IBS track and field with Valmai Loomes

Jonty Faulkner prepares for Interclub on Sunday, November 15, then it's off to the NSW All Schools.
Jonty Faulkner prepares for Interclub on Sunday, November 15, then it's off to the NSW All Schools.

So far, weather hasn't been really kind to us as we have made our way back onto the track for the summer season, but at least we are back. If in doubt as to club meets being held, the executive of IBS aim to make a decision on cancellation by 12 noon to enable travelling athletes time with travel etc.

The club has now a number of travelling athletes including athletes from Ulludulla, Batemans Bay area and it is great to have them join our club. Athletes and family will be made aware by posting on both face book and our website at www.illawarrabluestars.com.

School students are now preparing for the NSW All Schools, the first major meet to be conducted by the association. To be held late November and early December, the All Schools have been divided into two weekends to enable the association to conduct the event under the Covid-19 Rules.

See athletics NSW website and watch for opening of entries. The club is expected to be well represented at this major meet and many of the athletes are well up in the grading. One of the biggest meets held by Athletics NSW, this event brings together athletes from all over the state attending private, public and associated schools and it is here that many of our senior athletes of today have competed on the way to senior athletics.

Alex and Charlie talk sprinting with one of the best, former Australian rep Peter Gandy, as they prepare for the Interclub meet to be hosted by their club IBS, then off to NSW All Schools

Alex and Charlie talk sprinting with one of the best, former Australian rep Peter Gandy, as they prepare for the Interclub meet to be hosted by their club IBS, then off to NSW All Schools

Illawarra Blue Stars will conduct an open interclub meet on Sunday, November 15, at the Kerryn McCann Athletic Centre. To be held in conjunction with Athletics NSW, the meet will bring local athletes from the four senior athletic clubs, Blue Stars, Athletics Wollongong, Kembla Joggers and Nowra, up against athletes from any other clubs within the state.

Classed as an afternoon of sprints/middle distance, the meet is designed to have a number of events for athletes in short, fast action. Events to be held will be short hurdles, 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, javelin and triple.

To follow the coronavirus rules and regulations, the number of athletes will be restricted and athletes are advised to enter as quickly as possible. To do this, go to Athletics NSW website onto calendar and log into IBS Interclub and enter. Officials of the club who will be helping out also must register by going into the link, www.nswathletics.org.au/events/80299/ and then notify Jodie Sundstrom what event you have nominated to help on. Coaches, also must register by the link www.revolutionise.com.au/coachnsw/events/80301/ otherwise coaches will not be granted admission. All athletes will enter by the main gate, as wiill officials and coaches, with the number of spectators limited to 400.

This meet is predicated to bring a number of athletes to the coast and will be a great time for our athletes going to All Schools and also our older athletes to see how their preparation is going.

David Chisolm

David Chisolm

It is with great sadness that we recently heard of the passing of David Chisolm. Dave, the father of Cameron Chisolm, one of IBS' leading male sprinters, and Lachlan, one of Australia's past great 800-metre athletes. Dave was a great athlete in his day, he then moved into coaching where he had a lot of success and was the coach of long distance champion athlete Madeline Heiner.

In later years he had a squad of junior athletes that he guided and mentored. He will be sadly missed and his contribution to our sport will not be forgotten. A true gentleman and highly admired by his fellow coaches, he was available at any time to any athlete, passing on his knowledge of the sport to many. Our condolences go to the family at this very sad time.

IBS Interclub

Registration for event closes at Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 10am.

Sun 15 Nov 2020, 14:00 - 18:00, Kerryn McCann Athletic Centre

Note regarding COVID-19 Safety and Competition Delivery of Interclub

Please note that this event will be delivered in a COVID-safe manner, by the IBS Athletics Club, and Athletics NSW. COVID-safe protocols, including limiting the venue capacity to less than 500 pax at any one time, social distancing, hand sanitiser and screening questions at athlete check-in will all be in place for this event, as well as all other Athletics NSW Summer 2020/2021 events held.

There will be a maximum of 400 unique entries (i.e. 400 total athletes) that will be permitted to each Interclub Competition. If you are registering for an Interclub event, we ask that you are 100% committed to participating at the event you register for.

65 Spots will be available for registered coaches and club administrators to attend each event (upon pre-registering via a form provided before each competition), with the remaining spots being occupied by NSW Officials, Club Volunteers and Athletics NSW Staff at each Interclub Competition.

Only Athletes, pre-registered accredited coaches, volunteers, NSW Officials, and Athletics NSW staff will be allowed to attend the event. Unfortunately, at this stage with the current restrictions, no spectators will be able to attend Interclub Competitions.

Carers for Para Athletes will be permitted, upon pre-registering themselves on the form provided before each competition.

Athletics NSW will endeavour to provide the safest possible environment for all participants at event single event that is delivered throughout Summer Season 2020/21

Please remain vigilant. We all have a part to play in protecting ourselves and those we interact with. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our athletics community sport COVID Safe.

Please note entries for this meet may close earlier than the advertised date/time due to capacity limits because of COVID-19 restrictions. We encourage all athletes who wish to participate in this event to enter as soon as possible.

Competition Status: The All-comers has Athletics Australia Permit Status enabling athletes to qualify for National and International competitions and set state and national records.

Eligibility: This event is available for Open, Concession and Dual Members.

Entry: Online Registration is only for those members with the following Memberships - Open Members, Concession Members and Dual Members. If you wish to upgrade your membership please email memberships@nswathletics.org.au.

Entering Seed Marks (TIMES/DISTANCES): You will be asked to enter your "'Qualification Mark" which is ideally a season best performance for each event which enables us to enter you into the correct division.

Please be sure to enter this in the CORRECT FORMAT as indicated;

Times; M=minute, S=second, TS=Tenth of a second, HS=Hundreth of a second

Distances; M=Metre, CM=centimetre

SS.TSHS for a Sprint should look like 11.03

MM:SS.TSHS for a long distance event looks like 2:32.45

MM.CMCM for a throw needs to be entered like 12.52

M.CMCM for a Height/ Distance jumps event should be entered like 1.23


Track - 100, 200, 400, Sprint Hurdles, 800

Field- Triple Jump, Javelin Throw

Para- 100, 200, 400

Events (including Shot Put and Long Jump) will be seeded based on seed time/ distance.

Athlete Check In: All athletes will need to report to athlete check-in at least one(1) hour prior to the start of their event.

Age Groups: Athletes compete as open athletes and will be placed in events based on ability (track events and jump) and according to weight division in throws events.