October 2013

Jackie scores GOLD at World Masters


Congratulations to Jackie Bezuidenhout who won a gold medal in the W45 100 metres in Brazil! Jackie won in a fast time of 12.82s, just 0.08 ahead of a South African competitor. She backed up and won gold again in the 200 metres in another terrific time of 26.49s. Both times were her best in several seasons. To top it off, Jackie and Janet Naylon were part of the Australian 35+ 4 x 100 metre relay team that scored another gold medal.


Other UTS norths members taking part were Janet Naylon, who came a creditable 6th in the W45 long jump with a distance of 4.19m.  Glenys Whitehead  W45 who came 4th in the hammer (35.12m), 6th in the weight throw (10.0m), 8th in the shot-put (8.59m), 14th Discus (22.09m) and 5th in the weight pentathlon. Stuart Paterson in the W55 age group came 18th in the 800m (2:39.33), 27th in the 1500m (5:28.67) and 39th in the 8km cross country (36,15 min)



Janet, Jackie, Glenys and Stuart

Article by Peter Douglas, photo courtesy of Stuart

World Masters Championships


Jackie Bezuidenhout has won her second gold medal at the World Masters Championships taking out the women’s 45+ years 200m.


Earlier in the week she won the 100m. Jackie clocked 26.49s to win the gold medal, her fastest time for more than two years.


Another Ron Bendall squad member Janet Naylon finished sixth in the 45+ years long jump, clearing 4.19, her best jump for several seasons.


Well Done Jackie and Janet!!



The Upcoming Season


Registrations now open. The new registration year commenced on 1st October, so if you haven't already done so, it is time to register for the new 2013/14 season. Do it soon so that you can get a low number!


Buffalo Sports NSW All Schools Championships - 10-13th October. A large number of UTS Norths athletes will be competing this weekend. Good luck to you all.


Treloar Shield Club Premiership - starts on Saturday 19th October. It has been renamed the Treloar Shield after the great Olympic sprinter John Treloar who passed away last year. John was a Norths member and still holds some club records. He is also a life member. We currently hold the title so let's do our best to keep the title in UTS Norths hands! This year it will be over 8 rounds leading up to the final round on 21st December. See if you can get out there for the first round at SOPAC on the 19th October.


NB Save money and enter online by midnight Thursday for $5. You can still register on the day but it will cost $10.  http://www.nswathletics.org.au/Competitions/Calendar 


Important date for your calendar - NSW Relay Championships 16th & 17th November at SOPAC. A big weekend for the club so keep this one free. We had a record 140 teams in total last year, which we want to beat. We will be in touch in later in October to start organizing teams. "



Look out Canada, here comes John


Posted on September 24, 2013 by ronbendall


John Farrow heads off to Canada next week to begin his final preperations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February.


A member of Australia’s shadow Olympic team, the national skeleton champion’s first stop is Calgary, site of the 1988 Games, where he will test out his new custom modified sled.


Then it’s off to Whistler, site of the 2010 Games, where the skeleton track is much more demanding. After several weeks training, the Australians will return to Calgary for the first round of the World Cup – the races in which John hopes to qualify for the Winter Olympics.


In the meantime he has three more sprint sessions with the Ron Bendall squad to improve his speed over the first crucial 30m of the race at the top of the mountain.


Footnote: John still holds the Combined Catholic College’s 17 years boys 110m hurdles record from his days at St Leo’s Wahroonga.


Winter Olympics hopeful John Farrow