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1 Bendigo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:37 am

anna_pas


This years Bendigo carnival will see the women running both their finals (120m & 400m) on the Sunday in line with the mens 2 finals. The women's advisory committee (consists of Sue Dunbar, myself, Katie Moore, Shane McKenzie, Sonya Pollard and Stephanie Mollica) approached Neil McDonald (Bendigo club contact) following last year's carnival which saw the women race only on the Saturday. All heats and finals of all our races were held on Saturday, leaving us sitting in the stands watching, or at home, on Sunday. This year, Neil is willing to trial having our heats on the Saturday and finals on Sunday. We see this as a HUGE victory and hope all women support the Bendigo women's races this year as a sign of our appreciation. We are hoping we can get significantly greater numbers than last year to show the Bendigo committee that their decision to have women's finals on the Sunday is the correct one.

2 Re: Bendigo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:05 pm

K_Moore


Just to clarify, the Bendigo Committee are meeting this week and will decide on whether they move the finals of the women's 120m and 400m to the Sunday, with the heats for both on the Saturday. This is not confirmed yet.

Hopefully they take on-board the letter and petition, which asked the club to schedule at least one female only race/ final on the Sunday (which they received earlier this season) as well as the discussion the Women's Advisory Committee had with Neil at Ballarat last weekend and common sense prevails.

The Women's Advisory Committee and the VAL will keep you posted.

3 Re: Bendigo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:37 pm

Slowcoach


Well done to the committee. I was among many who were disappointed with last years format. Running both the mens and womens 400m finals on the Sunday night is a real highlight to the weekends racing. Hopefully common sense prevails.

4 Re: Bendigo on Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:56 am

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It is 100% confirmed from the BAC that this format will be followed this year. There is quite a push from the local business community to encourage and showcase female talent. That was the original drive behind the Ladies Day concept, as it ran in conjunction with the Ladies Madison. However after discussions with BAC representative, Neil McDonald, he proposed to take to committee this concept to make some changes to the program to support the female athletes on the main stage, the Sunday evening. Neil is punting on the fact that the girls will get behind this race and support it to make it a success.

It is now up to the VAL registered girls to put their money where their mouth (or petition signature as it were), enter and front up on the start line to back the VAL's Women's Advisory Committee and the Bendigo Athletic Club's initiative in listening to the athletes and working with the athletes to find common ground and a positive solution.

Girls, if you do not support this, then the club has every right to change the format back. So it's in YOUR HANDS. Entries close Sunday 23 February. See the VAL Website for entry details. Even the interstate athletes are encouraged to make the journey. It's a weekend jam packed full of high level athletics and cycling.

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5 Re: Bendigo on Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:38 pm

Graeme Lebroy


Hi Shane

Any idea if the handicaps will be pulled back to scratch given the 50m limit?

Thanks

6 Re: Bendigo on Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:55 pm

ShaneMcK


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Sorry Graeme, can't answer that yet. I'll try to seek an answer for you.

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7 Bendigo on Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:14 pm

1leggedrunner


I think the womens 400 at Bendigo has had a 50metre limit for years. sunny

8 Re: Bendigo on Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:01 am

runningfan


ShaneMcK wrote:It is 100% confirmed from the BAC that this format will be followed this year. There is quite a push from the local business community to encourage and showcase female talent. That was the original drive behind the Ladies Day concept, as it ran in conjunction with the Ladies Madison. However after discussions with BAC representative, Neil McDonald, he proposed to take to committee this concept to make some changes to the program to support the female athletes on the main stage, the Sunday evening. Neil is punting on the fact that the girls will get behind this race and support it to make it a success.

It is now up to the VAL registered girls to put their money where their mouth (or petition signature as it were), enter and front up on the start line to back the VAL's Women's Advisory Committee and the Bendigo Athletic Club's initiative in listening to the athletes and working with the athletes to find common ground and a positive solution.

Girls, if you do not support this, then the club has every right to change the format back. So it's in YOUR HANDS. Entries close Sunday 23 February. See the VAL Website for entry details. Even the interstate athletes are encouraged to make the journey. It's a weekend jam packed full of high level athletics and cycling.


great move. Looking forward to consistent equalization with gender including with $$$ for real change however.

9 Re: Bendigo on Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:20 am

DizzyRunner


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Dizzy agrees.
Where there is equality in participants, there should be equality in prizemoney

10 Re: Bendigo on Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:03 pm

Graeme Lebroy


so just to clarify is the final on Saturday or Sunday?

The VAL site contradicts itself....

11 Re: Bendigo on Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:11 pm

Graeme Lebroy


....of the 400

12 Re: Bendigo on Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:23 pm

K_Moore


Hi Graeme,

The 400 women's final is confirmed for the Sunday, as is the 120m women's final. Both of these finals will precede the equivalent open 120 and Black Opal finals. Heats for both will be on the Saturday, presumably as per the time table.

13 Re: Bendigo on Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:48 am

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Apparently at some stage yesterday an incorrect timetable was posted for the Bendigo meeting this weekend. The correct timetable can be found on the VAL website on the Bendigo page. Link below. The timetable also includes the cycling events, which are always a great spectacle.

All the best for all those competing at what is one of our premier carnivals for the season. The weather looks good, so it should be a ripper.

http://www.val.org.au/Portals/0/Documents/Madison%20Program_Timesheet.pdf

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