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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

2018 Cross Country Championships

The first big meet of the winter season where members of Ginninderra Athletics could compete as a team was the joint AACT, LAACT and ACT Masters – was the 2018 ACT Cross Country Championships which was held at the Stromlo Park Cross Country course on Saturday 30th June 2018.

Ginninderra which has a deep history in Cross Country including athletes who have represented Australia, ensured the Black and Gold stripes flew high at this year’s Champs.

Every athlete who ran for Ginninderra did very well. Some top performances with 13 podium finishes, across almost every age group and the broadest representation of any AACT and LAACT Club.

The Club’s Winter Wonderland sessions and Cross Country training has helped spring board many members over the “off season”. With Ginninderra Athletics being very active with members participating at Charnwood Oval, running across Belconnen and competing at AACT High Noon series.

Results of members representing Ginninderra Athletics (full results)
Under 6 Boys – 500m
Bryson Hopman (1st)
Kai McRae (4th)
Samuel Lockton (6th)
Under 6 Girls – 500m
Kiana Sione (5th)
Jessica Whitelaw (9th)
Jade Britten (11th)
Under 8 Boys – 1km
Zac Cuzner (4th)
Brodie Cosier (8th)
Zack Allen (15th)
Under 9 Boys – 1.5km
Joe Whithear (1st)
Balaji Durairaj (12th)
Under 9 Girls – 1.5km
Maya McRae (2nd)
Under 10 Boys – 1.5km
Samuel Cull (5th)
Under 10 Girls – 1.5km
Claudia Todd (1st)
Erin Lockton (2nd)
Under 11 Girls – 2km
Jemma Wilson (1st)
Under 12 Boys – 2km
Andrew Camp -Liddiard (1st)
Harry Martin (3rd)
Ryan Cuzner (DNF)
Under 14 Boys – 3km
Hayden Todd (2nd)
Under 16 Men – 4km
James Lemon (2nd)
Abshirbile Noor (3rd)
Under 16 Women – 4km
Breanna Restagno (7th)
Under 18 Men – 6km
Raage Noor (3rd)
Jacob Todd (7th)
Under 20 Women – 6km
Angela Riach (5th)
Under 20 Men – 8km
Mitchell Braithwaite (5th)
Masters – 8km
Leanne Laajoki (1st)
Members of Ginninderra Athletics also participated in the School Sport ACT Cross Country Championships on the 13th of June 2018. Ginninderra Athletics would like to congratulate every member for participating. Below is a list of results for athletes of GLAC and UCGAC from 2017-18 season (note if there are any omissions please let us know).
2018 SSA Cross Country Championship Results
16-17 Years Boys
6 Raage Noor
40 Jordan King
16-17 Years Girls
4 Layla Rowntree
7 Annika Wise
9 Angela Riach
14-15 Years Boys
2 Jacob Davill
4 James Lemon
38 Tim Nguyen
14-15 Years Girls
4 Hannah Cadden
11 Breanna Restagno
21 Sidney Shaw
13 Years Boys
3 Noah Steinacher
5 Jacob Miller
13 Years Girls
3 Chelsea Maroney
18 Heli Laajoki
12 Years Boys
2 A. Camp-Liddiard
3 R. Cuzner
7 H. Martin
12 Years Girls
2 C. Smith
3 S. Walker
11 Years Boys
7 C. Weinhardt
9 J. Eaton
11 Years Girls
8 E. Van Den Heuvel
14 O. Sharp
10 Years Boys
5 L. Davill
9 D. Sim
13 S.Yogeswarn
10 Years Girls
7 C. Todd
9 Years Boys
13 J.Smith
9 Years Girls
3 M. McRae
15 C. Eaton
8 Years Boys

2 S. Yogeswara
6 B. Cosier
17 T. Austin

CF Warrior wins National XC Silver Medal

CF Warrior wins National XC Silver Medal

Thirteen Tigers all set for Wollongong XC Nationals

Weekend long Cross Country on Lake G

Athletics ACT Cross Country Championships

Australian World Cross Country Selection Trials

Lily to race for UC Tigers

Annika claims National bronze medal

Tigers light up Northside Schools Cross Country

 

XC Tigers perform well in Melbourne

 

NSW Cross Country Championships 2016

 

Ginninderra Athletes make 2016 ACT National Cross Country Championships team

Tigers welcome endurance Power Couple

Jordan off to Moonee Valley

Emily lines up for World Championships this weekend

Ginninderra Cross Country

Tigers set to pounce at the 2014 Australian Cross Country Championships

Tigers on the prowl at ACT School Cross Country Champs 2013

Ginninderra athletes make it to ACT Cross Country championships

Stromlo X-Country track a happy hunting ground for Team Tiger

James Lemon claims silver medal at Nationals

Tigers go off-track to make it to Adelaide

 

Running with the Tigers – Week 9

Another great week is concluded with this blog article from learning different coaching techniques by Steve and Faye to experiencing another lot of sessions with the FAST squad. This week’s FAST sessions with Steve took place at the AIS, Charnwood and Governor General’s Hill (GGs) with a range of different training modalities being experienced. The AIS session included 10 x 90m sprints at 80% with only a walk back as the recovery. This training session was designed to further teach the importance of speed maintenance and accelerating to this speed in a short amount of distance. I learnt that athletes throughout this type of session start to feel fatigue from the 6th/7th sprint so as a coach we need to cater for this and monitor the athletes closely throughout these remaining sets. As well as this in was an important lesson in how to individualise the training session for other athletes and that the simplest change to the training such as decreasing the intensity from 80% to 70% can prove to be beneficial.

Not only was there the AIS speed session but there was also a different session that I have not completed with Steve before. This session was focused on reaction timing and being able to react to a signal without looking at the coach. This was an awesome session as it was something different focusing on the athlete’s ability to react to a stimulus. What I took away from this session was that it is important to diversify the training modalities in order to further improve and peak the interest for the athlete. Not just this but that all sessions don’t have to be hard and fast, but they can be easy and fun. With this in mind, this session even though it was not as difficult as the previous sessions, it still aimed to improve an aspect of a sprinters run and that was reacting to a pre-set stimulus such as sound, similar to how runners would react to a starting pistol.

The last FAST session for this week took place at GGs and to tell you the truth, the more times you run it the less daunting it becomes. This session included 4x300m runs up the hill but compared to last time it was a fair bit easier in the sense that I was able to recover quicker. All the athletes smashed through the sets and were true champions for completing another session at GGs. What I learnt from this session was a revision of what I had learnt from previous sessions under Steve which was how to individualise the training to meet all athlete’s needs (newbies to the hill a pyramid set, short distance runners were 4x230m and the 400m runners was 4x300m), how to identify an athletes fatigue level, speed maintenance and the use of a hill terrain to further increase strength in athletes. If anyone hasn’t been to one of Steve’s sessions at GGs, then it is highly recommended as you do see improvements and the hill does become less daunting every session you do complete.

This week I also had the pleasure of observing Faye’s squad again, this time watching them run 10x100m. Not only was I observing how Faye led this session but also helped out with timing some of the kids runs. It was awesome to see how connected Faye is with each of the athletes in her squad and how engaging she is with each and everyone of them. What I learnt from this session was engagement with the athletes are an important part of coaching cause this is where a coach can individualise the training ad create personal programs for them to complete. As well as this it creates a friendly and trusting environment for the athletes to be training in. Not only this but that each training session isn’t always competitive and hard and that they can be fun and engaging as well.

Jordan Green

Ginninderra’s Tiny Tigers – Week 7

With the Canberra winter well and truly here to stay, the focus for Tiny Tots in week 7 was simply athletics. This week we wanted our Tiny Tots to transfer the fundamental movement skills they have learned into specific athletic skills. In previous weeks the focus has been learning the basics of running, jumping and throwing, while incorporating a hint of specific athletics. Activities for this week included modified versions of discus, shotput, high jump, and of course lots of running!

With our Tiny Tots having mastered the fundamentals of how to throw, we moved onto teaching them the basics of the discus and shotput throw – two very different movements. In the firing line were the parents, holding the hoops for the kids to aim for. Our Tiny Tots displayed some great power and accuracy with their throws, and thankfully, no parents were injured. Next up was the high jump, with our Tiny Tots giving us their best crazy jump over a hurdle and onto a mat. And as always plenty of running with a Tiny Tots vs Parents race, and a 50m sprint to finish off the session. This progression is an important part of the program as it prevents the kids getting bored by challenging them with more complex movements and skills.

With only 3 weeks left of the Tiny Tots program I encourage everyone to come along and bring a friend. I’ve had an absolute blast so far and look forward to finishing the program with a bang!

Megan Mayom