The Story of WAVAAC & MAWA

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Right from the Start, by Christine Oldfield, tells the story of 40 years of veteran and masters athletics in WA. During her absence from Perth, Carolyn and Bob Fawcett have very kindly agreed to look after sales. They will have copies available (cost $15) during the State Championships and after that you can contact them by email.

Christine Oldfield

February TFNL

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TFNL-2014-01-JanuaryWHAT a busy December and January it has been with the Patron’s trophy rounds before the Christmas break and the two January rounds to decide the winners.
The battle went down to the final round on January 23 at Ern Clark Athletic Centre (Coker Park) with Cathy McCloskey and David Carr taking victory. Turn to pages 4-5 for final night’s results.

Early in January more than twenty MAWA athletes headed to Bendigo to compete in the 2014 Oceania Games. A special TFNL on MAWA athletes will be out in a couple of weeks.
The State championships are in March and entries close on February 25. Turn to page 6 for further information.

In this issue Christine Oldfield has an “early bird” offer for her book Right from the Start which covers the history of our club. It will be launched on February 9.
Christine’s profile this month features Margaret Saunders and her love of athletics.

One of the club’s stalwarts Bob Schickert tells of the time he won the Zatopek 10,000m and beat then world record holder Ron Clarke.
John Oldfield highlights some of the stand out performances of the track and field season in his regular Analysis of Results section.

Happy reading.

February TFNL

Club Secretary resigns

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Val Millard our club secretary has resigned. Val has been a past president of our club, is a life member and has worked tirelessly for our club for many years. Her drive and ability will be missed by the committee and the club.
On behalf of the committee and the members I thank her for her support.

Paul Hughes

Byrony World Record

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After a very protracted period, Byrony Glass’s 18.02m Weight Throw from last February has been ratified as a World Record. Thanks are due to MAWA and AMA Statisticians for persevering with this claim through the WMA Records Committee. Well done Byrony.

40th Birthday Event – Club Uniform

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If members attending this event have an old club uniform, could they wear it please. Be interesting to see how the uniform has changed over the years. Long term members might also like to wear the old name badges that used to be issued

Claisebrook parkrun 8th February

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Could any members doing this run please wear their club uniform

MAWA promotion at parkrun

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MAWA will have a table at the 8th February Claisebrook parkrun to promote the club. The run starts at Claisebrook Cove at 8am. This initiative is being led by Carol Bowman. Please come along and help Carol talk to parkrun competitors about what membership of MAWA can offer them.

MAWA Trophies

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MAWA has a great range of trophies that are hard fought for each year. The trophy register has been updated to include the 2013 winners. Take a look and see who has their hands on our silverware. Congratulations to all the winners.

The trophy register can be seen at trophy register.

Patron’s Trophy Result

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Thanks to Club Statistician Barbara Blurton for compiling the Patron’s Trophy points totals. Congratulations to David and Cathy. PT final scores

University of Newcastle shoe testing programme

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See correspondence below from the University of Newcastle:

Here at the University of Newcastle we are working hard to provide the running community with rigorous independent data on the safety and performance of commercially available running shoes.

Shoes tested in our program will be labelled with detailed information on how they affect injury rates and distance running performance (both during the transition period and once full adaptation has been achieved) as well as recommendations on which runners are likely to do well in these shoes and those runners who should avoid them.

To provide this detailed information, we require the support of the Australian running community. Currently we are seeking 1000 runners from across Australia to assist us in 2014. To help us distribute this information, would you be kind enough to please post the links below on your web and Facebook pages and distribute via your newsletter/email lists? I understand that some clubs do not have senior athletes but if you could please assist us to distribute this information to the broader running community via parents and siblings of these junior athletes it would be most appreciated.


To participate runners must:

•             Be aged 16+

•             Run at least 10km per week

•             Complete an online training diary once a week

•             Be prepared to be randomly allocated to test one of the 11 shoes listed

•             Pay for their test shoes at the University’s cost price (~40% below RRP)


We are currently testing 11 different running shoe models ranging from ultra-cushioned to barefoot varieties. We have no commercial relationship with manufacturers and to maintain our independence, provide this testing free of charge.

If you have any questions about our research program please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks for your assistance

Dr Craig Richards

B.Med. B.Med.Sc.(Hons) FACRRM