Category Archives: Race Walking

CF Warrior wins National XC Silver Medal

UC Ginninderra Athlete Angela Riach has won her first National Championship medal in the U18W 4000m Cross Country Team Event. Angela’s team finished second to Victoria and beat the fast finishing NSW and QLD for third and fourth respectively. Angela’s time of 16:45 was also a PB.

What makes Angela’s performance even more satisfying is that she suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) which is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. There are more than 1,700 known mutations of the disease. More than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis in Australia (more than 70,000 worldwide). Breakthrough treatments have added years to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Today the median predicted survival age is close to 40. This is a dramatic improvement from the 1950s, when a child with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Today even the healthiest CF Sufferer can spend 5-6 times a year in hospital receiving treatment. While there has been significant progress in treating this disease, there is still no cure and too many lives are cut far too short.

Angela is a truely inspirational CF Warrior who has represented the ACT now at Australian All Schools, Junior Track & Field Nationals and Cross Country Nationals in Steeplechase, the 3000m and now an Australian Silver Medalist.

The Tigers were well represented on the weekend in Wollongong with ten finalists. The final results wrap up follows:

  • James Lemon finished 12th in the 3000m U14M in a new Club Record time of 10:11;
  • Hayden Todd competing for the first time in the U14s also ran a new PB of 10:58;
  • Ginninderra Little Athlete Hannah Cadden finished 6th in the U16W 4000m;
  • Fellow “Little A” Layla Rowntree ran 15:43 in the same race;
  • Annika Wise clocked 16:06 in her final;
  • Jacob Davill stopped the clock in 13:23 in his U16M Final, 28th overall and 6th in his actual age and a new Club Record;
  • Jacob Todd was there beside Jacob running a brisk 14:07 for 4000m also bettering the previous club record;
  • Jordan King’s 6000m U18M final was a tough battle and his time of 23:12 is also a new Club Record;
  • Michael Daly’s Open Men’s 10000m effort of 33:13 (20th) was only just 7s faster than his Tiger team mate Joshua Johnson who finished in 33:20 (22nd); and
  • Mitchell Braithwaite finished 28th in the U23 8000m final in a new Club Record of 27:35.

Competing alongside their Cross Country team mates, the ACT Race Walkers were also in Wollongong for the 2017 Road Walk Championships.  UC Tiger Sidney Shaw competing in her second consecutive National Championship was just outside her Club Record in the 3000m Road Walk where she stopped the clock in 17:56 and came 10th overall.

Sidney’s upcoming Race Walk team mate Andrew Camp-Liddiard competing in his first National Race Walk Championship came 7th overall in 12:21. Andrew has been a member of Ginninderra Athletics for over 6 seasons and has represented the Tigers and the ACT in Primary School Track and Field Championships as well. Andrew like Angela also won a silver medal at the Champs in the Team event.

A full wrap up of the Race Walk Championships follows:

  • Ginninderra Little Athlete Harry Baker came 9th in the U12M 2000m Walk in 13:28;
  • Harry’s brother Mitchell who is a GLAC Club Record Holder and multiple National Medalist collected his newest medal a bronze in the U18M 10,000m final finishing in 47:52;
  • Ella Baker, the third sibling competing at these Championships, finished 7th as well in 12:48 in the 2000m U12W final;
  • Club Record Holder and Olympian Brendon Reading finished 3rd in the Open Men 20,000m final;

Congratulations to all the Ginninderra and ACT Athletes who competed at both championships on the weekend.

Thirteen Tigers all set for Wollongong XC Nationals


Sidney on her way to the Australian Road Walking Championships

Congratulations to Sydney Shaw who has been selected to represent Athletics ACT at the Australian Road Walking Championships at the Innovation Campus, University of North Wollongong on Sunday 27 August 2017. Sidney will be competing for the ACT in the Girls Under 14 – 3 kilometre Race Walk event.

The 2017 Australian Winter Race Walking Championships ensure a bumper weekend of athletics in Wollongong (NSW), with the 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships to be held the day before.

This will be Sidney’s second national championships where she hopes to improve on her time and performance at last year’s event. Sidney is in fantastic form as she has recently bettered her own Club Record in the 3000m Walk and set the U14 5000m Walk Record.

Sidney was also recognised today as a recipient of the Local Sporting Champions program which is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Thirteen Tigers all set for Wollongong XC Nationals


Alex appointed to Board of Directors

The UC Ginninderra Athletics Club is pleased to announce that UC Tiger athlete Alex van der Meer Simo has accepted a role as a Director on the Board of Athletics ACT.

Alex who is a talented endurance athlete in his own right, with a 2:22 (Marathon) and 1:08 (Half-Marathon), has previously held the role of Participation and Development Officer with AACT as well as a similar role with Athletics NT.

Alex has also had successful international stints coaching in Laos and Peru in recent years. Alex will also be the new Chair of the AACT Selection Committee. In his spare time Alex trains with Team Telford.

Records tumble in Summer Series sizzler

At the most recent Summer Series Meet at the AIS, a number of Club Records have been smashed by the latest breed of Tigers at UC Ginninderra Athletics Club.

Whilst not yet verified, the following records are said to have fallen on Friday night:

  • Jenny Thomas’s 100m (1997) to Mel Breen 11.51s;
  • Belinda White’s Long Jump (1996) to Jessica Penney 6.37m;
  • Brendon Reading’s 3000m (2001) to James Lemon 10:09.11;
  • Anne Southgate’s 3000m (2002) to Annika Wise 11:00.49;
  • Anne Southgate’s 400m (2005) to Meg Freeman 1:03.63;

These are not the only records to be broken this season and a number of historical records have been recognised as well:

  • Sidney Shaw 3000m Walk (19:15.20 U14W)
  • Mark Rossiter 60m (7.40s Open)
  • Josephine Strangman 10km road walk (48:59.0 Open)
  • Kieran Strangman 10km road walk (53:22.0 Under 20)
  • Josephine Strangman 1500m Walk track (07:03.6 Under 16)
  • Joesphine Strangman 20,000m Walk (1:39.03.0 Open)
  • Josephine Strangman 3000m Road Walk (15:36.0 Under 16)
  • Peter Strangman 3000m Walk (14:04.1 Under 20)
  • Josephine Strangman 3000m Walk track (14:19.1 Under 18)
  • Josephine Strangman 5000m Walk (22:34.3 Open)
  • Josephine Strangman 5000m Walk (25:58.4 Under 20)
  • Josephine Strangman 8km Road Walk (42:17.0 Under 18)

Friday night saw more than just Club Bests beaten with fifteen athletes participated at Summer Series and among those athletes a number recorded Season or Personal Bests including:

  • Yiorgos Sbirakos – 27.20 [200m]
  • Yiorgos Sbirakos – 1:01.98 [400m]
  • Nicholas Donaldson – 27.11 [200m]
  • Nicholas Donaldson – 4.75 [Long Jump]
  • Mitchell Foster – 24.96 [200m]
  • Mitchell Foster – 12.09 [100m]
  • Mitchell Foster – 4.95 [Long Jump]
  • Jeremy Maranan – 24.54 [200m]
  • Jeremy Maranan – 15.21 [100mH]
  • Angela Riach – 11:50.71 [3000m]
  • Jacob Davill – 10:04.61 [3000m]
  • Ellis Brown – 14.34 [100m]
  • Ellis Brown – 30.12 [200m]

Note: Cameron Crombie has been smashing F38 Club Records all season too.

Stromlo’s Australian Road Walking Championships

On Sunday the 21st of August Stromlo Forest Park hosted the 2016 Australian Road Walking Championships. It was an action packed weekend of athletics in the Nation’s Capital with the National Cross Country Championships held the day earlier.

Ginninderra is the same club that produced Olympic Walker Brendon Reading and today we enjoyed one of our best nationals with 5 athletes competing.

UC Tiger Sidney Shaw competing in her first Nationals finished a credible 15th in a new Club Record of 19:18 beating the old record of 20:26.

Sidney’s Ginninderra Little Athletics team mates also walked really well including Andrew Camp-Liddiard who backed up from National Cross Country Championships the day before and the Baker family including first timer Ella and her brothers Harry and Mitchell.

In the Under 16 5km event Mitch managed to go one better than last year claiming a bronze medal. The 5000m event is a big step up from the 3km that Mitch won at the National Junior Championships on the track in March at Perth’s Lakeside Stadium.

A full-wrap of results from the Championships follow:

  • Mitchell Baker – U16 5km – 24:39 (3rd)
  • Sidney Shaw – U14 3km – 19:18 (15th)
  • Ella Baker – U12 2km – 12:54 (12th)
  • Harry Baker – U12 2km – 12:47 (6th)
  • Andrew Camp-Liddiard – U12 2km – DQ

Photos have been posted to Facebook.