Category Archives: Big Stage

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!

Universities the missing link in Australian sport

Wayne Smith with The Australian writes that Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates believes the universities sector is the missing link in Australian sport.

Not since Combined Universities Athletics Club went dormant in 2005 has there been a uni presence at the AIS Athletics track.

“I have long believed that the missing link now in Australian sport is tapping into the universities sector,” Coates told The Australian.

“With all the resources they have and I’ve seen in some sports like rowing, it’s very much the backbone of the sport. It has that potential across many other sports.

“And it also has the advantage of addressing one of the great problems we have, which is life after sport for athletes.

“So many of them are not these days bothering with tertiary education or with work while they’re practising sport. And then they finish sport and think that sport owes them a living and they haven’t prepared for it themselves. I’m not talking of the superstars. It’s probably the next level down.”

The University of Canberra and the ANU are members of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network and have signed an agreement with the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Capital Territory Academy of Sport to support the needs of elite student athletes. UC are dedicated to helping their elite athlete students balance their sporting commitments with their academic goals by:

EAFU allows young high achievers in sport to be admitted to courses and faculties that they might otherwise just have missed out on with their high school leaving scores.

“So kids who might not otherwise have got into a university course because of their sport have gained access,” Coates said.

UC’s elite athletes on scholarships, receive $2500 per annum to financially support their elite athletes in their study and training, whilst they undertake their degree at the University and encourage them to be active participants in the University.

Coates said it was not the job of the AOC to drive Australian sport into a closer union with the tertiary education sector but he admitted he had strongly encouraged the Australian Sports Commission to further explore that course.

“With our economy where it’s at, it’s clear there’s not going to be more money for Australian Olympic sports, as I acknowledged … in London. We have to be pleased with what we’ve got and spend it more wisely. But there’s still this other resource we should be tapping into.”

Coates believes sports tapping into university resources, includes just as much fit, young bodies as well as funding and facilities.

The re-establishment of University Athletics in the ACT is a major strategy for the Ginninderra Tigers in our push to bridge the age gap in the sport, build capacity and capability, as well as enrich the social and physical needs of students both on and off campus.