IBS athletes on track for summer

The sun is shiny and we are heading for a great summer of track and field. There are many events on at the moment, catering for a broad spectrum of people, but the major events IBS are very keen on are the Treloar Shield and the Pan Pacs for the Masters.

Boys in blue: Lachlan Parry, Kyle Grubnic and Chris Devery are all expected to be part of Illawarra Blue Stars open men's relay team.

Boys in blue: Lachlan Parry, Kyle Grubnic and Chris Devery are all expected to be part of Illawarra Blue Stars open men's relay team.

Great to see our athletes take advantage of the Treloar Shield, especially if they cannot make it to club on the Sunday.

Eve Wray ventured out to Campbelltown this week and took part in the 400m whilst Ashlyn Adams took on her hurdles in her division and then backed this up with a run over the 100m. Cameron Chilsolm also took part in the open men’s 100m and was placed a creditable 15th out of 79 athletes.

Conditions play an important role in an athlete’s performance and it is hard to judge athletes’ times unless it is in similar circumstances.

Competing on a regular basis at this time of the season gives all athletes a guide as to where they are at, leading into major meets commencing in January 2019.

Some of the club’s masters athletes will head to the Gold Coast for the Pan Pacs, a very good competition and one that also gives the athletes the opportunity of seeing how they are progressing against other opposition.

June Lowe and Rina Flynn will venture up, and both are expected to perform well in their respective events.

Our two student athletes, Emma Matthews and Grace Adams, will take on the best when they head to the Australian All Schools in Cairns from December 7. We always say that the student athletes have the biggest competitive program and to make their way to the Australian All Schools is a great feat. We wish these two talented athletes the very best of luck, not only in the competition but also in their preparation as they lead into the meet.

The club’s next major meet will be the state relays to be conducted on November 24-25. This meet brings together clubs from all over the state, with many travelling a long distance to take on the might of the metro clubs.

Many clubs from the country have been very successful in these titles, including Blue Stars, and it will not surprise to see we may be able to enter two open men’s sprint teams if all goes to plan by the close of entries. Our men surprised many last year with a top placing and are capable of doing the same this year.

Major meets for IBS Athletes:

November 24-25: State relays: Sydney Olympic Park.

December 16: Club Christmas party and clubs skins and handicapped mile.

January 12, 2019: Illawarra Track Challenge including state 60m and 1 mile title men and women.

January 24-27, 2019: NSW Country titles Glendale Newcastle.