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
On the 1st of July Mitchall Anderson broke Jordan Reis’ long standing Triple Jump Record in the U16 Men. The record set in 2001/02 was 11.63m and Mitch’s best performance at the Winter High Noon Meet was 12.30m. Jordan who was a very talented Hurdler still holds three ACT Records.
Mitch hasn’t been the only athlete breaking new ground over Winter with Jordan Gusman breaking his own Open Men 1500m Club Record (3:43.05) with a best of 3:37.97 at the Huelva Meet in Spain on 14th June. Jordan’s time is also an unofficial ACT Record breaking Pat Carroll’s All Comers record (3:39.03) and Corey Tucker’s ACT Resident record (3:38.42). The time has Jordan knocking on the world’s top 100 1500m Runners and places him as the 5th fastest Aussie this year.
Coincidentally Pat Carroll who represented Australia in the Marathon only slightly has a better mark than Club Record Holder Rod Higgins in the Marathon set in 1993 of 2:17:00. Rod also has Club Records in the Half Marathon of 1:04:22.0 and the 15km of 44:33.0 respectively.
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
Michael Daly has run a 3:20 PB at the 2017 Gold Coast Airport Marathon to clock 2:30:22. Michael was joined by Club Record Holder Marnie Ponton who stopped the clock at 2:40:30.
Not to be outdone was Rory O’Sullivan who also did a PB in the GCM17 10km event where he managed to break the 40min barrier with an impressive 39:10 for the 10k.