Western Athletics had five athletes make the trip to Sydney to represent Victoria at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships held between 3-6 April 2015. We had great results:

Allan Cook made up part of the Victorian 4x100 meter relay team with the team winning Silver and the 4x400 meter VIC relay team that won Gold! Additionally Cookie took out GOLD in the 800m and GOLD again in the 1500m, and Silver in the 400m 50-54 category.

Allan Cook

Stan Peska competing in the Men's 55-59 category won Gold in the shot put with 12.14m throw. Stan also won Bronze in the weight penthalon and competed in discus finishing fourth, hammer throw 5th and javelin 5th.

Stan Peska

Carolyn Huell competed in the women's 4x400 relay with the Victorian team taking out Silver. Carolyn competed in the women's 45-49 category taking out the GOLD in the 2000m steeplechase, Silver in the 1500m event, 4th in the 800m and 4th in the 8km cross country course.

Carolyn Huell

Robyn Shaw won the Bronze in the 1500m and 5000m race walks 50-54 category.

Graham Shaw competed in the 60m dash 6th place and 100m dash 6th place.

Well done to all of our athletes who made the trip up to Sydney to represent Victoria. And a big congratulations to our Australian Champions Allan Cook, Stan Peska and Carolyn Huell!

Congratulations to our athletes who competed at the Australia Athletics Championships held in Brisbane. We were proud to have 4 athletes compete and bring home two silver medals.

Morgan Mitchell and Annelise Rubie

Morgan Mitchell was back to defend her 2014 title. While she didn't quite get the win, she crossed the line in 2nd place winning the Silver and was happy to come away with a seasons best and her second fastest time ever (52.94)! Personally we wouldn't be surprised to see her winning Gold next year (no pressure Morgan!).

If you missed the race you can still check out Morgan's strong run on youtube (skip ahead to the 2:38:30 mark)

Julia Bourke placed 9th out of 13 women in the Open shot put with a 12.97m throw.

Luke Stevens up against tough competition placed 8th in the Men's 200 metres running 21.19 and with a very close finish finishing in 4th position for the 400 metres final.

Jack Rayner took out the Silver in the Men's 3000m finishing in a time of 8:13.29.

Lots of racing this weekend around Australia...the Aust T&F Champs in Brisbane, the young kids in Vic competing in the LAV State T&F at Lakeside and the Victorian Mountain Running at Mt Buller.

As many probably know, Claire Hodgart competed on the 'mountain' in the VERY cold conditions, with Weatherzone stating it 'feels like' minus 4 degrees this morning at 8.30am (start time was 9am)!!!

Claire won the U20 event and crossed the line as the 4th female and beat all of the male athletes who competed in the 8km (1019m elevation rise) event. Well done Claire, next stop, Camp Mountain Brisbane for the Aust Champs.

Claire, Mt Buller

Claire, Mt Buller

Congratulations to Nathan Pearce who represented Australia at the World Cross Country Championships in China.

Nathan raced in the 8km junior race finishing in 29:02.

In the lead up to the race Nathan had the following to say:

"It's been a dream of mine ever since I started running to be able to represent my country and wear the green & gold and today that dreams come true. Big thanks to my parents to always putting up with my ups and downs and always supporting me, to my family, my coach Keith Fearnley, my physio Sam Leslie from MyPhysio for keeping me in shape, Nike Running for supplying me with gear and especially my beatiful girlfriend Madi Alexander. Bring on China"

Well done Nathan for representing Australia!

Nathan pictured with the World Cross Country Championships Australian Team (Photo courtesy of IAAF World Athletics Club)

World Cross Country Championships Australian Team

The 2015 IAAF Melbourne World Challenge at Lakeside Stadium included four Western Aths runners, for those who can cast their minds back 10+ years you will know how special this is! Last night in the big crowd there was probably 75+ WLAC kids in the crowd and they were SOOOO excited to see athletes from there own track.

Well done Matthew Hargreaves, Luke Stevens, Morgan Mitchell & Jack Rayner.

  • Jack Rayner - 5000m 7th 13.48 a New Club Record
  • Luke Stevens - 100m 3rd 10.78
  • Morgan Mitchell - 400m 3rd 53.52
  • Matthew Hargreaves - 200m B race 5th 22.53

Jack Rayner, New Club Record
Jack Rayner, New Club Record for 5000m

Luke Stevens
Luke Stevens, 100m

Morgan Mitchell

Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves, 200m B Races

Western Athletics is celebrating the outstanding results of 22 of their athletes who competed at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney’s Olympic Park from 10 to 15 March.

Two hours after the start of the Championships Aliyah Canepa was the first to step onto the podium with a Third Place in the Women U14 Discus Throw. The following day Canepa went one better to secure 2nd spot in the Hammer Throw. After a nervous start with two consecutive no-throws, she managed to pull out a big throw of 34.87m to put her into second place. Her coach, Fernando Canepa was thrilled with the results. It was her first time at the Australian Junior Championship and she handled the pressure extremely well.

Aliyah Discus

Congratulations to all of our masters athletes who competed  at the Track & Field championships, there were many great results!

Allan Cook

Allan Cook dominated the middle distance events claiming Gold in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.

Stan Peska dominated the throws winning Gold in Javelin, Shot Put and Discus and 3rd place for Hammer and Weight throw.

Mechelle Lane broke the 22min barrier to win Gold in the 5000m in 21.57 and also claimed Silver in 800m and 1500m events.

Carolyn Huell won Gold in the 800m, Silver in the 2000m steeplechase, and bronze in the 1500m and 5000m events.

Graham Shaw performed well in the sprints with Gold in the 60m dash and Silver in the 100m dash.

Robyn Shaw claimed Silver in the 1500m race walk and Bronze in the 300m race walk.

Alan Hammond brought home Silver in the 1500m run and finished 4th in the 5000m.

Tony Bradford won Gold in High Jump and Discus, and Silver in Shot put and Javelin.

Kylie Smith competed at masters for the first time in a range of events wining Gold for Long Jump, Hammer Throw, Shot Put, Javelin and Discus and Silver for Triple Jump.

  • stan
  • mechelle
  • carolyn
  • Stan Peska dominated the throws winning Gold in Javelin, Shot Put and Discus and 3rd place for Hammer and Weight throw
  • Mechelle Lane broke the 22min barrier to win Gold in the 5000m in 21.57 and also claimed Silver in 800m and 1500m events
  • Carolyn Huell won Gold in the 800m, Silver in the 2000m steeplechase, and bronze in the 1500m and 5000m events

Western Athletics held a stall today at the Son's of the West Men's Health expo held at the Wyndham City Civic Centre.

We hope we convinced a few people to give running or athletics a go by coming along to our Western Recreational Running Group sessions or training and competing with the club.

Western Recreational Running Group sessions

  • Thursday nights: 6.15pm, VU athletics track Hoppers Lane.
  • Saturday Pack Runs from April to September (2015 Pack Run Details coming soon)
  • Sunday 8.25am, You Yangs Regional Park, at the Rangers Hut

Thanks to our volunteers Brenda Cashin, Phil Dunstone, Daniel Dunstone and Ben Mudie

For more information about Sons of the West visit

Shield Final on Saturday the 31st January kicked off at 9am. Five teams represented our club, consisting of Women 40+, MenU20 (with Decathlete Antony (Amador) Bermejo carrying the title of a team), Men U16, Men U14 and Women U14. Our 40+ plus girls realized early on that they were up against tough competition and decided together to represent in events they are able to while having as much fun as they can.

The day kicked off really well for our junior teams with a start at the top or second spot on the scoreboard after the first event of 1500m. Shihab Deen Mohamed-U16, Matthew Hussey-U14 and Sophie McMinimee-U14 anchored their teams in this event. Other strong performances by Kirk Shanahan-U16, Brandon Muscat-U14 and Georgia Muller-U14 contributed to a strong start by our juniors. Thomas Rebesco-U16 was happy with a season’s best performance after being sidelined by injury for half of the season. In the Women 40+ our ladies finished mid-field, with a strong run by Sharon Rankin.

We only had three competitors in the U14 Hurdles with Daniel Masini picking up valuable points as the only boys’ competitor while Rachel Evans finished 3rd with a strong run. Aliyah Canepa was happy when the event was finished and her attention could turn to the Throws.

Next on the track was the 100m. Tolu (TJ) Lavea-U16 finished 4th in a blistering 11.73 and his teammates were Bailey Siwek, Daly Andrews and Toby Evans. Aynain Beg-U14 also finished 4th and is inching closer to a National Qualifier in this event – supported by Lachlan Rzanovski, Cale Du Plessis and Domenic Manago. Mechelle Lane in the Women’s 40+ ran a PB and Adora Arch-U14 won the girls 100m in the only sub-13 run in her division. She was assisted by Chiara Dickens, Monique Gavriliadis and Rachel Evans.

Congratulations to all those who competed in last Saturday’s Victorian Relay Championships, it was a really gutsy effort by all and some very promising results from our junior men, just finishing outside the medals in very strong fields.  With our numbers down a little on last year we fielded 17 teams, but as a seniors club what was very satisfying was to field strong open teams.  Great efforts from Chris Downie, Jayden Defina, Luke Stevens, Rhys Parkinson, Matthew Hargreaves and Anthony Bermejo, between them completing 3 relays and resulting in one bronze in the Medley and a berth in the 4x400 final at Zatopek.


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