Athletics Wollongong

The Australian Masters Athletics Championships for 2017 was held in the sunny welcoming city of Darwin.

Three of our club members Adriana van Bockel (W65), Donna Hiscox W(50) and Will Tyler (M55), went to strut their stuff against Australia's masters best.

With still a day to run, the results have been outstanding. Will is now M55 national champion in the pole vault scoring 2.8m in quite blustery conditions.

Donna, whose time was also taking up in organising duties, finished just outside the top places with 19.35m in discus and 6.52m in shot put, and Adriana is a well deserved national champion in her best event the hammer, with a throw of 23.62m, as well as an excellent third in discus and a 4th in javelin.

Congratulations to all three competitors.

Recently ANSW held its annual award dinner.

We had two outstanding nominees for awards.

Former Warilla High School student and current Shellharbour resident Luke Hunter has a very close history with our club through his love of the pole vault.

Luke is an exponent of that most exacting of all events known as the decathlon.

Even though he didn't receive the top gong for his efforts in the Junior Multi's category he was to all of us a very deserving and hard working nominee.

James Turner, not content to sit back and just enjoy the glory of his Paralympics gold medal, has been continuing his arduous training workload and medalling at State and National level, in particular in the 200m and 400m events.

For his efforts and successes, this amazing young man was nominated for and received the award for the Most Outstanding Para Athlete – Senior.

James Turner, not content to sit back and just enjoy the glory of his Paralympics gold medal, has been continuing his arduous training workload.

Well done to these two outstanding young men.

Last weekend whilst the Athletics Wollongong Throws Pentathlon was being held a number of track athletes ran in informally organised races to get a feel of the new track.

Being very new, some runners may need to get used to the different feel of the surface,  But, roll on next season.

The AW pentathlon was primarily organised for masters athletes, but a number of junior throwers competed in some of the events.

Some outstanding performances came from B14 Kervie Llandres discus 41.75m and shot put 10.56m, W13 Jackie Lenartowic hammer 30.74m,  W17 Lauren Clark hammer 42.14m and weight throw 12.96m, and W20 Alysia Gardner discus 34.93m.

Masters point scorers:

W30 Kristen Mercer 1st 1605 points

W45 Rachel Gardner 2nd 1681 points

W60 Sandra Mercer 1st 2384 points

Mary Thomas W70 1st 4064 points.

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