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Getting Started

1) Getting information
RWA (Racewalking Australia) is the governing body for racewalking in Australia. Check out their website at http://www.rwa.org.au to get started.

2) Watch a race
There are many events held in Australia and everyone is welcome to come and watch. Racewalkers are a friendly bunch and we'll be happy to see you and have a chat. Many racewalkers got their start by seeing a race in progress. Olympic and other top level racewalks are often televised.

3) Enter a race
Have a go! Many races are open to everyone, and you don't have to be a club member. Don't be put off by the high speed of the leaders, this is a skill that will come to you with practice. You could even find yourself racing against top international athletes in your very first race.

4) Join a club
Clubs have qualified coaches to train you and develop your technique and speed, and teams of walkers that can advise and encourage you. You will also be eligible to receive team medals and trophies.

5) Keep up with the latest news
Most of our Australian racewalking clubs put out regular club newsletters so find your closest club and contact them and get on the distribution list. The Heel and Toe is a very comprehensive Victorian based newsletter that is free to anyone with an email address. If you are interested in the wider world of racewalking, you could take out a paid subscription to the Race Walking Record which is the main British based monthly racewalking magazine. With news, interviews and advice, it is read by everyone in the racewalking community.

6) Join the ozwalker discussion group
The Australian Racewalking discussion group on Yahoo is where news is posted, and issues discussed. Questions can be asked here, and you will be sure of an interesting answer.

Good luck!