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CF Warrior wins National XC Silver Medal

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.

The Tigers were well represented on the weekend in Wollongong with ten finalists. The final results wrap up follows:

  • 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.

Thirteen Tigers all set for Wollongong XC Nationals


Sidney on her way to the Australian Road Walking Championships

Congratulations to Sydney Shaw who has been selected to represent Athletics ACT at the Australian Road Walking Championships at the Innovation Campus, University of North Wollongong on Sunday 27 August 2017. Sidney will be competing for the ACT in the Girls Under 14 – 3 kilometre Race Walk event.

The 2017 Australian Winter Race Walking Championships ensure a bumper weekend of athletics in Wollongong (NSW), with the 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships to be held the day before.

This will be Sidney’s second national championships where she hopes to improve on her time and performance at last year’s event. Sidney is in fantastic form as she has recently bettered her own Club Record in the 3000m Walk and set the U14 5000m Walk Record.

Sidney was also recognised today as a recipient of the Local Sporting Champions program which is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Thirteen Tigers all set for Wollongong XC Nationals


Thirteen Tigers all set for Wollongong XC Nationals

Athletics ACT will be sending a strong team of 71 athletes to the 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships. This event will take place in Wollongong on the 26th August. This is Athletics ACT’s largest team ever represented at these championships, in recent memory.

The UC Tigers have 13 representatives which is up on the 9 athletes who competed at the combined National Cross Country Championships in 2016.

Among the athletes selected is 2016 Bronze Medalist Annika Wise as well as Club Record Holders Lily Anderson, James Lemon, Michael Daly, Chris Hamer, Jacob Davill, Jordan King and Joshua Johnson.

They are joined on the team by experienced National finalists Mitch Braithwaite, Angela Riach, Hayden Todd and Jacob Todd. Representing  the Territory for the first time is UC’s James Watkins who medaled at the Club’s inaugural Cross Country Championship this winter.

  1. Annika Wise (U16W – 4km)
  2. Angela Riach (U18W – 4km)
  3. Lillian Anderson (Open W – 10km)
  4. James Lemon (U14M – 4km)
  5. Hayden Todd (U14M – 4km)
  6. Jacob Davill (U16M – 4km)
  7. Jacob Todd (U16M – 4km)
  8. James Watkins (U16M – 4km)
  9. Jordan King (U18M – 6km)
  10. Mitchell Braithwaite (U20M – 8km)
  11. Michael Daly (Open M – 10km)
  12. Chris Hamer (Open M – 10km)
  13. Joshua Johnson (Open M – 10km)

Ginninderra’s Little Athletes are represented this year by:

  • Hannah Cadden (U16W- 4km)
  • Layla Rowntree (U16W – 4km)

Congratulations to everyone selected and best of luck to the entire Athletics ACT team.

The Club is still attempting to get confirmation of the School Sport ACT Cross Country team to attend the National Schools Cross Country in Hobart Tasmania from the 11th to the 15th of August 2017.

Among the results from the ACT Schools Championships the following Ginninderra athletes finished in the top five in their respective age groups:

  • Mitch Braithwaite (U18M)
  • Angela Riach (U17W)
  • Mitch Baker (U17M)
  • Jordan King (U17M)
  • Hannah Cadden (U16W)
  • Layla Rowntree (U16W)
  • Annika Wise (U16W)
  • Jacob Davill (U16M)
  • Jacob Todd (U16M)
  • James Lemon (U14M)
  • Chelsea Moroney (12G)
  • Noah Steinacker (12G)
  • Hayden Todd (12B)
  • Ryan Cuzner (11B)
  • Andrew Camp-Liddiard (11B)
  • Chloe Smith (11G)
  • Sally Walker (11G)
  • Lucas Davill (9B)
  • Claudia Todd (9G)
  • Maya McRae (8G)

For more information including the Full Results check:

2017 Australian National Championships Wrap-up

The UC Ginninderra Athletics Club has enjoyed its best ever Australian Championship result with some sensational performances by members across the 7 day competition in Sydney, the first ever combined National Championship for Junior and Senior athletes.

In a snapshot here’s how the Championship unfolded:

  • Gold Medal to Cameron Crombie (Shot Put), Silver Medals to Melissa Breen (100m), Kathryn Ross (Discus) and Cameron Crombie (Javelin), and Bronze Medals to Eden Thomas (Shot Put) and Angus Gould (Long Jump);
  • 1 Australian and Oceania Record – Cameron Crombie F38 Shot Put;
  • 11 Club Records broken by Jordan Gusman (Open 1500m), Raage Noor (U16 1500m), Meg Freeman (U16 400m), Rebecca Guest (U16 400m), Zamir Bulbul (U18 Javelin), Cameron Crombie (F38 Shot Put and Javelin), Kathryn Ross (F57 Shot Put), Charlotte Rauraa (U16W Hammer), Sidney Shaw (U14 3000m Walk) and Matt Walters (U20 200m);
  • 11 finalists in the running events;
  • 21 top 10 positions;
  • 25 athletes competed in 44 events;
  • 6 athletes achieved 6 Season Bests;
  • 12 athletes achieved 14 Personal Bests;

A breakdown of how Nationals went for all 25 UC Tiger athletes follows:

Cameron Crombie has again broken the Australian and the Oceania Record in the F38 Men’s Shot Put in securing his first Australian Championship with a mighty throw of 14.92m.

Australia’s fastest woman Mel Breen took home the silver medal in the Open Women’s 100m Final!!! Mel’s been in great shape in recent weeks and her rivalry with Oceania Champ Toea Wisil is set to push them both to World Champs Qualifiers.

Mel was not our only representative in the 100m Finals with Sarah Blizzard (12.10s) now the 14th fastest Open Woman in Australia. Great result! Sarah backed up in the 200m running a Season Best (24.94s) in finishing 19th fastest overall.

Kathryn Ross secured 5th place in the Seated Shot Put to wrap up her first Nationals. A fantastic accomplishment following her earlier medal in the Discus.

Angus Gould jumped his way to a share of equal third in the Open Mens Long Jump final, clearing 7.83m which is a Season Best for him and just 7cm shy of his all time PB.

Chris Mecham made the final of the U14M 100m, running two PBs along the way and improved his overall position to finish 6th in Australia. Fantastic result!

Jeremy Maranan also made the final of the U16M 100m finishing 8th fastest in the Country and took home a new PB of 11.39s.

Holly Abbey came 13th in Australia in the U15W 100m running a new PB of 12.94s. Well done to Holly who’s been battling injury all season just like Chris.

Austin Tetteh suffered an injury in the Triple Jump but still managed his second fastest time ever in the 100m Heats of 12.56s to finish 17th in Australia.

Charlotte Rauraa threw her second furtherest this Season in the U15W Javelin (23.55m) to one 14th in the Country. Charlotte’s had a big campaign of throwing which ends with the Hammer throw on Sunday.

Rebecca Guest stepped up to race with the U16W in the 4x200m Relay along with GLAC athlete Molly Sturgiss where the team finished 6th overall and just 1s off the the ACT Record.

Chris Mecham and Jeremy Maranan also teamed up in the U16M 4x200m final where the team finished 6th overall.

First up on Thursday in torrential rain was our Para Throwers in the Javelin and the Discus.

Joining Eden Thomas as a Para Throwers medalist at these championships was Oceania and Australian Record Holder Cameron Crombie in the F38 Mens Javelin. Throwing a new PB was enough to secure Cameron with a silver medal.

Cameron’s training partner Kathryn Ross wasn’t going to be upstaged winning her own silver medal in the Women’s F57 Seated Discus in her first National Competition.

The 200m sprinters enjoyed themselves despite the wet with Jeremy Maranan running close to a PB finishing 20th, one place ahead of his GLAC team mate Ben Flood. Jeremy later backed up to finish 13th overall in the 100m Hurdles.

Austin Tetteh also powered through the storm to land 15th overall in his 200m in what was 0.4s outside his Personal Best.

Chris Mecham ran his second fastest time all season to just miss the automatic qualifier for the final and landed 10th overall in the 200m.

Austin, Ben and Jeremy were unlucky in their 4x100m Final when the team was unfortunately disqualified. Rebecca Guest though helped her 4x100m team to finish 6th overall.

Jacob Davill had an enormous run in the 800m Final to finish 5th overall in 2:06.26. Jacob backed up on the Friday in the 1500m Final in what was a scorcher of a day in the U15M to finish 14th overall.

Raage Noor showed his future potential in his first National Final with a 4th placing in his 1500m final in 4:11.75. This was a huge 9s PB for Raage showing he’s in great form.

Austin ran his second sprint event in as many days with a new PB in the U15M 400m to finish 13th overall. He later backed up to finish 10th overall in the Triple Jump final as well.

Meg Freeman ran a very fine 400m in 62.77s in stifling conditions to complete her championships as the 22nd fastest U16W over 400m in the country.

Rebecca Guest equalled her 400m PB to place 18th overall.

Last event on Day 5 included our very own Throws Star Charlotte Rauraa who was competing in her 3rd event of the competition, the Shot Put, Charlotte threw her third furtherest throw ever to come 13th overall in Australia.

The Tigers Senior Women impressed with both Mel Breen and Sarah Blizzard both qualifying for the finals of the Open Women 100m.

Jordan Gusman also did his best to qualify for the 1500m Final with a super quick 3:44.81 to be the fastest qualifier for the final.

Joshua Johnson just missed the cut for the 1500m final in 3:50.14 to be the 18th fastest overall.

Matt Walters as a member of the U20M 4x100m finished 5th overall in a time just outside the 2004 ACT Record. Matt backed up to anchor the 4x400m team to a consecutive 5th place. Matt also ran the 200m where he ran a new PB finishing 17th fastest overall.

Matt Walters also ran up with the Open Men in both the 4x100m (4th overall) and the 4x400m (5th overall) in what was a great end of the Competition.

Angie Riach ran hard in the hot conditions to finish 17th in the 3000m and just 9s off her PB despite the humid weather. This followed up her 7th placing in the 2000m Steeple Chase yesterday. 

Annika Wise and Meg Freeman also had it tough in the 800m in the hot conditions. Annika finished 24th and Meg 27th respectively. Annika’s time was only 4s off her best. Great running by them both though.

Jacob Davill won his heat of the 800m and is looking in great shape for the final where he is listed as third fastest overall.

Jeremy Maranan and Nick Donaldson both ran PBs in the 200m Hurdles heats but didn’t progress to the final, finishing 9th and 16th fastest in Australia respectively. Nick also stepped up to run int he U18M 4x400m where he and the team came 4th overall.

Charlotte Rauraa continued her great form with a 7th placing overall in the Discus with her longest throw being her third best effort ever.

Zamir Bulbul came 10th in the final of the Javelin in his first major National Championships which is a fantastic performance for one of Ginninderra’s rising Throwers.

Stephen Fraser fresh from his 8th placing in the Shot Put on Day 1, misfired in the Hammer throw and placed 17th in the Discus. These performances followed his new ACT Record at the LAACT Championships just over a week ago.

Eden Thomas picked up the Club’s first medal of the Championships with his bronze in the u16M Para Shot Put, where he threw a new PB to clinch third. This was followed up by his 7th placing in the 100m Final.

Matt Walters just finished outside the top 16 (20th overall) in the U20M 400m and did not progress past the Heats. His time though was his third fastest this season and fifth best ever.

Eden Thomas competed in the 200m and the Discus. He improved his position in the Final of the 200m coming 7th overall. Eden also threw a season best in the Discus to come 5th in the final.

Stephen Fraser has been appointed Mr Consistency in the U17M Shot Put with throwing yet another 13m effort, taking it to 5 out of the last 6 competitions. Stephen finished 8th in the country which is a great outcome for the Tiger Thrower.

Jacob Todd did a massive 20s PB in the 2000m Steeple Chase in 6:59.36 to finish 18th overall. A fantastic accomplishment in his first National competition in the Steeple Chase.

Charlotte Rauraa threw a 2m PB (31.22m) in the Hammer to break the Club Record and finish as the 14th best thrower in Australia. Charlotte is the only ACT athlete now ranked in all four disciplines in Australia.

The youngest member of the team, Sidney Shaw, blitzed her way around the 3000m Walk on Sunday to almost smash her own PB by 1 minute, break the Club Record and come 10th overall in Australia.


Ginninderra Little Athletics Club Members Results

Congratulations to all our Little Athletes who are also competing at Nationals. Among the performances is a Silver Medal to Mitch Baker in the U17M 5000m Walk and top ten performances by Hannah Cadden, Layla Rowntree and Molly Sturgiss.

  • 4th U15W 2000m Steeplechase : Cadden, Hannah 7:29.41
  • 17th U16M 100m : Flood, Ben 12.37
  • 7th U16W Steeplechase : Rowntree, Layla 7:39.13
  • 17th U15W 1500m: Cadden, Hannah 4:55.25
  • 20th U16M 200m : Flood, Ben 55.29
  • 19th U16W 400m : Sturgiss, Molly 60.49
  • 21st U16M 200m : Flood, Ben 25.55
  • 19th U16W 200m : Sturgiss, Molly 27.14
  • 11th U15W 800m : Cadden, Hannah 2:20.95
  • 6th U16W 200m Hurdles : Sturgiss, Molly 30.43
  • 16th U16W 3000m : Rowntree, Layla 10.41.83
  • 2nd U17M 5000m Walk : Baker, Mitchell 23:41.26

Reece just misses auto qualifier for Nationals

UC Tiger Reece Edwards competed in the NSW 5000m Championships on Saturday. Running in the Men’s B Race Final, Reece led from start to finish having to do all the work out in front beating Jarryd from Victoria by 5 seconds.

Reece’s time of 14:46.12 made him 11th fastest overall across all finals races. Edwards time was also a Season Best for the Half Marathon specialist.

Qualifying for Nationals in the 5000m is 14:25.00 and in the 10000m it is 29:45.00. The 10km qualifier is within reach as Reece recently ran 33:41.00 at the World Cross Country Trials.