Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic) wishes to advise that it is with much regret that we have taken the decision to cancel both the 2020 State Track & Field Championships and the 2020 State Cross-Country Championships.

These decisions were taken because of the escalating COVID-19 infection rates in the Victorian community, the State Government responses, and the associated risks and difficulties in conducting these large events in a highly volatile and unpredictable environment.

LAVic’s intent has been to salvage what it possibly could from what has been a frustrating and desperately disappointing 19/20 season for our members and the sport. Hence the timing of these announcements deep into the season.

It is now clear that the risks involved in hosting State Championship events between now and season’s end – particularly for the health of those in attendance – is unacceptably high. These are risks that LAVic is not willing to take.

LAVic will continue to provide assistance and the opportunity to Centres and Organising Bodies to conduct Cross-Country competition for the remainder of the reason. These events have relatively low participation rates, typically draw competitors from a localised area, attract low spectator numbers and are conducted in open parkland venues. These conditions present a low risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The member registration portal will be re-opened in coming days and authorised Centres will have the option of accepting new members. The winter Association fee component will be significantly reduced.

Note that in an effort to maximise athlete participation, athletes registered with locked down Centres, but residing in non-locked down postcodes, will be able to train and compete with other Centres by mutual agreement with the host Centre/Organising Body and LAVic.

To stay up-to-date with what LAVic is doing in regards to COVID-19, please head over to the webpage we’ve set up by clicking here.

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