February 2014

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.

Gold to the two Emilys and Anna


Posted 11th Feb 2014  Contributor Peter Douglas


UTS Norths female members showed their strength in the distance events at the State Juniors last weekend.


Annabel McDermott won the u16 3,000 metres by some 7 seconds in a time of 10m02.23s. This was a good time in the windy conditions and was not far outside her pb.


Emily Augustine won the u18 3,000 metres in 10m17.35s and fellow club member Antonia Howard was second in 10m22.45s.


The other Emily – Emily Hopper won gold in the u18 1,500 metres in 4m34.6s. Emily Augustine was third in 4m36.39s. Emily Hopper backed up on the Sunday in the u18 800 metres where she was forced to make the pace but was just outsprinted to the line. She won a silver with a time of 2m14.18s.

Emily Augustine with the gold and Antonia Howard with the silver

Willett bags four gold medals


Posted 11th Feb 2014  Contributor Peter Douglas


Alex Willett was one of the star performers for UTS Norths at the State Junior championships by winning an amazing four gold medals. They were:


  • U14 Long Jump 5.43m;

  • U14 Triple Jump 11.42m;

  • U14 High Jump 1.71m;

  • U14 Javelin 36.70m;


In addition, Alex won a bronze in the 90 metres hurdles in 14.01s. His javelin was an exciting contest against Aiden Butcher of Narromine. Both threw 36.70 metres but Alex won the gold on a countback. His high jump of 1.71m was a pb and a new club record.


Alex is having a fantastic season having recently won the state pentathlon in January. He will now aim for the State Little A’s and National Juniors in Sydney. He is also a member of Manly Little A’s and attends Killarney Heights High School.


 Third to Alex in the u14 high jump was Lachlan Dalton who cleared 1.59m and was beaten for the silver medal on a countback.


Lachlan also showed his versatility by winning gold in the u14 200 metres hurdles with a great time of 31.91s. This broke the club record which has stood since 1983.

Alex receives his gold for the the high jump. Lachlan (right) won the bronze

Bryce leading the race

Bryce gets World Qualifier and breaks club records


Posted 11th Feb 2014  Contributor Peter Douglas


Bryce Collins won gold in the u20 400m hurdles in the State Junior Championships and, for the first time, nailed the International Qualifier set by Athletics Australia for World Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Eugene, Oregon, USA later this year. He ran a huge PB of 51.83 which easily beats the qualifying standard of 52.32. His previous PB was 52.62.  Bryce is a year 12 student at Redlands. He could be in for a busy year with his year 12 studies plus a possible trip to Oregon.  Provided he meets Athletics Australia’s remaining criteria (such as coming first or second at the National Junior Championships in March), he will be representing Australia in the Men’s 400m hurdles at this competition.


Bryce’s time of 51.83s breaks the open, u23 and u20 club records which were held by state runner James Roff.  He will compete in the State Open, National Juniors and National Open Championships  in the next few weeks.