Friday, January 27, 2023



Australian athletes scope world athletics cross country championship track in Bathurst: Toole, Franklin

The first Australian athletes to qualify for the World Athletics Cross Country Championships have visited the course in Bathurst on 16 January 2023, just over a month out from the event ... "Bathurst is known for adrenaline-fuelled sporting achievements, and the World Athletics Cross Country Championships will be right at home at Mount Panorama with more than 500 athletes competing from 68 nations": Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.

More success for Crump siblings

Cambooya para athletes Kyrna and Tomas Crump have come home from the Queensland school athletics championships in Brisbane with bags full of medals ... Without putting too much pressure on the pair, the next Paralympics, in Paris, are less than two years away.

Allora honours local hero

The down-to-earth style of Matthew Denny - indeed the Denny family - was to the fore on Friday night when members of the community gathered to applaud the success of one of Allora’s greatest sporting achievers ... Speaking about his gold medal performance at the Bermingham Commonwealth Games, Denny said he was very relaxed. “I was having fun - I compete at my best when I’m having fun,” he said.

Tom gets another four Australian athletics records aged 86

Rodney Stevens. Maclean athletics legend Tom Hancock is showing no signs of slowing down at age 86, recently breaking four Australian Records and winning male athlete of the Australian Masters Athletics Winter Throws Championship. The Master’s Games stalwart competed in the throwing only event from October 1 to 3, against 60 of the nation’s best, experienced athletes, aged between 30 and 86 - making him the eldest competitor.

Forgotten athlete: Robert Leitch

Marion Hextall. A Naracoorte athlete of the early 1900s whose records were compared with those of Olympians has been largely forgotten today. Robert Leitch later became a guide at the Caves, but prior to that he was renown as an outstanding long-distance athlete ... His name began to appear in 1903 when he was 20 years old, winning one-mile and half-mile races at athletic meetings in Naracoorte, Kingston and Mount Gambier, and in 1906 he established a South Australian record for a one-mile race.

Kye takes off

Kirstin Nicholson. The 2022 Commonwealth Games might have wrapped up, but for 20-year-old Kye Mason, his athletic journey has just taken off. Kye has secured a scholarship in the US that will enable him to develop and strengthen his prowess in the 400m event and steer him towards reaching his goal of competing in the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Allora loves Matthew, Matthew loves Allora

Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and local hero Matthew Denny never forgets his home town of Allora. During an interview on Channel 7 Matthew said “Hello to everyone back in Allora. Thank you Allora for supporting me” and to John - “Dad we got it done, Mate!” During one interview he made reference to the Welcome Home Parade after Tokyo when he came 4th so maybe this time Allora will be given a public holiday?

Gold for our Jess

Chris Oldfield. One of Naracoorte’s greatest sporting champions Jessica Stenson, nee Trengrove, has helped inspire mothers around the world by winning gold in the women's marathon at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. The triple medallist won bronze in Glasgow, 2014 Commonwealth Games, and bronze at the Gold Coast 2018 games.

Soapy Bore crowned winners of Arlparra Inter-school Athletics

Pam Dillon. A chilly windy day did not deter the students at Canteen Creek on the field events day at the annual athletics carnival. Family as First Teachers (FaFT) to Year 6 students competed in shot put, javelin, discus, long jump and high jump.

Throws master does it again

Geoff Helisma. The joy of training is Tom Hancock’s secret when it came to taking on all-comers at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships held in Brisbane from April 1 to 4. The 85-year-old won every event he contested in ‘throws’ events for 85 to 90-year-olds.

Mason is on track

Kye Mason of Cohuna represented Victoria at the 2022 Australian Track & Field Championships in Sydney last week. Competitors from across Australia and New Zealand converged on Sydney for the championships which were held from March 26 to April 3.

Lights Beach makes hard work for athletes

Belinda Ross. More than 150 athletes from across WA participated in the second ever Denmark Half Marathon held by the Denmark Running Club on Sunday, September 26 ... The newly-developed lookout area at Lights Beach created a healthy vibe of excited runners who travelled to attend the event.

Tell us about: parkrun

Kirstin Nicholson. Regardless of the weather, runners and walkers can be seen pounding the paths of Garden and Gilrule Parks in Cohuna every Saturday morning. They are part of a global organisation called parkrun. parkrun is a free, timed 5km event held every Saturday morning, not just in Cohuna, but all over the world, originating in England in 2004. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are welcome and it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are.

Cross country fever in Tennant Creek

Pam Dillon. Students from Tennant Creek Primary and High School took to the beautiful surroundings of Lake Mary Ann for their cross country races. The run took them along the water’s edge, up steep hills and along dusty paths.

Wind and dust prove no obstacle for budding athletes

Strong winds and raised dust did little to dent enthusiasm among remote Barkly students who recently got a taste of inter-school sports competition. Sixteen students from Irrultja Homeland Learning Centre travelled to nearby Ampilatwatja to join local school students for a two-day athletics carnival.

Run riverside this Sunday for a good cause!

7 Rocky River Run kicks off this Sunday at 6.00am with the half marathon, followed by the 10km, 5km, and 2km races ... “The 7 Rocky River Run has become one of the must-do events in Queensland’s running calendar, and we’re expecting thousands of people to come out to join in on a race or cheer on participants,” said Rockhampton Mayor Williams.

Runaway success

Alex Ross strode home to win the half marathon in Narrandera’s Town2Beach Run, Walk and Ride on Sunday in a time of 1.24.42 ... Nate Mingay won the all ages 1km walk/run on 3 mins 55 seconds ... The event was held as a fund raiser for Narrandera Bidgee Boxing and drew 196 entrants.

Athletics golden girl in the heart of the Barkly

A Tasmanian athletics icon is helping to grow a love of sport among Barkly school students. Jocelyn (Millar) Cubit, an Upper Primary Teacher at Epenarra School, south-east of Tennant Creek, boasts an impressive athletics resume, having represented Australia at three successive Commonwealth Games ... Still the holder of several Tasmanian athletics records, Jo is now devoted to inspiring remote school students.

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