Athletics Australia

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Athletics Australia
Athletics Australia logo.jpg
Sport Athletics
Jurisdiction Australia
Abbreviation AA
Founded 1989 (1989)
Affiliation IAAF
Regional affiliation OAA
Headquarters Albert Park, Victoria
President Mark Arbib
Chief Exec Phil Jones
Official website
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.[1]

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

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.

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.

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

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]

Organisational Goals[edit]

Athletics Australia (AA) is responsible for achieving a number of key strategies, including:[3]

  • Ensuring financial stability
  • Supporting high-performance around Australia
  • The development of athletes, coaches and officials

The organisation has set a goal to finish in the top-ten countries competing in athletics at the 2012 London Olympics, winning five medals and achieving fourteen top-eight placings.[10]

Hall of Fame[edit]

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.[11]

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