We had another very powerful performance this round with three individual race wins from Ethan McMinimee U18 5km, Ebony Dodemaide U18 5km and, in the big, one Ryan Geard for his first win for Western Aths in the Half. In the teams’ results we had wins in the Men’s U20 men to steal a surprise premiership, Women’s U18 and Women’s U14 also sealing premierships in those age groups. Thanks to our helpers Mal Hodgart, Colin Drake and Peter Cashin.
Western Athletics have been successful in receiving a $1500 grant from the Manor Lakes Community Fund. The grant is for sponsorship to help cover membership costs for university students.
Many thanks to the Dennis Family Corporation for providing this grant and supporting the community. Well done to Kellie Evans who was secured the grant for the club to help athletes.
The 2019 Australian Cross Country Championships were held at Wollongong on the 24th August 2019. It was great that the event was live streamed by Athletics Australia. Many of us were able to watch and cheer on the Western Athletics athletes from Melbourne.
Highlights for this round were the many athletes who were able exploit the perfect weather conditions and produced many PBs in both the 15 and 6km events. Amongst the fine performances there were many top ten results including a return to the top ten for open athletes Ryan Geard (4th) and Liam Cashin (8th), Junior wins for U18s Ebony Dodemaide and Ethan McMinimee and a second place for U14 Liz Hall, her first XCR medal. For our teams, our U18 and U14 women’s teams both won and continued to firm up their place on top of the ladders, our Open Men achieved another second place for the season and with Yarra Ranges not fielding an U20 men’s team are now on top of the ladder!
With cool, slightly damp conditions and only a slight head wind on the return leg there were many fine performances and PBs amongst the junior and senior ranks. We had a strong turn out with 49 athletes running with; 4 open men’s teams, 2 Open women’s teams, 3 junior men’s teams and 2 junior women’s teams.
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Just for a change the weather was fine and sunny at the normally stormy and cold event. This proved a little challenging for some of us especially for those doing the 6.2 km in the second lap and trying to find some fitness!! We had our best athlete turn out for the year so far with 53 athletes running, giving us 14 scoring teams. Overall the day was a great success with two first place results, U18 and U14 women, two second places, U20 men and Div 3 women and two third place results, U18 men and Premier men. Thanks again to our two AV helpers Peter Cashin and Mal Hodgart, all those who recorded for the teams and of course all athletes for turning up on time and enjoying the day’s racing.
Good times! up at the Gold Coast for Western Athletics. Brigitte equaled her PB in the 10km in windy conditions. Jack was in fine form winning the Half Marathon ahead of many international athletes, and a great run for Michael in the marathon crossing the line in 2:41:25, an 8 minute PB. Well done guys!
The 2019 Oceania Athletics Championships were held in Townsville and run from Tuesday 25th of June to Friday 29th of June.