The Amateur Walking Union of
Australia was formed in 1923 to represent the interests of the
the walking clubs from NSW, Victoria, SA and Queensland. This first
body served the walking community of Australia well over the next 30
years and was the forerunner to what we now call Racewalking Australia.
In 1958, in the aftermath of the Melbourne Olympics, a new body was
formed, namely the Australian
Federation of Amateur Walking Clubs. The walking community
within Australia had grown over the years and was time to form a
Federation of all the major Race Walking Clubs of the States and
Territories of Australia.
This Federation has traded continuously since 1958 and now trades
under the name Racewalking Australia with a Business name of Australian
Walking Clubs. So you will find that older pages on this website
to refer to AFORWC or even to AFRWC but newer pages now refer to the
Federation under its preferred trading name of Racewalking Australia.
Racewalking Australia's main "raison d'etre" has changed little since 1923. It continues is to act as the parent body concerned with Race Walking in Australia and endeavours to guide and co-ordinate walking activities in Australia. To this end we
- organise seminars for our member clubs to share the skills and knowledge of walking competition in Australia and overseas
- hold regular Federation racewalking carnivals in which the member clubs enter teams and contest Federation Title events
- provide expertise to Athletics Australia and the various athletics commissions in Australia.
|Mr Mark Worrall
|Mr Tim Erickson
All the nobs were on the scratch -
Dr Doyle and Father Fagerty,
Come to see the walking match
'Twixt the famous Burke and Rafferty.
Devil a one has seen such fun
this side of Erin's Isle,
When Patsy Cassidy fired his gun
and Rafferty won the mile.
By Will Lawson, in his book 'Old Man Murray', published 1937.