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Ginninderra supporting Athletics in the ACT

Behind every great sport there are those tireless volunteers who give their time and energy not just to keep the lights on but to further the objects and strategic vision of the Association.

Athletics has been able to benefit from the expertise and knowledge of key members of Ginninderra Athletics. Our volunteers have been representatives on the Boards and Committees of AACT and LAACT for many decades now.

This season the Club is very fortunate that David Lemon, Rory O’Sullivan, Neil Thomas and Stuart Todd are all supporting the running of LAACT. David has recently signed up again as the Finance Director, while Neil is serving his second stint as an ALAC Selector and Stuart will be the ALAC Team Manager in Tasmania next year. Rory who is a UC Marketing Undergraduate has been the Marketing and PR Director for the past year as well as a keen member of our Run_ACT Team.

At the big end of town, Hamish MacDonald is now in his second year as a Director on the Board of Athletics ACT, the peak body for the sport in Canberra. Working alongside the Board are the Competition, Selections and Officals Committees. Phil Henderson has joined Hamish on the Selections Committee, meanwhile Steve Dodt is on the Competition and Officials Committees. Two former GLAC members in Dennis Mace and Brian Sinclair are also serving AACT on Committees.

In recent years Ginninderra’s  Life Members including Helen Hopkins and Geoff Bartley  as well as Alex van der Meer Simo have served as Board Members with the Association. Continuing the long established link between the club and the Sport in the ACT.

Ginninderra Athletics is very proud of the contribution it’s members are making on and off the track. A healthy club can be seen by its contributions to the local community, its membership and the Association.

Alex appointed to Board of Directors

Rory O’Sullivan starts new Marketing and Public Relations Director role

Commonwealth Games 2018 qualification

Members of UC Ginninderra Athletics Club are gearing up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games as nominations close on 4th December 2017.

Strong performances have already been recorded including Chris Hamer who clocked 2:13:30 at the recent Amsterdam Marathon to claim an automatic qualifier.

Jordan Gusman’s 3:37.97 set in Spain in early June 2017 is 0.4s outside the automatic qualifier, however it is a B Qualifier.

Cameron Crombie’s World Record performance from London Para World Championships in July of 15.95m is nearly two metres over the automatic qualifier.

Jessica Penney’s new Club Record of 6.37m in the Long Jump is just 2cm off a B Qualifier.

Angus Gould’s Long Jump Club Record of 7.71m is only narrowly off his own B Qualifier of 7.82m.

The Tigers are very excited to see how many Australian athletes are selected for the Games which takes place from the 4 – 15 April 2018.

Henderson appointed to Commonwealth Games team

 

Making a difference in the Community

Ginninderra Athletics is pretty excited to have 10 people in the club receiving awards at the 2017 ACT Children’s Week Launch Ceremony held at the National Museum of Australia on Wednesday 25th October – Universal Children’s Day in Australia.

The purpose of Children’s Week, held nationally, is to raise awareness of the needs, interests, rights and achievements of children and young people and to assist them to realise their individual potential. The presentation of Awards allows ACT Children’s Week to give public recognition to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions to the welfare and interests of children and young people, either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

This year the Children’s Week Committee recognised the following Ginninderra Athletics members:

  • Nathalie Cerritelli – Outstanding Courage Award
  • Brian Daly – Community for Children Award
  • Angela Riach – Outstanding Courage Award
  • Elijah Arranz – Outstanding Courage Award, Commissioner’s Award
  • Lola Arranz – Outstanding Courage Award, Commissioner’s Award
  • Fiona Jarvis – Community for Children Award
  • Debra Evans – Community for Children Award
  • Stuart Noyce – Community for Children Award
  • Ben Mitchell – Youth Commitment Award, Commissioner’s Award
  • Steve Dodt – Community for Children Award

Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners.

We managed to capture some of the wonderful words captured from the nominations.

ELIJAH

Elijah really wants to run again and is determined to be a Paralympian as well as a marathon runner.

In short Elijah is an inspiration who just keeps fighting. He is a selfless young man whose kind actions shine.

Elijah Aranz depicts the qualities of a person of true courage. He continues daily to work through adversity with bravery, generosity, drive, discipline, heart, faith and authenticity.

Elijah is a champion and a true inspiration to us all.

LOLA

Lola is a beautiful kind soul who shows empathy for others, and the importance for caring and helping other people.

Through this year, Lola showed a resilience like no other. She landed a lead role in the school play, she did well at school, she represented the school in multiple different sports and simply excelled in all areas.

She remained so strong and supportive to her brother. She would make so many pictures and crafty things for Elijah’s hospital walls.

Lola put all her own needs aside. She shows compassion and kindness for her brother does did all she can to support her mum and dad. She rarely complains, continually tries her hardest and shows love, grace and heart with a smile.

NATHALIE

Nathalie is a unique and authentic person. When Nathalie’s younger brother Daniel was born he had heart disease and subsequently developed some other complex medical conditions (feeding aversion, kidney problems, febrile seizure and lung collapse).

Throughout many difficult periods Nathalie showed resilience, acute observation skills, an amazing ability to understand emotions and phenomenal ability to assist calmly in emergencies.

Nathalie has a very close relationship with her brother (15) and sister (10) and has been a positive role model for them in terms of encouraging them to take advantage of opportunities that come their way and to try hard in all areas.

Nathalie has instilled in them that having a go is so important and that winning is not everything, to Nathalie good sportsmanship and fun are the essential components of doing any sport.

Nathalie spends much of her time helping in the community. She coaches young boys and girls at athletics and it is not uncommon to see hordes of 6 year olds running after Nathalie with joy, hope, love and enthusiasm.

Nathalie has a lot of self-drive as exemplified by her desire to start her own business NattiC a clothing business with original, strong, inspirational quotes for girls and boys. Nathalie sees a need to inspire and support young people and wants to make a difference. Her quotes are uplifting, inspiring and bring hope. In all Nathalie does she sees others and wants to support all.

BRIAN

Volunteering for over 40 Brian gives time, energy, heart and enthusiasm. Brian is warm, kind and encouraging and supports and illuminates families, children and young people’s lives to develop, have fun, grow and learn in a safe, engaging community.

Brian implements the highest professionalism and is a credit to society. When working with individuals, groups and the community Brian supports the needs, interests and rights of all individuals.

Brian is an Athletics Australia Coach who has:

  • coached over 500 athletes in 25 years
  • achieved a national presence at athletics and cross country championships (over 40 athletes competing at a National level )
  • coached for 25 years
  • coaches FREE of charge
  • running 5 – 10 sessions per week rain, hail or shine
  • inclusive: any child of any ability is welcomed and included
  • designs, caters, develops programs for individuals
  • travels around Australia (at his own cost) to support athletes

Brian has done to improving the lives of so many people young and old.

Parent/children supporting statements:

“He has not only helped her find her feet in endurance events and instilled a love and peace that she is able to find in running but also helped her find strength in so many more ways”. Hailey Shaw

“Brian encourages children to appreciate physical exercise” The Gooday family

“I am noticing these benefits now, playing college soccer in the USA”. Christian Junna

“Brian Daly is an inspiration” Rebecca Jarvis

“a dedicated and generous man”. Kayla Dempsey

“Brian has gained the confidence of parents of athletes through nurturing relationships built in trust, transparency and mutual respect”. Vicki and Chris Nunn

“one of the most selfless human beings I know”. Fee Knights

“Brian is a role model to all children” Alison Cairns

“Brian’s passion and love for everything he did has always been inspiring to me” Paige McDonald

“But for me it was Brian’s off the track attitudes and traits that helped shaped me into the adult that I am today”. Jordan Reynolds

Through his guidance, love, and support I was able to excel as an athlete and grow as a person”. Naomi Stewart

ANGELA

Angela suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) which is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. There are more than 1,700 known mutations of the disease. More than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis in Australia (more than 70,000 worldwide). Breakthrough treatments have added years to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Today the median predicted survival age is close to 40. This is a dramatic improvement from the 1950s, when a child with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Today even the healthiest CF Sufferer can spend 5-6 times a year in hospital receiving treatment. While there has been significant progress in treating this disease, there is still no cure and too many lives are cut far too short.

Angela is a truely inspirational CF Warrior who has represented the ACT now at Australian All Schools, Junior Track & Field Nationals and Cross Country Nationals in Steeplechase, the 3000m and now an Australian Silver Medalist.

Angela is an amazing individual who keeps going, keeps working and shows grace, kindness and warmth through it all.

Tigers announced in the 2017 Australian All Schools Championships team

Athletics ACT has selected 132 athletes in one of their strongest teams ahead of the 2017 Australian All Schools Championships. Among the selected athletes are 23 Ginninderra Athletes (past and present) including registered members of Ginninderra Little Athletics Centre.

Among the new faces is first time State Representatives at a senior level Kayla Hetaraka, Nathaniel Halpin, Annick Theron, Thomas Brewer (former GLAC) and Paul Genders-Dibden.

Congratulations to every athlete who made the team and all the best for Nationals which is only 6 weeks ahead.

  • 14G Sydney Shaw 3,000m Walk
  • 14G Kayla Hetaraka Discus Shotput
  • 14B James Lemon 800m 1500m High Jump
  • 14B Nathaniel Halpin AWD 100m 200m Long Jump Shotput Discus
  • U16G Holly Abbey 100m 200m
  • U16G Rebecca Guest 100m 200m 400m
  • U16G Annick Theron 100m
  • U16G Molly Sturgiss 200m 400m 200m Hurdles
  • U16G Hannah Cadden 400m 800m 3,000m 2,000m Steeple
  • U16G Layla Rowntree 800m 1500m 3000m 2000m Steeple
  • U16G Claire Solomon 1500m
  • U16G Charlotte Rauraa Discus Hammer
  • U16B Austin Tetteh 100m 200m 400m
  • U16B Jacob Davill 800m
  • U16B Raage Noor 3000m
  • U16B Jacob Todd 2000m Steeple
  • U16B Jeremy Maranan 100m Hurdles 200m Hurdles Long Jump
  • U16B Eden Thomas AWD 100m 200m 400m
  • U18G Angela Riach 3000m 2000m Steeple
  • U18B Thomas Brewer 100m 200m
  • U18B Mitchell Baker 5000m Walk Shotput
  • U18B Paul Genders-Dibden High Jump
  • U18B Stephen Fraser Discus Shotput Hammer

2016 ACT All Schools Team Announced

 

 

 

Henderson appointed to Commonwealth Games team

Congratulations to former Ginninderra Little Athletics Club President and High Jump Coach Phil Henderson who has been named as a 2018 Commonwealth Games International and National Technical Official.

Phil has been appointed as a Field Judge for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. A former elite High Jumper with a Personal Best of 2.22m, Phil is an excellent ambassador for the sport and for Ginninderra Athletics.

Congratulations to the other hardworking officials from the ACT and we wish to recognise and thank the many fine and hard-working officials who have missed an appointment. Thank you for your significant volunteer contribution to the sport that without, we could not conduct this sport.