Athletics WA board facing vote of no confidence from member clubs

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ATHLETICS WA’s (AWA) board is preparing to face a vote of no confidence from some of its own clubs at a specially convened meeting tomorrow night.

Club representatives will convene at the WA Athletics Stadium for the special general meeting with one sole item on the agenda: a proposal for a vote of no confidence in the board.

Joondalup Athletics Club, the WA Officials Club, the WA Throwers Club, Bayswater Athletics Club, Ridgewood Athletics Club and West Track requisitioned Tuesday’s special general meeting at a meeting in June.

Community News understands the clubs’ frustration stems from a multitude of issues, including increased fees, and management of the summer track and field competition.

Fees to register with Athletics WA will rise from $20 to $45 this season, which competitors pay on top of their club membership fee.

Athletics WA has reduced the competition fee that athletes pay every time they participate in a meet from $20 to $18.

The lack of sponsorship of the WA Athletics Stadium, which AWA rents from VenuesWest, is also believed to be amongst the clubs’ concerns.

The motion of no confidence would require an absolute majority to unseat current board members.

Under AWA’s weighted voting system, clubs with over 151 members receive three votes, clubs with between 76 and 150 members receive two votes and clubs with between five and 75 members have one vote.

Community News reached out to AWA and the six clubs who requisitioned the special general meeting, but representatives either declined to comment or did not respond to questions.