Australian All Schools Championships – Recap


James Joycey (Vic) was the first athlete atop the podium at the 2016 Australian All Schools Championships this evening, with the hammer thrower hitting 62.34m to win gold and launch his campaign in style.

Joined on the podium by Conor McLaughlin (Qld, second, 60.41m) and Alexander Kolesnikoff (NSW, third, 56.16m), Joycey now looks forward to his preferred event, the boy’s under 18 shot put, on Sunday 4 December.

“After this today, I’m looking forward to the shot put now. I put a lot more work into that across the winter and it’s improved a lot. Hopefully that will keep improving to get me through to the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in 2018,” Joycey said.

“I want to make the hammer and the shot put in 2018 if I can. I’ve got 20 months to keep getting better and hopefully then I can get it done.”

Competition on day one also delivered a Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying mark of 7.28m (w: +0.7) to Zachary Nunis (Vic) as he won gold in the boy’s long jump from Zane Branco (Qld, second, 7.26m) and James Moloney (NSW, third, 7.00m). Grace Brennan (ACT) won the girl’s event with a 6.04m (w: +1.4) performance in the final round.

Meanwhile in the pole vault, a new generation of the talented Parnov family took to the runway in the girl’s under 14 event, with Alla Parnov (WA) and Natarsha Parnov (WA) delivering a one-two finish to join their sisters Liz and Vicky as medallists at the Australian All School Championships.

Coached by their renowned father Alex, the twins are aged 13 and soared over 3.05m and 2.95m to ensure their spot among the medallists alongside joint winners of the bronze Cassidy Bradshaw (Vic, 2.85m) and Georgia Tayler (Vic, 2.75m).

On the track in the boy’s and girl’s under 18 5000m walk, Declan Tingay (WA) and Katie Hayward (Qld) were unrivalled.

Maintaining four-minute kilometres throughout, Tingay crossed the line in a meet record 20:11.80 to take victory from IAAF World Under 18 Championships representative Kyle Swan (Vic, second) with Heywood also breaking the meet record with her gold medal winning time of 21:40.87.

In other results on day one of the 2016 Australian All Schools Championships:
–          Cara Jardine (Qld) ran a strong heat in the girl’s under 18 400m, clocking 56.05 to qualify fastest for the final ahead of Tess Kirsopp-Cole (Vic, 57.17) and Anna Musker (Vic, 57.28).
–          In the boy’s under 18 400m rounds, Tyler Gunn (NSW) crossed the line in 48.40 to advance to the round-of-eight fastest, with Christian Davis (Vic, 48.65) and Joshua Perdisat (Vic, 49.62) to join him.
–          Leaping 3.46m with her third attempt, IPC Athletics World Championships representative Carly Salmon (NSW) won the girl’s under 18 para-athletics long jump. The boy’s event was taken out by Declan Campion (ACT) with a performance of 6.16m.
–          Competition on day one also included the final of the girl’s and boy’s under 18 2000m steeplechase, with Queensland and Western Australia respectively taking gold and silver. It was Lucinda Crouch (Qld) who won the girl’s race, clocking 6:46.14 to edge out her teammate Brielle Erbacher (Qld, 6:58.67), while Luke Graves (WA, 5:53.92) crossed first in the boy’s race from MJ Jansen van Rensburghey (WA, 5:59.32).

Competition continues at the A.I.S Track and Field Centre tomorrow, with Riley Day (Qld) to make her debut on the track in the girl’s under 18 100m where she will be challenged by Kristie Edwards (NSW), Maisie Stevens (NSW) and Lateisha Willis (Vic).

It has been a sprinters paradise at the 2016 Australian All Schools Championships, with the reliable tailwinds of Canberra’s track delivering national and meet records for multiple athletes competing on the home straight.

Leading the charge in the girl’s under 16 90m hurdles was Sophie White (WA), with her time of 12.31 (w: +0.7) improving the national record of Rachel Pace (NSW) by 0.04 seconds. Mia Hemsworth (NSW, 12.52) won silver, and Hayley Wright (Qld, 12.63) the bronze.

Not to be outdone in the race that followed, Sasha Zhoya (WA) clocked an Australian record mark of 12.66 (w: +1.1) to win gold in the boy’s under 16 100m hurdles from Nicholas Dang (NSW, second, 12.81).

He then returned for the pole vault, competing for almost three hours before winning the event with a personal best leap of 4.25m off only six steps. The silver medal was won by Jack Downey (SA, second, 4.25m) and Simon Young (ACT, third, 3.95m).

“I’m absolutely stoked with the hurdles. It was a good start, got over the first one really well and then kept it going for the rest of the race,” Zhoya said.

“I love my pole vault, too. I came here with a 4.15m jump off six steps and I’m really happy with how it’s going. I’ve got the 200m tomorrow too, there are a few quick boys out there but I’ll be giving it a red hot go.”

Lateisha Willis (Vic) was also impressive in the girl’s under 18 100m hurdles, crossing the line in 13.43 (w: -0.2) recording a qualifier for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games ahead of Nicole Reynolds (Vic, 13.59, second) and Tiana Death (NSW, third, 13.66).

“It’s great conditions out there. I ran pretty well today, the track is really fast. I was hoping for a PB, but just missed it. I got the Commonwealth Youth Games qualifier though, so I am happy,” Willis said.

“The Nationals in March are my main focus now, and then hopefully I get the chance to compete in Nassau. I just have to keep running well.”

The records continued to tumble in the 100m finals, with local favourite Eddie Osei-Nketia (ACT) winning gold in the boy’s under 16 100m in a meet record time of 10.63 (w +2.4). Osei-Nketia was joined on the dais by Manoa Veikoso (NSW, second, 10.73) and Travis Iles (Qld, third, 10.87).

Riley Day (Qld) then dominated the girl’s under 18 100m final to cross and win in a time of 11.36 (w: +4.0) from Maisie Stevens (NSW, second, 11.52) and Kristie Edwards (NSW, third, 11.59). Day’s performance improved the meet record of Lauren Hewitt (Vic), set at the Australian All Schools Championships in 1993.

The boy’s under 18 100m was won by John Gikas (NSW) in a time of 10.37 (w: +2.4), with Will Lloyd (NSW, second, 10.51) and Matthew McCouat (Qld, third, 10.56) rounding out the top-three.

In other results from Day 2 at the 2016 Australian All Schools Championships:
–          Luke Young (NSW) won the boy’s under 16 1500m in a meet record time of 3:55.02, with the silver medallist, Kiran Tibballs (WA, 3:55.89) and bronze medallist, Luke Shaw (WA, 3:57.41) also bettering the previous record mark.
–          Sarah Ringrose (NSW) threw 59.85m to win the girl’s under 18 hammer throw. Her series also included marks of 56.51m, 55.77m and 57.97m.
–          Paige Wilson (NSW) won the girl’s under 18 high jump with a clearance of 1.84m, with Emily Whelan (NSW) recording a qualifier for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games by winning silver with a jump of 1.77m.
–          Cara Jardine (Qld) took line honours in the girl’s under 18 400m in 54.39, recording a 2018 Commonwealth Youth Games qualifier in the process.
–          Adding to his medal winning result in the hammer throw, Alex Kolesnikoff (NSW) reigned supreme in the boy’s under 18 discus throw with a best mark of 56.72m. Conor McLaughlin (Qld) won silver with a performance of 54.79m.
–          Queensland broke the meet record to win the girl’s under 18 Swedish Relay in a time of 2:10.62, with New South Wales claiming gold in the boy’s race in a time of 1:54.93.

Competition continues at the A.I.S Track and Field Centre tomorrow, with the overall state winner to be declared at the close of events.


Carley Thomas (NSW) has dedicated her 2016 Australian All Schools Championships gold medal to her recently deceased coach, the renowned John Atterton, as competition drew to a close in Canberra (ACT).

Competing in timed finals for the girl’s under 18 800m, Thomas moved past Cara Jardine (Qld) in the second lap to storm up the straight and stop the clock in a meet record time of 2:05.40. The silver medal was won by Jemima Russell (Vic, 2:07.88), with Sarah Eckel (SA, 2:07.94) rounding out the top-three.

“I have been coached by John Atterton and he passed away from MND a couple of weeks ago to that’s been pretty tough. I’m still working off his program and today is definitely for him,” Thomas said.

“Oh gosh. I knew that Cara had ran a 2:06 recently and my best so far was 2:08 so I wanted to stick on her shoulder once I knew she was in my race, then sit and kick when I was comfortable. I wanted a PB so that’s really exciting. I felt really good out there and was so happy with my race.

The boy’s event was also won in a meet record time, with Christian Davis (Vic) crossing the line in 1:49.04 to better the previous mark held by James Kaan (NSW). Davis’ teammate Archie Wallis (Vic) won the silver medal in 1:49.51, and Jordan Doris (NSW, 1:50.70) the bronze.

Not to be outdone, New South Wales ran a national record of 1:58.10 in the boy’s under 16 Swedish Relay, with Manoa Veikoso, Mark Fokas, Luke Trevillian and Keegan Bell combining for gold.

Riley Day (Qld) also shone on day three of competition, adding the gold medal in the girl’s under 18 200m final to her victory in the shorter 100m yesterday.

Day’s wind-assisted time of 23.52 (w: +3.2) bettered the meet record of Sally Pearson (Qld), with Maisie Stevens (NSW) and Kristie Edwards (NSW) joining her on the podium in 23.66 and 23.94 respectively.

“I’m so happy with this weekend. I just wanted to go out there and run as hard as I could. I would have been OK with any place, but I’m excited to end up with this,” Day said.

“It’s hot out there, but the conditions are great. (I’m from Queensland) so I’m used to it I guess. This has set me up for the rest of the season. I just have to keep training hard and the times will keep coming I hope.”

Will Roberts (NSW) reigned supreme in the boy’s event in a time of 21.16 (w: +3.0), with Yadin Ngeng (NSW, 21.47) placing second and Joshua Perdrisat (Vic, 21.52) third.

In other results on day three of the 2016 Australian All Schools Championships:
–          Sailing over 2.14m, John Dodds (Qld) won gold in the boy’s under 18 high jump. He entered the competition at 1.95m, and also enjoyed successful clearances at 2.01m, 2.06m, 2.08m and 2.10m.
–          Joshua Torley (ACT) won the boy’s 3000m in a time of 8:25.62, with visually impaired Rio 2016 Paralympic Games representative Jaryd Clifford (Vic) taking home silver in a time of 8:37.13. The bronze was won by Callum Davies (Qld, 8:37.58).
–          Leaping an impressive 7.11m in the third round, Alex Willett (NSW) won the boy’s under 16 long jump. He shared the dais with Liam Mullen (Vic, second, 6.94m) and Josh Baker (WA, third, 6.02m).
–          Clocking a meet record 45.62, Kristie Edwards, Maisie Stevens, Sophie McGovern and Katie Devitt won gold for New South Wales in the girl’s 4x100m relay. The boy’s race was also won by New South Wales in 41.04.

At the close of competition, New South Wales were declared Australian All Schools Champions with a point score of 916, with Queensland (828 points) and Victoria (779 points) placing second and third respectively.

The Small State Trophy, awarded to the winner of all other states, was taken home by Western Australia after they scored 521 points from three days of competition.

A huge thanks to Cody Lynch (Athletics Australia) who was in Canberra reporting on the event!