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Beijing 2015 coverage on SBS and Eurosport

In a coup for athletics in Australia, the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing (CHN) on 22-30 August will enjoy unrivaled coverage on both SBS 2 and Eurosport Australia.

Delivering the very best athletics has to offer to homes across the nation, the broadcast partnership between the IAAF and SBS Television will see a one-hour highlights package in prime-time on SBS 2 each night of the championships, while Eurosport Australia will feature every session live and in full.

Athletics Australia’s General Manager, Commercial & Growth, Tracey Gaudry, believes the partnership will provide a catalyst for promoting the sport of athletics, declaring the broadcast agreement a resounding breakthrough.

“This is an outstanding result. Acquiring a strong partnership for the broadcast of our sport is key to the appeal and growth of athletics in Australia. The continued relationship we enjoy with SBS and the burgeoning partnership with Eurosport Australia is very special,” Gaudry said.

“Athletics at its best is one of the most engaging and entertaining sports in the world. Our top athletes will compete as the Australian Flame alongside champions from across the world. We are thrilled that the Australian community will have the opportunity to enjoy the action.”

SBS prides itself on the coverage of major global sporting events. In 2015 it will be the free-to-air home of the IAAF World Championships for the eighth consecutive time.

“The IAAF World Championships is the premier event on the athletics calendar and SBS is pleased to provide fans with access to daily coverage on free-to-air television,” Ken Shipp, SBS Director of Sport, said.

Eurosport Australia has made an extensive commitment to their coverage of athletics on pay-television as the Australian broadcaster of the IAAF Diamond League, the World University Games and international marathons from around the globe.

“Eurosport is the home of world athletics in Australia. As the broadcaster of the superb and renowned lead-in series, the IAAF Diamond League, Eurosport is thrilled for the first time ever to be able to offer every event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships live,” Mandy Pattinson, Executive Vice President & General Manager, ANZ, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said.

“Australian athletics fans can enjoy watching the world’s best, including many of our own Australian champions. You won’t miss a minute of the action on Foxtel Channel 511.”

The IAAF World Championships are the pinnacle able-bodied athletics event this year, with athletes from across the world to battle it out for the coveted title of world champion. The Australian Flame team is currently 32-strong, with this number set to expand even further after the close of the qualification period on 9 August 2015. Three athletes will also compete in exhibition masters’ events.

For more information on the IAAF World Championships, please visit the event sub-site at iaaf.org by clicking here.

For more information on the Australian Flame team, please visit athletics.com.au by clicking here.

Click here for full broadcast details on the Athletics Australia website.

Athletics Australia announce key competition dates for 2015/16

Athletics Australia has today announced key competition dates for the upcoming track and field season, which starts early in December. Victoria will play host to the first four competitions of the calendar, including the extremely popular Zatopek:10 competition at Lakeside Stadium. The December period also includes the Australian All Schools Championships and the 50km Race Walking Championships.

The 94th Australian Athletics Championships will be held in Sydney in late march, spanning a four day period. The competition, which is set to conclude the Australian domestic season, is a critical opportunity for athletes seeking to be selected in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“Athletics Australia, its member associations, athletes and fans Australia wide are excited about the upcoming Australian Athletics season,” Tracey Gaudry Athletics Australia’s General Manager, Commercial & Growth, said.

“In a most important Olympic and Paralympic year, the Australian Athletics season provides the optimum platform for our elite athletes to prepare and qualify, whilst putting on a great sporting show for athletics fans and providing competition opportunities for emerging athletes of the future. Our mission is to engage all our stakeholders, from athletes and coaches, to fans and commercial partners, for mutual benefit. The new condensed calendar format provides that opportunity.”

Wayne Loxley, the Athletics Western Australia Chief Executive Officer, agrees and eagerly awaits the return of the Australian Junior Athletics Championships to Perth, supported by the Western Australian Government.

“Considerable effort has been made to ensure that the upcoming season strikes the right balance between providing both a vital competition opportunity and a vibrant platform to promote the sport and engage the Australian athletics community,” Loxley said.

The newly designed tour has a specific focus on delivering a competition structure that optimises performance late in the domestic season at the Australian Athletics Championships which will double as a trial for the Olympic Games.

“This structure of the season is optimal because it prioritises the Australian Athletics Championships, while providing an important series of competition opportunities in the lead up. The two-week break before the national championship is the best outcome we could have hoped for in terms of ensuring athlete preparedness for the trial,” Simon Nathan, Athletics Australia High Performance Director, said.

KEY DATES: 2015-2016 Australian Athletics Season 

AA Tour Dates 2015/16

 

NOTES:
–           Events in bold are Australian Championship events
–           Events in italics are Australian Athletics Tour events
–           The Zatopek:10 will feature the Australian 10,000m Championship for men and women
–           The date for the Briggs Athletics Classic in Hobart (TAS) is to be confirmed
–           There are two double-headers: 20 February (Adelaide & Canberra) and 19 March (Brisbane & Sydney)
–           The IAAF World Indoor Championships will be held 17-20 March in Portland (USA)
–           The 94th Australian Athletics Championships incorporates the Oceania & Australian Combined Events Championships for open and junior athletes

Phillipa Hajdasz

#WYCCALI2015 – Day 4 – Hajdasz wins SILVER at the World Youths

Phillipa Hajdasz can add World Youth medalist to her national under-18 pole vault champion accolade, after winning silver at this morning’s IAAF World Youth Championships.

“It’s all I wanted, I didn’t even think I’d get that,” Hajdasz said.

“I was so nervous, every jump I felt so sick, I looked at all the others and that calmed me down”, Hajdasz said.

Hajdasz had a clear slate in the final after clearing the first three heights of 3.70m, 3.85m and 3.95m on her first attempt. She then went on to clear her personal best height of 4.00m, finishing with a highest clearance of 4.05m.

“I didn’t expect that, I thought I might crack under pressure, obviously not.”

 

Walker Jemima Montag stepped up to the line in the 5000m walk this morning. After spending a large portion of the race at the top end, she eventually finished 11th with a time of 23:46.57.

“I tripped so many times, the experience was overwhelming, you know they start off slow and that’s different, we usually start off nice and just keep it, where this was like 4.40 and, as prepared as you are there is nothing you can do,” Montag said.

 

Fellow teammate and training partner Kyle Swan, didn’t have the race he was expecting after finishing 33rd in the 10,000m walk. He crossed the line with a time of 50:42.45.

#WYCCALI2015 – Day 3 – Ned Weatherly takes home BRONZE

Frankston athlete Ned Weatherly has this morning taken home BRONZE after his throw of 77.60m at the IAAF World Youth Championships. After a surprise exit in the qualifying round of the shot put, it was clear that Weatherly was out to redeem himself in the hammer throw.

“It’s a world championships and I’ve come third, I can’t describe it really I’m still on such a high,” Weatherly said.

“About a month ago I didn’t even know if I was going to be here, I was in the hospital with a suspected brain bleed, to come here after all of that, injuries, doubts and win bronze, I can’t believe it,” Weatherly said.

Ned showed that he is ready for these international competitions, by consistently being able to perform at a level close to his best. All of his attempts were within a few metres of each other, throwing 77.00m, 77.57m, 76.05m, 77.60m and 77.18m.

“I’ve got to take the experience from here and remain consistent in my throws, all my career I’ve been a very up and down thrower and tonight I’ve showed myself, no one else, I can definitely do it,” Weatherly said.

With the experience of last year’s Youth Olympic Games, Weatherly thrived in the big stadium atmosphere in Colombia.

“I’ve competed in big stadiums before, but not with that South American love for sport, I’ve never heard something so loud”, Weatherly said.

#WYCCALI2015 – Day 2 – Weatherly and Hajdasz progress through to the finals

Day two of competition in Colombia for the 2015 World Youth Championships saw three Victorian athletes compete in their respective events. Phillipa Hajdasz in the pole vault and Ned Weatherly in the hammer throw both progressed to the next round, whereas Danielle Shaw was knocked out after her fourth place finish in the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles.

 

Frankston athlete Ned Weatherly’s second round throw of 77.49m meant that he automatically qualified for the final of the event.

 “It definitely feels good as it didn’t feel like a good throw and I know I’ve got a lot more in me and I’m really excited for the final”, Weatherly said.

 

Phillipa Hajdasz also made it through to the final after a highest clearance of 3.90 metres. She had a near perfect competition, with first round clearances on heights 3.70m, 3.80m and 3.90m.

“I was really nerves, the crowd was going crazy, it’s good and I’m so happy,”

“The other girls are really good, but, it gives me a little bit of confidence (going into the final).” Phillipa said.

 

Hurdler Danielle Shaw stepped up to the blocks for the second time these championships, this time for the semi-final of the 100m hurdles. She finished fourth in her semi-final with a time of 13.59 (w: +0.7), finishing 11th overall for the championships.

“That felt really good, I hit like the second last hurdle, but, came off it all right, it just wasn’t there at the end,” Shaw said.

Shaw will be better for the experience and post a break will turn her attention to qualifying for next year’s world junior championships.

“My heat was crazy when I was out there, it’s a massive stadium and I loved the atmosphere, it’s all I want, a good atmosphere and I’ll run good,” Shaw said.

 

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#WYCCALI2015 – Day 1 – Shaw progresses to semi’s, whilst Weatherly turns focus to Hammer

The 2015 World Youth Championships in Colombia began in the early hours of the morning, with captain and Victorian athlete, Ned Weatherly being the first Australian to compete. With a solid first throw of 17.62m on the board, Ned stepped into the ring for his second attempt with the aim of throwing a distance closer to his 19.47m personal best. However, fouled in the attempt. With one throw to go and knowing that his current 13th position meant that he wouldn’t qualify for the final, he had to leave nothing in the ring. His final throw of 18.31m wasn’t enough to make it into the final, finishing 26th overall. Ned will now turn his attention to the Hammer Throw, which takes place tomorrow.

 

Danielle Shaw has automatically secured her spot in the semi final of the 100m Hurdles, after an impressive run in the heat. With a great start out of the blocks, Danielle was able to hold onto her position with the first few athletes, eventually crossing the line third.

 

Amelia Mazza-Downie was our first athlete to take to the track in the distance category. After a strong domestic season she was looking to have a strong performance at these championships. Amelia was unable to hold onto the pack and was forced to run a large portion of the race on her own. She ended up finishing in 14th place with a time of 10:00.05, and although she didn’t run a personal best, the experience she gained from the race will be invaluable, with a bright future ahead for her in athletics.

 

That concludes our athletes performances for day one of competition in Colombia. Tomorrow three of our athletes will be competing. Both Ned and Danielle will be back in the Hammer and 100m Hurdles respectively, whilst Philipa Hajadasz will be heading down the run way in the Pole Vault.

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Alex Rowe at the 93rd Australian Athletics Championships

Alex Rowe withdraws from the World Championships

Athletics Australia has today confirmed the withdrawal of Alex Rowe from this year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

 

With the commencement of post-graduate studies in medicine at Monash University, Rowe has been unable to maintain the shape that he believes appropriate to compete on the international stage.

 

“I have reluctantly decided to withdraw from Beijing after much discussion with my coach, Justin Rinaldi, and my family. My recent race results have made it clear that I am not in the shape expected of an international athlete and consequently it was evident that this was the best decision” Rowe said.

 

“In February of this year I commenced my post-graduate studies in medicine and some of the challenges faced since, including living out of home for the first time, training independently and balancing my preparation with study, has been very difficult. My recent race results have been extremely disappointing and when considering the short time frame between now and the start of the championships I am unlikely to turn my season around.

 

“Withdrawing from Beijing is the best thing that I can do to ensure that I make the Olympic team next year. My sole focus now is to complete my study for the year and commence preparations for 2016. I plan to defer next year so that I can dedicate myself to training and competition.

 

“I have just turned 23 so I am very optimistic about my best performances being ahead of me, and that next year will see me improve on my personal best of 1:44.40.”

 

Athletics Australia Head Coach, Craig Hilliard, supports Rowe’s decision and commends him for being honest about where he is at.

Athletics Australia Technical Rules Update

At its February meeting the IAAF Technical Committee made a number of rule clarifications and interpretations.

Where they differ from interpretations currently applying in Australia, the new interpretations will take effect as from 19 February 2014 or as soon thereafter as this information can be appropriately conveyed to those officiating at or competing in each competition held from that date forward. 

The interpretations will apply to all national level meets and Championships including and as from the Perth leg of the Australian Athletics Tour on Saturday 22 February 2014.

Click here to download IAAF Rules Update

Victorian Khan Sharp named on IAAF International Technical Officials panel

Victorian official Khan Sharp is one of four Australian’s named this month to join the IAAF International Technical Officials panel.

The IAAF Panel of International Technical Officials is a four-year posting, with the group to again be determined in 2017.

Sharp was the Competition Director at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and has since officiated a bounty of 8 Dating advice tips national and international events including multiple Australian Athletics Championships and Australian Athletics Tour events.

The position is the highest achievement in officiating internationally and the announcement makes Australia, together with Portugal the most represented country in the group of 46.

Sharp along with Queenslanders Peter Hamilton and Helen Roberts joins Tasmanian Brian Roe who is one of two ‘ex-officio’ leaders of the Panel along with IAAF Technical Committee Chair Jorge Salcedo of Portugal.

Roe (from 1987) and Hamilton (since 2001) have represented Australia on the Panel previously with Sharp and Roberts joining them for the first time after securing places following an extensive seminar and examination process in London in mid-October.

Roberts has become the first Australian woman to achieve ITO rank, with her inclusion on the panel ensuring green and gold representation from both sexes for the first time.

Victorian Richard Lawsyz also successfully undertook the evaluation but due to a limit of three officials from any one country outside the ex-officio members was the unlucky one to miss out for the next four years.

“This is a huge result for Australia, and a testament to the knowledge and professionalism of our officiating community. I congratulate Brian, Peter, Khan and Helen on this huge achievement,” Andrew Matthews, Athletics Australia Competitions Manager, said.

“It brings the number of our international panel members up to six – with Janet Nixon (NSW) and Wayne Fletcher (TAS) currently serving terms on the IAAF Photo Finish and Race Walking Judge Panels respectively.

“Officials are vital to the success of the Australian domestic season and athletics across the country at all levels, with so many funding their own travel and accommodation to assist our athletes in competing in the best possible environments. With the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, it is our hope that the number involved will continue to increase and that the level of officiating continues to be amazing.”

 

IAAF: Athletics is a labour of love for Birmingham

Collis Birmingham just loves running.

While many international track runners have spent the past month taking a well-earned rest and putting their feet up in readiness for another gruelling winter of training, the 28-year-old has swapped his spikes for racing flats, choosing to return to the half-marathon distance at British races in the autumn.

It has been a long season for the Australian, whose season began in January and has never really ended, having raced in every calendar month since then.

At the start of the year he set an Oceania record of 1:00:56 at the Marugame Half Marathon in Japan in February. His most recent effort was a fourth-place finish at the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday (20) and his 1:03:44 clocking on a tough course was an improved performance after a slightly disappointing run at the Great North Run in September.

Read more on the IAAF website