Athletes shine while the sun doesn't

Athletics Wollongong offers a huge well done to the brave folk who weathered the stormy conditions that inundated the Port Hacking carnival on October 31. Many were competing as young teens against Open Class competition. Despite the conditions our small contingent put on a great show.

Charlize Colwell, 3rd mixed para 100m 18.00 sec. 4th mixed para 400m 1.20.79.

Kailee Moore, 11th open women 100m 13.32 sec.

Callum Rann, open men's 100m 12.37. 10th Men Open 400m 52.34.

Jett Link, open men 100m 12.55 sec.

Tierney Dunne 1st open women 400m 56.51.

James McPaul 5th open men 400m 50.22.

Lucas Campbell open men 100m 12.68. open men 400m 57.42.

On the following Thursday, an AA carnival was held at the Illawong track at Barden Ridge. Not to be outdone by the incessant rain of the previous Port Hacking meet, Barden Ridge became more like a swimming carnival. Despite the appalling conditions two of our guys put on quite spectacular performances.

James McPaul tore through the 400 metres, coming first in pouring rain to clock an amazing 50.93sec and teammate Mitchell O'Neill came first in the open men 200m burning the bend with a 22.31sec.

James and Mitchell teamed up with AW club mates Gabriel Bickel, Olivia Sivills and Callum Rann to compete as an open men's team in the NSW Club Championships held at SOPAC last Saturday. Special mention goes to Olivia who, despite her young age and differing gender backed up the boys' efforts by running the 1500m against an open men's field.

Her determined team spirit is one of the reasons why this young Smiths Hill athlete is popular amongst the older teens and opens groups at our club. The closest our team got to place positions out of the vast competition field was Mitchell O'Neill with 11th in the 100m in 11.27sec, James McPaul 7th open men's 400m 49.13sec and the Men' Open Relay coming 10th in 44.46sec.

Gabriel ran 11.66sec for the 100m and Olivia ran 5min 11.26sec for the 1500m. Such a fantastic effort guys.

Our club is extremely grateful to the large group of selfless volunteers who gave up their valuable time and helped to manage a barbecue tent at the Bunnings store in Wollongong last Saturday. The public service that Bunnings provides in conjunction with the efforts and energies of a dedicated core group of our members has been an enormous help to our club in raising needed funds in providing athletic opportunities and equipment.

A huge congrats goes to William Willis who contested three events in the South Australian All Schools Championships over the weekend. Representing The Illawarra Grammar School, William, competing in the U14 Boys category came 2nd in discus with a PB of 39.34m, 2nd in hammer with a PB of 33.80m and a 3rd in Shot with a PB of 11.41m.

Adriana van Bockel was our only NSW rep in the NSW masters Indoors Throw Championships held last weekend at the Cadore Indoor Equestrian Centre, Konda Road, Somersby. Adriana W65 scored a 4th in the superweight 20lb 4.64m, 3rd 12lb weight throw 7.32m and a 3rd in shot 5.25m. In the same carnival however, coach Donna Hiscox W50 competed as a Western Australian winning silver in the 16lb weight throw 6.32m and bronze in the shot, 5.75m.

Meanwhile on the club front a 26-year-old U18 1500m record of 5min 13.5sec held by the legendary Laila Comer was broken by that middle distance wiz kid Olivia Sivills with an enormous effort of 5min 08.01sec.

Rosie Tozer trying her hand now at the lofty sport of pole vaulting set a new women's U20 record of 2.00 metres.

Kiahna Soroka made quite the AW debut, smashing the U20 Women's shot put record. Her 12.36m throw was over 3m further than the previous mark.

William Willis destroyed the U14 hammer throw record by over 7m - 29.62m is the new mark and a 30m+ throw is surely just a matter of time.

Tayla Wiki hurled the practice hammer 35.19m, showing some great potential ahead of her move into the U14s next year when she'll throw the real thing. Sister Savannah also collected the U10s practice hammer record with 31.71m.

Christine Shaw W60-69, has now made a habit of breaking records. She has set a new shot record of 8.77m and a triple jump record of 7.56m.

Records for the 60m took a beating with Nicole McHenry W40-49 setting a new mark of 8.87sec, Kailee Moore U18 in 8.16s, and Mitchell O'Neill broke the open record by running 7.00sec.

The 600m records took a walloping with James McPaul Open Men slicing 3 seconds off the previous time to set a new time of 1min 22.81. Adrian See M40-49 travels all the way from Cronulla to enjoy the charms of Wollongong and cut 4 seconds off the previous record to set a new one at 1min 30.72sec

In the 2km event Olivia Sivills WU18 smashed a seven-year-old record to set a new 7min 01.61sec, and Dave Comer M40-49 carved off 17 seconds from the previous record to set a new one at 6min 54.84sec. Such a fantastic job by many and the season is still young.