Parkdale Gift Award “BEST” Event of 2020/21 (DEC 21)

The Beachside Gift was proud to accept the award for ‘Meeting of the Year’ for the Parkdale Gift in 2021 at the Victorian Athletic League Inc season opener at Meadowglen on Sunday 29 November.

The award was voted on by the Victorian Runners and Trainers Association. The organising committee is looking to another successful event with the move to Mentone Reserve and the unveiling of the rebranded Community Bank Parkdale and Mentone East Beachside Gift on Saturday 5 February 2022.

Our event is two weeks after the Wangaratta Sports Club Gift and the week before the Ballarat Gift.

Catered Lunch (Oct 2021)

The 2022 Beachside Gift, held at Mentone Reserve, home of the St. Bedes Mentone Tigers Football Club, boasts a very impressive 2nd floor viewing platform of the field.

In conjunction with Holmesglen Tafe Hospitality students, a special lunch and drinks will be provided for anyone who attends the Beachside Gift.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Mind Games Event (Jan 2020)

The Mind

Mind Games Panel – Mental Health and Australian Sport

The Dingley Hotel – 31st January 2020 from 6:30pm

One in five Australians experience mental ill-health every year. Come listen to some of Australia’s sporting greats as they describe their experiences with mental health and wellbeing.

Sports is all in the mind, even though it’s all about the body. The Mind Games panel of experts will open up and discuss, mental health, positive psychology, strategic thinking, resilience and the competitive spirit – on an off the field.


The Mind Games panel of experts will open up and discuss, mental health, positive psychology, strategic thinking, resilience and the competitive spirit – on an off the field. The panel will discuss strategies and new actions currently being taken

Mind Games Panel Members

Catriona Bisset – Australian 800m Record Holder
Ben Robbins – Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, St Kilda FC
Kyle Vander Kyup – Two Time Olympian & Current 110m Hurdles Oceania record holder as well as a Beyond Blue Ambassador
Dr. Bridie O’Donnell – Head of Office for Women in Sport and Recreation. Represented Australia at 3 World Cycling Championships

About this Event

One in five Australians experiences mental ill-health every year. With so few Australians seeking professional help for mental ill-health, it’s more important than ever to ensure your players, members and parents feel safe, connected and supported.

Mental wellness is not something that has typically been on the radar of clubs, but several high profile athletes have recently revealed their battles with mental health issues, and sports administrators are looking for ways to act.

The sporting environment hasn’t always been one that encourages this level of openness when it comes to mental health. It has often been seen as a place where vulnerability is a sign of weakness and a mental health condition as a private battle to be fought but not spoken about.

Perhaps not surprisingly, sporting teams who have embraced vulnerability and open dialogue around mental health have often enjoyed better on-field results.

Cat Bissett running
Nearly two-thirds of Australians (63%) are not confident they know the signs that someone might be struggling with life. However, there is hope, with almost 1 in 2 (49%) believing they’d be more confident starting a conversation if they knew the signs.

Ticket Information

Date: Friday, 31st January 2020

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm AEDT

Location: The Dingley Hotel, 334 Boundary Rd, Dingley Village VIC 3172

Ticket Price: $22.19 per person

Tables of 10

Individual tickets sold if required

Includes Two course meal

Drinks at bar prices

More announcements to follow

To book please follow the link below

Book Now

Final Timetable Released

9:00 Gates Open
10:30 Hodges Healthy Start Fitness & Pilates
12:00 Boxing Weight-in Weigh-In
12:00 Booran Holden Cheltenham & Southland Kia 70m Heat
12:38 VAL U14 120m Heat
12:49 Booran Holden Cheltenham & Southland Kia 70m Semi
1:03 Dingley Hotel U18 Junior Parkdale Girls Gift 120m Heat
1:20 Dingley Hotel U18 Junior Parkdale Boys Gift 120m Heat
1:34 Geoff & Angie Gledhill Masters 120m Heat
1:57 Booran Holden Cheltenham & Southland Kia 70m FINAL
2:00 Boxing Begins – Card List Bouts x20
2:02 VAL U14 120m FINAL
2:06 Dingley Hotel U18 Junior Parkdale Girls Gift 120m FINAL
2:11 Dingley Hotel U18 Junior Parkdale Boys Gift 120m FINAL
2:16 Geoff & Angie Gledhill Masters 120m FINAL
2:24 Bendigo Bank  120m Womens Gift Heat
2:53 Bendigo Bank  120m Mens Gift Heat
3:30 Offical Opening
3:30 Kip McGrath Mentone Little Athletics Sprints Misc
4:15 Mintel Womens 800m Heat
4:35 Australian Fitness Academy Open 800m Heat
4:50 Bendigo Bank  120m Womens Gift Semi
5:06 Bendigo Bank  120m Mens Gift Semi
5:37 Mintel Womens 800m FINAL
5:42 Australian Fitness Academy Open 800m FINAL
5:50 Kip McGrath U18 Girls 300m Heat
6:06 Moorabbin Airport U18 Boys 300m Heat
6:18 Fit Learning Womens & Masters 300m Heat
7:02 Cleanaway Open 400m Heat
7:30 St.KildaFC&Moorabbin Airport Sports Clubs 4x200m FINAL
7:40 Executive Security Solutions Open 1600m FINAL
7:50 VKTRY Womens Invitation 120m FINAL
7:55 Hodges Real Estate Mens Invitaion 120m FINAL
8:00 Mark Dreyfus QC MP Bayside School Girls 120m FINAL
8:05 Tim Richardson MP Bayside School Boys 120m FINAL
8:10 Bendigo Bank  120m Womens Gift FINAL
8:15 Bendigo Bank  120m Mens Gift FINAL
8:25 Kip McGrath U18 Girls 300m FINAL
8:30 Moorabbin Airport U18 Boys 300m FINAL
8:35 Fit Learning Womens & Masters 300m FINAL
8:40 Cleanaway Open 400m FINAL
9:00 Offical Closing


Bayside School’s Championship Confirmed Entries

Entries are still being processed but the below names are confirmed starters.
3 athletes are returning from 2018 for a second attempt at the win!

Confirmed Entrants 
Boys School
Jason Tek Westall Secondary College
Jackson Liaskos St.Bedes
Jack O’Farrell St.Kevins
Christian Sapardinas Yarra Valley Grammar
Endale Mekonnon Werribe Secondary College
James Kerr Penola Catholic College
Patrick Martin Ballarat High School
Girls School
Abbey Francis Star of The Sea
Hailey Wellington Parkdale Secondary College
Mia Gray Kilbreda
Chloe Kinnersly Ballarat High School
Alina Ivanova Melbourne Girls College
Hinda Redzic Parkdale Secondary College
 Ashlee Farrar Mt Joseph Girls College


Parkdale Gift 2019 VKTRY Performance Insoles announcement

The Parkdale Gift Committee is pleased to announce that VKTRY Performance Insoles is the sponsor for this years

VKTRY Performance Insoles

 Women’s Invitational 120m

Parkdale Gift 2019

Parkdale Gift Race entries close 18 January

Be at Gerry Green Reserve to race and watch Australia’s

Best Female sprinters fight it out for top honours

2 February 2019

Entry $5 Adult / Under 16 Free

“To receive your $60 discount per pair enter code “Parkdale” on checkout go to

  This discount is on offer to all Parkdale Gift competitors and supporters.”

VKTRY Performance Insoles are the first-ever sports insole designed to return the energy an athlete generates as explosive power, speed and agility. The VK’s patented carbon fiber design is scientifically proven to increase explosiveness by an average of +9.3%. Sports Medicine experts agree that VKs also provide added support, stability and shock absorption to reduce injuries such as plantar fasciitis, turf toe, stress fractures, shin splints, etc.

VKTRY Performance Insoles – Run Faster, Jump Higher, Train Smarter, Reduce Injuries

VKTRY Performance Insoles – used by the best teams across the globe to increase performance

VKTRY Performance Insoles – now available to athletes of all levels looking to improve performance and reduce injuries


Draft Parkdale Sports Carnival Athletics Timetable 2 February 2019

Information For Athletes
Please note: Starting time will be 12pm and some adjustments may be made when final entry numbers are confirmed.


Time Event Category Draw
12:00 70m Open Heat
12:41 120m U14 Heat
12:52 70m Open Semi
1:06 120m u18 Junior Girls Gift Heat
1:20 120m u18 Junior Boys Gift Heat
1:34 120m Masters Heat
1:54 70m Open FINAL
1:59 120m u14 FINAL
2:04 120m u18 Junior Girls Gift FINAL
2:09 120m u18 Junior Boys Gift FINAL
2:14 120m Masters FINAL
2:24 120m Womens Gift Heat
2:53 120m Mens Gift Heat
3:30 Offical Opening
3:30 Little Athletics Sprints (45min) Misc
4:15 800m Open Heat
4:35 800m Women Heat
4:47 120m Womens Gift Semi
5:01 120m Mens Gift Semi
5:15 120m Bayside School Girls Heat
5:26 120m Bayside School Boys Heat
5:37 800m Open FINAL
5:42 800m Women FINAL
5:50 300m u18 Girls Heat
6:02 300m u18 Boys Heat
6:14 300m Women & Masters Heat
6:58 400m Open Heat
7:30 4x200m Sports Relay FINAL
7:40 1600m Open FINAL
7:50 120m Backmarkers Men FINAL
7:55 120m Backmarkers Women FINAL
8:00 120m Bayside School Girls FINAL
8:05 120m Bayside School Boys FINAL
8:10 120m Womens Gift FINAL
8:15 120m Mens Gift FINAL
8:25 300m u18 Girls FINAL
8:30 300m u18 Boys FINAL
8:35 300m Women & Masters FINAL
8:40 400m Open FINAL

Parkdale Gift high-res JPG

Plans to Land a Big Blow in 2019

Press Release

Bendigo Community Bank Parkdale Gift – Sporting Carnival

On February 2 – 2019, Parkdale’s Gerry Green Reserve will again be transformed into a smorgasbord of sporting and social activity that includes:

  • The Bendigo Community Bank Parkdale Gift for both Men and Women returns to Parkdale after a successful return of the Gift in March 2018 (originally held in 1963/4) worth $5,000 each.
  • The inclusion of Cleanaway ( as a terrific supporter of local events in Kingston is the new naming rights sponsor of the ‘Cleanaway 400m Open” With prize money of $5,000 it is the second richest 400m on the Victorian Athletic League calendar.
  • Other activities include:
    • The “Golden Gloves” Boxing Tournament
    • Tennis Victoria – fastest serve
    • Bayside Schools U/16 Championship
    • Hodges Healthy Start event (mass yoga & pilates)
    • Twilight market
    • Leader News activations
    • Food and activities for all

Parkdale Gift Organiser – Tim Mason said “The resurgence of the Parkdale last year (after 54 years) is more than a running race – Our focus is not only the athletes but the involvement of the community including the local clubs, businesses and schools and providing a huge variety of events for everyone. The involvement of the Indigenous community from the Kimberley’s looks like again being a highlight in 2019. The support of the Parkdale Cricket Club to allow us to move dates is indicative of the support of the local community.”

Many athletes will travel nationally – include defending champions in 2018 from Western Australia –

The Women’s winner Kiara Reddingius said “Parkdale was a fantastic initiative, and the prize money is enough to encourage interstate athletes to make the trip, it certainly made the decision for Evan and I to come over, it enabled us to have a hit out before Stawell, and cover the cost of our trip. To the sponsors, please realise the positive contribution professional races make to developing athletes from all over Australia: I personally would not be half the athlete I am today without them. See you for 2019!

Kiara Reddingius (Western Australia) Winner Womens Gift 2018

The Men’s winner Evan Jarvis said – “Parkdale is the first Victorian race I have won as a pro runner. Evans flight were delayed the night before and he got to his accommodation at 3am. The weather didn’t really damper the race. It was really exciting to win the last race before Stawell. I am looking forward to coming over again in February to defend my title”!

Evan Jarvis (Western Australia) Winner Mens Gift 2018


For Further Information contact:

Tim Mason – President of Parkdale Gift
0456 985 201 or