Our 22-23 season starts on Saturday 8 October 2022. Registrations will open on-line here for ages 5-16 in mid-late August. Our season calendar also will be available here soon. Prior to the registrations opening, if you are interested in participating in athletics for the first time please express interest via this link: CLICK HERE
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Committee meeting: Wednesday 7 September, 7.30pm, on-line via Teams. All welcome.
Role call: Our volunteer committee meets on-line each month to plan for the upcoming season. We need parents to help us fill roles for the 2022-23 season. Among these is our Membership Co-ordinator to help keep check on athlete registrations. We particularly need parents to assist in this role during our pre-season and first few weeks of competition (Aug-Oct) when registrations are entered. This is a transitional role and the parent currently in this position will be on hand to assist. Other roles include canteen, bbq, starters, track marking, sponsorship, first aid, finish line, age group co-ordinators, office help and U6-U7 supervisors. Each week parents are required to help us run events so athletes can participate – there are no paid officials at Chelsea. Thank-you. Details 0419 090 458.
Winter Cross Country: Details Here
Barry Plant Bayside Chelsea Gift: Our 14th annual Chelsea Gift was run on 19 March 2022. There were 6 junior heats and 11 senior heats. Congratulations to all our athletes who participated. Senior finalists (in finish order) Anderson M, Teagan S, Spencer W, Isabella G, Khayal S, Riley W, Ashley B (tied for 6th), James R. Junior finalists (in finishing order) Ashton F, Blake N, Carly J, Jude C, Indy P, Max U, Spencer T, Saskia B. More details here
Senior Gift Finalists:
Junior Gift Finalists (pictured with Andrew Tomlinson, Barry Plant Bayside)
Bendigo Bank Medallion Day: 26 March – This is our last event at the track for the season. Athletes will be awarded either a gold, silver or bronze medal on the day depending on their performance. Bonus points will be awarded for Personal Bests achieved. Centre uniforms must be worn by all athletes. Races will be followed by our centre awards, trophies and medals presentation. The day starts at 8.45am and is scheduled to finish at approx. 1pm. We will run our BBQ and canteen on the day. We look forward to seeing you at the track for what typically is a fun day as we celebrate and bid farewell to our 21-22 season. Medallion Day Program
State Championships: Congratulations to all Chelsea athletes who participated at the Victorian Track and Field Championships at Lakeside Stadium on 12-13 March. There was plenty of PBs and top 10 finishes. A special mention to U9B 400m trio – Patrick Holbery (SILVER), Eddie Gately (BRONZE) and Charles Ferro (6th) all in PB times, Eve Dziurek (4th U13G High Jump), Clementine Arrowsmith (4th U9G 70m) and Charles Ferro (4th U9B 800m) See Results hub It follows a successful Regional Track & Field Carnival on 12-13 February with 29 medals – 6 GOLD, 9 SILVER, 14 BRONZE and lots of PBs.
2021-22 Chelsea records: 19 Feb 2022: Liam Pieters, U15B Javelin, 27.39m (beat his previous record of 26.87m set 4 Dec 2021); 19 Feb 2022: Patrick Holbery, U9B, 400m, 1:12.73 (previous mark 1:14:00 set in 1972); 19 Feb 2022: Wilson Marsic, U11B, Discus, 19.66m (previous mark 19.04m); 19 Feb 2022: Lucy Gothard, U9G, Scissor Jump, 1.10m (beat her previous record of 1.08m set on 4 December 2021); 5 Feb 2022: Leonka Chandrasena, U13B, Discus, 23.56m (beat his previous record of 23.05m set on 27 Nov 2021).
Training: For athletes, training will resume at the track in September 2022. Day and time TBC. Sessions are run for all members in ages U8+. Parental supervision is required.
T-shirt patch collection: All athletes (fully paid and trial) must have the official t-shirt patch to participate. They can be collected from our clubrooms. Temporary paper patches for trial athletes can also be self-printed upon registration online. For new members and trial athletes we need to sight a proof-of-age document (e.g. birth cert, passport) to verify age groups. Parents also will need to nominate for 3 duties on our season calendar.
Uniforms: All athletes must wear the official Chelsea uniform at all Saturday race meets. Those trialing are encouraged to wear runners, black shorts, white socks and either a mostly red, white or yellow-t-shirt (our centre colours). A windcheater can be worn on colder days. Uniforms can be purchased from the clubrooms.
Parent help: A reminder our centre is volunteer run and we encourage all parents to take an active role and help out on the track with their respective age groups – this includes raking pits, measuring jumps / throws and recording results. We also require parents to be age group managers and assist with marshalling athletes and showing them to their next event. For more information, please see an official at the red Coles tent at meets.
Covid updates: Please refer to our Covid-19 information page.
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Photos: During the season there may be athletes who are unable to be photographed. Please ensure that you are only photographing and/or sharing images of your own children and or those where they have parental / guardian permission. The safety of children is paramount, and we appreciate you respecting and understanding this request.
Olympian Craig Mottram starts our 50th year
Chelsea was judged ‘BEST CENTRE’ in the Southern Metropolitan Region and also ‘3rd BEST’ in Victoria from 101 centres in 2015-16. Read the Mordialloc Chelsea Leader article from 20 July 2016: click here
2021-22 Chelsea Gift
19 March 2022: Our 14th annual Barry Plant Bayside Chelsea Gift was run in sunny conditions. There were 6 junior heats and 11 senior heats. Junior finalists (in finishing order) Ashton Fletcher, Blake Nayna, Carly Jenkins, Jude Connon, Indy Peacock, Max Udovich, Spencer Tuininga, Saskia Bullerjahn. Senior finalists (in finish order) Anderson Mcleod, Teagan Smullen, Spencer Whitney, Isabella Ginesi, Khayal Subasinghe, Riley Whillas, Ashley Bartleman (tied for 6th), James Russo. See Gift Program The Gift is a 100m sprint event in which athletes race off staggered starts with the aim to provide an equal chance of winning. Trophies, medals and sashes picture below. We also held our AGM on the day. More details here
Jump to it
23 March 2022: Athletes celebrated another successful season with a free fun night at Gravity Zone. The cost of entry was covered in each athlete’s membership fee. The centre traditionally tries to run an end-of-season event for all Chelsea athletes, Covid-permitting, in the lead-up to centre awards and trophies at the last race meet in late March.
12-13 March 2022: Congratulations to all Chelsea athletes who participated at the Victorian Track and Field Championships at Lakeside Stadium on 12-13 March. There was plenty of PBs and top 10 finishes. A special mention to U9B 400m trio – Patrick Holbery (SILVER), Eddie Gately (BRONZE) and Charles Ferro (6th) all in PB times, Eve Dziurek (4th U13G High Jump), Clementine Arrowsmith (4th U9G 70m) and Charles Ferro (4th U9B 800m) See Results hub It follows a successful Regional Track & Field Carnival on 12-13 February with 29 medals – 6 GOLD, 9 SILVER, 14 BRONZE and lots of PBs.
19 February 2022: Following a successful Regional Track & Field Carnival on 12-13 February (29 medals: 6 GOLD, 9 SILVER, 14 BRONZE and lots of PBs, see Results Hub), 21 Chelsea athletes qualified for the Victorian Track & Field Championships at Lakeside Stadium on 12-13 March. Congratulations Jessica Adams, Clementine Arrowsmith, Milo Arrowsmith, Sydney Buensch, Leonka Chandrasena, Madison Driscoll, Eve Dziurek, Charles Ferro, Eddie Gately, Sarah Hastings, Patrick Holbery, Connor Hulme, Olivia Jackson, Bridget Koczek, Teagan Lay, Benjamin L’huillier, Archer Malone, Luca Orr, Meg Perkin, Cooper Russell, James Russo. For timetables and other information see: Details here
New Chelsea records
19 February 2022: Liam Pieters, U15B Javelin, 27.39m (beat his previous record of 26.87m set 4 Dec 2021); 19 Feb 2022: Patrick Holbery, U9B, 400m, 1:12.73 (previous mark 1:14:00 set in 1972); 19 Feb 2022: Wilson Marsic, U11B, Discus, 19.66m (previous mark 19.04m); 19 Feb 2022: Lucy Gothard, U9G, Scissor Jump, 1.10m (beat her previous record of 1.08m set on 4 December 2021); 5 Feb 2022: Leonka Chandrasena, U13B, Discus, 23.56m (beat his previous record of 23.05m set on 27 Nov 2021).
Regionals success, massive medal tally
13 February 2022: Congratulations to everyone involved at the Regional Track and Field Carnival at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve on 12-13 February 2022. So many fabulous PBs and top 10 finishes – and one of our best medal tallies for years – 29 medals: 6 GOLD, 9 SILVER and 14 BRONZE. Thank-you to all our parent helpers too. Fingers-crossed many of our athletes now progress to the State Championships on 12-13 March at the famous blue track at Lakeside. For the Regional full results go to the Results Hub (Coles Region T&F Carnival) on the Little Athletics Victoria website (we are Centre 60): Other Event details here
5 February 2022: Congratulations to Leonka Chandrasena who broke his own Chelsea record on 5 February 2022 in the U13 boys discus, throwing 23.56 metres, surpassing his previous mark of 23.05 metres set on 27 November 2021.
5 December 2021: Congratulations to Leonka Chandrasena who set a new record on 27 November in the U13 boys discus, throwing 23.05 metres, beating the previous record of 22.56 metres set in 2018-19; Liam Pieters new U15 boys javelin record with 26.87m on 4 December, surpassing 26.44m set in 2016-17; and Lucy Gothard new U9 girls scissor jump record at 1.08m on 4 December, beating 1.06m set in 2017-18.
Award winner and grant
1 December 2021: Congratulations to us – Chelsea received a prestigious Centre Membership Award at the Little Athletics Victoria 20-21 gala awards – we were judged to have the highest average membership growth and retention among large centres in the Southern Metro Region. In September 2021, thanks to Coles we received a $1370 grant for new equipment. Thank-you Coles for your on-going support as a major sponsor. Read all about here
13 November 2021: Unfortunately, due to the weather and track conditions our first day of competition on Saturday 13 November was cancelled, albeit reluctantly.
21-22 season start
6 November 2021: We started our 21-22 season with our Coaching Day at 9am on Saturday 6 November. Athletes were at the track from 9am, for warm-ups at 9.15am and started at 9.30am. Athletes spent 20 minutes per event site, before moving to the next event. No results were recorded as the emphasis was simply on instruction and guidance. View the Program of Events – the day was completed by 11.30am.
30-31 October 2021: Thank-you to everyone who helped at our Bunnings Keysborough BBQ fundraiser on 30-31 October. Funds raised go directly into the centre.
New World Record
28 October 2021: Members took part in the ‘World’s Biggest Olive Oil Tasting’ hosted by Cobram Estate is on 28 October. The $10 registration fee went directly to our centre. A world record was achieved. Details: Guinness World Record Virtual Tasting.
Cross Country Comp
1 April 2021: Chelsea doesn’t run a winter cross-country season, however in past years Chelsea athletes (and parents) have participated at the winter cross country athletics season run by Seaford little athletics. Competition is held at Seaford North Primary School on Saturdays from 9am to 10.30-11am. We ask that Chelsea athletes wear their full Chelsea uniform and Commonwealth Bank t-shirt patch at all cross country events. Details: HERE. Also, for information on the Regional and State cross country championships, see the Little Athletics Victoria Calendar – Little Athletics Victoria
That’s a wrap for season 2020-21
20 March 2021: Our 2020-21 season at Chelsea concluded with our Medallion Day on 20 March 2021. View our Centre Awards and Records for 2020-21 – Well done to all our athletes who ran at the Victorian Relays Championships at Casey on 27-28 March 2021. A huge thank-you to all our volunteer parents and committee for making our 52nd season an overwhelming success. Despite a delay to our season due to COVID-19, we managed to run weekly meets and many other great events across five months including our coaching day, our 13th annual Ray White Chelsea Gift, Bendigo Bank Medallion Day and presented awards, medals and trophies. We also opened our new jumps runways. Congratulations to all our athletes who together this season achieved more than 1500 PBs – on top of 10 new centre records. Many of our athletes also ran at the Regional and State Championships.
State qualifiers – March 2021
6 March 2021: Congrats to qualifiers for the Vic Track & Field Championships at Lakeside Stadium on 13-14 March 2021: Jessica Adams U13G 200mH; Freya Brown U15G 800m & 1500m (BRONZE MEDAL); Eve Dziurek U12G high jump; Sarah Hastings U14G 1500m; William Hotston U11B high jump; Micah Hulme U10G high jump & 60mH; Emerson Lay U11G long jump; Teagan Lay U13G long jump, triple jump, 100m & javelin; Benjamin L’Huillier U11B 1500m; Meg Perkin U13G high jump & 1500m; Cooper Russell U15B 300mH, high jump, triple jump & discus; and James Russo U14B 200mH & 90mH. Results
6 March 2021: We invite parents to nominate for the various roles important for the on-going smooth running of our centre. Please view our SPREADSHEET of available roles.
13th annual Ray White Chelsea Gift
6 March 2021: Our 13th annual annual Ray White Chelsea Gift was run today. The day started with our AGM at 8.40am and races started at 9.15am. The event concluded with trophies and awards. View the Event Program. The Gift is a 100m sprint event in which Chelsea athletes race off staggered starts with the aim to provide for an equal chance of winning. There are Junior (U6-U8) and Senior (U9-U16) categories. Further details HERE
Southern Metro Track & Field Carnival 2021
27-28 February 2021: Congrats to athletes who participated in the Southern Metro Track & Field Carnival at Caulfield on 27-28 Feb 2021. Special mention to medal winners: GOLD – Cooper Russell, U15B triple jump; Freya Brown, U15G 800m; Teagan Lay, U13G javelin; Eve Dziurek, U12G high jump. SILVER – Cooper Russell, U15B 300m hurdles; Micah Hulme, U10G 60m hurdles; James Russo, U14B 200m hurdles; Meg Perkin, U13G 1500m. BRONZE – Cooper Russell, U15B high jump; Micah Hulme, U10G long jump; William Hotston, U11B high jump; Jessica Adams, U13G 200m hurdles. Results
Twilight and region carnival cancelled
12 February 2021: In light of today’s State Government announcement re: COVID-19, our twilight meet (12 February) was cancelled. Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic) instructed centres that, in accordance with the Government’s extreme concern to stem further community COVID-19 transmission, no Victorian centre has the approval to conduct competition or training on Friday 12 February. The weekend’s Southern Metro Track & Field Carnival was also cancelled. Details: HERE
6 February 2021: Chelsea athletes have achieved five new centre records so far in 2021. On Saturday 23 January 2021: Patrick Holbery U8B 400m unlaned 1:21.58; Leonka Chandrasena U12B Shot Put (2kg) 8.76m previous record 8.69m; Jurney Vanderwyk U16G Javelin (500grams) 23.62m previous record 23.35m. On Saturday 6 February 2021: Freya Brown U15G 300m hurdles (76cm) 57.11 secs, Cooper Russell U15B 300m hurdles (76cm) 48.98 secs. Congratulations all.
18 December 2020: Athletes and families today attended our first twilight meet for the 2020-21 season, and our last meet for 2020. We resume on Saturday 16 January 2021.
7 December 2020: We invite families to view these Chelsea VIDEOS which provide an insight into our centre.
Sunday coaching clinic
6 December 2020: Today we had multi-event coaches host a coaching clinic at our track. Chelsea athletes participated in various events including high jump, shot put, discus, hurdles and jumps. We offered the clinic to Chelsea athletes as another option for them to access additional coaching during the season, as coaching and instruction was among the suggestions we received in a members survey.
5 December 2020: It was week 2 but the first day of competition whereby results were recorded for end-of-season awards. We welcomed to the track more than 40 new families including many athletes trialing little athletics for the first time. We also introduced our new ‘beep’ starting guns, replacing the need for caps.
2020-21 season starts
28 November 2020: Our annual Bring-A-Friend / Coaching Day started our 2020-21 season. Athletes participated in various track and field events under the guidance of our coaches in bright sunshine. We welcomed back our returning members and it was also terrific to see so many new families. COVID-19 guidelines were put in place, and families signed-in either via QR code or attendance sheet – this process will continue until further advised.
Call for COVID-safe helpers
12 November 2020: Central to the safe implementation and on-going compliance is the requirement for our centre to appoint COVID Safe Officials. We are seeking parents interested in helping us to fulfill this important role. Training available. To express interest, contact centre secretary John Tsiros on 0421 732 449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New jumps complete
8-15 November 2020: Upgrade works are complete on our brand new jumps runways. We now have an extra runway on the front straight, meaning even more groups of athletes will be able to do jump events at the same time.
Jumps taking off
10 October 2020: Upgrade works are progressing well on both our jumps runways. Both our runways will be replaced with brand new modern surfaces. Dual side-by-side runways will run along the front straight adding an extra runway for triple jump and long jump events, meaning more groups of athletes will be able to do jump events at the same time.
COVID safe role call
1 October 2020: Central to the safe implementation and on-going compliance is the requirement for our centre to appoint COVID Safe Officials. We are seeking parents interested in helping us to fulfill this very important role. Training and guidance available. To express interest, please contact our centre secretary John Tsiros on 0421 732 449 or email email@example.com
Video gives insight into roles to help run our centre
15 September 2020: We have no paid positions or supplied officials at Chelsea and the centre can only function with the assistance of volunteers, i.e. parents. A number of tasks need to be fulfilled to ensure that the centre runs efficiently resulting in maximum enjoyment for the athletes. To get an insight into many of the various roles we need filled to help our centre run – and how you can get involved – view this 5 minute video
Have a look at our information booklet
3 September 2020: Our information booklet provides a snapshot of our centre and tells you everything you need to know.
Coaching course open invitation
1 September 2020: Interested in learning more about little athletics and our track and field events? Then perhaps you can consider doing the Introduction to Coaching Course run by Little Athletics Australia. This practical course is a great way for parents and ex-athletes to further your involvement at the centre. Even if coaching isn’t for you, the skills you learn are handy for when helping at the track and assisting athletes to perform basic athletics skills. Costs can be paid for by the centre. Further details here
Jumps upgrade works begin
11 August 2020: Thrilled to see upgrade works begin on both our jumps runways. Both our existing runways will be replaced with brand new modern surfaces. And in further great news, we will have dual side-by-side runways along the front straight adding an extra runway for triple jump and long jump events. This will mean even more groups of athletes will be able to do jump events at the same time.
9 July 2020: Stage 3 restrictions re-imposed – Little Athletics Victoria update here
2 July 2020: Update on State Track & Field and State Cross-Country championships here.
2019-20 centre awards announced
4 May 2020: Our award recipients for the 2019-2020 season are now available, and can be viewed here. Congratulations to all Chelsea athletes. Trophy presentations to be held at a date to be confirmed, pending coronavirus pandemic regulations.
2019-20 season closes early
16 March 2020: Our governing body Little Athletics Victoria advised all centres including Chelsea to cease all of this season’s remaining activities and events, in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, thus bringing the 2019/20 track and field season to an early close. Accordingly, our two remaining events did not go ahead – our age group presentation (18 March) and end-of-season event (21 March). The timing and make-up of these two events including trophy and awards presentations is now subject to future review by the Chelsea Committee, on the advice of LAVic, health authorities and government. Read LAVic’s notice here
25 March 2020: LAVic posted an update on the Cross Country Season here
Records tumble at last meet
7 March 2020: Four centre records were broken at the last regular meet on Saturday 7 March. We also held our AGM. See the list of our Centre Record Holders
Relaython 2020 and State qualifiers
29 February 2020: Another ripper Relaython and fundraiser for the Royal Children’s Hospital was run on Saturday 29 February 2020. We completed 125 continuous laps in three hours. Well done athletes and parents. See our Facebook site for pictures. And congratulations to our 20 athletes who have qualified for the Victorian Track & Field Championships at Casey Fields on 14-15 March. List of qualifiers here
Survey snapshot and our strategic plan
11 February 2020: Chelsea now has a 3-year strategic plan to play an integral role in guiding the centre to achieve its goals & set direction, and to help identify various strategies moving forward. View the strategic plan and our membership survey snapshot here
Success at Regional Track and Field Carnival
15-16 February 2020: Congratulations to all our athletes who represented Chelsea at the Regional Track & Field Carnival at Caulfield on 15-16 February 2020. Our medal tally was 22 – with an amazing 8 GOLD, 7 SILVER, 7 BRONZE. Not forgetting a stack of final placings and plenty of Personal Bests. This makes it one of our best regional events ever – well done all.
Victorian Combined Events championships
1-2 February 2020: Congratulations to our athletes who represented Chelsea at the State Combined Events Championships at Lakeside Stadium on 1-2 February 2020. Claudia Cazaux U16G, Connor Hulme U13B, Magdalena Dimova U11G and Micah Hulme U9G. Athletes did 5-7 events and accrued points based on performance. A special mention to Claudia who placed 5th overall in the State.
Victorian relay championships
14 December 2019: Well done to all our athletes who ran at the Victorian Relay Championships at Casey Fields on Saturday 14 December 2019. Notably, each team ran quicker times compared to their Regional qualification. Results: U14G 4x200M – 3rd in heat, 11th overall; U9Mixed 4x100M – 6th in heat, 18th overall; U12G 4x100M – 8th in heat, 19th overall; U16G 4x100M – 7th in heat, 14th overall.
12th annual Ray White Chelsea Gift
7 December 2019: Chelsea athletes participated in another successful Ray White Chelsea Gift carnival day. Congratulations to all athletes who took part. It was among our biggest Gift turn-outs, with 8 junior heats and 12 senior heats. See results
Final placing orders:
Junior Gift – Mia Prelevic, Patrick Holbery, Grace Whitney, Jack Pettingill, Clementine Arrowsmith, Siena Popa, Alice Johnson, Nathan Blick
Senior Gift – Eloise Wadeson, Vilka Chandrasena, Xavier Kiki, Sophie Jackson, Noah Smits, Ava Moore, Mason Dwyer, Isabella Cavey
29 November 2019: Twenty-three teams represented Chelsea at the Southern Metro Region Relay Championships at Springvale on Saturday 23 November. Well done to all teams. Special mention to our medalists – BRONZE: U10 Mixed 4 x 200m – Jackson Pribil, Benjamin L’Huillier, Victoria Akhramenko, Emerson Lay; and dual BRONZE medallists U15 Boys 4 x 200m & U15 Boys Medley – Riley Gibbons, Thomas Toth, Vilka Chandrasena, Aidan Cafarella. Four teams since qualified for the Victorian Relay Championships at Casey Fields on Saturday 14 December: U9 4x100m mixed team, U12G 4x100m, U14G 4x200m, U16G 4x100m. Congratulations. Go TEAM CHELSEA.
4 Chelsea records smashed in one day
16 November 2019: What an incredible morning of aths. Four centre records smashed. Congrats to WILLIAM HOTSTON U10B high jump (1.17m – broke his previous record of 1.12m), CLAUDIA CAZAUX U16G discus (33.58m – previous mark 26.98m set by Ruby Holten in 2008-09), FREYA BROWN U14G 1500m (5:32.82 – previous mark 5:39.50 set in 1987) and ALEXANDER GIBSON U16B 1500m (4:41.36 – previous mark 4:47.36 set in 2014-15). Well done also to all our athletes who achieved PBs today and received Sports Star awards. Read the newspaper article CLICK HERE
Eight new centre records have been set so far this season. Other records have been achieved by Dinal Gamage (U14B shot put), Claudia Cazaux (U16G shot put and 300m hurdles) and Ahllia Dimachki (U11G discus).
Chelsea partners with global sports retailer
12 November 2019: Little Athletics Chelsea has partnered with Decathlon, world-wide sporting goods retailer. They open a new Moorabbin outlet on Friday 15 November. Simply register as a member HERE and remember to support ‘Chelsea Little Athletics Club’.
Strategic planning underway
11 November 2019: Little Athletics Chelsea has embarked upon a strategic planning process. As part of the first stage of gathering information to assist with future planning, all Chelsea members will receive a link to an on-line survey.
Season 2019-20 started
5 October 2019: Terrific weather, lots of athletes and plenty of happy faces – athletics returned today with our annual coaching day. Sensational event once again.
Coaching day to start the season
27 September 2019: Our 2019-20 season starts with a coaching day on Saturday 5 October. Arrive at 8.45am for a 9am start. Athletes to wear their t-shirt patches and Chelsea uniform. Trialing athletes to wear black shorts, t-shirt, white socks and runners. Details here
Registrations open for season 2019-20
20 August 2019: Sign up for our 51st season of family, fun & fitness. See link at top of page.
Our 2019-20 season calendar is available
1 August 2019: View our jam-packed SEASON CALENDAR for 2019-20.
Fitting farewell to our 50th season
23 March 2019: We farewelled our 50th season in fine style with our Ray White Chelsea Gift Carnival on Saturday 23 March 2019. With tents lining the track, it was a terrific sight to see so many athletes, families, friends, life members and sponsors cheering on athletes. Congratulations to all our award winners and record holders for season 2018-19.
Ray White Chelsea Gift 2018-19
23 March 2019: Our 11th annual Ray White Chelsea Gift was run on Saturday 23 March. Congratulations to all athletes. It was one of our biggest Gift turn-outs, with 9 junior heats and 12 senior heats. Final placing orders:
Junior Gift – Olivia McCaffrey, Ky Perkin, Ella Vanhoegaerden, Gypsy Klein, Jackson Adams, Evie Malone, Ashlee Hoogwerf, Emma Curtis
Senior Gift – Teagan Lay, Llelarni Mitchell, Anthony Blamey, Sophie Jackson, Sebastian Cole, Thomas Whillas, William Hotston, (Ashley Bartleman unavailable)
800m Gift – Max Woodhouse, Lily Woodhouse, Jessica Adams, Olivia Jackson, Victoria Akhramenko, Benjamin L’Huillier, Jessie Laughlin, Reon Tawhai
Chelsea sets new Relaython record
9 March 2019: We have a new Relaython record of 129 laps thanks to a mighty team effort by athletes and mums and dads who kept the baton going around the track non-stop for 3 hours. Well done all. What a wonderful sport we have where mums and dads can share the experience of participation with their children…family, fun, fitness that’s our motto!
20 medals at Region Championships
February 2019: Congratulations to all our athletes who competed at the Region Track and Field Championships at Caulfield on 16-17 February 2019. Chelsea athletes won 20 medals (19 last year), qualified for 25 finals and also achieved plenty of PBs. Well done Team Chelsea. Looking forward now to the Victorian titles. Congratulations to our qualifiers.
500 personal bests and counting
December 2018: Chelsea athletes continue to build up their PB tallies. Read about it here
Athletes set the pace with multiple PBs
December 2018: Centre records and PBs galore. Read about it here
Flying start to our 50th season
November 2018: Our 50th season is running. Read all about it in the Leader newspaper.
Victorian state relay qualifiers
Congratulations to the U9G 4 X 100m and 4 X200m (Matilda Laughlin, Emerson Lay, Jasmine Abella-Sentance and Leila Gothard) and the U11G 4 X 200m (Meg Perkin, Jessica Adams, Billie Ross and Teagan Lay) for qualifying for the Victorian Relay Championships at Lakeside Stadium on 15 December 2018.
50th birthday planning well underway
Our dedicated planning group consisting of current and former members meets regularly to plan events for our 50th season. Many fun ideas. We welcome suggestions. Contact us today.
Awards and records
For the full list of award recipients and centre record breakers for 2017-18, simply view our Awards and Champions page.
New 1500m record
Alexander Gibson set a new U13 boys 1500m record on Saturday 24 February 2018. He ran 5:04.57, surpassing the previous mark of 5:05.01, held since 1996. His effort comes after winning a silver medal at the Region Championships the week before, and since qualifying for the State titles in the same event. Congratulations Alexander.
Congratulations to the 17 Chelsea athletes who have qualified for the Victorian Track and Field Championships to be held at Lakeside Stadium on 10-11 March 2018…
Jessica Adams U9G 200m, 60m hurdles, 70m; Desmond Berry U9B 60m hurdles; Freya Brown U12G 400m, 1500m; Claudia Cazaux U14G 200m hurdles, 200m, 80m hurdles, shot put; Magdalena Dimova U9G long jump; Alexander Gibson U13B 1500m, 800m; Ashley Koczek U13B high jump, javelin; Bridget Koczek U11G javelin; Teagan Lay U10G 100m, 60m hurdles, 70m, long jump; T’zario Lay U9B 70m; Jonathan Mastorakos U15B 400m; Meg Perkin U9G high jump; Peter Sexton U14B shot put; Thomas Toth U12B triple jump; Jade Tsiros U11G 100m, 200m; Liam Whillas U14B 400m, 90m hurdles; Tilly Williams U9G high jump.
Chelsea athletes participated at the Region Track and Field Championships at Frankston on 17-18 February 2018. Our medal tally was 19 in total – 4 GOLD, 6 SILVER, 9 BRONZE. The regionals are the stepping stone for the Victorian Championships.
All up, Chelsea athletes ran in 25 finals and achieved plenty of PBs!
Special mention to our medallists:
GOLD: Ashley Koczek U13B high jump and javelin; Claudia Cazaux U14G 80m hurdles; Meg Perkin U9G high jump.
SILVER: Teagan Lay U10G 70m and long jump; Thomas Toth U12B triple jump; Desmond Berry U9B 60m hurdles; Alexander Gibson U13B 1500m; Liam Whillas U14B 400m.
BRONZE: Riley Gibbons U12B 200m; Alexander Gibson U13B 800m; T’zario Lay U9B 70m; Jakob Savic U12B shot put; Jade Tsiros U11G 100m and 200m; Freya Brown U12G 400m; Claudia Cazaux U14G shot put; Jonathan Mastorakos U15B 400m.
Our annual Relaython was held on Saturday 3 February 2018. Thanks to the efforts of athletes, mums and dads and friends we beat last year’s lap record – keeping the baton moving for 127 consecutive laps in the allocated three hours. In the past two years we have run 119 laps and 115 laps. Three cheers to everyone.
Chelsea Open Day – a great start to 2018
Chelsea kicked-off the new year with the successful running of its 35th annual Open Day carnival on Sunday 21 January.
Almost 250 athletes representing more than 30 centres from regions across Victoria and southern NSW including Albury, Maryborough, Shepparton, Whittlesea, Benalla, Sale and metropolitan Melbourne converged on Edithvale Reserve for the showcase event.
Chelsea Open Day is one of the longest running among athletic centres in Victoria and sees athletes aged U6 to U16 compete in track and field events.
Athletes set 27 new Chelsea Open Day records and won a swag of medals. Chelsea athletes won an amazing 24 gold, 41 silver and 26 bronze. Whittlesea City won the trophy for the best performing visitor centre for the third consecutive year.
Victorian relay champs
The Open Day capped an outstanding month for Chelsea athletes, after success at the Victorian relay championships at Lakeside on Saturday 16 December 2017.
Chelsea returned with two silver medals. Congratulations to U12 mixed 4X200m team members – Jade Tsiros, Tulip Hutchinson, Thomas Toth and Riley Gibbons; and the U12-13 Girls Medley team members Jasmine Kennedy, Freya Brown, Tulip Hutchinson and Monalisa Takwada.
The success came after Chelsea athletes won eight medals at the regional titles, including four golds.
Record held since 1983 – broken!
Chelsea athlete Teagan Lay set a new Chelsea U10 girls long jump record on 15 December 2017. Teagan jumped 4.08 metres, surpassing the previous mark of 4.05 metres, set in 1983. See the list of our record breakers for 2017-18.
A number of Chelsea athletes competed at the Victorian multi-event championships at Casey on 27-28 January 2018. Special mention to U14 Claudia Cazaux who placed 4th and Under 10 Teagan Lay who placed ninth overall.
Ray White Chelsea Gift – 9 December 2017
Chelsea athletes took a break from regular track and field on Saturday 9 December 2017 for the running of the annual Ray White Chelsea Gift.
It was the 10th consecutive running of the popular 100m sprint event, which sees athletes of different ages racing and running off staggered starts.
The ‘dash for the sash’ produced close finishes and less than a second separated runners in both the junior and senior finals.
In the senior final, first place went to U10 Benji Costante, ahead of U15 Jonathan Mastorakos and U12 Thomas Whillas. In an exciting finish, Jonathan started off scratch more than 25 metres behind the front markers too almost win the event. Other senior finalists: Magdalena Dimova, Claudia Chmara, Brodie Macfarlane, Jessica Adams, Desmond Berry.
The junior honours went to U6 Xavier Kiki, ahead of U7 Jackson Watson and U8 Henry Whitney. Other finalists: Joel Dean, Beau Miller, Amelia Hough, Ashlee Hoogwerf, Leilia Gothard.
There was plenty of action off the track as well including a free jumping castle, photo booth (thanks Pikta), drawing competitions, obstacle course, give-aways and a bumper raffle supported again by Ray White Chelsea, the centre’s major sponsor and long-time naming rights supporter of the Chelsea Gift. Donations raised during the event went to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Region Relay Champs – 25 November 2017 – Ross Reserve, Noble Park
Athletes at Little Athletics Chelsea continued their run of success at the region relay championships on Saturday, winning eight medals – four golds, a silver and three bronze.
A number of athletes won multiple medals including Peter Sexton and Liam Whillas who each won three gold medals. Many others ran in finals and represented Chelsea for the first time, and some teams have automatically qualified for the Victorian relay championships to be held in December.
The success at the regionals followed similar feats at the Mentone relay day where Chelsea athletes won nine medals and raced in several finals.
Region Relay Medal Winners:
U12 Mixed 4 x200m – Thomas Toth, Riley Gibbons, Tulip Hutchinson, Jade Tsiros
U14 Mixed 4X200m – Monalisa Takwada, Claudia Cazaux, Peter Sexton, Liam Whillas
U14-15 Boys Medley – Liam Whillas, Peter Sexton, Jonathan Mastorakos, Brodie Macfarlane
U15 Boys Medley – Liam Whillas, Peter Sexton, Jonathan Mastorakos, Brodie Macfarlane
U12-13 Girls Medley – Monalisa Takwada, Jasmine Kennedy, Tulip Hutchinson, Freya Brown
U9 Mixed 4 X100m – David Dvorak, T’zario Lay, Jessica Adams, Meg Perkin
U12-13 Boys Medley – Corey Macfarlane, Ashley Koczek, Thomas Toth, Riley Gibbons
U12 Girls Medley – Jade Tsiros, Tulip Hutchinson, Frey Brown, Jessie Laughlin
22 February 2017- Region Track and Field Championships Results
Congratulations to all Chelsea athletes for their superb all-round efforts at the Region Championships at Frankston. There were many stand-out performances and plenty of PBs achieved in often wet and windy conditions – and hail on Sunday.
In total, Chelsea won 18 medals – 2 GOLD, 8 SILVER and 8 BRONZE. There was also 18 additional track finalists and many top 5 placings. Last year Chelsea won 13 medals.
Well done in particular to multiple medal winners Vuna Ofahengaue, Teagan Lay and Thomas Toth. Notably, Ashley Koczek won a bronze in the javelin despite wearing a plaster cast on his left arm!!
It’s exciting to think that a number of Chelsea athletes have now qualified for the Victorian Championships at Lakeside on 11-12 March. Thank-you to those who also helped with duties, in particular team manager Cameron Whillas, jumps referee Anthony Cafarella, and Stuart Cafarella for official duties at shot put.
2017 Region Championships medal winners:
Vuna Ofahengaue – U13B Shot Put, Sapphire Harrison-Corney – U13G High Jump
Vuna Ofahengaue – U13B Discus, 100m
Claudia Cazaux – U13G 200m hurdles
Teagan Lay – U9G 70m, 60m hurdles, 100m
Erin Reilly – U15G Javelin
Thomas Toth – U11B Triple Jump
Vuna Ofahengaue – U13B 200m hurdles
Freya Brown – U11G 400m
Allyson Jambu – U15G 90m hurdles
Ashley Koczek – U12B Javelin
Thomas Toth – U11B Javelin
Jade Tsiros – U10G 100m
Liam Whillas – U13B 400m
Teagan Lay – U9G Long Jump
For a full run-down of results clink on http://lavic.com.au/Southern-Metro-Region/Region-Results
22nd January 2017 – CHELSEA OPEN DAY
BIG thank-you to everyone who supported our Open Day on Sunday – making it one of our biggest and most successful Open Days ever. Great weather, 300 athletes, 41 centres, 40 new records, plenty of PBs and lots of smiles and fun. Much to like. Congratulations to Whittlesea City for again winning the overall best performing visitor centre award…
10th December – Ray White Chelsea Gift 2016
Another awesome Ray White Chelsea Gift has been run and won. Congrats to all our athletes who took part on Saturday. Senior Gift honours went to U9 Teagan Lay who was runner-up in last year’s Junior Gift, which this year was won by U7 Joel Dean. Thanks again to Ray White Chelsea for sponsoring the Gift carnival once again. For all the results see our mobile web site: https://www.mobile.lachelsea.com.au/giftfinalresults.htm
Also a BIG thanks everyone for dressing in orange and supporting Jetstar week. Here are a few snaps from our Gift and Jetstar days…and today’s article in the Leader.
18th July – Everyone at Chelsea please take a bow…at the annual Little Athletics Victoria gala awards on 16 July 2016, Chelsea was honoured with two most prestigious awards – Chelsea was named the 3rd BEST centre in Victoria and also crowned the BEST centre within the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. We also received a wonderful cheque for $2000!!!
Truly magnificent recognition of the contributions and efforts of everyone at Team Chelsea over the 2015-16 season. Congratulations everyone – our athletes, our committee, our parents and all our volunteers who make up the Little Athletics Chelsea family.
Certainly a very proud moment in Chelsea’s near 50-year history