Illawarra Blue Stars count down to major meets

Illawarra Blue Stars athletes are rounding off the first part of the summer season and will look forward to a Christmas break and then the lead-up to the major meets of the summer season.

Our first major meet will be the Illawarra Track Challenge and we are pleased to announce the following sponsors are on board to ensure this meet is as successful as the past.

Our thanks are extended to Bing Lee Warilla, Kings Sports Store and Litani’s Cafe Restaurant who have so far  confirmed they will be sponsors of this meet.

This now assures that IBS will deliver the same format for this meet with top prize money and goods.

To be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, the Kerryn McCann Athletic Centre will be open to the public to witness some of the best athletes in the state take part in the men’s and women’s 60 metres state title and the open men’s and women’s 1 mile championship.

These events will attract top quality fields and with the supporting events, the meet will be a non-stop action-packed day/evening of athletics.

Events will also be conducted for under 10 and under 12 boys and girls over 60 metres and 100 metres as with the masters men and women.

This meet will then be followed by the NSW Country titles to be held at the Kerryn McCann Athletic Centre over the long weekend in January, a meet that will attract athletes from all country areas in NSW.

Mary Thomas has done it again – congratulations goes to Mary on her nomination as the Oceania throws nomination to the World Masters Association.

Judged on all throws competitors in the Oceania region, Mary will represent at the gala awards to be held in conjunction with the World Masters Track and Field Championships to be held in September in Spain.

A great honour where she will come up against all other nominations from all the areas, to be judged  for the World Masters Throws Category.

Our dual registered athletes are competing well. There are too many names to mention,  but our local members have performed well in the recent  Wollongong Zone Meet, held last weekend on home ground.

Many have made it through to the next level where they will contest the Regional titles.

Success here will mean a trip to state.  Well done everyone on a great effort.

We now look forward to seeing another lot of our dual members contest the Sutherland and Liverpool Zones, they are hoping they too can make it through.

The standout of the meet last weekend was the support given to the athletes from their respective club committees.  Well done everyone and good luck for the next stage

IBS senior men have impressed in the weekend’s All Comers Meet held on Saturday.  Kyle Grubnik had a very impressive run over the 200 metres, placing in the top 6, with Lachlan Parry and a very much improved sprinter Connor Dymond also impressive.

Moving into the Challenge and then country, the IBS senior men are now proving they will be in force in both these meets.

Senior female athlete Stephanie Power will make her first appearance next weekend after a long bout of injury, but it’s great to see this talented female sprinter back on track.