UC Ginninderra Athlete Angela Riach has won her first National Championship medal in the U18W 4000m Cross Country Team Event. Angela’s team finished second to Victoria and beat the fast finishing NSW and QLD for third and fourth respectively. Angela’s time of 16:45 was also a PB.
What makes Angela’s performance even more satisfying is that she 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.
- James Lemon finished 12th in the 3000m U14M in a new Club Record time of 10:11;
- Hayden Todd competing for the first time in the U14s also ran a new PB of 10:58;
- Ginninderra Little Athlete Hannah Cadden finished 6th in the U16W 4000m;
- Fellow “Little A” Layla Rowntree ran 15:43 in the same race;
- Annika Wise clocked 16:06 in her final;
- Jacob Davill stopped the clock in 13:23 in his U16M Final, 28th overall and 6th in his actual age and a new Club Record;
- Jacob Todd was there beside Jacob running a brisk 14:07 for 4000m also bettering the previous club record;
- Jordan King’s 6000m U18M final was a tough battle and his time of 23:12 is also a new Club Record;
- Michael Daly’s Open Men’s 10000m effort of 33:13 (20th) was only just 7s faster than his Tiger team mate Joshua Johnson who finished in 33:20 (22nd); and
- Mitchell Braithwaite finished 28th in the U23 8000m final in a new Club Record of 27:35.
Competing alongside their Cross Country team mates, the ACT Race Walkers were also in Wollongong for the 2017 Road Walk Championships. UC Tiger Sidney Shaw competing in her second consecutive National Championship was just outside her Club Record in the 3000m Road Walk where she stopped the clock in 17:56 and came 10th overall.
Sidney’s upcoming Race Walk team mate Andrew Camp-Liddiard competing in his first National Race Walk Championship came 7th overall in 12:21. Andrew has been a member of Ginninderra Athletics for over 6 seasons and has represented the Tigers and the ACT in Primary School Track and Field Championships as well. Andrew like Angela also won a silver medal at the Champs in the Team event.
A full wrap up of the Race Walk Championships follows:
- Ginninderra Little Athlete Harry Baker came 9th in the U12M 2000m Walk in 13:28;
- Harry’s brother Mitchell who is a GLAC Club Record Holder and multiple National Medalist collected his newest medal a bronze in the U18M 10,000m final finishing in 47:52;
- Ella Baker, the third sibling competing at these Championships, finished 7th as well in 12:48 in the 2000m U12W final;
- Club Record Holder and Olympian Brendon Reading finished 3rd in the Open Men 20,000m final;
Congratulations to all the Ginninderra and ACT Athletes who competed at both championships on the weekend.