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VAL CALENDAR 2017/2018

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1 VAL CALENDAR 2017/2018 on Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:58 pm


Huge loss with Stonnington no longer on the VAL calendar. Fantastic to see Keilor is back, along with Meadowglen. AND new meetings at Parkdale and Frankston. Tim Mason has done a ton of work in getting Parkdale up and running and it is looks like being a great day, with plenty of other activities planned.

Sunday 12th - Sandringham
Sunday 26th – Meadowglen

Saturday 2nd – Warrnambool
Sunday 3rd – Terang
Sunday 10th – Northcote
Saturday 16th – Ararat

Monday 1st – Maryborough
Saturday 6th – Castlemaine
Sunday 7th - Daylesford
Saturday 13th - Rye
Sunday 14th – Frankston
Saturday 20th – St Albans
Friday 26th – Maribyrnong
Saturday 27th – Wangaratta

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th – Ballarat (TBC)
Saturday 10th – Keilor
Sunday 11th – Trinity (TBC)
Saturday 17th – Avondale Heights
Saturday 24th – Geelong

Saturday 3rd – Doncaster (TBC)
Sunday 4th – Yarra Ranges
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th – Bendigo
Saturday 17th – Euroa
Saturday 24th – Parkdale
Sunday 25th – Ringwood (TBC)
Saturday 31st – Stawell

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd – Stawell

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2 Keilor Gift back on right track on Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:00 pm


Keilor Gift back on right track

by  Ewen McRae
Star Weekly
August 9, 2017

The Keilor Gift will return in 2018, following a funding commitment from Brimbank council.

The council approved $25,000 for the gift in last week’s budget, just nine months after the 2017 event was cancelled because of a cash shortfall.

Keilor Gift chairman Hayden Kelly said it was pleasing to have the gift back for 2018.

He said the organising committee had already locked in the event for its traditional second Saturday in February.

“We’re very happy about it,” Mr Kelly said.

“A huge thanks to the council for making this happen, especially Virginia Tachos, our local councillor, who’s really driven this.

“We’re more than happy to have it back and we’re looking forward to making it bigger and better.”

The 2017 Keilor Gift was called off and the future of the 83-year-old footrace was in the balance after the council withdrew 50 per cent of its funding in October last year. The funding was cut from $10,000 in previous years to $5000.

Brimbank mayor John Hedditch said the newly-elected council recognised the gift’s importance and was pleased to dramatically increase its funding to the event.

“Council increased the amount of funding available to support the delivery of a number of community events and services, recognising the value of these activities to the community,” Cr Hedditch said.

“The Keilor Gift is one of the community events that council is pleased to support.”

Cr Hedditch said a festival and events policy is being developed by the council which will include looking at funding options for community events.

The gift’s organising committee had requested a four-year fund commitment for the event. While that was not approved, Mr Kelly said he was confident about the gift’s future.

“We do have some confidence that the event is safe, at least in the life of this council,” he said. “We’re very confident that we’ll still attract the quality of competitors that we had in the past. The date is locked in and now it’s about working with traders and Athletics Victoria to make the event a success.”

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3 Frankston Gift ready to be run in 2018 on Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:03 pm


Frankston Gift ready to be run in 2018

By Ben Triandafillou
Bayside News
July 10, 2017

IT has been six years since the running of the ‘Gift’ on the peninsula but the Frankston Athletics Club has announced that they will reignite the event and host the 2018 Frankston Gift on Sunday 14 January.

Next year’s Frankston Gift will be run at the Frankston Football Oval with $1500 available in the prize pool for each of the women’s and men’s gifts.

The Frankston Gift will be run on the same weekend as the 2018 Rye Gift which the Frankston Athletics Club believes will only have a positive effect on the event.

“We are hoping people from the Rye Gift will stay down on the peninsula and come and compete the following day in Frankston,” Frankston Athletics Club treasurer Craig McConchie said.

“We have deliberately chosen to run our events over different distances to the Rye Gift so that the runners aren’t repeating what they had run the previous day.”

As the races are “professional” races, prize money is offered for all events, which is generally paid to everyone who makes a final.

Each athlete is given a mark or handicap based on their ability allowing all competitors to have an equal opportunity to win their chosen event.

There are 15 proposed events on the program, including a football/ netball club relay and an emergency services relay.

The Frankston Athletics Club is now looking for sponsors for the Frankston Gift to help raise the prizemoney that will be on offer.

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