Scott Bowden Secretary
Scott Bowden is the Secretary of Athletics Nunawading, one of the tenant bodies of the BSAT Association. He has been a member of the BSAT Management Committee for over thirty years, is a life member and has served the committee in a number of capacities. Scott is also the Chairman of the White Zone, which represents the athletics clubs predominantly in the Eastern suburbs, for Athletics Victoria.
Rob Coombes Treasurer
Rob Coombes is the current Treasurer and has served in that role since October 2017. He’s a qualified accountant with many years experience lending his services as a volunteeer on Boards of local sporting associations. As a parent he has enjoyed a long affiliation with the Nunawading track and is dedicated supporter and promoter of sport and physical fitness in the local community.
Allan Wood Committee Member
Allan Wood has served on the BSAT Management Committee for the past 16 years and was also assistant Canteen Co-ordinator for 5yrs. He was President of the East Burwood Masters Athletics for 7 years. He is a qualified fitness instructor and teaches at the Doncaster, Living Longer, Living Stronger Program for the past 17yrs. He was also a Basketball coach at Doncaster for 40 years.
Christopher Worsnop Committee Member
Christopher Worsnop is the Venue Manager at the Bill Sewart Athletics Track for the Victorian Masters Athletics East Burwood venue. He has been competing in athletics since 1978 with the Old Xaverians’ Athletic Club and is now the OXAC President. He is also on the Athletics Victoria White Zone committee and is its current treasurer. He is a Life Member of the APS Old Collegians’ Amateur Athletic Association.
Lisa Wright Committee Member
Lisa Wright is both a parent and active member of many sporting associations in the local community including netball, cross country, cricket and football. She continues to hold several operational roles as Sports Trainer for the Vermont Junior Football Club and Team Manager for the Vermont Vultures Basketball Club as well as the current club President for both the Nunawading Little Athletics Club and the Aces Netball Club. Her skills as an operational manager for the Department of Health and Human services are well suited to her role on the BSAT Committee
Annette Hawkins Committee Member
Annette Hawkins has been a long standing member of the BSAT committee and serves as one of several representatives for the East Burwood Masters club. Her involvement in local sporting clubs extends back 30 years when she began as a founding member of the Whitehorse Sports and Recreation Network. She remains active in the local netball scene through her membership of the Whitehorse Netball Association and brings a passion for the promotion of junior sport to her role on the BSAT Committee.
Brian Searle Committee Member
Brian Searle has been a member of Little Athletics Nunawading since 2006, holding many roles, including President, Relay and T&F team manager, starter, Chief of officials, announcer, EMR delegate and any other role that needs filling. A Level 2 coach, as well assisting with little athletes, he has coached beach sprinting at Point Leo SLSC for a number of years. An active member of the community, Brian was a School Council member at Syndal South Primary School for 12 years and President for 8. Despite having no children at Little Athletics, Brian stays involved as hesees the sport as a great sport for kids.
David Thomson Venue Manager
David Thomson is the Venue Manager at the Bill Sewart Athletics track and has been involved in the sport of athletics for over 15 years. He is a current athlete and coach at the Nunawading Athletics club and has represented Australia as an athlete as well as coaching many national level athletes. David is a recent graduate in Health Science at Deakin University and holds a Certificate 4 in Sport and Recreation. He is also qualified to coach IAAF kid’s athletics programs as a level 2 Advance Athletics coach.
Andrew May BSAT President
Andrew May has been a long term president of BSAT as well as serving as president of Athletics Nunawading for senior athletes. He is a passionate supporter of track and field sport in both local and state competitions and remains committed to making BSAT a premier sporting complex in Melbourne’s East.
With no dedicated athletics facilities in Nunawading, the Little Athletics club and senior Men’s and Women’s clubs train on a well-mown paddock at the East Burwood Reserve before moving to the high school oval at Burwood Heights in Mahoneys Road. In the mid-1970s, members of the respective athletics clubs form a joint track committee, chaired by John Ralphsmith with Secretary Dorothy Maxwell, to prepare a submission to the City of Nunawading (now City of Whitehorse) for an all-weather athletics track.
The Nunawading Council advises the track committee that it is calling for tenders for an all-weather track and preliminary construction work is performed by Council in 1981. The new facility is named the Bill Sewart Athletics Track (BSAT) in memory of the late respected City Engineer.
The inaugural meeting of the Bill Sewart Athletics Track Committee of Management is held at the Nunawading Civic Centre on the 20th of July, 1982.
The rubberised bitumen track is laid by Wm Loud and on the 29th January, 1983 the first Nunawading Little Athletics meet is held at the BSAT. The facility is officially opened by the Mayor of the City of Nunawading, Cr David McKittrick, on the 1st of October, 1983.
Many subsequent improvements to the facility are made with the completion of the pavilion in 1984 (now known as the Dorothy Maxwell pavilion, in honour of the decades of outstanding contributions from Dorothy) and floodlighting and spectator terracing.
The construction of the new equipment facility is completed. (Neville’s Shed, in honour of the late Neville Armstrong, the long-time Equipment Manager for Little Athletics and inaugural Equipment Manager for the BSAT).
The Bill Sewart Athletics Track becomes an incorporated Association. A new polyurethane synthetic track (Spurtan 3) is laid with an official opening by the Hon Tom Reynolds MP, the State Minister for Sport on the 22nd of February, 1997. This is followed soon after by the installation of the sun smart sails over the spectator terracing in 1998.
Further track works are carried out in to handle the high volume of use by schools and other organisations and the resurfaced track is launched by the Mayor of the City of Whitehorse, Cr Sharon Ellis and Kirstie Marshall OAM, State Member for Forest Hill.
The track is resurfaced again and the redevelopment is officially opened by the Mayor of the City of Whitehorse, Cr Andrew Munroe and Neil Angus, State Member for Forest Hill.