June 2014

NSW Road Relay Championships – Saturday 12th July 2014 at Ourimbah


Calling all cross country and road runners! The state road relay championships are coming up soon and UTS Norths will be entering a number of teams.


The program is as follows:


 12.00pm – U12 Male and Female 4 x 2km

                 - U14 Male and Female 4 x 2km

                 - U16 Male and Female 4 x 2km

                 - U18 Female 4 x 2km

 12.45pm – U18 Male 4 x 4km

                 - U20 Male 4 x 4km

                 - Open Male 4 x 4km

                 - 35+ Male 4 x 4km

2pm All ages fun run (2km, 4km, 6km)

2.30pm Open and U20 Female 4 x 4km

35+, 45+, 55+, 65+ Female 4 x 4km

45+, 55+, 65+ Male 4 x 4km


If you are interested in having a run, please contact the team manager for your age group:


Male and Female Open: James Kaan  james.kaan@hotmail.com  ph 0433 614 039


Male and Female junior teams: Peter Douglas  peter.douglas@bigpond.com ph9411 8480 / 0409 248 575


Male and female Masters: Andy West andy.west67@gmail.com  ph 0439 257 968


For further details, please see Athletics NSW website.

Good Results at Miranda


Contributor: Peter Douglas 7/06/14


Congratulations to the three UTS Norths teams who won medals in the NSW Cross Country Relay Championship at Miranda.


Left to right: Emily Augustine, Natalie Norris, Emily Hopper.


Antonia Howard was a late withdrawal from the girls u18 teams due to a knee injury so Natalie Norris, only 14, came into the team as a late replacement and ran a good second leg. World Schools silver medallist, Annabel McDermott got the team off to a good start with a good time for the 3km leg in 10m 37s. After a gutsy second leg by Natalie, Emily Hopper and Emily Augustine ran excellent legs to get the silver medal behind the strong Randwick Botany team.


The women's masters 55+ team won a silver medal and are all training partners under the guidance of coach Alan Nolan. Sue Rilen ran the fastest leg, completing her 4km leg in 22m 10s. An excellent effort by the team. In addition, Deborah Drennan (also a 55+ runner) ran as an independent runner and ran the fastest split for her age group with the excellent time of 18m59s.


The open men's team ran superbly to get the bronze in a hotly contested event. Second runner Nick Walker improved the team position from 9th to 7th, Ruairidh MacDonald ran a blistering third leg with a 12m 19s split to improve the team position to 5th before Matt Cox brought the team home in a terrific run in 12m 19s to grab the bronze medal. Well done team!


The open women's team ran into some stiff competition from clubs like Sydney University and Sydney Striders but still came a very creditable fifth out of 18 team entries. Kasey Mumby ran a terrific leg to run 14m 10s over the 4km and achieved the third fastest time of the day. UTS student Brittany Pembroke also ran well with the next fastest split of 15m 23s.


The younger teams tried hard but didn't medal in the face of tough competition from other clubs. The girls u12 team came close to a medal with a 4th place only 20 seconds behind the third placed St George team. Hannah Cerezo ran the fastest split for the 2km in 7m31s. The fastest split in the girls u14 team was Ashlie Edwards in 7m54s and in the boys u14 team it was Dom Panozzo in 7m35s.


In the u18 boys team, the fastest was Elliot Metcalf in 10m 29s over the 3km journey. Brad Sharpe had the fastest leg in the 35+ team (4km) in 15m 43s and in the men's 55+ team it was new member Steve Bradley who ran the fastest 4km leg in 17m 6s.


The medal winners were as follows:


1. U18 women - silver

  • Annabel McDermott

  • Natalie Norris

  • Emily Hopper

  • Emily Augustine

2. 55+ Masters women - silver

  • Sue Kemp

  • Sue Rilen

  • Chris Shorter

  • Nancy Lloyd

3. Open men - bronze

  • Kieran Roche

  • Nick Walker

  • Ruairidh MacDonald

  • Matthew Cox

UTS Norths Metropolitan Club of the Year


On Saturday evening, some 190 people attended the Athletics NSW Annual Dinner and Awards Night at the Kirribilli Club. UTS Norths had 13 people at their table including award nominees Ron Bendall (Sprints Coach), Ashley McMahon (Multi events Masters) and Jackie Bezuidenhout (Sprints/ Hurdles – Masters).

Peter and Ross Douglas receiving the Metropolitan Club of the Year award on behalf of UTS Norths from ANSW board member and UTS Norths Vice President Peter Higgins.

UTS Norths had a great night and were successful in winning the following awards:


Treloar Shield


Metropolitan Club of the Year


In addition, congratulations to the following UTS Norths member for winning these awards:


  • Josh Clarke (Sprints / Hurdles – Junior). Josh continued his stunning sprint progression with a 10.36 in the 100 metres heat of the Australian Junior Championships, the third fastest time ever by a junior. In the final, he clocked a stunning 10.20 which unfortunately was wind assisted but was the fastest time ever by a junior in all conditions;

  • Clay Tompkins (Jumps – Masters). Clay, a long serving member of the club, continued his great form over the last 12 months after entering the M60 category. At the State Masters Championships in February, he took out the long jump, triple jump and high jump. He broke the M60 State Record in the long jump twice during the 2013-14 season;

  •  Mackenzie Little (Throws – Junior). Mackenzie won the 2013 IAAF World Junior javelin title in the Ukraine last year. She recorded three personal bests of 57.29m 59.94m and 61.47m to win the gold medal;


GPS Parkes Memorial Award for Male Distance Runner – Matt Cox. Matt had a fantastic season during the winter and backed up in the summer by winning the State title in the 10,000 metres and came second in the 3,000 metres steeplechase;

Finally, David Tarbotton, a UTS Norths member, was awarded life membership of the association for his services to athletics in NSW. David was an accomplished hurdler having won a state title and numerous state medals in the 110m and 400m hurdles events.

His contribution to Athletics NSW began some 35 years ago when he became the Rankings Officer and soon after the Media Officer. In 1993 he became an employee of Athletics NSW and as the only full time employee, performed many tasks as well as guiding the association through a challenging time when it was nearly put into administration. He wrote, edited, photographed and posted the Athletics NSW magazine to all members before the internet age.


He also performed many roles for Athletics Australia including being the high performance manager, statistician and also Media Manager for the 1996 IAAF World Junior Championships. He was also the Administration Manager for numerous Australian teams including the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games team.


Since 2007 David has been employed by the NSW Institute of Sport and is currently their Performance Statistics and Campaigns Coordinator. Congratulations David


Contributor: Peter Douglas 19/06/14 with thanks to Athletics NSW and David Tarbotton.

Withnall tackles travel Hurdle


UTS Norths athlete Elana Withnall has made the Australian team for the 2014 Oceania Athletics Championships which will be held in the Cook Islands from June 24 – 26.


The 21 year old Withnall who joined the club last year, will aim to retain her heptathlon title which she won last year. She will also compete in the 100 metres hurdles.


Withnall said that this international competition was an important part of her journey, and one day aiming to represent Australia at the Commonwealth or Olympic Games.  "The heptathlon is considered to be one of the most difficult of all track and field events” Withnall said.


Withnall is training up to seven times per week to meet the demands of the seven-part event. Being a heptathlete covering so many events has required her to engage three different coaches – Mike Hurst, Mike Hamlyn-Harris and Elizabeth Richmond. Her PB is 4,590 points and her goal it to score over 5,000 points at the championships. She hopes to maintain her jumping performances and improve her distances in the throwing events.

She is also a full-time university student at the Australian College of Physical Education where she is studying for a Bachelor of Sports Business.

Contributor: Peter Douglas 12/06/14 with thanks also to Northern District Times.