Victorian All-Star #5 – Bianca Hansen

Meet Bianca Hansen aka Bee!

We decided to ask Bee some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives her as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Welcome Bee!
Bianca Hansen: Hey guys!

AV: We know we sound like a broken record, but it’s always good to be consistent with these interviews, so with that in mind we guess you should tell us your age?
BH: I’m 18.

AV: And your club?
BH: Ringwood Athletic Club.

AV: How long have you been doing athletics for?
BH: Well I started when I was 5-years-old, so I’ve been in the game for 13 years.

AV: You’re practically a veteran! Were your parents athletes?
BH: My parents were quite athletic when they were younger. Dad participated in athletics and soccer at a high-level. My Mum was very good at athletics, swimming and basketball.

AV: Jack of all trades ey! So what do you love about your specific events?
BH: I love getting the perfect throw as it feels effortless. There’s nothing better than watching that discus cut through the air! For long jump, I just love when I get the perfect take-off from the board and fly through the air!

AV: Sounds as if you just love things flying through the air haha! So with a storied junior career, what do you feel will be necessary to make the next big leap up to a senior Australian team?
BH: I think to make it to an Australian senior team, I will not only have to continue doing what I’m doing, but further continue to have a strong work ethic and focus with my training. There’s the possibility of extending my training up to twice a day on some days, which will allow me to fit in all the little extra things that will make a big difference for me technically and strength-wise. I’m happy to be patient, as I’ve been told the leap from juniors to seniors can be quite daunting especially coming from such success on a junior level. There can be a big gap between transitioning from being a junior athlete to making your first Australian senior team. I’ll also need passion. Passion for the sport, my events and wanting to know every detail about athletics. My mind and body need to both be there in order to achieve a legacy and to make an Olympics.

AV: Given this year is a bit of a transition year for you following junior Australian representation, without an age-group team to qualify for the 2017 National Championships, what will your goals be for the competition?
BH: My goals for Nationals are simple: Enjoy and compete. Sometimes, when in the prospects of trying to make a National team, you can become too focused that you forget to simply enjoy what you love doing. There’s often a lot of external and internal pressure circulating.

AV: Very mature of you Bee! So away from athletics, what do you like to get up to?
BH: I suppose for fun I just hangout or go out with friends and do ‘normal people’ things. It’s good to have a balance between my social and athletics life.

AV: That just about wraps things up from our end Bee. Thanks so much for your time! Good luck next week as well!
BH: Thanks so much guys!

Catch Bianca in the discus and long jump during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).

#SUMMERofATHS

 

 

 

Victorian All-Star #4 – Zachary Nunis

Meet Zach Nunis!

We decided to ask Zach some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives him as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Zach, thanks for being with us mate!
Zach Nunis: My pleasure AV!

AV: You’ve probably seen how these things work. With that being said…How old are you?
ZN: I’m 17-years-old.

AV: And which club are you associated with?
ZN: Doncaster Athletics Club.

AV: So how long have you been doing athletics for?
ZN: Well I started in the Under-6 division, so about 12 years.

AV: That’s a decent stint! Did you start of with Little Athletics?
ZN: Yeah, a friend of mine from school did Athletics at Doncaster Little Athletic Club and one day we had cross country and his parents told my parents about Little Aths, and I haven’t looked back since.

AV: How good are friends! So were your parents athletes?
ZN: My dad likes to think he is, but his athletic career peaked in Prep! But both of my grandfathers were athletes, with one being in the Olympic Training Squad for Hockey before the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He’s a pretty awesome and inspiring figure to have as a grandpa!

AV: Wow! We bet he is!!! So what do you love about your specific events?
ZN: I just love how you can chill out and sit down during a comp and training. When I’m at training I see the middle/long distance runners doing laps on laps on laps and I’m just sitting down talking to my training partners about how well we reckon we did on a school SAC. So just the freedom to have fun and push my body as far as I can with the luxury of having a few breaks is what makes me love my events

AV: So chill. So as a triple and long jumper, do you feel competing in both events during a season aids or hinders your competitive approach?
ZN: In my experience, training/competing in both events compliments each other really well. Training doesn’t get tedious because of all the elements that are incorporated in each event, but my training focus changes each week depending on which AV Shield program is on. Apart from training, it widens the spectrum for who I can meet and what I can do with it. There are a lot of lads currently in Victoria alone are a killing it at long jump, and that event has been my main focus this season, so triple jump (whilst still competitive) is a more fun event at the moment.

AV: Given your habit of winning National events with final round jumps, how does the final jump thought process tend to differ from early round jumps?
ZN: Field events are awesome, in that you more than one shot at a jump. In the sprints, if you false start that’s it, all done. So the thought process in long jump for me is to make sure I can nail that sixth round jump, and hope I’m lucky enough to make that top 8 final. My forth and sixth jumps are usually my best, so I have to gear myself up for the other rounds so that I can chuck out a decent distance. But on the last jump it’s or nothing, especially at Nationals, where you’ve been training during the winter and want to finish off the year with a PB. This is where I get extra excited, most of the time getting the crowd behind me, and putting on a good show!

AV: Sounds like you’ve got it sorted! So what do you do for fun away from athletics?
ZN: I’m currently going through my final year of high school, so when I’m not studying or training, you’ll probably see my playing a guitar absolutely butchering an Ed Sheeran song. My Dad and Nana are ‘musos’ so I’ve had music in my house for as long as I can remember, and having a sound-proof recording studio instead of a garage makes it very easy to play without annoying mum! I’ve also played basketball this season with some friends from school, so I might drop track to pursue being a Michael Jordan prodigy…

AV: Haha well for our sake we hope you stay in athletics! Thanks for your time Zach.
ZN: No worries guys!

Catch Zach in the 100m, long jump and triple jump during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).

#SUMMERofATHS

 

 

Victorian All-Star #3 – Mia Gross

Meet Mia Gross!

We decided to ask Mia some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives her as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Hey Mia, thanks for joining us!
Mia Gross: No worries AV!

AV: You’ve had an unbelievable season thus far, but let’s start off with the basics. How old are you…?
MG: I’m currently 15 but turning 16 next month.

AV: Not long now! And which club do you compete for?
MG: I’m with Deakin Athletics Club.

AV: How long have you be competing in athletics for?
MG: I started running in the Under-8 age division nine years ago which has gone super fast!

AV: We bet it has! So you got involved with Little Athletics?
MG: I absolutely loved Little Athletics. I went on all the JDS camps/sessions and loved it so much! Little Athletics is where I met all  my dearest friends.

AV: Were your parents athletes?
MG: My mum did athletics when she was younger but back then it finished at Under-12’s. My Dad was playing senior GFL football at the age of 16 and not too bad at cricket as well. They both love sport and always encourage myself and my siblings to do my best and have fun.

AV: What do you love about your specific events?
MG: I love everything about competing! I love the atmosphere, challenging myself, running against top athletes, meeting new people and developing long lasting friendships. I love watching others race as well. I love training and I’m always hanging out for the start of the athletics season! When I run I feel alive and energised. It’s where I belong and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I love coming around the bends and into the straight…It’s such an amazing feeling and then digging deep to push that little extra to finish.

AV: Love the passion Mia! As your range has developed across the 100, 200 and 400m events, how do you decide which event to focus on? Or has the three-event mix become a championships workload you are used to?
MG: I would love to be able to run all three events. Unfortunately they seem to have the final of the 100m and the final of the 400m too close together which means I now have to choose! I have to focus on my times which means that I can’t run a 100m and then 40 minutes later run the 400m time I would like.

AV: Ah the old 100/400m clash! So having previously lived in Torquay, did your preparation differ living further out than metropolitan athletes?
MG: Yes it did because we always had to leave 3 1/2 hour before my race event started, but I adapted to the traveling and sometimes stayed in Melbourne if the competition was on Saturday and Sunday. I also have to consider all my meals before I leave my house because I most likely won’t be home until late in the evening. I love living in Torquay right next to the beach (although I cannot surf!) and my friends live so close to me. It’s such a beautiful area and I am very fortunate. I’m also very lucky my training group is awesome! We train on the new track at Deakin University which is only 20 minutes away – very handy! I only sprint train on a Tuesday and Thursday so it’s not that difficult to get there and I’m always keen for a training day to come around because I love it!

AV: Living in Torquay an not surfing! That’s a sin haha. So what do you get up to for fun away from athletics?
MG: I love all different kinds of sports. I love watching the Geelong Cats play. I enjoy stand-up paddle boarding with my friends even though it takes me a little while to get used to! I basically love mocking around, laughing with my friends being crazy, relaxed and silly!

AV: Thanks for your time Mia and good luck at Nationals!
MG: No worries guys!

Catch Mia in the 100, 200 and 400m during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).

#SUMMERofATHS

 

 

 

Australian Grand Prix Office Closure

The Athletics Victoria office will be closed from Tuesday 21st March through to Friday 24th March (inclusive) due to the Australian Grand Prix.

All staff will be working from home and will have access to their emails.


If you have any queries relating to the Victorian Masters Championships or competitions in general, please refer them to the Competitions Department, via competitions@athsvic.org.au or summer@athsvic.org,au.
Alternatively you can email Travis, Craig and Hugo at:

  • travis@athsvic.org.au – Interim Competitions Manager
  • craig.wallace@athsvic.org.au – Competitions Coordinator
  • hugo@athsvic.org.au – Competitions Coordinator

Or on the Competitions mobile at: 0447 202 160


Any queries relating to the Australian Athletics Championships, please refer them to the Sean Whipp (State Teams & Athlete Development Officer) at:

  • sean@athsvic.org.au

Any media queries relating to the Australian Athletics Championships, please refer them to Sam Quennell (Communications & Growth Leader) at:

  • sam@athsvic.org.au

All other queries can be lodged to the remaining Athletics Victoria staff depending on their department.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Go Daniel Ricciardo! 

New Bibs. New Timing System. A Whole New XCR Look!

Athletics Victoria will be introducing a new timing system for the 2017 season!

With the aim of producing faster and more accurate access to results, all competing athletes will now be issued with timing tags attached to their bibs, similar to those used in fun runs and triathlons. These bibs are made of a durable PVC material which, with appropriate care, will last the entire 2017/18 season. While the bibs and tags are water and tear resistant, they are not made to be machine washable or to withstand excessive pressure.

The timing tags are not be removed at any stage.

With athletes times now being associated with the bibs, it is essential that athletes bring their bibs to all rounds of XCR (including relays). If athletes forget to bring their bibs they will be required to purchase a ‘single use’ set of bibs for the day.

Athletes registering for the Summer season only, will receive bibs with no attached timing tags.

Replacement bibs

For any athlete that has lost their bibs, replacements will be available from the Athletics Victoria administration tent or alternatively by contacting the AV office within business hours prior to a round of XCR. Replacement bibs will incur a fee as outlined below:

  • Bibs with permanent timing tags – $20
  • Single use bibs (valid for one race only) – $15
  • Bibs only (applicable for athletes not competing in XCR events) – $10

The process for purchasing a membership and/or XCR packages will remain the same, as will the process of being issued and collecting memberships packs from Athletics Victoria. Club Team Managers will be required to collect and sign for all club membership packs from the Athletics Victoria Administration tent at the beginning of each XCR event.

**A reminder that a bib number will be issued when an athlete purchases either a package or an individual event entry, not at the point of memberships only.

The new timing system for XCR will be conducted through Tomato Timing.

Events they’ve worked on in the past include:

  • Triathlon Victoria Series
  • De Castella Run
  • Run the Bridge (Hobart)
  • Sri Chinmoy Run

Plus many other running, swimming and cycling events!

This service will provide athletes with a more accurate result for their individual XCR’17 races. Athletes will still have the opportunity to query results directly to Tomato Timing before final results are published on the Athletics Victoria website.

Timing tag testing will still be available at Athletics Victoria XCR competitions.

For more information on Tomato Timing and to catch up on their events and results, checkout their website and Facebook page!


Round 1 – Saturday 22 April – Jells Park Relays

XCR Schools – Saturday 29 April – Jells Park Relays

Round 2 – Saturday 13 May – Wandin Park Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 20 May – Albert Park Road Relays

Round 3 – Saturday 27 May – Cruden Farm Cross Country 8km & 16km Heritage Round

Round 4 – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

Round 5 – Saturday 8 July – Sandown Road Relays

Round 6 – Saturday 16 July – Albert Park 10km Road Race

Round 7 – Saturday 29 July – Wendouree 15km & 6km Road Race

Round 8 – Saturday 12 August – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Round 9 – Sunday 3 September – Burnley Half Marathon & Junior 5km – TBC

Round 10 – Saturday 16 September – Princes Park Relays


Make sure you have the date April 1 cemented in your brain, as it’s the official opening day to purchase your membership and XCR’17 Package, which inevitably gives you entry access for all events throughout the season!

#XCR17

 

Victorian All-Star #2 – James Joycey

Meet James Joycey!

We decided to ask James some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives him as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Hey James, thanks for joining us mate!
James Joycey: No worries guys!

AV: You’re quite built James…How old are you?
JJ: 17-year-old!

AV: Wow. And which club do you represent?
JJ: Doncaster Athletics Club

AV: How long have you been in the game for?
JJ: Around 6 years…

AV: So how did you get involved with Little Athletics?
JJ: I was with Kew Little Athletics from U11 until U15. I got involved with Little Athletics a little differently to most. In year 5 at school another guy was picked for the school district team for shot-put instead of me. This annoyed me, so Dad and I decided I should join up with a Little Athletics Club so I could train for shot-put to ensure something like this would never happen again. I eventually placed 5th at the State Championships for shot-put that year and my passion grew from there!

AV: Love the fire! And were your parents athletes?
JJ: My Dad was a high-jumper and footy player. He actually won a National title before me when he won gold at the Australian Masters in 2013 with a then State record.

AV: What do you love about shot-put?
JJ: I love the complex and highly technical nature of the throws. It’s such a complex puzzle and you get to a stage where everything feels prefect, you think you have it all together, only to find there is so much more to figure out. This constant challenge of piecing each aspect of the throw together is the reason why I love the throws.

AV: What was it like competing recently alongside Olympic medalists in the NZ “Big Shot” competition?
JJ: The “Big Shot” experience in New Zealand was incredible. The day before we competed we got to train with all the big throwers which was an extremely valuable session to see the different way in which people approach training. On the day of the competition I was in the U20 event which was the curtain raiser to the main show. Although I didn’t compete with the Opens over there, our competition was a very elite field featuring some of the best in the world for my age, which was just as good! Having a meet near the main street of Christchurch was insane in comparison to our normal competition venues. The atmosphere was electric due the to the large crowd and it definitely aided performance. It would be cool to see a similar thing adopted over in Australia. It really brings athletics to the people, which increases the general public’s knowledge of our great sport and also greatly helps the competitors.

AV: Sounds like it was a trip worthwhile! So as a thrower of multiple events, how has developing a preferred event progressed throughout your career? Is it a matter of preference, or a focus purely on the event in which you have has the most encouraging competitive results?
JJ: Initially in my athletics career my sole love was for the hammer-throw. My results for that event were on a State and National basis compared to my other events. I had a strong passion for the event, mainly due to the fast progression I could make in it, which shot-put could not compete with. As I have grown in size through the years, my potential for shot-put became more evident, as I was gradually improving largely due to the 10-week stint I had to do for my APS school season. At the end of last year I decided to train properly as a shot-putter, as well as a hammer-thrower, with the belief I could be very good at both. So at this stage I have an equal love for both events, however due to injuries, hammer-throw has taken a back seat. Largely my preference comes down to results. Although when I’m fit I do as much work for both.

AV:  It seems you have the perfect balance! So when you’re away form it all, what do you get up to for fun?
JJ: This year I’m in year 12 and have high aspirations/goals I would like to achieve at school. Between my large commitment to my athletics and my time spent at/studying for school, I’m left with limited downtime, which is something I’m perfectly fine with. I want to be the best at what I do and as a result I have mp issue with putting in the work in the circle, the gym or at school. So my time for fun and enjoyment is spent putting in the hard yards for my various endeavours, which I’m sure will work for in the end!

AV: No doubt it will James! Thanks for joining us mate…
JJ: My pleasure guys!

Catch James in the shot-put during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).

#SUMMERofATHS

Throwing superstars turn up the heat at Landy Field

A warm Geelong afternoon greeted competitors at the 4th AV Throws Challenge of the season. With four notable throwing guests drawing a crowd throughout the day. Paralympic F20 Gold medallist Todd Hodgetts OAM, Rio Olympians Damien Birkinhead (Corio), Dani Stevens (NSW) and Matthew Denny (QLD) all took part in their favoured throwing events. The atmosphere was an entertaining, yet insightful one, as Western Australian thrower, budding comedian and commentator Matthew Cowie manned the turntables to provide commentary and music throughout the afternoon.

Birkinhead dominated the Shot Put competition, winning with a distance of 20.27m, emphasising a level of consistency that has been evident throughout 2017 and is likely to catapult the Olympic finalist to greater distances during the international season.

Stevens showcased the level of consistency which has previously won her Gold at events such as the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and World Universiade, with a series of 61.56m, X, 65.11m, X, 66.78m, 66.50m – comfortably eclipsing the World Championships qualifying standard of 61.20m.

Denny struggled to find his rhythm, but demonstrated impressive glimpses of the form that helped him qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, putting together a series of X, X, 49.99m, 60.65m, X, 63.15m. Denny finished the competition slightly frustrated, but excited by his ability to work through issues early in the competition to find distance as the series progressed. The upcoming National Championships will provide another opportunity for Denny to chase the World Championship qualifying mark of 65.00m.

Athletics Victoria were fortunate enough to speak with Stevens and Denny following the conclusion of the discus competition, alongside event co-organiser, Kim Mulhall (Sandringham).

How did Kim and Jack (Dalton) manage to get you guys to visit Geelong?

Matthew: I first noticed the event through some of the throwing group Facebook pages, I knew Geelong was a great place with good throwing conditions, because of Julian Wruck throwing his qualifier here back in 2012. I wanted to come down and help put on a good meet and throw well. Dani sent me a message asking if I was going to come down, and once she said she was coming too I knew I’d compete, as there aren’t that many other people to throw against in Australia in such good conditions.

Brilliant. You were back in the 63-metre department today, are you happy with how that level of throwing is coming along?

Matthew: I’m happy that I’ve finally got a season’s best, because the last two weeks have been quite useless, and Canberra was even worse. So, it’s really good to be able to back up well and throw 5 metres further, whilst still feeling like I had a lot more throwing left in the tank.

Awesome news. Dani, an equal season’s best today?

Matthew: Really, to the centimetre? *laughs*

Dani: Yes, 66.78m, that’s exactly what I threw at the NSW State Championships. It’s funny though, conditions were very different, I was hoping for a little bit more today, but I’m rapt to get another throw in the high 66’s, I’ve really been trying to get more consistent at a higher level. Every time I go out (in the circle), I need a high 66m or 67m throw to be in the mix with the top girls in the world, and to get my confidence up. I’m happy with that, and it was such a fun competition. Matt and I had been looking forward to it for quite some time, even in Canberra we kept talking about how much fun this weekend was going to be. It’s great, I love throwing meets, they’re a really exciting style of competition, you’ve got a crowd, music pumping, everyone here knows about throwing and wants to see everyone throw, which makes for a great atmosphere.

Dani you mentioned earlier, as you head toward another major championship, you’ve been happy with your ability to replicate throwing distances in different conditions, that must give you a sizeable confidence boost?

Dani: Definitely. When you arrive at a World Championships or an Olympic Games, often they’re held in a stadium, so I need to be able to throw those sorts of distances without assistance from the wind, but you also need to be able to handle those conditions if it does rain, or there is a strong wind or anything of that sort if you have a more open competition stadium. So being able to adapt to several different conditions is a big part of my mental preparation, so I don’t shy away from wind, rain, extreme heat or any environmental variables, which helps me in being a better all-rounder of an athlete.

Will this be the last competitive outing for everyone prior to the National Championships in Sydney?

Matthew/Kim: Yes.

Dani: Yes, it’s my last competition before Nationals, but I’m happy to have competed here in one of the most exciting meets of my season.

Kim, you must be happy with how everything came together organisationally today?

Kim: Jack approached me with this idea in October of last year (2016), and at first, I wasn’t entirely sure how to get the process going, but Jack’s got some great ideas, which I tried to work into this meet. We’ve had a few throws meets prior which hadn’t been quite as successful, but they all built towards the big meet here today, so I’m thrilled that it’s all worked out.

Fantastic. So, you’ll look to build on that momentum and attempt to create the same style of meet next season?

Kim: Certainly. The competitive element of today was successful, and there’s a huge group of younger kids waiting to take part in the throwing clinic now. Overall, it’s been so cool to see people excited about throwing again, and I think we’ll really look to expand upon that next year.

Dani: I’d be keen to be involved and come back down again!

Matt: Guaranteed, this is the best place to throw in Australia.

For full results, check here: http://athsvic.org.au/event/av-throws-challenge-4/

Image courtesy of Gus Puopolo

Victorian All-Star #1 – Philippa Huse

Meet Philippa Huse (aka Pip)! 

We decided to ask Pip some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives her as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Hey Pip, thanks for joining us!
Philippa Huse: No worries guys!

AV: First things first…How old are you?
PH: I am 17-years-old, 18 in just over 3 weeks!

AV: Which club are you associated with?
PH: I’m currently with Sandringham Athletics Club…

AV: How long have you been doing athletics for?
PH: I’ve been doing athletics for about 12 years now!

AV: How did you get involved with athletics?
PH: I’m the youngest of four children, so I watched all my siblings do athletics when I was young which definitely encouraged me to get involved. Both my parents also made sure we all gave it a try and were happy for us to get involved!

AV: Are your parents athletes?
PH: My parents are both passionate about a wide variety of sports and both have always loved exercise and being active. This has definitely inspired me from a young age to be involved and compete in sport.

AV: What do you love about your specific event?
PH: I love he originality of race-walking and the fact it’s different to any other event! I love that it is not only a long distance event, but it is also technically challenging as well.

AV: How does walking differ tactically/mentally on track as opposed to the more common road events?
PH: In a race, like with other road distance races, my main goal is on even splits and pacing myself. It’s so much easier to race with people, so if there is someone near my speed I always try to work off them! With walks however, there is the added pressure of needing a legal style, which requires you to stay focused the whole way through. You can’t change you style if you get tired, from the risk of being disqualified and therefore there is an emphasised focus on not burning yourself too early.

AV: How does one get into race walking as a youngster?
PH: I first began race walking through Brighton Little Athletics. I would compete in the Little Athletics Regional and State Championships each year and over time I noticed how I was progressively improving in placing and time. This encouraged me to stick at it and put in more time and effort!

AV: What are your future walking team goals?
PH: My current goal at the moment would be looking towards the World Junior Championships and the World Race Walking Cup next year. I prefer to focus more on upcoming goals as opposed to looking too far into the future. But to be selected for either of there two teams would be an absolute dream for me.

AV: What’s the state of race walking within Victoria?
PH: Victoria currently has a wide selection of talented and passionate walkers ranging from all ages and all levels. I’m lucky enough to be in a training group that is so supportive, dedicated and hard-working. It inspires me to always put in my best effort and strive to be the best I can be.

AV: Away from athletics, what do you do for fun?
PH: I’m currently in year 12, so life is fairly busy with work and study, but I play touch rugby at schools as well as the drums, which is great fun! Aside from that, I love catching up with friends and relaxing!

AV: Thank you so much for your time Pip – we’ll be following your progress closely at Nationals!
PH: Thanks guys!

Catch Philippa in the 10km race walk during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).

#SUMMERofATHS

SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix Men’s Results

SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix – Canberra – Saturday 11th March / Sunday 12th March

Men’s 200m Final

  • Will Johns – 21.27s – 6th place

Men’s 400m Final

  • Will Johns – 47.34s – 5th place
  • Matthew Dawson – 49.00s – 8th place

Men’s 100m B Final

  • Michael James – 10.75s – 5th place

Men’s 800m B Final

  • Christian Davis – 1:49.41s – 1st place
  • Matt Scott – 1:49.68s – 2nd place
  • Lachlan Barber – 1:50.04s – 3rd place

Men’s 800m A Final

  • Brad Mathas – 1:49.04s – 2nd place
  • Alex Rowe – 1:50.52s – 5th place

Men’s 1500m Final

  • Adam Pyke – 3:42.00s – 1st place
  • Tom Fawthorpe – 3:44.62s – 5th place
  • Zak Patterson – 3:50.37s – 7th place

Men’s 5000m A Final

  • David McNeill – 13:47.18s – 1st place
  • Andrew Buchanan – 14:12.50s – 4th place
  • Nick Earl – 14:19.56s – 11th place
  • William Potter – 14:39.12s – 16th place
  • Michael Marantelli – 14:54.31s – 20th place

Men’s 5000m B Final

  • Ben Kelly – 15:01.31s – 1st place

Men’s 110m Hurdles Final

  • Ben Khongbut – 14.10s – 3rd place

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final

  • Toby O’Brien – 9:31.34s

Men’s High Jump Final

  • Joel Baden – 2.10m – 4th place

Men’s Pole Vault Final

  • Max Mishchenko – 5.05m – 4th place

Men’s Long jump Final

  • Chris Mitrevski – 8.05m – 1st place

Men’s Triple Jump Final

  • Denis Finnegan – 15.58m – 2nd place
  • Dylan Johnson – 15.50m – 3rd place

Men’s Shot Put Final

  • Damien Birkinhead – 20.36m – 1st place
  • Matthew Cowie – 17.50m – 2nd place
  • Todd Hodgetts – 15.81m – 4th place

Men’s Hammer Throw Final

  • Jack Dalton – 63.98m – 2nd place

Men’s 100m Ambulant Final

  • Liam Richardson – 14.74s – 8th place

Men’s 200m Ambulant Final

  • Liam Richardson – 30.29s – 5th place

Men’s Long Jump Ambulant Final

  • Nicholas Hum – 7.41m – 1st place

Men’s Shot Put Ambulant Final

  • Marty Jackson – 13.47m – 2nd place

Men’s Discus Throw Ambulant Final

  • Marty Jackson – 35.16m – 3rd place

Men’s Shot Put Secured Final

  • Jessee Wyatt – 9.30m – 1st place
  • Craig Jarrett – 8.69m – 2nd place
  • Michael Fawkner – 6.54m – 4th place

Men’s Discus Throw Secured Final

  • Craig Jarrett – 30.07m – 1st place
  • Jessee Wyatt – 22.46m – 2nd place
  • Michael Fawkner – 19.04m – 4th place

Men’s Javelin Throw Secured Final

  • Michael Fawkner – 15.34m – 1st place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix Women’s Results

SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix – Canberra – Saturday 11th March / Sunday 12th March

Women’s 100m B Final

  • Jessie Andrew – 12.15s – 4th place

Women’s 100m A Final

  • Brittany Burkitt – 11.79s – 4th place

Women’s 200m B Final

  • Jessie Andrew – 24.53s – 2nd place

Women’s 200m A Final

  • Morgan Mitchell – 23.44s – 3rd place

Women’s 400m A Final

  • Morgan Mitchell – 51.65s – 1st place

Women’s 800m A Final

  • Georgia Griffith – 2:02.09s – 3rd place
  • Abbey de la Motte – 2:02.19s – 4th place
  • Anneliese Rubie – 2:03.27s – 5th place

Women’s 1500m Final

  • Linden Hall – 4:12.33s – 1st place
  • Madeileine Murray – 4:21.73s – 3rd place
  • Anna Saw – 4:33.64 – 7th place
  • Kayla de Bondt – 4:47.05s – 11th place

Women’s 5000m Final

  • Gemma Maini – 16:19.96s – 4th place
  • Anna Kelly – 16:29.08s – 5th place
  • Karinna Fyfe – 16:43.65s – 9th place
  • Henriette Lawrence – 17:10.46s – 11th place

Women’s 100m Hurdles Final

  • Danielle Shaw – 13.46s – 5th place

Women’s 400m Hurdles Final

  • Mackenzie Keenan – 59.23s – 4th place
  • Ashleigh Horrobin – 59.47s – 5th place

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final

  • Stella Radford – 10:21.06s – 1st place

Women’s High Jump Final

  • Eleanor Patterson – 1.85m – 2nd place

Women’s Long Jump Final

  • Elizabeth Hedding – 6.07m – 7th place

Women’s Triple Jump Final

  • Meggan O’Riley – 13.24m – 1st place

Women’s Discus Throw Final

  • Kim Mulhall – 54.66m – 4th place

Women’s Hammer Throw Final

  • Gabrielle Neighbour – 56.81m – 4th place

Women’s Javelin Throw Final

  • Kathryn Brooks – 48.40m – 4th place

Women’s 100m Ambulant Final

  • Erin Garbler – 16.72s – 4th place

Women’s 200m Ambulant Final

  • Isis Holt – 29.54s – 4th place
  • Paige Greco – 31.86s – 5th place
  • Erin Garbler – 35.10s – 8th place

Women’s 400m WC Final

  • Jemima Moore – 59.69s – 3rd place

Women’s 800m WC Final

  • Jemima Moore – 1:51.95s – 3rd place

Women’s 1500m WC Final

  • Jemima Moore – 3:32.04s – 3rd place

Women Shot Put Secured Final

  • Dayna Crees – 4.21m – 3rd place

Women Discus Throw Secured Final

  • Dayna Crees – 13.13m – 2nd place

Women Javelin Throw Secured Final

  • Dayna Crees

 

 

 

Sinead Diver’s Amazing Marathon Run!

Sinead Diver is well poised to take a spot in the Australian team heading over to London for the World Championships in August!

The 40-year-old nailed the Nagoya Marathon, finishing in 10th position with a time of 2:31:27, which was close to a 3-minute personal best. Diver ran steadily throughout the whole race sitting comfortably in 28th place at the 10km mark, 20th place at the 20km mark and 15th place at the 30km mark before closing in on a top 10 position for the final 5km of the marathon…

The finishing time now ranks Diver 11th on the Australian all-time marathon list, 5th on the Irish all-time marathon list and is the fastest marathon ever ran by an Australian woman aged 40.

An unbelievable effort by Sinead who’s a regular placer during the XCR season!

 


 

Round 1 – Saturday 22 April – Jells Park Relays

XCR Schools – Saturday 29 April – Jells Park Relays

Round 2 – Saturday 13 May – Wandin Park Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 20 May – Albert Park Road Relays

Round 3 – Saturday 27 May – Cruden Farm Cross Country 8km & 16km Heritage Round

Round 4 – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

Round 5 – Saturday 8 July – Sandown Road Relays

Round 6 – Saturday 16 July – Albert Park 10km Road Race

Round 7 – Saturday 29 July – Wendouree 15km & 6km Road Race

Round 8 – Saturday 12 August – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Round 9 – Sunday 3 September – Burnley Half Marathon & Junior 5km – TBC

Round 10 – Saturday 16 September – Princes Park Relays

 

Make sure you have the date April 1 cemented in your brain, as it’s the official opening day to purchase your membership and XCR’17 Package, which inevitably gives you entry access for all events throughout the season!

 

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Sam Reiser (DKN) Stepping Up to Biggest Stage in US Collegiate Sport

The Gilliam Indoor Stadium of Texas A&M University will host the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend, with Deakin athlete Sam Reiser racing the 4x400m relay for Penn State University.

The contrast in training venues over the years is not lost on Reiser, a 2014 graduate of Geelong Grammar School, windy afternoon’s spent tearing around a grass track under the watchful eye of Bruce Scriven, representing Australia at the 2014 World Junior Championships, will all seem like a lifetime ago when Reiser steps into the $35 million dollar Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas.

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The venue seats 4,000 and features a six-lane hydraulically banked 200 metre track, with Reiser and his teammates set to complete 2 laps each whilst battling against some of the best teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Reiser’s Penn State University team qualified 4th fastest for the Indoor NCAA Championships with a time of 3:04.80sec, a time which would’ve warranted a bronze medal at the most recent IAAF World Indoor Championships, an indicator of the immense depth in the collegiate athletic system.

Athletics Victoria had the chance to ask Reiser a few questions after he had attended the championship banquet, held in one of the many function rooms the 102,000 seat Texas A&M football stadium.

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AV – Sam, tell us a bit about Penn State and the athletics program there?

Sam – Penn State University is located in central Pennsylvania, it has around 46,000 students at my campus and 83,000 undergraduates enrolled at the moment across several other campuses. Our track program has been undergoing changes recently, with the hiring of a new sprints and throws and distance coaches which was a result of a new head coach that took over the program my first year. Since then I think we have made huge strides towards success as our women’s team captured the indoor Big 10 conference title, while the Men took 2nd which was the highest combined finish in program history while setting several school records along the way. We are hosting the outdoor conference championships this year, and are excited to use this momentum gained indoors to our advantage.

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AV – Qualifying for the NCAA Indoor National Championships – how does a team achieve that, what kind of competition are you up against?

Sam – To qualify for indoor nationals you have to place top 16 individually and top 12 if you’re a relay nationally. This is all based on times and not on places or finishes at conference level. By many it is regarded the hardest meet to make in the world seeing that the calibre of student-athletes is so high in the United States. For our 4x400m relay the top seed time belongs to Texas A&M (3:02.39), which would have won the World Indoor Championships while narrowly failing to break the World Record (3:02.13).

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AV – Did your team expect to qualify at the start of the indoor season?

Sam – We were running pretty average times at the beginning of the season compared to the rest of the country as we were around the 3:11 mark, but then we went to the Spire Invitational which is held at the same venue as our conference championships and dropped a 4 second season best, and 2 weeks later at the same venue we dropped a further 3 seconds to take us to our national qualifier of 3:04:80. This ranks us 4th in the nation and set a school, conference and facility record that day. We knew we could make nationals but to drop our time that fast caught us a little off guard.

AV – How did the day of the qualifying race pan out?

Sam -The 4×4 is always the last event of the day at the conference championships, or any meet for that matter. We had all run heats the day before for our individual events, and many of us had raced finals the day of the 4×400 so we were all a little tired, but that’s just how it is.
It’s accepted that you will be tired so we just all put that to the side and ran. It was a close race going back and forth between ourselves and Iowa, who had run one of the fastest times in the country and had a 44 second FAT (Fully Automatic Timing) anchor leg runner. In the final 30 metres of the race, Isaiah Harris powered past the Iowa anchor runner to take the victory. I have never experienced that much hype about a race before. The best thing about collegiate sports is that there is a team aspect, when we won the place erupted as our team lost it and flooded onto the track. Whilst it was very exciting, we all immediately jumped on the team bus and drove 5 hours back home.

Sam – How do you think your team will fare against the competition?

Sam – At NCAA’s there are no heats for the relay, it is 3 heats of 4 all being timed finals. Being 4th we are in the fast heat which is great for us, but it also puts us up against 3 other teams who have run 3:02.
We have stepped up to the competition every time this year and I think we will do the same come Saturday. Our team is young as well, we have 3 sophomores (second years) and one Junior (third year) meaning that we will be together for another year. Because we are all similar in age as well we have been together for a year. The team is really close and I often think it’s funny that none of us made the conference 400m final let alone nationals, and now we are in the fast heat of the 4x400m relay and setting records.

AV – How have you coped with the banked track? Could you describe to the readers the difficulties both physically and tactically of running on a banked 200m track?

Sam – Running on a banked track is a lot harder than outdoors. You have so much less room to make a move, as the straights are short, and to do so on the bank is pointless seeing the difference in distance from lane to lane. This makes timing your move critical. I think that the difficulties are indicated when you look at world records, as the outdoor world record is 2:54 and the indoor world record is 3:02.

AV – What is the Texas A&M venue like to compete and stay at?

Sam – Texas A&M have a great sprint background holding the collegiate record in the 4x400m relay, and are producing phenomenal athletes such as Deon Lendore (44.36sec 400m runner). It is a college town meaning that the university makes up the infrastructure of the place rather than being attached to a city. The campus is huge, and the facilities are insane.
We had access to one of the gyms today, I don’t know how many weight rooms they have, but I was impressed coming from a school that has 5 athletic weight training rooms. It was a full Olympic weight lifting gym, with the platforms sunk into the ground so that it could be used for alternative training activities too.

AV – Thanks for taking the time to talk with Athletics Victoria Sam, and best of luck this weekend!

Sam – My pleasure, thank you very much.

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Reiser and his Penn State teammates will race at 11:45am on Sunday morning (AEST), televised on ESPN, live results are also available here:http://www.ncaa.com/di-mens-and-womens-track-field-championship-results-2017