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Book launch – Running: Through the looking glass

Please join us to celebrate the launch of the long awaited book by legend Australian distance running coach – Professor Dick Telford at UC Fit – Building 29 University of Canberra on 9th December 2015.

Running: through the looking glass is a compendium of distance running experiences at the track, on the road and in the laboratory that have built the philosophy and methods of Dick Telford, international distance running coach and exercise physiologist.

We follow Dick Telford from his pioneering sports science work at the Australian Institute of Sport, and then to his running coaching career that has seen him produce Australia’s only marathon medallist in Olympic history and more Commonwealth Games medallists than any other athletics coach of the last 50 years, perhaps ever.

Dick writes previously untold stories of the athletes and coaches he has coached, consulted to, or simply learnt from, and every story brings with it a message.

Among the legendary characters in these stories are former world record holders and Olympic milers John Landy, Roger Bannister and Herb Elliott; coaches of the golden era of Australian and New Zealand distance running Percy Cerutty,Franz Stampfl and Arthur Lydiard; champion marathon runners Alberto Salazar, Robert de Castella and Lisa Marin (Ondieki), and two of his current charges, Commonwealth Games medallists Michael Shelley and Lisa Weightman.

The personal stories are combined with studies in elite athletes carried out at the Australian Institute of Sport, both published and unpublished, and along with his more recent studies in the role of physical activity as preventive medicine for children, readers will understand Telford’s world of running and that getting the best out of his runners has involved a lot more than holding a stop watch.

Dick Telford reviews distance running methods and assumptions without preconceived bias, so that even some of our most experienced coaches are likely to think twice about the way they plan their training in future.

Tigers set to ambush 2015 National Championships

On the 4-6th December eighteen Ginninderra Tigers will participate at the Australian Secondary All Schools Championships in Melbourne.

This year’s ACT team features six more Tigers than last year with many of the team qualifying for their first ever National Championship. Athletics ACT was able to initially select 131 athletes which is a record number.

The draft program is now available and athletes will confirm their selection over the coming days.

Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected:

  • Molly Sturgiss                                   200m, 400m
  • Megan Freeman                             800m
  • Ruth Carson                                       800m
  • Layla Rowntree                                3000m
  • Angela Riach                                     3000m
  • Lucy Ferry                                           100m, 200m, 400m
  • Rebecca Jarvis                                   800m, 1500m
  • Jeremy Maranan                             100m, 200m
  • Mitchell Foster                                 400m
  • Eden Thomas                                     100m-Para, 200m-Para, 800m-Para
  • Samuel Wade                                   100m, 200m
  • Joshua Beale                                     400m
  • David Sim                                           800m
  • Mitchell Baker                                   3000m Walk, Pole Vault
  • Stephen Fraser                                 Shot Put
  • Matt Walters                                     400m, 400m Hurdles
  • Tristan Vergano                               Long Jump, Triple Jump
  • Nicholas Ashmore                           Javelin

For those athletes who missed out this time, there is a second crack at the cherry by training and competing across the summer, with the chance of being picked for the Australian Junior Championships in Perth (8th – 13th of March 2016).

Join the State U13 Development Squad

Little Athletics ACT is inviting nominations from all registered LAACT U13 athletes to participate in the U13 Development Squad. Dual registered Athletes with the Ginninderra Tiger are eligible to participate in the squad.

The U13 Development Squad provides athletes with the opportunity to participate in a squad environment and receive specialist coaching in their events if choice and to assist U13 athletes to reach their potential.

Participating in the squad also gives Ginninderra athletes the best possible opportunity to gain selection in the ACT team for the Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC) to be held in Adelaide in April 2016.

Participation in the development squad however does not guarantee selection in the ACT team for ALAC and it is not compulsory for U13 athletes who want to nominate for the ACT ALAC team to be in the squad. It is however recommended as involvement in the squad not only benefits the athletes by preparing them for the teams event but will also allow them to get to know team management and their potential team mates.

The cost for the ACT U13 Development Squad is $252.00. This includes scheduled training sessions, a two night camp with transport, accommodation and meals and an ACT U13 Development Squad shirt. Athletes are expected to attend all sessions and the camp. There will be no discounts if the athletes choose not to attend any activity.

All fees must be paid by Friday 27th November unless otherwise negotiated. If an athlete is selected for the ACT ALAC team, there is a separate cost.

For further details:

Coffs Harbour braces for a Tiger Influx

From the 16th to the 18th of October 2015, C-ex International Stadium in Coffs Harbour plays host to the Junior Australian Oztag Championships (U9 – U16).

The ACT Cougars feature many Ginninderra Tigers willing to show off some early season speed, skill and athleticism.

This is the 3rd edition of the tournament and its success is evident by the increasing numbers each year. In 2015 there is 170 teams playing in the tournament.

Congratulations to the following Ginninderra Athletes who will be competing for the ACT:

  • Kobe O’Neall
  • Joshua Beale
  • Alex Skinner
  • Thomas Alcorn
  • Noah Mills
  • Andrew McFarlane
  • Jack Mills
  • Callum Lowther
  • Sarah Walker
  • Charlia Hodgson
  • Billie Hodgson
  • Chloe Smith
  • Charlie Hiskins
  • Jess Abel
  • Hayley Abel
  • Maddison Perceval

Please do let us know if the Team line-ups have changed since the announcement on the Oztag website.

Lauren free wheels at National Champs

Ginninderra’s Lauren Robards has claimed two Gold Medals at the 2015 Cycling Australia Road National Championships this weekend in Victoria.

Competing in the U15 Girls Time Trial (10km) and Road Race (37.5km), Lauren has shown true Tiger spirit in finishing first past the post in each of her events. Lauren just snuck over the line in the Time Trial 7.9s in front from a fast finishing South Australian.

Demonstrating her all around athletic ability in her favourite winter sport, with all of those years of determination and dedication in endurance events at Athletics has paid off for her in a big way on the National Stage.

Lauren has represented the ACT from Athletics, Cycling and Hockey.  Her performance is a true testament to her athletic ambitions and drive to succeed.

The Tigers congratulate Lauren and her ACT team mates in their endeavours at Nationals. Well done!