MacKenzie’s great javelin throw in Nationals

MacKenzie’s great javelin throw in Nationals

A total of 15 UTS Norths members competed in the Australian Open Track and Field Championships in Melbourne.

The highlight was MacKenzie Little who threw a fantastic bronze medal performance of 54.61 metres in the Open Javelin. MacKenzie is only 17 but showed plenty of cheek against her more senior competitors. She threw a massive PB of 57.60 metres in the qualifying rounds to chalk up a B qualifier for the Commonwealth Games. She was selected for the World Juniors in July but declined selection as she wants to concentrate on her HSC studies. Her performance also smashed the club open record of 52.30 metres which has stood since 1975.

MacKenzie Little

Jacinta Fisher won a terrific silver medal in the under 18 women’s heptathlon. Jacinta, 16, improved on her gold medal performance in the NSW Championships from 4,432 points to 4,842 points.

New member Anna Laman, a UTS student, came 7th in the open 1,500 metres final in a very good time of 4:22.20.

Emily Augustine, was another junior to shine in the open competition by finishing 11th in the final of the 1,500 metres final in 4:30.73.

The strong male contingent of distance runners in the club performed well. They are all UTS students and are all coached by James Fitzgerald:

·         James Hansen – an excellent 4th in the 1,500 metres final in 3:50.48;

·         Adrian Plummer – 7th in the 1,500 metres final in 3:53.18;

·         Dylan Dudley – 2nd in his heat of 1,500 metres heat in 3:53.26. Dylan backed up with a 9th in the 3,000 metres steeplechase final in 9:21.75;

·         Matthew Cox – 4th in the 5,000 metres final in 14:52.12;

Also competing in the Australian Open Championships were:

·         Ali Bartolomew – seventh fastest Australian in the women’s 400 metres;

·         Emma Hunt – eight in heat of women’s 800 metres;

·         Maren Schuermann – sixth best Australian in the open women’s long jump;

·         Liz Clay – ten fastest Australian in the women’s 100 metres hurdles;

·        Tess Nelson – 16th fastest Australian in the women’s 100 metres hurdles;

·         James Gurr – eight fastest Australian in the men’s 800 metres;

·         Paul Cummings  - sixth in heat of the men’s 400 metres;

·         Jordan Gusman – seventh in heat of the men’s 800 metres;

Congratulation to all competitors!

Contributor: Peter Douglas

Records have been updated

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Annabel finishes second


 Annabel McDermott Finishes Second at World Championships


UTS Northern Suburbs Athletic Club had another International break through last night with Annabel McDermott (15) finishing 2NDindividually at the World Schools Cross Country Championship in Israel. Annabel attends  Abbotsleigh Ladies College.


Congratulations to Annabel and her coach James FitzGerald (Jimbo) on a terrific result.



This championship forms part of the ‘International Schools Sport Federation’ (ISF) which was established in the early 1970’s.


For further information of the Cross Country championship please refer to the attached link:


Northern Zone finishes up for another season.

Northern Zone finishes up for another season.

 The long running Northern Zone competition finished up for the season with a shortened program, trophy presentation and party. The trophy winners for the age group points scores were:

 MALE                                                               FEMALE

  • 30+ Warren Jones                            30+  Melissa Baulman
  • 50+ Gavin Murray                            40+ Sarah Culhane
  • 60+ Graeme Allomes                      50+ Sue Gore
  • 70+ Nick Bastas                                 60+ Jill Senior
  • 80+ Jack Sturzaker                           70+ Lesley Eller

 The Northern Zone competition commenced in the late 1960’s soon after the Chatswood Rotary Athletics Field opened. It was one of a number of outer ground zone competitions that were conducted in Sydney at the time eg Central Zone, Blair Zone, Southern Zone etc. At the end of the season the Angus and Coote Shield was held between all of the zones. Now, the Northern Zone competition is the only one that is still running. It doesn’t get the 150 – 200 competitors that it used to get, but it still provides a valuable competition for athletes of all ages.

 Congratulations to the medal winners!

Contributor: Peter Douglas

Four of the Best to World Juniors

Four of the Best to World Juniors

UTS Northern Suburbs Athletic Club would like to congratulate four of our outstanding juniors in their selection in the team to compete at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene Oregon USA in July.

Josh Clarke, coached by Nancy Atterton, was selected for the 100m. An easy selection after his 10.34 meet record at the Australian Junior Championships going well under the World Junior qualifier of 10.55 seconds. This followed up his 10.36 heat and 10.20 wind assisted blistering finals run at the State Championships. Anthony Collum, coached by Ron Bendall, also made the team for his improving and consistent form this year, highlighted by a 4th at the National Juniors in a time of 10.66 seconds. Another of Ron Bendall’s squad to make the World Juniors is Katrina Hunt in the 100m hurdles and for the Women’s 4 x 100m relay. The fourth member of the squad from UTS Norths is Bryce Collins in the 400m hurdles, coached by Paul Switzer, who ran the qualifier at the state junior championships in a time of 51.83 seconds.


Katrina Hunt in action courtesy of Ron Bendall

Mention should be made of other UTS Norths athletes Liz Clay and Madison Gipson. Who although they achieved the World Junior qualifiers for the 100m hurdles, due to the strength of the competition in this event, were not selected for the team.

Showing the strength of our club in the junior competition, UTS Norths has the highest representation of any club nationally with four club members. Well done to all four of you on your efforts this year and we will be following you with keen interest during July.

Dylan and James off to Uganda for World Uni Cross Country

Dylan and James off to Uganda for World Uni Cross Country

Peter Douglas

Two of UTS Norths' top distance runners, Dylan Dudley and James Connor, have flown to Entebbe, Uganda for the World University Cross Country Championships. Both are coached by James (Jimbo) Fitzgerald and they will be in the open race over 10.5kms. It is held on Saturday 22nd March. Dylan was forced to withdraw from last weekend's Sydney Track Classic due to the after effects of eight innoculations that he had to take prior to his flight to Entebbe.

 Good luck guys!

James Connor  in action


NSW Open and AWD Championship 2014 Results

NSW Open and AWD Championship 2014 Results


At the recent NSW Open and AWD Championships held over the weekend of 28th February to 2nd March, the UTS Norths club was well represented with many outstanding performances  across all disciplines. On day 1 of competition Mackenzie Little continued her winning ways of the season in taking out the Women’s Javelin with a throw of 51.29m. Newcomer to the club Matthew Cox showed his long distance form by taking out the Men’s 10,000m in a time of 30:22.94. In the AWD division, Rohan Bright took all his events in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and Discuss Throw.


Rohan Bright                                                                        Mackenzie Little (courtesy Daily Telegraph)


There were another five medals won by club athletes. Trychelle Kingdom was only just pipped by 0.63 seconds to finish second in the Women’s 800m in a time of 2:05.81. In the Men’s 800m Jordan Gusman clinched the bronze in a time of 1:49.61. The women’s hurdlers also continued top season form with Liz Clay finishing third in the Women’s 100m hurdles in a time of 14.06sec and Lora Storey taking out bronze in the Men’s 400m Hurdles in 1:03.47. Maren Schuermann cleared 6 metres again to win bronze in the Women’s Long Jump.


Other athletes to make finals include:

  • Emily Augustine                       6th Women’s 1500m 4:26.02
  • Alexandra Bartholomew         4th Women’s 400m 55.78 seconds
  • Alexandra Bartholomew         9th Women’s 200m 25.02 seconds
  • Robbie Baskin                         8th Men’s 100m 10.90 seconds
  • Robbie Baskin                         6th Men’s 200m 22.10 seconds
  • Will Brown                               7th Men’s Hammer Throw 42.51m
  • Bryce Collins                           4th Men’s 400m Hurdles 52.65 seconds
  • James Connor                         11th Men’s 1500m 4:00.53
  • Dylan Dudley                           4th Men’s 1500m 3:48.86
  • Jacinta Fisher                          7th Women’s Triple Jump 11.53m
  • Katy Hobbs                             6th Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase 12:04.93
  • Emily Hopper                           7th Women’s 1500m 4:27.48
  • Katrina Hunt                            4th Women’s 100m 12.17 seconds
  • Emma Hunt                              8th Women’s 400m 58.17 seconds
  • Warren Jones                         8th Men’s Hammer Throw 34.61m
  • Ruairidh MacDonald                5th Men’s 10,000m 32:00.98
  • Renee Robson                        5th Women’s 200m 24.67 seconds
  • Elana Withnall                          7th Women’s Long Jump 5.34m
  • Nick Walker                             7th Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase 10:31.91
  • Steven Washburn                   4th Men’s 5,000m Walk 21:47.84

 Congratulations to all who competed at the State level.


Records Update

Club Records Update

An updated version of the 2013 records has been published.  However this is a draft version and everyone is invited to submit any records not listed for the 2013-2014 season.  Details of the records (distance, time, wind reading if applicable, name, age group, date and place) to be submitted to Jackie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please click here to view the record list

Kuringgai Chase Fun Run

As we approach Autumn the winter cross country season starts to commence. There is the ANSW events and regular West Met Cross Country season from March through till September. Further information on these will be brought to you as the time approaches. UTS Norths will also let you know of other winter fun runs in the Northern Sydney region. The first is the Kuringgai Chase Fun Run and Barry Easy Walk on the 16th March organised by Special Olympics Upper North Shore Region. This is a true feel good community event to suit all ages and fitness levels with 4.5km and 9 km courses through the leafy streets of Wahroonga. Share the fun with our Special Olympics athletes and their Knox Buddies to raise funds for the Special Olympics Upper North Shore Region. 
Further information at their website

UTS Norths Masters brings home a bucket load of medals

UTS Norths  Masters brings home a bucket load of medals

By Jackie Bezuidenhout

The NSW masters championships were held last weekend at Glendale and saw a strong contingent of UTS Norths athletes competing.  Our top performer has to go to David Thebridge in the mens 35-39 age category, with a very credible tally of 5 gold and 2 silver medals.  Taking gold in all three sprint events and second in the 400m.  On the field David showed his versatility in taking the honours in the long jump and high jump and placing second in the shotput.


David Thebridge

Clay Tompkins, (60-64) a multiple masters of the year winner, did not disappoint with a gold in high jump, long jump and triple jump.  Nick Bastas (75-79) an athlete that is always having a go, was very happy with his 3 gold medals in the long jump, javelin and triple jump and was equally satisfied with his silvers in 60m, 100, and 200m. Tim McGrath, one of our most versatile masters athlete took part in 8 events in the 50-54 age category and walked away with a medal in every event, notably 3 golds in the pole vault, shotput and discus.  Warren Jones, the youngster in the pack, also had a crack at an exhausting 8 events and also managed to bring home 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.

Brad Sharpe (50-54) and Debra Drennan (55-59), making it a family effort, achieved 5 gold between them, dominating the middle distance events.  Debra also showed that a middle distance runner can sprint and took out gold in the 200m.

Brad Sharpe 

New comer, Maria Cimino (40-44), took part in an incredible 11 events.  Maria always out to get a PB performed really well and medaled in the 400m and weight throw.   She is now aiming for the nationals and yet another few PB’s along the way.  Another new comer,  Mike Johnson proves that is never to late to give it a go and came 3 in the 100m for the 75-79 age group.

Other very notable performances came from Andy West (2 gold, 3k steeplechase 45-49),  Adam Parsonage (gold triple jump, 45-49) and Les Gilles (gold 400m, 65-69).  Our walkers Doug Barrett (60-64), Suzanne Brown (45-49) and Jim Seymon (75-79) dominated the 5k walk and all came home with gold.

Other medal winners included David Smith (2 silver in the 60m, 100m, 50-55), Janet Naylon ( silver long jump 45-49), Hugh Colburn (silver 60m, 400m, 65-69) and Gabby Whelan (silver 400m, 50-54) 

  • Andy West 45-49 (1) 5000m, (6) 800m, (1) 3k steeplechase
  • Jackie Bezuidenhout 45-49 (1) 100m, (1) 200m, (1) long jump
  • Janet Naylon 45-49 (7) 100m , (5) shotput, (2), long jump, (7) 60m
  • Maria Cimino 40-44 (5) 100m (5) 200m, (5) discus, (4) long jump, (4) shotput, (4) 60m, (3) 400m, (5) javelin (4) triple jump, (3) weight  (4) hammer
  • Mike Johnson 75-79 (3) 100m
  • David smith 50-55(2) 100, (2) 60m  
  • Tony Crimi 50-55 (10) missed out by 0.4 for the final (6) 200m, (7) 60m  
  • Adam Parsonage (10) 100m 45-49 (6) 200m, (11) 60m (6) 400m  (1) triple jump
  • Debrah Drennan 55-59 800m (1) 55-59 200m (1), 400m (1)
  • Les Gillies 65-69 (3) 800, (1) 400m
  • Brad Sharp 50-54 (1) 800,, (1) 1500m
  • James Culhane 45-49 (5) 800,  (4) 1500m
  • Doug Barrett 60-64 (3) javelin, (1) 5k walk   (3) discus
  • Suzanne Brown 45-49 (1) 5k walk
  • Jim Seymon 75-79 (1) 5k walk
  • Hugh Colburn 65-69 (2) 60m (2) 400m
  • Anthony Guest 45-49 (8) 60m (4) 400m
  • Gabby Whelan 50-54 (2) 400m
  • David Thebridge 35-39,(1) 100m (1) 200m (1) long jump  (1) 60m (2) 400m, (2) shotput, (1) high jump 
  • Clay Tompkins 60-64 (1) long jump (1) triple  (1) high jump,
  • Tim McGrath 50-54 (1) pole vault (2) long jump , (3) javelin, (8) 60m   (2) 100m hurdles (1) shotput (2) high jump (1) discus
  • Nick Bastas 75-79 (2) 100m (2) 200m (1) long jump (1) javelin, (2) 60m (1) triple 
  • Warren Jones 30-34 (3) 100m (2) javelin, (1) weight throw, (2) long jump, (1) hammer,  (3) 60m (2) discus, (1) shotput
  • Stuart Paterson 55-59 (3) 800m.

Well done to all that competed and good luck to those who are flying off to Hobart for the Nationals on the 8th March.