Young Stars on Track

Eight outstanding Australians, including Wallaby, Matt Giteau, were inducted into the Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence at a gala dinner on Saturday night, 22nd October, at Rydges Capital Hill.

The Little Athletics Roll of Excellence recognises former participants in Little Athletics who have subsequently excelled in their chosen field within four categories: Track & Field, Sportsmen, Achievers and Volunteers.

Being inducted alongside Giteau is fellow sports star and captain of the Australian Netball Team, the Diamonds, Natalie von Bertouch, AFL grand final field umpire and 2011 All Australian umpire, Brett Rosebury, 2UE Drive Show host, Paul Murray, Athletics Olympians Bronwyn Thompson and Darren Clark, and Little Athletics Volunteers Maxine Boyd and Jim Arkins.

Giteau, via video link, apologised for not being at the dinner in person.

“Little Athletics has given me everything that I’ve been able achieve in sport; I am very thankful and honoured to receive the award”, Giteau said.

Natalie von Bertouch was also thrilled to be honoured in this way.

“I have great memories of my time in Little Athletics, since I started at a young age at under 6’s. It was huge for my development in netball and I really look back fondly on the skills and other lessons it taught me”.

Emily Brichacek wins road race despite being hit by motorbike

DISTANCE runners are a tough breed - and that showed yesterday when Emily Brichacek won a road race after being knocked down by a photographer on a motorbike.

The former Ginninderra athlete was at the 6km mark, in a group of men that included Hobart's Jordan Harries, when the accredited motorbike swiped them from behind while running the Burnie Ten in Tasmania.

Both athletes hit the tarmac but dusted themselves off and got on with the job,The Mercury reported.

For Brichacek, it meant on to victory and the sweetness of a $3500 winner's purse.

"We were just running along and then I felt this whack on my back and we were on the ground," the 21-year-old said.

"I got a bit of a shock, and then got myself up again. I thought, 'do I stop or get going again?', but either way I had to make my way back to the race precinct somehow."
With a bit of gravel rash and a nice bump on the side of her head, Brichacek continued on her way, running a personal best time of 33 minutes, 17 seconds, and taking her first win at the iconic race.

"I love this race. Having finished twice before, I'm really happy to get the win," she said.

"I feel OK after the fall, my calf is a bit bruised, but I'm feeling OK. It was a PB, so I'm a bit annoyed I fell over as I would have gone a bit quicker, I think."

Read more about runner wins race despite motorbike hit at The Mercury.

Come‘n’try and Registration

Saturday 8.45am
1 Oct 2011
Come‘n’try and Registration
Saturday 8:45am
8 Oct 2011
Come‘n’try and Registration

A great way to get young kids into athletics with the full range of events to choose from.  Ages from 5 years and over. Participation is free and open to all children of any ability or experience level. The day starts at 08:45am at our oval in Charnwood.

Bring sunsmart clothes, good socks, running shoes and a hat. You can try a selection of  events with our coaches and the other athletes. Run, jump and throw, its great fun.

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