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
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.
UC Ginninderra Athletics Club’s Jordan Gusman finished fourth on Saturday morning in the 1500m Final at the IAAF World Challenge event in Madrid Spain. Jordan was only just pipped for the Bronze Medal by Federico Bruno of Argentina by two tenths of a second. The Kenyans took the top two places on the podium.
Jordan’s time of 3:38.74 was just outside his PB of 3:37.97 that he set earlier in June also in Spain at the Huelva Meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo.
Jordan has been representing Australia on his Summer European tour with athlete assistance provided by the UC Tigers. Jordan is the current Club Record Holder in the 1500m, Mile and the 5000m.
The IAAF World Challenge is an annual global circuit of fourteen one day athletics competitions organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Started in 2010 it replaced the IAAF Grand Prix and features athletes hoping to qualify for the World Championships and the IAAF Diamond League competition.
Next month Jordan will compete alongside Rachel Tallent and Bryce Anderson in the Australian World Universiade team in Taipei (CHN) on 19-30 August, 2017.
Gusman, Tallent and Anderson to represent Australia at Universiade
2017 Presidents Report
UC Ginninderra Athletics Club Athlete, Cameron Crombie, competing in his first ever International Competition, has broken the Mens F38 Shot Put World Record on his way to the Gold Medal at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships. Cameron threw 15.95m in the final beating the previous record by 38cm and is a 1m improvement on his PB set only in March this year.
Cameron didn’t know he had cerebral palsy until he was 22 and even then Paralympic officials couldn’t find a classification for his impairment. Crombie has hemiplegia in his left arm and leg after a stroke during premature birth, but the 31-year-old was never told of his condition and grew up playing sport alongside his identical twin brother.
Crombie unleashes new Australian Record
Cameron Crombie joins top 100 of Australia’s best in the National Athlete Support Structure
Crombie’s Rio Paralympic B Qualifier
New Australian Record for Cameron Crombie
At the Athletics ACT 2016-17 Awards Night a number of presentations were made. Athletics Australia’s new Commemorative Bib is awarded to athletes who have represented Australia at an Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships or Commonwealth Games.
Among the inaugural winners were current and former Tiger Athletes Sarah Salmon (McRae), Hamish Macdonald and Brendon Reading.
Sarah represented Australia at the 2007 World Cross Country Championships in Kenya. Sarah has had top five finishes in Australian Championships in Cross Country, 3000m and 5000m.
Hamish represented Australia 11 times at a Paralympics or World Championships. Hamish was a dominant figure globally in F34 shot put competitions from the late ’90s, winning gold at the Atlanta 1996 Games and silver at the Athens 2004 Games, on top of bronze at the 1998 World Championships and gold at the 2002 and 2006 World Championships.
Hamish currently coaches UC’s latest World Champion and World Record Holder Cameron Crombie.
Brendon competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in the men’s 50 kilometres walk. Brendon holds three current club records with the UC Tigers.
Richard Nicholson a UC Graduate, also was presented with a Bib for his three Paralympic medals. Richard is also the University of Canberra’s second Athlete in Residence.
Athletics Master Class with Marathon-couple Sarah and Erwin McRae
Paralympian Richard Nicholson UC’s newest Athlete in Residence
Brendon walks the walk, talks the talk