SGEM Board Member Profile: Katie Moore

Date: 6th March 2023

After 27 years of competing in amateur and professional athletics, Katie Moore achieved her first win at Stawell in 2022 and followed that up with a 7th place at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Tampere, Finland in the 100m final in her age group. 

Katie has joined the board of Stawell Gift Event Management and sees her role as both to help make the 2023 Stawell Gift a big success as well as to ensure its future.

“My aim for this year is to work enthusiastically and collaboratively with members from the Stawell Athletic Club and the Northern Grampians Shire Council to contribute to the successful running of the 141st Stawell Gift and more importantly, contribute to improving the sustainability of the event over the next 5-10 years and beyond and ensuring the event is of high level for athletes, spectators and other stakeholders,” explained Katie, who will attend her 25th Stawell Gift this Easter.

“It is the pinnacle of professional athletics within Australia and globally, including among our Scottish compatriots who also have a professional running league. The rich history, excitement of the racing, past and present characters involved in the sport, ensure it is a unique event within Victoria, Australia and the World.   

An active competitor with the VAL for 27 years, Katie simply loves the sport of pro running and how on any given day it allows for athletes of most abilities to be competitive and enjoy success. 

“As a long time competitor, I have enjoyed the sport as a backmarker, running off tight marks (handicaps) to now running off middle to front marks as a masters athlete. As much as it is an individual sport, it is a community of like-minded people, a ‘running family’ who actively enjoy the success of teammates and competitors.”   

Katie is a longstanding member of the successful Ringwood Athletic Club, and as an open athlete, she has been State 200m champion and a regular placegetter in the 100m and 200m at State level and a multiple 200m finalist at the Australian championships. She is looking forward to competing in her local meet on March 25, following success at the recent Castlemaine Gift where she came 2nd in the prestigious 300m Masters final as well as being a finalist in the Women’s 70m at the Bendigo Gift.

She continues to give back to the sport she loves and it might just have been that victory in the final race of the 2022 Powercor Stawell Gift carnival which helped her decide to join the Management Committee.

“I have won 20 professional races across four states and have had mixed results at Stawell, making two womens gift finals, many womens 400m finals, and I finally won a sash at Stawell, winning the Masters Legends Series race in 2022.”

Katie has a range of sports administration experience, having been the secretary of the Victorian Runners and Trainers Association Committee for five years and a member of the Ringwood Athletic Club Committee for four years. Professionally, she has over 20 years working in research and evaluation across the medical, education and health sectors, and understands the importance of evidence-based decision making. Katie has held a number of leadership positions and is currently the General Manager of Research and Partnerships at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

Her VAL biography states that “Katie will provide a strong female voice and is passionate about equity and decreasing and removing barriers to participation in our great sport.”

 

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