The Great Southern Pentathlon – Sunday Feb.19th 2023
VMA Introducing “The Great Southern Pentathlon”
On Thursday, December 15th, VMA launched two exciting events for season 2023 which will be open to all 30+ athletes – Victorian, interstate & overseas:- Registration is OPEN Now
• The VMA State Championships
Sat. – Sun. 11th-12th February @ Doncaster Athletics Track
• “The Great Southern Pentathlon” | VMA’s Bradford/Sheehan Pentathlon.
Sun. 19th February @ Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park
Interstate and overseas athletes will be able to compete “by invitation”. Besides being aged 30+, the only other requirement is that each athlete has master’s athletics affiliation (interstate athletes who are affiliated with a state or territory association of course already meet this requirement). For those who don’t have this, VMA affiliation is available via both event entry forms for just $10/athlete. This affiliation also then allows athletes to enter other VMA events throughout 2023.
For the State Championships, the VMA Committee has decided that for a “final celebration for our 50th Anniversary year” the normal $20/event entry fee will be reduced by 50% to just $10/event with a 5th event free. Record attendance is anticipated and competition is expected to be strong.
The Pentathlon entry cost will be $20 overall which covers all of the 5 Pentathlon events This is a new event that is being held at Melbourne’s premier and most convenient to access athletics facility, Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park, which is just a short tram ride from the CBD. It could be a perfect opportunity for “diehard” Pentathlon athletes to engage in a full-scale Pentathlon event prior to the National Championships in Sydney. It is hoped this will become a new fixture on the Aussie athletics calendar. It is being “grown” off a smaller “in-house” VMA event that last year had 60 entrants.
For this first edition of this upgraded event we are aiming for 120 but I can see it has the potential to attract up to 500 athletes. We are promoting it along the lines of “give Pentathlon a go” with athletes being encouraged to take on events they “avoid” and to encourage them to “get out of their comfort zone”. It will be run as a proper championship event with a full complement of officials and so athletes will be able to claim records. It will also feature Athletics Victoria’s ‘Results Hub’ which will give them real-time updates on their performance, and their standing in the competition event by event. In future years a sponsor will be sought and prizemoney incentives are not out of the question.
So this is a call to all “pentathlon-minded athletes” to get along to this “ground-breaking event”. For interstate people who might like the idea of being billeted with a local VMA athlete during their stay, this is also a possibility. There is a contact number for this on the entry form.
So what more can I say…other than well, “entries for both events are open as of PM Thursday, December 15th and I hope to see some “interstaters” at one or other, or even better, both events!
Rob Mayston, VMA President