April 2014

Pair in running for world championship success


NORTH shore runners are set to take on the world, with Anthony Collum from Chatswood and Katrina Hunt from Roseville both selected to the Australian Junior Athletics team. Click here to read further in the Northshore Times

Annabel claims silver at world champs


BEING a team player and showing strength, endurance and grit has helped Year 10 Abbotsleigh student Annabel McDermott to a silver medal in the World Schools Cross Country Championship in Israel.  Click here to read further in the Northshore Times

Australian University Games


Australian University Sport is currently looking for key volunteers to help in the delivery of the Australian University Games to be held in Sydney, 28 September – 3 October 2014. All details of the positions available can be found at the website. The positions are in areas of sport, operations, human resources, registrations, and media and marketing

Records have been updated


The records data has been updated please click here to view the records and please contact jackie at jaxb@bigpond.com  Thanks to those who have already given feedback.

MacKenzie's great Javelin throw at 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.


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


MacKenzie Little

 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: www.isfsports.org/isf-sports/crosscountry/

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