Athletics Australia

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Athletics Australia
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Sport Athletics
Jurisdiction Australia
(as Australia Amateur Athletic Association)
(as Athletics Australia)
Affiliation IAAF
Regional affiliation OAA
Headquarters Albert Park, Victoria
President Mark Arbib
Chief ExecDarren Gocher
Official website
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Athletics Australia provided officials to conduct track and field events at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. 86 AA-registered athletes competed for Australia in the Games. Sydney olympic stadium track and field.jpg
Athletics Australia provided officials to conduct track and field events at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. 86 AA-registered athletes competed for Australia in the Games.

Athletics Australia is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) recognised by the Australian Sports Commission for the sport of athletics in Australia. [2]

Australian Sports Commission

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC), branded from 2 August 2018 as Sport Australia, is the Australian Government's statutory agency responsible for distributing funds and providing strategic guidance and leadership for sporting activity in Australia.


First founded in 1897, the organisation is responsible for administering a sport with over 16,000 registered athletes, coaches and officials. [3]


Athletics Australia (AA) was originally the Athletic Union of Australasia, an amateur group founded in 1897. In 1928, New Zealand broke away to form its own national body and the Amateur Athletics Union of Australia (AAU) was the result.

Australasia region of Oceania

Australasia comprises Australia, New Zealand, and some neighbouring islands. It is used in a number of different contexts including geopolitically, physiogeographically, and ecologically where the term covers several slightly different but related regions.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

In 1932, an Australian Women's Amateur Athletics Union (AWAAU) was instituted and it remained responsible for women's athletics until 1978. In that year, the separate national unions amalgamated into one governing body which, in 1989, was rebranded as Athletics Australia. [4]


Affiliated with the IAAF, the organisation governs the sport of athletics throughout Australia, conducting a range of important competitions each year.

International Association of Athletics Federations international governing body for the sport of athletics

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. It was founded on 17 July 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation by representatives from 17 national athletics federations at the organization's first congress in Stockholm, Sweden. Since October 1993, it has been headquartered in Monaco.

Athletics Australia conducts the Athletics Grand Prix Series and the Australian Championships in Athletics, [5] where athletes compete to gain selection for the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. [6] The Australian Athletics Team since 2009 has been known as the Australian Flame. [7]

Olympic Games Major international sport event

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

Commonwealth Games Multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations

The Commonwealth Games are an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930, and has taken place every four years since then. The Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954 to 1966, and British Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974. It is the world's first multi-sport event which inducted equal number of women’s and men’s medal events and was implemented recently in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

IAAF World Championships in Athletics international athletics tournament

The IAAF World Championships, commonly referred to as the World Championships in Athletics, is a biennial athletics event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The World Championships was started in 1976 in response to the International Olympic Committee dropping the men's 50 km walk from the Olympic athletics programme for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, despite its constant presence at the games since 1932. The IAAF chose to host its own world championship event instead, a month and a half after the Olympics. It was the first World Championships that the IAAF had hosted separate from the Olympic Games. A second limited event was held in 1980, and a major expansion in 1983 is considered the official start of the event. It was then held every four years until 1991, when it switched to a two-year cycle.

The association also provides co-ordination, guidance, and support to affiliated member organisations, which govern athletics in their respective states, territories or jurisdictions (e.g. Paralympic athletics). [8]

A number of committees and commissions hold responsibilities in specialist areas such as race walking, coaching and anti-doping. [9]

Hall of Fame

In 2000 Athletics Australia established its Hall of Fame to recognise outstanding achievement amongst Australia's greatest athletes. Induction is at the discretion of Athletics Australia's Special Awards Committee. [10]

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  2. Cool Running Australia
  3. - Athletics Australia - Annual Report 2006/07 Archived December 30, 2012, at
  4. Athletics Australia - History Archived October 5, 2009, at the Portuguese Web Archive
  5. Athletics Australia - Season Guide 2007/08 Archived February 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Athletics Australia - General Selection Criteria Archived April 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Athletics Australia (2010). Annual report 2009-2010 (PDF). Melbourne: Athletics Australia. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  8. Athletics Australia - Affiliated Organisations Archived February 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. Athletics Australia - Commissions and Committees Archived October 5, 2009, at the Portuguese Web Archive
  10. "Athletics Australia Hall of Fame". Athletics Australia. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  11. "This year's Hall of Fame inductee is @BenitaWillis". Athletiucs Australia Twitter. Retrieved 18 February 2018.