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VRTA Presentations

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1 VRTA awards night on Sun May 13, 2012 5:40 pm

Fast


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It's a real shame that the VRTA award presentation night was so poorly supported by the Victorian professional athletic community.
It should be a show case event to celebrate the successes of the year.
It should be an annual show case event that brings runners, trainers, officials, clubs, past and current friends and runners of the VAL together to celebrate and share stories and ideas.

It is time for a big revamp and to add some prestige and entertainment to the night.

Some suggestions to improve the night.

- A guest speaker...some entrainment. Let’s hear from a couple of past successful runners and trainers. or even an inspirational speaker etc. etc.
- Introductions and announcement, of the achievements, of award winners and nominees. Maybe even show some video coverage!!
- Video coverage of the seasons best performances and major races. Or some video coverage of past great performances.
- Return to a dinner format...maybe ask clubs and stables and past runners to sell tables.
-More transparency in the award selection and nomination process...maybe that is why it is poor attended.
-More awards... combine some VAL awards...the more awards the more people, everyone loves to win an award.
-Contact the award nominees, inviting them and their family and friends to attend, award winners were not even there, one preferring to be at a beer festival.
-A better venue, most clubs have better venues. At least some where to sit and talk and some place that sells a good Aussie beer for a fair price.
-Work with the VAL board and its employees-many were not in attendance this year.
-Work with the clubs-many were not in attendance...maybe the event could move around and be hosted by clubs, most clubs could offer better venues and better value for money and might appreciate the chance to profit from the night rather than the runners money again leaving the sport.
-Offer more awards to clubs and club official they are the VAL and keep the sport going around.
-Change the date, move it closer to the season or even the night of a race meeting...awarding the previous year’s awards after a race meeting. The league has very few socially events.
-A better venue that can provide entertainment for the young runners. The new and young runners were dressed up with nowhere to go and could not wait to get out of there. Maybe a band and some music!!
-A more professional approach to the night, the VAL has some very good commentators that could provide some entertainment and so insight into the athlete’s achievements for the season.
-Interview the award winners; I’m sure there are many interesting stories behind the successes.
-Invite previous award winners to present the award to the next winner...a way of getting some people there.

2 Re: VRTA Presentations on Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:35 pm

Fast


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Fast wrote:It's a real shame that the VRTA award presentation night was so poorly supported by the Victorian professional athletic community.
It should be a show case event to celebrate the successes of the year.
It should be an annual show case event that brings runners, trainers, officials, clubs, past and current friends and runners of the VAL together to celebrate and share stories and ideas.

It is time for a big revamp and to add some prestige and entertainment to the night.

Some suggestions to improve the night.

- A guest speaker...some entrainment. Let’s hear from a couple of past successful runners and trainers. or even an inspirational speaker etc. etc.
- Introductions and announcement, of the achievements, of award winners and nominees. Maybe even show some video coverage!!
- Video coverage of the seasons best performances and major races. Or some video coverage of past great performances.
- Return to a dinner format...maybe ask clubs and stables and past runners to sell tables.
-More transparency in the award selection and nomination process...maybe that is why it is poor attended.
-More awards... combine some VAL awards...the more awards the more people, everyone loves to win an award.
-Contact the award nominees, inviting them and their family and friends to attend, award winners were not even there, one preferring to be at a beer festival.
-A better venue, most clubs have better venues. At least some where to sit and talk and some place that sells a good Aussie beer for a fair price.
-Work with the VAL board and its employees-many were not in attendance this year.
-Work with the clubs-many were not in attendance...maybe the event could move around and be hosted by clubs, most clubs could offer better venues and better value for money and might appreciate the chance to profit from the night rather than the runners money again leaving the sport.
-Offer more awards to clubs and club official they are the VAL and keep the sport going around.
-Change the date, move it closer to the season or even the night of a race meeting...awarding the previous year’s awards after a race meeting. The league has very few socially events.
-A better venue that can provide entertainment for the young runners. The new and young runners were dressed up with nowhere to go and could not wait to get out of there. Maybe a band and some music!!
-A more professional approach to the night, the VAL has some very good commentators that could provide some entertainment and so insight into the athlete’s achievements for the season.
-Interview the award winners; I’m sure there are many interesting stories behind the successes.
-Invite previous award winners to present the award to the next winner...a way of getting some people there.



How are the numbers and has the VRTA do anything to improve the night.

3 Re: VRTA Presentations on Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:26 pm

sinister


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Has Fast nominated himself to become a member of the VRTA board?? That would be a good direction. I remember reading that the VRTA committee asked for information regarding nominations and achievements which is adding some greater transparency. I also read on the flyer that they would have a guest speaker. I also believe that an awards night committee working group was set up and I assume that you were not part of it and from who I heard was on it means that it wasn't just VRTA committee members.

Sounds like the VRTA are taking a step in the right direction so maybe FAST can jump on board as it sounds like you have some great ideas.

- A guest speaker...some entrainment. Let’s hear from a couple of past successful runners and trainers. or even an inspirational speaker etc. etc.
- Introductions and announcement, of the achievements, of award winners and nominees. Maybe even show some video coverage!!
- Video coverage of the seasons best performances and major races. Or some video coverage of past great performances.
- Return to a dinner format...maybe ask clubs and stables and past runners to sell tables.
-More transparency in the award selection and nomination process...maybe that is why it is poor attended.
-More awards... combine some VAL awards...the more awards the more people, everyone loves to win an award.
-Contact the award nominees, inviting them and their family and friends to attend, award winners were not even there, one preferring to be at a beer festival.
-A better venue, most clubs have better venues. At least some where to sit and talk and some place that sells a good Aussie beer for a fair price.
-Work with the VAL board and its employees-many were not in attendance this year.
-Work with the clubs-many were not in attendance...maybe the event could move around and be hosted by clubs, most clubs could offer better venues and better value for money and might appreciate the chance to profit from the night rather than the runners money again leaving the sport.
-Offer more awards to clubs and club official they are the VAL and keep the sport going around.
-Change the date, move it closer to the season or even the night of a race meeting...awarding the previous year’s awards after a race meeting. The league has very few socially events.
-A better venue that can provide entertainment for the young runners. The new and young runners were dressed up with nowhere to go and could not wait to get out of there. Maybe a band and some music!!
-A more professional approach to the night, the VAL has some very good commentators that could provide some entertainment and so insight into the athlete’s achievements for the season.
-Interview the award winners; I’m sure there are many interesting stories behind the successes.
-Invite previous award winners to present the award to the next winner...a way of getting some people there.
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How are the numbers and has the VRTA do anything to improve the night.[/quote]

4 Re: VRTA Presentations on Wed May 01, 2013 12:04 pm

K_Moore


Hi All,

This is my first year on the VRTA Committee as is the case for some of the other Committee members. Other than wanting to be part of the Committee to provide a voice for the athletes and trainers of the sport I love, I/ we definitely saw a need to improve the Presentation Night. Afterall this is a night aimed at honouring those who have had success or contributed in some important way to the sport during the previous season.

An organsing group was formed and we have worked hard to revamp the night and make it the best it can be. Things we have done to improve the night include, and yes Fast we did take some of your ideas on board:

• New venue, with (hopefully) plenty of food, seating and standing room.

• Entertainment: Including a Guest speaker and a DJ to add to the atmosphere of the night

• We’ve got the best commentator in the business to MC the night

• Promotion of the night, through fliers, the VAL FaceBook page, email and Protrack.

• Promotion of the awards: With regular updates of the top 10 in the points awards and asking the VAL community to nominate people/ clubs for the voted awards and provide their reasons for the nomination- to give the VAL community a chance to have a say in the awards process. Thanks to those that have done this

• We’ve contacted coaches to make sure they encourage their atheletes to attend, particularly if their athletes have been nominated.

• We’ve contacted nominees directly to encourage them to attend

• We’ve contacted clubs to encourage representatives to attend, particularly if they’ve been nominated

• We’re offering free tickets to VAL officials/ starters/ race day support staff as a thank-you for their services during the season

• Revamped the announcement of nominees and presentation of winners. We’ve got some great things currently being put into place for this but you’ll have to be there to see it all unfold!

We are currently sitting on 120 people attending, which I think are great numbers, and there might be a few more stragglers. If you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, we are still accepting RSVPs, but by no later than Friday.

Thanks again and we the VRTA Committee look forward to seeing you on the night!

P.S. We will be holding our AGM in June and we would love some fresh faces to put their hands up to join the Committee. We currently have poor representation from women and distance runners and encourage anyone who has some ideas on how to improve our sport or how the VRTA Committee could represent the athletes and trainers better to nominate for the committee. We have 2 face-to-face meetings a year, and the rest of the time any issues/ ideas etc are discussed via email.

5 Re: VRTA Presentations on Mon May 06, 2013 6:34 pm

mwebster

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I know that I am about 1600 km's away and out of touch sometimes, but can someone please post the winners from the night.
Cheers Smile

6 Re: VRTA Presentations on Tue May 07, 2013 10:49 am

WhataboutmeMrHandicapper


Eyebrows raised when Parkinson didn't win Athlete of the year.
But top call & good pick on Matt Hargreaves. Well deserved.

7 Re: VRTA Presentations on Tue May 07, 2013 1:06 pm

Fast


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Well what a difference a year makes.

Congratulations to Katie Moore and her VRTA awards night committee on a professional and well organised night.
Guest speaker was very good.
Profile of nominees excellent.
MC did a superb job, knowledge of the runners and their achievement surpassing George Underwood.
Food Good.
And yes fully agree with the winner of Athlete of the year, the handicap from which runners win must be considered.

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