16 May 2011
2010/11 Athletics NSW Awards - Event Category Winners
Masters Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance – Keith Bateman
Keith ripped through the NSW Masters record books in 2009/10, setting four State records in the M50 age group: over the mile, 3000m, 5000m and half marathon. At the World Masters Games in Sydney, Keith took gold in both the 1500m and 5000m and finished 2009 ranked in the top 10 in the world in the 5000m and half marathon.
Junior Cross Country – Celia Sullohern
A very successful athlete in her mid teens, Celia returned this season to her very best form winning the World Junior cross country selection trial and securing selection for the World Juniors cross where she placed a tremendous 21st.
Open Cross Country – Lara Tamsett
Lara won the Australian trail for the World Cross Country team ensuring selection for Spain. At the World Cross, she placed an excellent 29th.
Junior Distance – Kate Spencer
In December, competing at the Australian All Schools, Kate won the 3000m and 2k steeplechase double. Her winning form continued in March at the Australian Youth Championships where she won the same double and in the steeplechase clocked a superb time of 6:40.92 to just miss World Youth Championships selection.
Open Distance – Ben St Lawrence
Ben who was undoubtely the leading distance runner in Australia during the season, he won Zatopek, broke the Australian 10,000m record and clocked the no 2 ever time of 13:10.08 over 5000m.
Masters Sprints/Hurdles – Kylie Strong
A NSW masters record holder, this season Kylie just missed lowering her own NSW records in the sprints.
Junior Sprints/Hurdles – Nicholas Hough
After lowering the NSW U18 100m record twice, he travelled to the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore where he claimed gold in the 110m hurdles. He continued his tremendous form over summer, and despite being only 17, closed the season as the nation’s second best 200m sprinter.
Open Sprints/Hurdles – Joel Milburn
Joel added another international medal to his collection, when he ran on the Australian 4x400m relay team which won gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Masters Jumps – Clay Tompkins
Super allround vet, Clay is a former NSW decathlon champion who continues to win NSW and Australian medals in various events.
Junior Jumps – Brandan Starc
A big improver during the winter, he claimed silver in the high jump at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore with a leap of 2.19m. Over summer he won bronze in the senior nationals.
Open Jumps – Fabrice Lapierre
Fabrice was at his best last season, winning the Commonwealth Games title and ranking third in the world.
Masters Throws – Stuart Gyngell
A former Australian shot put champion, Stuart continues to compete in all five throwing events claiming NSW and Australian titles.
Junior Throws - Elliot Lang
Elliott enjoyed a superb winter and summer season. He travelled to the Singapore Youth Olympics, where he made the javelin final. His form continued over summer when he won the national U18 title and secured selection in the Australian team for the World Youth Championships.
Open Throws – Dani Samuels
Competed regularly on the international circuit, placing in a few Diamond League meets. Closed the season ranked no.6 in the world.
Junior Middle Distance – Anna Laman
During summer made a major break through over 800m and 1500m. In March won the U18 800m and 1500m double securing selection in the Australian team for the World Youth Championships. Her 1500m time of 4:13.52 moved the 15-year-old to number 6 in Australian junior history.
Open Middle Distance – Ryan Gregson
In July competing in the Monaco Diamond League Ryan broke the 19-year-old Australian record 1500m, recorded in 1991 by Simon Doyle. Ryan clocked 3:31.06 and was the fifth fastest in the World for 2010.
Masters Walks – Lynette Smith
An all round athlete, Lynette broke the NSW walking records during the season.
Junior Walks - Amy Bettiol
In March competing at the Australian Youth Championships, Amy won the U18 5000m Walk by 15 seconds and just missed qualifying for selection in the Australian team for the World Youth Championships.
Open Walks – Luke Adams
Luke is one of the finest ever NSW athletes. He first represented Australia at the 1994 World Juniors. During a glittering career he has claim six top-10 places at the World major events – Olympics, World Championships and World Race Walking Cup. Last season competing in Delhi, Luke won his third consecutive silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Brandan Starc (photo courtesy of David Tarbotton)