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Day 1 Wrap Up 2017 ACT Champs

The first evening of competition at the 2017 Athletics ACT State Championships saw 24 UC Ginninderra Athletics Club members in action. There was some personal disappoints on the track with an unlucky DQ however plenty of positives for everyone that competed.

All our athletes in the 800m ran PBs, including massive drops of 5-6 seconds for Meg Freeman, Annika Wise and Rebecca Guest. Raage Noor and Jacob Davill won silver and bronze medals repressively, so too James Lemon and Hayden Todd.

Bile Noor and Nick Donaldson picked up their first medals for the weekend with silver respectively in the 200m Hurdles. They were joined by Alice Fraser who also ran a Season Best finishing fourth overall.

Sidney Shaw won a silver medal in the 3000m Walk in a huge 30s PB.

The Mens Shot Put was also a happy hunting ground for the Tigers with both Stephen Fraser and Luke Allard throwing Season Bests. Stephen won gold as did Cameron Crombie and Eden Thomas. Steve Dodt received a bronze medal only just ahead of his compatriots Luke and Neil Thomas. Cameron was just shy (2cm) of the Australian Record in his throw of 14.65m.

Chris Mecham in his return from injury collected a silver medal in the Long Jump with a mighty leap of 4.34m. Faggy Tshoji achieved a 40cm PB in his Long Jump in what was his first Athletics ACT competition since joining the UC Tigers this season. Bec Guest also earned a PB in the Long Jump competing against in the older girls in the Under 16s. Charlotte Rauraa finished in the top 8 also in the Long Jump. Jeremy Maranan won a bronze medal with his new PB of 5.59m to finish just ahead of Faggy and Michael Spong who finished in the top 8. Nick Donaldson was also competing against in the older lads in that event and jumped well with a best leap of 4.59m.

Michael Spong backed up with a big leap of 1.50m in the High Jump to finish 5th in the State. Faggy finished 9th with 1.40m and their younger team mate James Lemon his second medal for the night with a gold in the Under 14 High Jump soaring to 1.45m an equal PB.

Not to be outdone Charlotte Rauraa threw a new age best with 31.05m in the Under 16 Discus to claim the silver medal.

The competition continues on Saturday and Sunday with many of Australia’s best competing including 9 Olympians, including our own Mel Breen. Spectators are welcome and entry is free.


  • 100 Metres, 400 Metres, 1500 Metres, Sprint Hurdles (80m/90m/100m/110m), Javelin (Male & Female), Long Jump (U18, U20 & Open – Male & Female) and all Seated Throws


  • 200 Metres, Steeplechase (1500/2000/3000 Metres), Pole Vault (Male & Female), Hammer (Male & Female), Triple Jump (Male & Female), Discus (Male) and Shot Put (Female).

Full results are available and photos have been posted to our Facebook page.

Jessica jumps 6.37m in Season Best performance

UC Ginninderra athlete and ANU Graduate Jessica Penney has produced a stunning jump of 6.37m to win the Women’s Invitational Long Jump event at the AIS on Friday night.

Jessica’s jump bettered the 2014 Commonwealth Games B Qualifier and her best effort since she broke her last PB in 2016 with 6.60m.

Penney finished fifth at the 2006 junior world championships while competing for New Zealand before relocating to Canberra at the end of 2010 to train under renowned athletics coach Craig Hilliard.

She made her senior debut for Australia at the 2013 World University Games in Russia and booked her spot on the plane to Glasgow Commonwealth Games by finishing second at the National Championships. Jessica jumped 6.14m in Glasgow to finish 10th in her Group.

The UC Tigers up and coming junior jumpers are excited to participate with such a talented athlete as Jessica Penney.

Angus lands 2017 FISU World University Games qualifier

UC Tiger Angus Gould has kick started his year with a sensational 2017 FISU World University Games qualifier in the Mens Long Jump at the 13th January 2017 Summer Series Meet at Woden Park.

The World University Games is the second largest multi-sport event behind the Summer Olympics. Held every two years and this year’s event will be held in Taipei from the 19th to the 30th August 2017.

Angus who needed to clear 7.68m for a qualifying mark easily achieved the distance with a 7.71m best jump. Gould dominated the event at Woden on the same weekend that saw UQ Athlete and 2016 IAAF World Under 20 Championships finalist Shemaiah James in Brisbane only narrowly missing out on also posting his own qualifier jumping 7.65m (5.3ms).

If eligible and selected, this would be Angus’ second WUG after he competed in the last event in South Korea in 2015 just missing the final.