On Saturday night a number of Ginninderra Athletics big names received awards from Athletics ACT for outstanding performances across 2017-18.
The Tigers are ecstatic to see one of our hardest working coaches receive the Athletics ACT 2017-2018 Daryl Cross Coach of the Year, Hamish MacDonald. An outstanding recognition for the six time Paralympic seated shot putter who these days oversees the development of two of the club's elite para throwers in Cameron Crombie and Kathryn Ross.
Cameron who has had the best of seasons was recognised twice for Athletics ACT 2017-2018 Male Senior Athlete of the Season and the Athletics ACT 2017-2018 Mick Dowling Para Athlete of the Year. Cameron who recently won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast will have to make more room alongside his World Championship Gold and World Record for this season.
2017/2018 saw 28 ACT members represent Australia at international levels, received a medal from an international competition and/or ACT, National or World Record with these athletes all receiving a coveted Laurel Wreath for the 2018/2019 season. Among the recipients were Australian 400m Hurdles bronze medalist Matt Walters, Australian representative Mitch Baker who claimed a bronze medal in the U20 Men 10km Walk at World Race Walking Teams Championships earlier this month, UC Students Vanessa Low (two time Paralympian) and World Paralympic Gold medalist Scott Reardon, and Cameron Crombie.
Congratulations to everyone recognised by the Territory Association at the Gala Dinner and Awards Night.
With thanks to the UC Ginninderra Athletics Club, a donation of 3 Discus and 2 Shot Put Trolleys has been made to our Little Athletics Centre. The trolleys are very mobile and located at either end of Charnwood Athletics Field, making set-up a breeze.
The Discus Trolley (blue and red) holds 36 items (108 Discus in total). That is enough for all three Discus Cages at Charnwood. The Shot Put Trolley (grey) holds 25 items (50 Shot Puts in total).
Set-up now only involves moving each respective Trolley and the Tape Measure Trolley from the Shed to the right location on the track and unloading the necessary equipment for that event. This means lending a hand on a Saturday morning has never been so easy.
Check out our Volunteering at Ginninderra Athletics website for other ways you can Get Involved at the Tigers.
Shot Put Crew
The members of the UC Ginninderra Athletics Club today donated 3 Discus and 2 Shot Put Trolleys to the Ginninderra Little Athletics Club. The two clubs have now entered their third year of a joint affiliation that sees the members of both clubs benefit.
The Discus Trolley (blue and red) holds 36 items (108 Discus in total). Enough for all three Discus Cages at Charnwood Athletics field, the joint home ground for both clubs.
The Shot Put Trolley (grey) holds 25 items (50 Shots in total).
The trolleys are collectively worth $2065 and very mobile, easy to move across any surface and store securely. The donation will allow easier access to equipment by members of both clubs at the weekly Intraclub Competition. Ginninderra Little Athletics will also be able to retire a cumbersome equipment trailer that has been an OH&S issue for some time.
The partnership sees the UC Tigers grow its own membership year-on-year and by working with the local Little Athletics Centres in Belconnen the Club hopes to improve the facilities and standards for every athlete in its feeder area.
UCGAC's members are available to coach, officiate and mentor Little Athletics Centres in all facets of the sport. The memorandum of understanding with Ginninderra Athletics continues to show the benefit of working together. For more information on how your members can benefit from working the club, contact the President.
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.
UC Ginninderra's newest throwing sensation is Kathryn Ross, the three time Paralympian who has enjoyed enormous success in the sport of Rowing. Kathryn has medaled internationally on numerous occasions including a World Rowing Championship Gold medal in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Kathryn trains alongside another of the Tigers favourite sons, Cameron Crombie. Kathryn and Cameron are coached by former Tiger and two-time Paralympic medallist, shot putter Hamish Macdonald.
Kathryn who studied a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Canberra was one of six students who were awarded the inaugural Eldon and Anne Foote Trust Elite Athlete Scholarship, which aims to help support the students to balance both their athletic career and tertiary education. Fellow UC Tiger Melissa Breen was also a fellow recipient of the Scholarship in 2015.