Victorious ‘Vics Fly Flag in Mackay

The 2022 Oceania Athletics Championship concluded last Saturday as Australia’s top senior, para, and junior athletes competed against Pacific nations across five days in Mackay. Athletics Victoria was well represented at the Championships, which took a new and exciting format this year. The first Area Championships to be inclusive of all age groups and abilities; in a world-first, for International Athletics Competitions, Para-athletes competed for Oceania medals simultaneously and at the same venue as non-disabled competitors.

The Senior, U20 and U18 Championships took place in their traditional format, with the Area Championships in 2022 an essential steppingstone for athletes wanting to compete at World Championships, both in Eugene (Senior; 15 July – 24 July 2022) and Cali (U20; 1-6 August) later this year.

Through their selection to the Australian team, many of our AV members tasted international competition. They did not waste the occasion taking home 33 Gold, 34 Silver, and 12 Bronze medals, demonstrating the current quality of Victorian athletics.
Athletics Victoria would also like to recognise the efforts of our invitational athletes and those athletes selected to represent Regional Athletics. We collected 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze, just rewards for their hard work.

Special Mention must go to the 14 athletes that set new Oceania Competition Records in their events:

NameEventOceania Record 
Frankleen Newah Jarfoi U18 Men 4x100m41. 56 secs
Siena FarrellWomen 4x100m 46.60 secs
Mackenzie MielczarekU20 Women Javelin54.64m
Mia ScerriU20 Women Heptathlon5480 points
Logan JanetzkiU20 Men 5000m 14:43.64
Haddi El ShorbagyU20 Men Javelin67.00m
Noah OliverU20 Men Decathlon7082 points
Claudia HollingsworthOpen Women 1500m 4:12.33
Celeste MucciOpen Women 100mH12.75 (3.3)
Sam Mcentee Open Men 5000m 13:46.39
Ned WeatherlyOpen Men Hammer Throw69.09m
Rhydian CowleyOpen Men 5000m Race Walk19:57.43
Dayna CreesPara Women Secured Javelin15.19m
Jesse WyattPara Men Secured Shot Put 9.07m

On behalf of the entire athletics community, we wish to congratulate our new record holders, medalists and all those athletes that had the opportunity to represent Australia and Victoria on the international stage.

Click here for all the medal recipients.