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
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
The UC Ginninderra Athletics Club is pleased to announce that UC Tiger athlete Alex van der Meer Simo has accepted a role as a Director on the Board of Athletics ACT.
Alex who is a talented endurance athlete in his own right, with a 2:22 (Marathon) and 1:08 (Half-Marathon), has previously held the role of Participation and Development Officer with AACT as well as a similar role with Athletics NT.
Alex has also had successful international stints coaching in Laos and Peru in recent years. Alex will also be the new Chair of the AACT Selection Committee. In his spare time Alex trains with Team Telford.
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.