which hold regular competitions for older athletes in their area. These competitions usually include racewalks. Full details of all the venues and contact details can be found on the VMA website (see above).

Victorian Little Athletics Association is the body governing Little Athletics in Victoria. Little Athletics covers the age groups of U6 to U15 and holds Victorian State Championships each March. These championships include track racewalks for the age groups of U9 to U15. See the website at http://www.lavic.com.au/

Victorian Little Athletics Clubs affiliated with VLAA are spread all across Victoria and hold weekly track competitions from October to April. These competitons include racewalks at many of the competition venues. See the VLAA website for details.

Other Australian States

Other Australian states have similar racewalking outlets as Victoria.

To find out the specialist racewalking clubs in each State, check out our VRWC links page http://www.vrwc.org.au/vrwc-austlinks.shtml

To find out about the State Athletics Associations, check out the AA site at http://www.athletics.org.au

To find out about the Masters Athletics opportunities in each state, check out the AMA site at http://www.australianmastersathletics.org.au/

To find out about Little Athletics opportunities in each state, check out http://www.littleathletics.com.au/

At The Australian level

There are many championship opportunities for racewalkers at the Australian level via the various governing bodies

Athletics Australia is the national governing body for athletics in Australia. It is affiliated with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). AA holds Australian Championships for all athletics disciplines including racewalking and is responsible for holding all selection trials for International events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. To enter any of these events, there should be a specific entry form available and entries will close up to 2 weeks before the event. Competitors must contact the Athletics Victoria office, obtain and fill in the requisite entry form and return it with due payment before the closing date.

As in all such cases, the details on the entry form may differ from the above guidelines and the onus in on the individual competitor to ensure that all is in place by the due date. VRWC normally try to have copies of such entry forms at the club as an aid to members.

The Athletics Australia Office is located at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park, and the website is http://www.athletics.org.au

Racewalking Australia is the trading name for the Australian Federation of RaceWalking Clubs. This Federtation of walking clubs was formed in 1958 and represents all the major Race Walking Clubs of the States and Territories of Australia. It has a current membership of 11 clubs (of which Racewalking Victoria is one) with a total membership of some 500+ racewalkers. Their website is http://www.rwa.org.au.

The Federation's main "raison d'etre" is to act as the knowledgeable body concerned with Race Walking in Australia and to co-ordinate walking activities in Australia. To this end they

  • organise seminars for member clubs to share the skills and knowledge of walking competition in Australia and overseas
  • hold regular Federation racewalking carnivals in which the member clubs enter teams and contest Federation Title events
  • provide expertise to Athletics Australia and the various athletics commissions in Australia.

Racewalking Australia hold a small number of carnivals each year. 

Australian Masters Athletics Inc oversee the Australian Masters Athletics Titles each Easter. One of the State Assns will run the event on behalf of the AMA. See their website at http://www.australianmastersathletics.org.au/ for further details.

Australian Little Athletics Association are the governing body for Little Athletics in Australia. Their website is found at http://www.littleathletics.com.au