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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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