Tallent and Mickle named Athletes of the Year

Jared Tallent (Vic) and Kim Mickle (WA) are Athletics Australia’s Athletes of the Year, with the duo announced as the best-of-the-best for 2013 at a gala dinner at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

The IAAF World Championships medal winning pair were joined on the illustrious honour roll by Evan O’Hanlon (NSW), Angela Ballard (NSW) and Matthew Denny (Qld), who were name Male Para-Athlete, Female Para-Athlete and Junior Athlete of the Year respectively.

Capping off what has been an enormous year for the nine-time Australian javelin champion, Mickle was also announced as the Eurosport Athlete of the Year for her continuing strong performances on the IAAF Diamond League circuit. Placing in the top-three each and every time she competed this year, her 2013 resume also includes a new personal best of 66.60m and a silver medal from the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

“Definitely a surprise. It’s capped off a remarkable year. It’s icing on the cake,” Mickle said.

“I want to go one better next year at the Commonwealth Games for sure. I won silver in Delhi and in Moscow this year so the gold is aim for sure. The pre-season is going well so far, the body is healthy and I can’t see anything less than gold as a good result.

“I’m so close to Joanna Stone’s record. I thought my last throw in Moscow had it but I am not there yet, and its unfinished business. Bring on 2014.”

Tallent has also shone both as part of the National Athletics Series and on the world stage this year. The winner of the Australian 20km Race Walking Championships in February, the three-time Olympic medallist went onto take out the top honour in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge and a stunning bronze medal in the men’s 50km walk at the IAAF World Championships.

“I’m very honoured to win this. I have been performing at a strong level like this for some time now, and it is probably ten years in the making but it is great to be recognised like this,” Tallent said.

“In 2003 I nearly gave the sport away when I lost my scholarship at the VIS but then I was invited to Canberra by Brent Vallance, my parents forced me to go, and the rest is history. I have to thank them especially for this.

“I have aspirations to continue right through to Tokyo, and who knows from there. I love what I do and am so excited and that I get to continue doing it now with my wife Claire (Tallent) as my coach.”

Tallent now has the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in his sights, while Mickle will look to improve on her silver medal from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi (IND) by winning gold when the event heads to Glasgow (SCO) in 2014.

“I’ve got the World Walk Cup next year and I have a bronze and a silver. The gold is my aim for sure. Fingers crossed,” Tallent added.

Tallent and Mickle’s Australian Flame teammate Jess Trengove (SA), who placed an outstanding 11th in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships, was also recognised as the Australian Flame Athlete of the Year thanks to her strong commitment to the development of a team bond in the Australian Flame camps in both Tonbridge (GBR) and Moscow (RUS).

Arguably the best-performed athlete at the IPC Athletics World Championships, 2013 was certainly O’Hanlon’s year.

Setting two championship records in Lyon (FRA), the five-time Paralympic champion and dual world record holder added a further three world titles to his burgeoning trophy cabinet just weeks after recovering from viral meningitis.

The winner of three silver and one bronze medal at the IPC Athletics World Championships, Ballard’s rise to the top of wheelchair racing continues. Unable to attend the event tonight because she is completely her thesis, the four-time Paralympian is coached by Louise Sauvage.

Denny rounded out the big winners, with the 18-year-old crowned Junior Athlete of the Year.

The winner of six gold medals at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Perth, he went on to win a gold and bronze medal at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships and now has Eugene 2014 for the IAAF World Junior Championships firmly in his sights.

The 2013 Athlete of the Year Awards, proudly presented by Eurosport, were held in the Crown Palladium in Melbourne tonight.

The complete list of winners is:

Edwin Flack Award – Tamsyn Manou (VIC)

Art Series Hotel Volunteer of the Year – Richard Lawsyz (VIC)

Australian Sports Commission Junior Coach of the Year – Grahame Pitt (QLD)

Australian Sports Commission Para-Athlete Coach of the Year – Iryna Dvoskina (ACT)

Australian Sports Commission Senior Coach of the Year – Grant Ward (WA)

Eurosport Athlete of the Year – Kim Mickle (WA)

Australian Flame Athlete of the Year – Jess Trengove (SA)

Junior Athlete of the Year – Matthew Denny (QLD)

Female Para-Athlete of the Year – Angela Ballard (NSW)

Male Para-Athlete of the Year – Evan O’Hanlon (NSW)

Female Athlete of the Year – Kim Mickle (WA)

Male Athlete of the Year – Jared Tallent (VIC)

Life Governorship – Rob Fildes OAM (VIC)

Athletics Victoria Shield: Blue Zone changed to Knox

The scheduled 1st round of Shield for the Blue Zone that was to be held at Mentone this Saturday 19 October will now move to Knox Athletics Track.

Athletics Victoria and the Blue Zone Committee are aware of the subsurface movement and lifting between the 60 metre and 50 metre area on the front straight in lanes 5, 6, 7 and 8 at Mentone and have agreed to ensure no impact on the Shield program and believe the move to Knox is in the best interest of everyone.

Athletics Victoria apologises for the late notice but knows that everyone will understand the reason for the change.

Key Information:
: Blue Zone
Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 1:30pm
Where: Knox Athletics Track, Bunjil Way, Knoxfield, VIC, 3180

All the best to everyone ahead of this weekends opening round of Shield.

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Record breaking Melbourne Marathon win for Weightman

Victorian and 2012 London Olympian Lisa Weightman knocked six minutes off the Medibank Melbourne Marathon female race record and clocked a personal best time of 2:26.05 on her way to a historic win.

Weightman’s pre-race plan stood up strong even when Kenyan Eunice Kales developed a 90 second lead at the 25km mark.

“I was certainly the most nervous I’ve ever been before a race. I think I put a fair bit of pressure on myself to run well because it was my home race and for the first time I ran with the expectation of victory.

“It was just amazing to run into the ‘G with my family there. healthymanviagra The best feeling was crossing the line and my nephew (Thomas, 7) came rushing up to me and gave me a huge hug,” Weightman said.

Along with the $20,000 winners bonus Weightman was crowned the female Victorian Marathon Champion for 2013.

In the men’s race Essendon’s Liam Adams was the best of the Australians in his first ever marathon, finishing sixth and clocking an A qualifier for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“It’s my first marathon and I’ll learn from it but maybe I was a little bit too ambitious early,” Adams said.

Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro was outstanding in the second half of the marathon to break away from the leading group at the 30km mark and set a new race record in 2:10.47, knocking 17 seconds off fellow Kenyan Japhet Kipkorir’s 2010 time.

“We went through half way in 66 minutes and I was thinking too slow, but I’m happy now,” Ondoro said.

Ondoro said he would celebrate with a cup of tea and McDonalds and then return home and buy about half an acre of land with his prize money.

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi finished second in 2:11.40 but said he was disappointed he didn’t complete an Australian treble, having won Sydney last year and Gold Coast in July.

Box Hill’s Nikki Chapple (71.23) won the female half marathon in a race record time, along with Mitch Brown winning the men’s 10km race in 30.29.

Top 5 Victorian Marathon Championship 2013

Men – 1. Liam Adams (ATE) 2:14.09, 2. Zac Newman (MUU) 2:25.11, 3. Joji Mori (RIC) 2:26.34, 4. Ash Watson (WEN) 2:27.01, 5. Alex Van De Meer (MUU) 2:28.54

Women – 1. Lisa Weightman (PTN) 2:26.05, 2. Sarah Klein (FKN) 2:42.53, 3. Kathryn Preston (TRH) 3:01.44, 4. Karen Hames (SME) 3:03.23, 5. Louise Marsden (SME) 3:08.55

Listen to Lisa Weightman chatting with Triple M's Hot Breakfast about the record breaking win and the joy of finishing on the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

CLICK HERE and jump to 16:12min on Triple M's Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire – 14th October 2013

30 Years Ago: de Castella ‘wins’ front and back pages; loses race

Len Johnson

Kenyan triumphs in the Zatopek are nothing of a surprise now. Luke Kipkosgei won four times in six years and holds the men’s race record; Joyce Chepkirui set the women’s record in winning two years ago.

But the first Kenyan victory in the race, when Gabriel Kamau out-sprinted Robert de Castella to win in 1983 – now, that was a surprise.

It should not have been. Kamau held the US national collegiate record at 27 minutes 36.2 seconds, 36 seconds quicker than de Castella’s personal best coming into the race (and continued to hold it until Galen Rupp broke it in 2007). He was on scholarship at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

But Australian sports stories didn’t come much bigger than Deek in 1983. He had successively won the 1981 Fukuoka marathon (in a world record), the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games marathon (this time watched by millions of Australians over breakfast), the 1983 Rotterdam marathon (trouncing Alberto Salazar) and the 1983 world championships marathon (having dinner with the great Emil Zatopek after that one).

The 1983 men’s Zatopek featured on the front and back pages of The Age. It certainly didn’t hurt that the paper, along with Wang computers, sponsored the race, but it was the first time this had happened since Ron Clarke’s world record in 1963.

Pictures of de Castella and Kamau ran side-by-side on the front page, right next to a headline speculating that Prime Minister Bob Hawke might call an early election: “I’ve had enough of this recalcitrant Senate”; while the back page featured a race report with more pictures.

The women’s race had not reached such heady heights by 1983. Indeed, it was still held on a different night, the main women’s event on the big night being over 3000 metres, the longest Olympic distance then for women.

Sally Pierson, an accomplished race walker before she focused solely on running, won her first of two women’s Zatopek races in 33:31.4, comfortably ahead of 1980-81 winner Megan Sloane and Nicky Taws.

Pierson had turned 20 in March, 1983.

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That month she represented Australia for the first time in a world cross-country. She finished fourth in the Race Walking World Cup the same year and represented Australia again in the 1985 world cross-country.

It was the second year in a row de Castella had been out-kicked at the end of the Zatopek. The previous year, John Andrews had run away from him in the final 400 metres to win, 28:09.7 to 28:12.2.

‘Deek’ was not exactly shocked when Kamau sprinted by with 250 metres left to win in 27:59.14. He had led since the second lap, spread-eagling the field but never breaking away from Kamau. It was just the third time (after Australians Gerard Barrett and Steve Austin) anyone had broken 28 minutes in the Zatopek.

De Castella’s reward for his front-running performance was a new personal best of 28:02.73 and the confidence that his Olympic marathon preparations were coming along nicely.

“I have the strength and if I can get more speed that will give me an even greater asset for marathons,” de Castella said.

“You need speed in marathons these days,” ‘Deek’ added perceptively. You still do, many recent marathons would seem to suggest.

New South Wales runner Lawrie Whitty, running barefoot, finished third in 28:26.34. Whitty had upset de Castella in the previous year’s national cross-country championship, a wake-up call for ‘Deek’ on the road to his Brisbane marathon triumph.

Just as well de Castella ran a ‘pb’. It meant he went home with something as, earlier in the night, his national U20 record for 3000 metres had been broken by Mal Norwood, who won the junior race over that distance in 8:10.78. De Castella’s name is still inextricably linked with the junior race, however: it is now named after him.

Ultimately, de Cstella’s Olympic marathon ambitions were thwarted, too. In Los Angeles the following year he finished fifth behind the man he beat at Rotterdam, Carlos Lopes.

Athletics Victoria 6 week membership challenge

To help promote athletics and boost club membership, Athletics Victoria’s 6 week membership challenge will offer a weekly prize to the ‘Club of the Week’ – included is a FREE Athletics Victoria membership to a new member for the 2013/14 season.

The ‘Club of the Week’ prize will be available to all Clubs that have 15 or more members at the start of each weekly prize period. This is in line with the minimum number of regional memberships required to be officially affiliated with Athletics Victoria.

Only one new membership is available to each Club throughout the six week promotion period.

Each week Athletics Victoria will record how many memberships each club registers and the club with the highest percentage will be named our ‘Club of the Week’.

Along with the ‘Club of the Week’ those clubs who register 5 or more Athletics Victoria members in the competition week will be acknowledged.

NB. There will be no $5 charge attached to the processing of winning applications. The FREE membership is for clubs to register an additional member; it cannot be applied to an already registered member. The prize cannot be carried forward to the 2014/15 season. The challenge will commence on Monday 4 November and conclude on Friday 13 December.

WEEK ONE WINNER – St Kevins Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Ringwood Athletics Club, Geelong Guild Athletics Club and Wodonga Athletics Club

WEEK TWO WINNER – Old Melburnians Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Athletics Essendon, Frankston Athletics Club, Old Xaverians Athletics Club, South Melbourne Athletics Club, Geelong Guild Athletics Club, East Melbourne Harriers Athletics Club

WEEK THREE WINNER –  Ivanhoe Harriers Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Diamond Valley Athletics Club, Old Xaverians Athletics Club, Bendigo Harriers Athletics Club and Old Melburnians Athletics Club

WEEK FOUR WINNER – Deakin Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Border Track & Field Athletics Club

WEEK FIVE WINNER – South Coast Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Old Melburnians

WEEK SIX WINNER – Gippsland Athletics Club

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Free lecture: Optimise your endurance performance

Join our friends Sports Dietitians Australia at their next free public lecture on ‘nutrition to optimise your endurance performance’ at RMIT on Friday 18 October from 6:00pm.

Guest speaker Asker Jeukendrup, head of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute will provide expert insight into how to get the most out of your body in the lead up and during your next big event.

Sports Dietitians Australia Vice President and Director of Next Level Nutrition, Alan McCubbin will outline the latest research and provide practical solutions to building your next race nutrition plan.

Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to seek free sports nutrition advice and tips from our accredited sports dietitian members in the audience.

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Key Information:
When: Friday 18 October
Where: Storey Hall, (Building 16) RMIT, 342 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Website: www.sportsdietitians.com.au/PublicLecture

Click here to download the event flyer

For enquires contact Sports Dietitians Australia on 03 9926 1336.

Bright Night Ball: Help support Sarah Austin’s battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Former Glenhuntly member Sarah Austin had to give up athletics in 2009 as she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and over the past four years has undergone numerous treatments which have all failed to cure her.

Help raise funds for an alternative treatment and a brighter future for Sarah on Saturday 23 November at the Bright Night Ball at The Bridge, South Wharf.

The next rounds of treatments are currently only available in the USA and Canada and cost approximately $11,000 per session, of which four have been initially Asian women dating black men sites planned for.

As a result it is a huge financial burden and all the help Sarah can get will be hugely appreciated.

Get your friends and family together, and join Sarah for a BRIGHT night of fun and dance with DJ's, drinks, food and general merriment in abundance on the night.

What: Bright Night Ball
Where: The Bridge – 29 South Wharf Promenade, Melbourne, VIC, 3006
Time: 8pm until late
Dress Code: Cocktail with a splash of BRIGHT!
Tickets: $100 – Five hour drinks package and finger food provided

To purchase a ticket or help with donations of stock for the event or prizes please visit – http://www.brightfutureforsarah.squarespace.com/fundraising/2013/11/23/bright-night-ball

To send a message of support to Sarah follow her on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/brightfutureforsarah

Compete at the 2013 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships

With only days until entries close for the 2013 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 October at Lakeside Stadium, don’t miss out on your chance to be the pride of your school and have the chance to qualify and represent Victoria at the All Schools Nationals in Townsville, Queensland this December.

Key information:
When: Friday 25 – Sunday 27 October
Where: Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park
Who: U/14, U/15, U/16, U/17, U/18, U20
Entries: Close Thursday 10 October (midnight) – LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

CLICK HERE for the event information page (competitor list is now available)

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20 Years Ago: ‘Mona’ chases Clarke, Staines chases Mona, neither catches Patrick


Steve Moneghetti lined up for the 1993 Zatopek race having won the previous four Zatopeks. He hoped to equal Ron Clarke’s record of five wins in the big race and surpass Clarke by doing it in consecutive races.

Gary Staines, an English runner then based in Australia, wanted to stick with ‘Mona’ and get the qualifying times for the following years Commonwealth Games and European championships.

Ultimately, both were upstaged by Paul Patrick, an emerging young runner who all-but clinched Australian Commonwealth selection with a sensational win, breaking 28 minutes in his first 10,000 as a senior athlete.

There were no such upsets in the women’s race, Carolyn Schuwalow racing to her second victory in three years, and third overall, ahead of young Sydney runner Michelle Dillon and New Zealand’s Barbara Moore.

Moneghetti was already a Zatopek legend. Having run his first Zatopek in the lower grades in 1979, he was now lining up for his 12th. He had worked hard, as they say, to become an overnight sensation.

“It’s funny, at one stage I had run eight Zatopeks in a row without winning,” Moneghetti said pre-race. “Now, I’ve won four in a row.” Against his chances in 1993, he had run a marathoin in Beijing just eight weeks earlier.

Staines had been a silver medallist in the 5000 metres at the 1990 European championships and a finalist in the 5000 in both the Seoul 1988 Olympics and Tokyo 1991 world championships.

Patrick, however, was no mug. Just turned 22, he had finished fifth in the 5000 at the 1990 world junior championships. He had also run a 10,000 back then, but this would be his first as a senior. His form was good, having soundly defeated Staines and Moneghetti over 5000 metres just a couple of weeks before the Zatopek.

There was also a host of other contenders – Pat Carroll, four-time winner Andrew Lloyd and New Zealand trio Robbie Johnston, Kerry Rodger and Phil Clode.

Carroll, indeed, led for the first six laps before Moneghetti took up the pace. “I didn’t want to take the lead that early, but it was unfair to let Pat do it all,” he said post-race.

A series of surges broke up the field but could not dislodge either Patrick or Staines. Inevitably, it seemed, one of the two would finish quicker than Moneghetti. Surprisingly, it was not 3:53-miler Staines, but Patrick.

Taking the lead along the final back-straight, Patrick sprinted home to win in 27:59.64, with Staines (28:02.24) and Moneghetti (28:03.65) second and third, respectively.

Patrick became the sixth Australian to better 28 minutes (there are now 18) and the first to do it at their first senior attempt (he is still remains the only one).

“All credit to ‘Mona’,” said Patrick. “He did all the work. I sat on him and I knew I could outkick him. I was mentally strong. I felt fine, even through the surges.”

Schuwalow, too, ran with qualifying times on her mind, not an assault on her race record of 31:54.95 set two years earlier. She shared the pace with Michelle Dillon healthy man en route to winning, 32:28.50 to 32:35.40. Both women bettered the Commonwealth qualifying time.

“I’ve been doing 110 miles a week in training,” said Schuwalow, who was building towards a marathon debut.

The 20-year-old Dillon, running her first 10,000, was content to take up Schuwalow’s offer of pace-sharing. “She’s had a lot of experience, so I figured she knew what she was doing,” she said.

Patrick did not achieve his aim of selection in the 5000 metres for the Commonwealth Games the following August in Victoria (Canada). He finished eighth in the 10,000, one place ahead of a promising Kenyan named Daniel Komen who had run the first mile of the race in close to four minutes.

Steve Moneghetti won the marathon.

Injury kept Carolyn Schuwalow from running the Commonealth Games, but Michelle Dillon finished seventh in the women’s 10,000 in 33:19.01. She subsequently represented Great Britain in two Olympic triathlons, 2000 and 2004.

Gary Staines finished 15th in the 10,000 metres at the Helsinki 1994 European championships.

For Zatopek:10 2013 ticket and event information visit www.athsvic.org.au/zatopek.