Mentone Relay Day

Scheduled for Saturday, 10 November 2019

Further details will be released within the next Club Newsletter

BLAC Annual Report

See below link to our BLAC Annual Report as tabled at our AGM on Wednesday the 24th April 2019.

Maddie Murray - Athlete Information Evening 7PM Thursday Feb 21st 2019

Maddie Murray, a professional athlete and a Podiatrist at Up&Running Podiatry introduces BLAC to an exciting new training/ information initiative on developing athletes and podiatry. Don't miss Maddie Thursday the 21st February 2019 at Dendy Park.

Two experienced coaches join BLAC for Season 2018-19

BLAC is pleased to announce the addition of two new specialist coaches for midweek training.

John Crane—high jump

John Crane has joined our coaching team as a high jump coach. John’s coaching experience in a variety of disciplines spans more than five decades and includes senior positions within club athletics and state bodies and is currently president of the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association (Victoria and Tasmania branch).

He also has almost 50 years experience as a school teacher and is currently at Oakleigh South Primary School.

John has coached a number of national representatives in a range of athletic disciplines, and has also worked with athletes who have gone onto AFL clubs, including BLAC’s own No. 1 draft pick Andrew McGrath.

He has also been a great mentor to young coaches, something we are really hoping to tap into this season.

We are honoured and privileged to have John join our ever-increasing team and are very excited to have him on board.

John will be taking high jump training on Tuesdays from 5.30pm so make sure you get down there to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Rupert van Dongen—middle distance

Rupert has more than 20 years’ experience as an athletics coach, training at all levels from national and international competitors to Masters and Little Athletes. He has coached junior development squads and managed teams competing at national championships.

He is currently a coach at Mentone Athletics Club, as well as head athletics coach at Lauriston Girls’ School and has previously worked at a number of primary, secondary and special schools, including St Leondards, Caulfield Grammar, Sacre Coeur, Korowa, Berwick Secondary and Narre Warren South P-12 College.

As well as his extensive experience at schools, Rupert is also head coach of TXR Runners, which is an Athletics Victoria-affiliated recreational running group.

We are very fortunate to have Rupert at BLAC this season. He will be taking his first training session on Monday 8 October from 5pm until 6pm at Dendy Park.

We encourage you to get down to the track to tap into this fantastic new resource we have in our ever expanding coaching team.

We would encourage athletes competing in under 10 and above to come to Rupert’s sessions as these are the age groups that participate in middle distance events of 800 metres and longer. 


Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC) 2019/20

Take your first step into basic athletics skills coaching. All practical with no exam and no previous experience required.

BLAC sponsor our coaching volunteers so there's no personal out of pocket expense.

We are always after coaches and assistant coaching volunteers so if you'd like to contribute please contact David Saunders here.

The ITCC course locations and dates are here.

BLAC 2017/18 AGM & 2021 Strategic Plan

We recently had our BLAC Annual General Meeting at Elsternwick Bowls Club. Thanks to those who took some time out of their busy schedule to attend and play a part in our clubs exciting future. The Committee presented a new three year Strategic Plan and the results of our recent member survey. We also presented our Annual Report. Our Strategic Plan Summary, the document itself and our Annual report can be seen and or downloaded below.

Life Members Season 2017-18

New 2017-18 inductees into Life Membership at BLAC

Each year we induct a number of athletes as Life Members of the club. The criteria for an athlete Life Member is 5 years competition at Brighton with at least 1 year in the U12 age group. We are thrilled to welcome the following athletes into the club as Life Members:

  • Kitty Smyth

  • Lachlan Teal

  • Grace Bolton

  • Francesca Dever

  • Lola Gorton

  • Jones Gorton

  • Zac Barling

  • Tommy Breen

  • Spencer Greenberg

  • Kai Vivian

  • Louis Breguet

  • James Tan

  • Hugo Richey

Stay tuned for more news on 7-year athletes who are acknowledged by LA Vic and more award winners as we get close to our end of season presentation day on 24 March 2018.

Thank you,

BLAC Committee