Day 3 Wrap Up 2017 ACT Champs

The 2017 Athletics ACT Championships have wrapped up for another year. Days 1 and 2 provided plenty of interest and some exciting performances right across the board, not just from our members.

Day 3 featured the heats and finals of the 200 Metres, Steeplechase, Pole Vault (Male & Female), Hammer (Male & Female), Triple Jump (Male & Female), Discus (Male) and Shot Put (Female).

Melissa Breen collected her second Gold of the Championships with a time of 23.59s in the Open Women’s 200m. Compatriot Sarah Blizzard (25.34) also ran strongly in the Heats and couldn’t quite match Mel’s Season Best performance to make the final.

UC Ginninderra Athletics Club had four Open Men in the competition with Spencer Cox doing the best of the guys with a 24.33s. However Luke Allard again showed what a great champs he was having with his third PB of the meet in stopping the clock at 25.97s. Training partners Steve Dodt (29.29) and Neil Thomas (29.99) enjoyed an epic battle in the last 100m to see who would have the bragging rights – its now shared at 1-1 a piece.

The U20 Women also featured two UC Tigers with Nathalie Cerritelli (27.84) and Gabriel Slattery (29.69) both enjoying the fast conditions. Gabby’s time was a new Personal Best.

Matt Walters in the U20 Men ran a near perfect race to finish just outside his best with a time of 22.85s and officially the fastest Tiger at the Championships this year. Matt was also our fastest 400m runner yesterday where he won a Silver Medal.

The Club had 13 athletes in action in the 200m and the juniors had just as much fun as the Senior Athletes. Chris Mecham won the U14 Sprint Double with a new PB of 25.76s. His squad mates Jeremy Maranan (23.97) and Austin Tetteh (25.29) both ran PBs too. Raage Noor was Ginninderra’s third athlete in the U16s Preliminaries and he just narrowly missed a PB clocking 26.34. Jeremy made the final where he won the silver medal.

Rebecca Guest (27.45) also made the U16 Final in the Women. She improved her 200m PB by over half a second and did that wen she ran in the final finishing 5th, the only 13 year old in the final, over powering to older athletes in the last 30m. Rebecca also finished 6th in the Triple Jump final with leap of 8.13m, capping off a magnificent three days of competition for her with five new PBs.

Jeremy Maranan (11.23m) collected the silver in his Triple Jump final and finished the weekend also with four new PBs.

Jeremy’s Coach Steve Dodt won the Open Men’s Triple Jump to cap off a good weekend for him where he added the Gold to his Silver in the Long Jump and Discus (21.93m) and Bronze Medals in the Shot Put and Javelin.

Neil Thomas won the Bronze Medal in the Discus (17.85m) which upped his medal tally to one Silver (Javelin) and two Bronze medals (Discus and Long Jump).

Stephen Fraser just missed out on a medal in the U18 Discus (32.78m) but made up for it with a Silver in the Hammer (32.84m) in a new Personal best performance. Steve won the Shot Put on Friday night giving him two medals for the competition.

Charlotte Rauraa won the U16 Hammer Competition with 27.95m. This added to her Silver in the Discus and Bronze in the Shot Put (10.52m) today.

The Club’s growing Steeplechasers did awesome today with James Lemon winning the 1500m (5:20.12 – PB), Jacob Todd collecting a Silver in the U16 2000m (7:26.84) and Angela Riach winning the U18 Women 2000m (8:26.02).

Today’s efforts saw 12 new medals added to the Club’s impressive hall of 35 Medals on Days 1 and 2. The Team also accomplished 53 Personal Bests across the three days in what has to be the most impressive statistic for the Championships.

The athletes will now turn their attention for the next couple of days eagerly awaiting news on selection for the National Championships,

Day 2 Wrap Up 2017 ACT Champs

What a difference 24 hours makes. On Saturday the AIS experienced every possible kind of weather imaginable and despite the Gods playing havoc with the conditions a number of stand out performances were recorded today. Today the UC Tigers Club had 32 athletes competing in every event on the program.

Following on from yesterday’s superb 800m, all our athletes in the 1500m also broke their Personal and Season Bests today. The Juniors were led out by Australia’s current leading 3/4 miler in the Open Men’s Jordan Gusman who won the 1500m in 3:43.05. Jordan’s training partner Chris Hamer enjoyed his step down to the 1500m with a fast 3:51.46.

Annika Wise showed the boys how it is done in the junior 1500m with a 5:01.81. James Lemon took 20s off his best and Jacob Davill sliced 3s off his.

In the 100m Australia’s fastest woman Mel Breen (11.33) inspired the younger Tigers especially Sara Blizzard (11.93), Gabriel Slattery (14.16), Holly Abbey (13.00) and Rebecca Guest (13.55)  to record their own new year bests. In the Men’s, Jeremy Maranan (11.48), Austin Tetteh (12.39), Chris Mecham (12.69) and Masters Athlete Spencer Cox (12.06) also broke a few personal bests of their own. Nathalie Cerritelli (13.28) claimed the bronze medal in the U20 Women’s 100m final beating home Gabriel who made her first final at an AACT Champs.

The Women’s and Men’s 400m was another highlight for the club today with Nick Donaldson (59.87), Austin Tetteh (57.83) and Luke Allard (59.33) breaking the magic minute mark for the quarter mile for the first time. Experienced 400m runner Matt Walters (51.00) did not disappoint finishing in his own season best for the event. Meg Freeman (1:01.74) and Rebecca Guest (1:02.50) have been having an outstanding AACT Champs so far with more PBs in the 400m. Meg sliced 2s off her previous best while her younger training partner Rebecca continued to enjoy her purple patch with a 3s improvement. Hayden Todd claimed the silver medal in his 400m final (1:05.61) finishing just behind the Gold medalist.

Zamir Bulbul (51.38m) fought back injury to twice beat his PB on the last two throws of the competition. Both Cameron Crombie (39.59m) and Michael Spong (23.31m) also recorded Season Bests in the Javelin. Charlotte Rauraa (23.24m) did enough in the Under 14s to win the ACT Gold Medal.

Master athletes Neil Thomas (4.29m) and Luke Allard (4.21m) had a stellar contest in the Men’s Long Jump both recording Season Bests. Jessica Penney (6.33m) won the Open Women’s event and Angus Gould (7.38m) is the 2017 State Champion in the Open Men’s, beating team mate and Club President Steve Dodt, while Neil got the bronze just in front of Luke.

Ginninderra’s newest thrower, Kathryn Ross on the Gold medal in the Seated Discus with her throw  of 12.36m.

The Medal Tally from today is 9 Gold, 7 Silver, 4 Bronze medals. The action continues tomorrow and entry is free for spectators. The events for tomorrow are:

  • 200 Metres, Steeplechase (1500/2000/3000 Metres), Pole Vault (Male & Female), Hammer (Male & Female), Triple Jump (Male & Female), Discus (Male) and Shot Put (Female).

Full results are available and photos have been posted to our Facebook page.

Day 1 Wrap Up 2017 ACT Champs

The first evening of competition at the 2017 Athletics ACT State Championships saw 24 UC Ginninderra Athletics Club members in action. There was some personal disappoints on the track with an unlucky DQ however plenty of positives for everyone that competed.

All our athletes in the 800m ran PBs, including massive drops of 5-6 seconds for Meg Freeman, Annika Wise and Rebecca Guest. Raage Noor and Jacob Davill won silver and bronze medals repressively, so too James Lemon and Hayden Todd.

Bile Noor and Nick Donaldson picked up their first medals for the weekend with silver respectively in the 200m Hurdles. They were joined by Alice Fraser who also ran a Season Best finishing fourth overall.

Sidney Shaw won a silver medal in the 3000m Walk in a huge 30s PB.

The Mens Shot Put was also a happy hunting ground for the Tigers with both Stephen Fraser and Luke Allard throwing Season Bests. Stephen won gold as did Cameron Crombie and Eden Thomas. Steve Dodt received a bronze medal only just ahead of his compatriots Luke and Neil Thomas. Cameron was just shy (2cm) of the Australian Record in his throw of 14.65m.

Chris Mecham in his return from injury collected a silver medal in the Long Jump with a mighty leap of 4.34m. Faggy Tshoji achieved a 40cm PB in his Long Jump in what was his first Athletics ACT competition since joining the UC Tigers this season. Bec Guest also earned a PB in the Long Jump competing against in the older girls in the Under 16s. Charlotte Rauraa finished in the top 8 also in the Long Jump. Jeremy Maranan won a bronze medal with his new PB of 5.59m to finish just ahead of Faggy and Michael Spong who finished in the top 8. Nick Donaldson was also competing against in the older lads in that event and jumped well with a best leap of 4.59m.

Michael Spong backed up with a big leap of 1.50m in the High Jump to finish 5th in the State. Faggy finished 9th with 1.40m and their younger team mate James Lemon his second medal for the night with a gold in the Under 14 High Jump soaring to 1.45m an equal PB.

Not to be outdone Charlotte Rauraa threw a new age best with 31.05m in the Under 16 Discus to claim the silver medal.

The competition continues on Saturday and Sunday with many of Australia’s best competing including 9 Olympians, including our own Mel Breen. Spectators are welcome and entry is free.


  • 100 Metres, 400 Metres, 1500 Metres, Sprint Hurdles (80m/90m/100m/110m), Javelin (Male & Female), Long Jump (U18, U20 & Open – Male & Female) and all Seated Throws


  • 200 Metres, Steeplechase (1500/2000/3000 Metres), Pole Vault (Male & Female), Hammer (Male & Female), Triple Jump (Male & Female), Discus (Male) and Shot Put (Female).

Full results are available and photos have been posted to our Facebook page.

Territory’s best set for ACT Champs

This Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning come out to the AIS Athletics Track to watch the 2017 Athletics ACT Championships. Entry is free for spectators.

This weekend over 600 entries, 400 of whom come from Interstate or Internationally, will entertain with Nitro Athletics quality performances the equal of anyone in the country.

The AIS is considered Australia’s fastest track and many athletes are competing in Canberra for the chance too qualify for Nationals.

Cheer on UC Ginninderra’s open age athletes including Australia’s fastest ever woman and two-time Olympian Melissa Breen, Commonwealth Games representatives Jessica Penney and Chris Hamer, National Champions and Medalists Jordan Gusman, Angus Gould, Cameron Crombie, Kathryn Ross, Joshua Johnson, and rising stars Sarah Blizzard, Nat Cerritelli, Gabby Slattery and Matt Walters, as well as the ever green Masters Luke Allard, Neil Thomas and Steve Dodt as they head line the track and field action.

They will be joined by many of the up and coming junior Athletes at the Tigers. Best of luck to Michael Spong, Sidney Shaw, Stephen Fraser, Zamir Bulbul, Jacob Todd, Jeremy Maranan, Nick Donaldson, Eden Thomas, Austin Tetteh, Holly Abbey, Rebecca Guest, Meg Freeman, Annika Wise, Charlotte Rauraa, Angela Riach, Chris Mecham, James Lemon, Jacob Davill, Hayden Todd, Abshirbile Noor, Raage Noor and Faggy Tshoji.

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Summary of the events by day


  • 800 Metres, Long Hurdles (200/400 Metres), 3000 Metre and 5000 Metre Walks, High Jump (U14, U16 & IPC –  Male & Female), Shot Put (All Male), Discus (All Female) and Long Jump (U14, U16 & IPC Male and Female).


  • 100 Metres, 400 Metres, 1500 Metres, Sprint Hurdles (80m/90m/100m/110m), Javelin (Male & Female), Long Jump (U18, U20 & Open – Male & Female) and all Seated Throws


  • 200 Metres, Steeplechase (1500/2000/3000 Metres), Pole Vault (Male & Female), Hammer (Male & Female), Triple Jump (Male & Female), Discus (Male) and Shot Put (Female).

Gusman wins Victorian Mile Championship

Overnight Jordan Gusman has pipped Brett Robinson (Australian World Champs representative) at the Victorian Mile Championships in Melbourne. Team mate and training partner Joshua Johnson (4:03.2) placed 6th in a large field.

Jordan (3:57.9) and the top 3 finishers all ran under 4 minutes for the mile. This follows Ryan Gregson’s 1600m win in Ireland on Wednesday where he too ran sub-4 with a 3:56.49. Gusman’s time is a new Open Record for the Mile at UC Ginninderra.

The ACT Champs is set to light up on Saturday with the inclusion of Jordan and Joshua among a hot field in the Open Mens 1500m.