Another record falls to Vergano

By James Buckley
Athletics, The Canberra Times

Rowan Vergano celebrated his club's 35th anniversary in style on Sunday, launching 1.82m off the ground in the high jump to smash his own under-16s record.

The versatile Ginninderra athlete beat his previous benchmark by 7cm, adding to an impressive stash of records already in his collection.

In recent years Vergano has rewritten the under-16 boys record books, also claiming the top marks in the long jump, triple jump, shotput and javelin as his own.

A late bloomer on the athletics field, Vergano said a teenage growth spurt had contributed to his success.

"I was one of the shortest in school and then l started Year 8, started to grow and now I'm one of the tallest in my year," Vergano said. "Only the last two years I've really started breaking records, I've gotten a lot bigger and started actually training for the events, which has started letting me break records."

Vergano's triple jump record now stands at 12.55m, and his long jump benchmark at 5.9m, 16cm shy of his personal best.

He's also been dominating the throwing events- his javelin mark reads 39.69m and shotput is at 9.9m.

But it's the high jump he likes the most.

"I've been doing [high jump] for about four years. I started jumping
about 1.20m, I ended up going to see a coach John Hunt, he trained me for the last couple of years," Vergano said.

"Now I'm jumping 1.85m, l've been to nationals in Sydney for it. I'm almost jumping my height, which is really amazing.

"It's one of the sports I really love.

The 16-year-old was one of about 150 children from around Canberra in action at Charnwood Oval last weekend to celebrate the
club's 35th year in existence.

It was the first time in 10 years Ginninderra had held its own territory-wide carnival.

Ginninderra 2011 Raffle

The following list of prizes is for the Ginninderra Little Athletics Club 2011 Raffle. Raffle tickets are available from the Ginninderra Arhletics Canteen on a Saturday morning or by buying tickets from a club member. For more information please contact us.

Bing Lee  Television ​​​​ $699
Camera​​​​​​ $499
Fernwood 3 month pass  ​​​$350
Fernwood 3 month pass ​​​$350
Fernwood 3 month pass  ​​​$350
Club Lime / Club Pink ​​​ ​$330
Summernats  - Family season pass​ ​$310
Belconnen Physiotherapy Clinic ​​ ​$300
Cruiseabout ​​​​​ $250
Summernats - double adult season pass​ ​$240
Summernats - double adult season pass​​ $240
Your Fitness Specialist​​​ ​$220
Brindabella Hills Winery  ​​​$150
Capital Dance Studios  ​​​​$140
Clinic 88  ​​​​​$80
Clinic 88 ​​​​​ $80
Kings Swim School  ​​​​$80
Pivotal Massage ​​​ ​$80
Tim the Yowie Man  ​​​​$75
Macquarie Discount Chemist Goodie basket ​$60
The Paint Place ​​​​ ​$60
JAXQuickfix Tyres ​​​​ $60
Capital Chemist Charnwood​​​ $50
The Haig Italian Restaurant​​​ $50
Charnwood Turkish Pide​​​ $50
Country Caps/Braggs School Wear​​ $50
Bunnings Belconnen  ​​​​$50
Bunnings Belconnen  ​​​​$50  
Cockington Green family voucher ​​$49
Cockington Green family voucher​​ $49
Kings Swim School ​​​​ $40
Snippets  ​​​​​$40

Wet Weather: Saturday 29 October 2011


Except in cases of extremely bad weather, a modified program is usually run for those who attend. To confirm whether competition is on, the shed may be rung after 8.15am (Saturdays) on 6259 9085 or check our Twitter Feed.


Forecast for the rest of Saturday

Max 24
A few showers, chance thunderstorm
Chance of any rain: 90%
Rainfall amount: 7 to 15 mm

Canberra area

Cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Winds west to northwesterly averaging up to 30 km/h tending northwesterly and light later in the evening.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

UV Alert from 9:10 am to 4:30 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]


Check the Satellite/Radar View of the weather from BOM

Level 1 Beginner Coaching Course – Sunday 6th November 2011

The course is for all parents interested in learning the basics of how to coach track & field.

Prior to commencing the Level 1 Beginning Coach, participants must have completed the ASC Beginning Coaching General Principles Course on-line. At the conclusion of the course, coaches can choose to progress immediately to Level 2 programs.

Date: Sunday 6th February 2011 - 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

See Faye Todd for more information.

Application Forms to Rebekah Gupte at by COB Friday 28th October 2011.

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