UTS Norths and Tokyo 2021
UTS Norths’ latest Olympians are Bendere Oboya and Georgia Winkcup. They are the 10th and 11th members of the Club to set foot on the Olympic stage.
Bendere is a brilliant 20-year-old 400m runner who holds the open women’s club record over that distance. Coached by John Quinn, she set the record of 51.21 seconds at the 2019 World Championship in Doha. Born in Ethiopia, Bendere and her family migrated to Australia when she was a three-year-old. She grew up in Pendle Hill and began showing her athletics promise in the final years of high school. She joined UTS Norths in 2019 and after a successful summer season winning the 2021 state and national 400m championships, Bendere confirmed her qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. The 400m heats are on 3 August.
Vale Ian White
One of UTS Norths’ greatest servants Ian White has died on May 29 2021 after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in the latter stages of his life.
Ian was vice president of UTS Norths for eight years from 1996 to 2004 and in the 1998-99 season he stepped in as acting president for six months when the incumbent Tim Heazlewood moved to Queensland.
Like his father Ray, Ian was a life member of Athletics NSW, receiving the honour in 1997. He enjoyed a long career as an athlete, coach, official and administrator. A national level hurdler, he was involved with UTS Norths from the early 1960s and coached hurdles on Sunday mornings for 10 years.