Australian Athletics Championships

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The Australian Athletics Championships or Australian Open Track and Field Championships are held annually to determine Australia's champion athletes in a range of athletics events. The championships are the primary qualification trial for athletes wishing to compete at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or World Championships.[1] The event is conducted by Athletics Australia.[2]

History[edit]

The championships were first held in 1890 under the name Inter Colonial Meet. The competition was staged at Moore Park in Sydney on 31 May 1890. Teams from the Australasian colonies of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand competed in the first formalised Australasian Athletics Championships meeting in 1893.[3]

A New Zealand team continued to compete in this event until the 1927/28 event. At the next championships in 1929/30, women's events were included for the first time.

In 1933, the women began conducting their own championships, with a wider range of events. Except for occasional combined championships in 1936, 1972 and 1976, the separation of men's and women's championships continued until the 1977/78 event.[3]

Championship Events[edit]

The full range of Olympic events is not usually conducted at the National Championships. During the 2007/08 season the following championship events were held separately:

Most successful athletes[edit]

The most successful athletes at the Championships have been throwers Gael Martin and Warwick Selvey who won 20 and 19 championships events, respectively.[9]

List of National Championships[edit]

YEAR VENUE PLACE
1890 – 1891 Moore Park Australia Sydney, Australia
1893 – 1894 Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne, Australia
1895 – 1896 Lancaster Park New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand
1897 – 1898 Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney, Australia
1899 – 1900 Bowen Park Australia Brisbane, Australia
1901 – 1902 Auckland Domain New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
1903 – 1904 Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne, Australia
1905 – 1906 Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney, Australia
1907 – 1908 Hobart Cricket Ground Australia Hobart, Australia
1909 – 1910 Bowen Park Australia Brisbane, Australia
1911 – 1912 Basin Reserve New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand
1913 – 1914 Amateur Sports Ground Australia Melbourne, Australia
1919 – 1920 Sydney Sports Ground Australia Sydney, Australia
1921 – 1922 Adelaide Oval Australia Adelaide, Australia
1923 – 1924 North Hobart Oval Australia Hobart, Australia
1925 – 1926 Bowen Park Australia Brisbane, Australia
1927 – 1928 Basin Reserve New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand
1929 – 1930 Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne, Australia
1931 – 1932 Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney, Australia
1932 – 1933 Amateur Sports Ground[10] Australia Melbourne, Australia
1933 – 1934 Adelaide Oval[11] Australia Adelaide, Australia
1934 – 1935 Lang Park[10] Australia Brisbane, Australia
1935 – 1936 North Hobart Oval[11] / Rushcutters Bay Oval[10] Australia Hobart / Sydney, Australia
1937 – 1938 Bowen Park[11]/ Royal Park[10] Australia Brisbane / Melbourne, Australia
1939 – 1940 Leederville Oval [10] Australia Perth, Australia
1946 – 1947 Leederville Oval[11] Australia Perth, Australia
1947 – 1948 St. Kilda Cricket Ground[11] / University Oval[10] Australia Melbourne / Sydney, Australia
1948 – 1949 Sydney Cricket Ground[11] Australia Sydney, Australia
1949 – 1950 Adelaide Oval[11] / Norwood Oval[10] Australia Adelaide, Australia
1950 – 1951 North Hobart Oval[11] Australia Hobart, Australia
1951 – 1952 Exhibition Grounds[11] / Olympic Park[10] Australia Brisbane / Melbourne, Australia
1952 – 1953 Leederville Oval[11] Australia Perth, Australia
1953 – 1954 Sydney Cricket Ground[11] / Leederville Oval[10] Australia Sydney / Perth, Western Australia
1954 – 1955 Kensington Oval, Adelaide[11] Australia Adelaide, Australia
1955 – 1956 Olympic Park[11] / Brisbane Cricket Ground[10] Australia Melbourne / Brisbane, Australia
1956 – 1957 Olympic Park[11] Australia Melbourne, Australia
1957 – 1958 Exhibition Grounds[11] / Sydney Sports Ground[10] Australia Brisbane / Sydney, Australia
1958 – 1959 North Hobart Oval[11] Australia Hobart, Australia
1959 – 1960 Leederville Oval[11] / North Hobart Oval[10] Australia Perth / Hobart, Australia
1960 – 1961 Lang Park[11] Australia Brisbane, Australia
1961 – 1962 E.S. Marks Field[11] / West Parkland Field[10] Australia Sydney / Adelaide, Australia
1962 – 1963 Thebarton Oval[11] / Lang Park[10] Australia Adelaide / Brisbane, Australia
1963 – 1964 Olympic Park[11] / Royal Park[10] Australia Melbourne, Australia
1964 – 1965 North Hobart Oval[11] / Perry Lakes Stadium[10] Australia Hobart / Perth, Western Australia
1965 – 1966 Perry Lakes Stadium[11] / Sydney Sports Ground[10] Australia Perth / Sydney, Australia
1966 – 1967 Olympic Sports Field[11] / North Hobart Oval[10] Australia Adelaide / Hobart, Australia
1967 – 1968 E.S. Marks Field[11] / Olympic Sports Field[10] Australia Sydney / Adelaide, Australia
1968 – 1969 Olympic Park[11] / Lang Park[10] Australia Melbourne / Brisbane, Australia
1969 – 1970 Olympic Sports Field[11] / Royal Park[10] Australia Adelaide / Melbourne, Australia
1970 – 1971 Lang Park[11] / Sydney Sports Ground[10] Australia Brisbane / Sydney, Australia
1971 – 1972 Perry Lakes Stadium Australia Perth, Western Australia
1972 – 1973 E.S. Marks Field[11] / North Hobart Oval[10] Australia Sydney / Hobart, Australia
1973 – 1974 Olympic Park[11] / Olympic Sports Field[10] Australia Melbourne / Adelaide, Australia
1974 – 1975 Olympic Sports Field[11] / Lang Park[10] Australia Adelaide / Brisbane, Australia
1975 – 1976 Olympic Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
1976 – 1977 The Domain[11] / Sydney Sports Ground[10] Australia Hobart / Sydney, Australia
1977 – 1978 QEII Stadium Australia Brisbane, Australia
1978 – 1979 Perry Lakes Stadium Australia Perth, Western Australia
1979 – 1980 E.S. Marks Field Australia Sydney, Australia
1980 – 1981 Olympic Sports Field Australia Adelaide, Australia
1981 – 1982 QEII Stadium Australia Brisbane, Australia
1982 – 1983 Olympic Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
1983 – 1984 Olympic Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
1984 – 1985 Bruce Stadium Australia Canberra, Australia
1985 – 1986 Olympic Sports Field Australia Adelaide, Australia
1986 – 1987 Sydney Athletic Field Australia Sydney, Australia
1987 – 1988 Perry Lakes Stadium Australia Perth, Western Australia
1988 – 1989 QEII Stadium Australia Brisbane, Australia
1989 – 1990 Olympic Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
1990 – 1991 Sydney Athletic Field Australia Sydney, Australia
1991 – 1992 Olympic Sports Field Australia Adelaide, Australia
1992 – 1993 QEII Stadium Australia Brisbane, Australia
1993 – 1994 Sydney Athletic Field Australia Sydney, Australia
1994 – 1995 Sydney Athletic Field Australia Sydney, Australia
1995 – 1996 Sydney Athletic Field Australia Sydney, Australia
1996 – 1997 Olympic Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
1997 – 1998 Olympic Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
1998 – 1999 Olympic Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
1999 – 2000 Stadium Australia Australia Sydney, Australia
2000 – 2001 QE II Stadium Australia Brisbane, Australia
2001 – 2002 ANZ Stadium Australia Brisbane, Australia
2002 – 2003 ANZ Stadium Australia Brisbane, Australia
2003 – 2004 Sydney Olympic Park Australia Sydney, Australia
2004 – 2005 Sydney Olympic Park Australia Sydney, Australia
2005 – 2006 Sydney Olympic Park Australia Sydney, Australia
2004 – 2005 Sydney Olympic Park Australia Sydney, Australia
2006 – 2007 Sydney Olympic Park Australia Sydney, Australia
2007 – 2008 Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre Australia Brisbane, Australia
2008 – 2009 Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre Australia Brisbane, Australia
2009 – 2010 Western Australian Athletics Stadium Australia Perth, Australia
2010 – 2011 Olympic Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
2012 – 2013 Sydney Olympic Park Australia Sydney, Australia
2013 – 2014 Albert Park Australia Melbourne, Australia
2014 – 2015 Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre Australia Brisbane, Australia
2015 – 2016 Sydney Olympic Park Australia Sydney, Australia|-

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