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COVID-19 Update 02 June 2020

Queensland Athletics Advice to Queensland Athletics Clubs and Members


Re June 1 Stage 2 COVID 19 Restrictions

You will have heard that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a move to Stage 2 COVD 19 restrictions as of yesterday 01 June. This is great news as we are now allowed organised non-contact training with groups of 20 or less.

Queensland Athletics, working with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Q Sport and other outdoor sports have presented to the Chief Health Officer a COVID SAFE Industry Plan.  We are still waiting for the response. In that COCID SAFE Plan we have proposed the use of athletics venues by more than one group of 20 and associated rules that will ensure that can be done in a COVID SAFE way. I will update you as soon as we get a response. 

Until we get that advice athletics facilities are restricted one group of 20 at any one time.

Queensland Athletics advice on return to training under Stage 2 – from 1 June

Committee members of your Club or Groups should all read and stay up to date with the Queensland Government – Return to Play online hub


NOTE: Sport Australia, Athletics Australia and other States all have posted also advice, in some cases this differs from the Queensland Government Advice, please follow the above advice and that provided by Queensland Athletics and Qrun. 


  • Ensure members understand the risk they pose to other members if they have any of the COVID 19 symptoms, even minor and that they do not attend if they do. 
  • Pre-registration in the best practice, use of the  QA supplied RevSport system will automatically then keep a record of all participants for contact tracing and can be set to limit participants to the required 20. Queensland athletics Staff can assist if required.
  • If you decide to use another method to organise your groups, such as email or social media, you must keep a record of those that attend, ensure everyone know to not turn up with even minor symptoms and restrict numbers in any group to 20 or less including Coach / Run Leader.
  • As part of registering to attend any session all participants should agree to a waiver. This is included at the end of this letter

  • Check that there are no restrictions at the chosen Venue. 
  • Check with Venue any special requirements
  • Check if Venue will have COVID SAFE singe in place at ant entry and exit points
  • Check with Venue in regard to regular cleaning of toilet facility’s
  • Obtain hand sanitiser and small tables for its use.
  • Preference is for all participants to bring their own sanitiser and use it on a regular basis 

On the Day

  • The group must not be larger than 20, this includes all individuals, athletes, coachs and any parents
  • The must be no comingling between groups at the same facility, before, during or after activity.
  • Athletes should arrive just on time and dressed ready to train, athletes should leave the venue as soon as possible after finishing activity – get in and get out.
  • Make sure participants respect social distancing at all times, while 1.5m is the minimum, 2m to 3m is better when athletes are ventilating heavily.
  • When running in lanes, athletes to use every second lane
  • Avoid running in others’ slipstream or in groups
  • No sharing water bottles
  • Athletes to bring own towel 
  • Where posable athletes should bring their own equipment, if that’s not possible there should be no sharing of equipment and athletes should collect their own implements.
  • No high fives or hugs or handshakes
  • No use of High Jump, Pole Vault Matts or Long Triple Jump pits (we are seeking expert medical advice on this going forward) 
  • Avoid public facilities wherever possible 
  • Make sure you demonstrate good behaviour on social media 
  • Make sure members are aware of abiding by these guidelines 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself david.gynther@qldathletics.org.au or 0437004983


David Gynther

CEO Queensland Athletics



I have not travelled overseas / been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days. I agree that I do not feel unwell, and don’t have flu/cold like systems such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, muscle and point pain, diarrhoea, vomiting or loss of appetite. I consent information from this form can be used by venue owners and government agencies for COVID-19 contact tracing as part of the public health response. I agree to abide by all the Rules and By Laws of this club, Athletics North Queensland, and Athletics Australia

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COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart

Attention all clubs! Club funding is now available to you!

The Qld Government is offering (until 17 June) $2000 grants to clubs to restart/continue delivery of activities as we start to come out of the lockdown.

Click here to go to the Government page for more details

Qld Gov't Kickstart 

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Return to Athletics

Athletics Australia released its “Return to Athletics Guidelines” to be used by clubs and associations around the country on 20/05/20.

The Guidelines set out in conjunction with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Australian Sport in a COVID-19 Environment have been formulated with the help of Athletics Australia’s member associations and with Sport Australia.

The guidelines aim to provide the Athletics community with clarity about how best to create a safe training environment depending on the differing levels of restrictions imposed by state and federal governments.

At this time, the Return to Athletics Guidelines do not provide for a resumption of athletics competitions and events. Decision-making around the resumption of state and club competitions rests with the state sporting organisations. 

Athletics Australia will continue to work with its state Member Associations, government bodies and health officials to develop similar national baseline standards for event & competition operations.

The principles of the Return to Athletics Guidelines are grouped into four categories:


Parents & Carers

Coaches & Run leaders, Officials & Volunteers

High Performance

The resources are available on the COVID-19 Hub on the Athletics Australia website.

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COVID-19 Update 15 May 2020

To all clubs, coaches and members,

RE: Permitted Physical Activity from 16th May 

Please find some information at the below link. I am still expecting more detail and will pass that on as soon as it arrives. 

I understand the frustration caused by the late messaging; State Government have committed to giving more timely information as we move towards Stage 2 & 3 


The critical statements for athletics and recreational running are:

  • No indoor activity permitted, except for pools, which can operate for up to 10 people.
  • No formal organised community team sport.
  • 1.5 metres between people
  • No formal organised community sport (unless an exemption is approved eg golf, tennis and bowls with specific criteria)
  • Non-contact informal activity permitted for up to 10 people.

What does that imply specifically for Athletics and Recreational Running? Queensland Athletics Clubs and Qrun Clubs are not allowed to organise activity or use Club Houses. Individual Members of Queensland Athletics and Qrun may organise to partake in informal, non-contact activity with up to 9 others.   

Based on the above and discussions with State Government please note the below updated advice.  

Queensland Athletics Advice for Clubs, Coaches and Athletes 15 May 2020 

  • Clubs may not Organise any Activity until Stage 2 (June 12)
  • Groups 10 or less individuals may participate in Outdoor, informal non-contact activity such as running or circuit training general fitness work. This must be informal & self-organised by the participants not a Club.  
  • Social distancing must be applied at all times
  • No equipment is to be shared
  • It is not permissible to have several informal groups sharing a facility even if they display distancing.

General Health Advice Applies

  • No one should attend any activity if they are unwell or display even mild symptoms and all participants must agree to this prior to attending any activity
  • Good hand hygiene should be practiced 
  • Use of toilets and other indoor facilities should be minimised as much as possible
  • Participants should not congregate before and after activities 
  • If a facility or park is busy with other groups, find another location – the advice is clear that even if individual groups are 10 and abiding by the rules and social distancing, crowded facilities / parks and so on will see activity banned. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at david.gynther@qldathletics.org.au or 0437 004 983


David Gynther

CEO Queensland Athletics


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This time we sit down with Doha 4x400m representative Alex Beck. Fresh off a personal best during the 2020 domestic season, we discuss the feeling of breaking a long standing pb, his secret to consistency at the top level and his all time 4x400m relay teams.

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This week we sat down with sprinter Ella Conolly. 
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Athlete Chats - Patrick Tiernan

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We chat isolation in Philadelphia, favourite races hes been in, advice on aspiring college athletes and much more.

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We catch up with Naa Anang to chat about the current world we live in, what keeps her busy during the day, a look back at her amazing 2019 season and much more.

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Athletics Update 18 March 2020

Queensland Athletics Athletics North Queensland COVID-19 Guidelines for Athletics – Bulletin 1 DATE: 18 March 2020

Queensland Athletics and Athletics North Queensland continue to take the health and safety of athletics participants including athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and fans, across all levels of the sport very seriously.

As you are no doubt aware, COVID-19 is a quickly evolving global situation. The Boards of Queensland Athletics and Athletics North Queensland will continue to monitor advice from Federal and State Governments along with Health experts and Venues. We will update our Members as required.

All Athletics organisers and participants must play a role if we are to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including people organising, attending or supporting attendance at athletics activities.

In this unprecedented time, we also need to plan ahead, be ahead of the curve, where possible be proactive and postpone events and activities that may be at risk of cancelation. It is certain that guidelines will tighten further, it’s also certain that we will eventually get on top of this virus and at some stage need to return to normal business. It is in that environment that we are advising Clubs to plan now and possibly look at postponing and rescheduling rather than cancel.


Effective 18 March 2020, the following guidelines should be adhered to for all Athletics activities in Queensland, including competition, training, clinics and educational activities:

•Clubs should postpone or cancel all competitions, including Track & Field, Cross Country and Organised Road Running until 31 May.

•Clubs should cancel all coaching, officiating, clinics and educational activities of more than 10 persons until 31 May.

•Clubs should cancel all regular training sessions where more than 10 individuals are involved. Where small groups (less than 10) training is organised strict social distancing. In addition to the sanitisation of equipment being used by the athletes and coaching, shall be implemented.

NOTE: advice can and will change over the next few days and weeks so any document / advice we give will need to be reviewed and potentially modified on a regular basis.


Social Distancing

Participants should not present at any Club or Athletics activity if they:

  • Have any flu-like symptoms;
  • Have been in direct contact with a known case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • Have travelled internationally or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days; or
  • Are at a high risk from a health perspective, including the elderly and those with pre- existing medical heath conditions.


  • Athletes, Coaches or officials do not touch each other, e.g. no shaking hands

  • Ensure you keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others;

  • Restrict access to changeroom areas 4.

  • Ensure spaces at each facility, surfaces and objects are regularly cleaned with Disinfectant stating high alcohol content (90%) or antiviral properties

  • Ensure spaces at each facility, any implements cleaned with Disinfectant stating high alcohol content (90%) or antiviral properties

  • Provide hand washing guidance (http://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/);

  • Promote regular and thorough hand washing by staff and participants;

  • Provide sanitising hand rub dispensers, stating high alcohol content (90%) or antiviral properties in prominent places around the event venue

  • Make sure hand rub dispensers are regularly refilled. 


  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;

  • Provide bins and put used tissues in the bin straight away;

  • Wash hands with soap and water often;

  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available;

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell;

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

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Barry Dobson receives OAM

TWO quiet achievers from the southwest have been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community.

Retired Inala builder Barry Dobson, 77, was nominated by his sister Andrea Thompson after a lifetime spent volunteering as an athletics official.

While pursuing his own goals as a marathon runner, Mr Dobson has taken on volunteer roles such as track umpire, timekeeper, coach and club committee positions to help others pursue their sporting dreams.

Mr Dobson migrated to Brisbane, from Britain, with his wife Irene in 1963 and was soon organising athletics events at the migrant centre in Brisbane.

Since then he has been part of Olympic and Commonwealth Games events and lists being on the track as an official when Kathy Freeman won Gold at the 2000 Olympics as a highlight.

He also lists mentoring Paralympian Gerard Gossens and marathon runner Pat Carroll among his proudest achievements.

“I ran 17 marathons, the last four in under three hours, which is considered the yardstick,” he said.

*with thanks to Julie Sanderson from Quest Newspapers 

Picture: QUEST NEWSPAPERS/Julie Sanderson

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Qld Track Classic 2020

World Athletics, Oceania Athletics, Athletics Australia and Queensland Athletics are very pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the Queensland Track Classic, 20 March 2020, will join the World Athletics Continental Tour as a Silver level permit meet.

As one of only ten Silver level meets on the World Athletics Continental Tour, and the first of the series, we aim to provide the best all round experience possible for those in attendance, joining the likes of ISTAF Berlin, recognised as the oldest annual one-day meeting (going since 1921)

Another exciting aspect of the Silver level permit is the significant prize money on offer to the athletes on the day. Participation in the Continental Tour, at the Silver level, grants athletes the opportunity to gain valuable “B” level points, as they strive towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Securing a Silver level event is a great result for Australian Athletics and next year our ambition is to go one step further and obtain a Continental Tours Gold Level. A Gold Level meet is the highest scoring one day competition outside the Diamond League and will include some Diamond League status event such as Discus and Triple Jump.

In order to be successful, it is critical that we have the highest quality fields and best athletes available at the 2020 Queensland Track Classic so strongly encourage all athletes to nominate for the 2020 Queensland Track Classic.

Nominations for the Queensland Track Classic are now open at: https://bit.ly/3aJCVvh

We look forward to seeing you all at the Qld Sports and Athletics Centre on March 20th for an amazing night of Track and Field action!


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