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Athletics NSW launches innovative new series and membership packages

Athletics NSW launches innovative new series and membership packages

Athletics New South Wales (ANSW) has administered a well supported winter Cross Country series for more than 100 years. 

 

2017 will see these events return for another year, however with important changes aimed at making them more appealing and accessible to the thousands of runners in New South Wales who might want to get involved.

 

Monday, 27 February 2017/Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Number of views (2351)/Comments (0)/
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Dewhurst plots pathway to Commonwealth Games

Dewhurst plots pathway to Commonwealth Games

The final day of the 120th NSW Track and Field Championships featured some close tactical battles in the distance events and best depth ever in some events as times were hampered by strong headwinds. Ron Bendall and David Tarbotton report for Athletics NSW.

Sunday, 26 February 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (1272)/Comments (0)/
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Profile: 16-year-old 53.30 400m athlete Bendere Oboya

Profile: 16-year-old 53.30 400m athlete Bendere Oboya

26 February 2017

 

Profile: 16-year-old 53.30 400m athlete Bendere Oboya

 

An improvement of 21 second over 12 months in the 400 metres is a stunning achievement. These are the numbers summing up the progress of a special 16-year-old talent - Bendere Oboya. David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall spoke to Oboya and her coach for Athletics NSW.

 

Over the weekend at the 120th NSW Track and Field Championships Oboya defeated one of the strongest ever 400m fields at the NSW Championships, clocking a time of 53.30. In her mid-teens, she is now the 16th fastest under-20 female athlete in Australian history. Not surprising at this early stage she is the world’s leading youth aged athlete. But what is her limit? Her coach Greg Smith admitted after today’s race: “It is scary, I don’t know where we go from here.”

 

Greg Smith first meet her 12 months ago when she asked for some coaching to prepare for one of the self-funded non-official tours to Canada.

“At the time she knew some of the girls I trained and was impressed by the times they ran,” recalled Smith. “I asked if she had run any 400s and she said yes and I’ve run about 1:15. I helped her prepare for the Canadian trip. We trained up for that trip and when she returned, she was stoked as she ran a 59. Then we trained for CHS (September 20176), bring her time down to 58.46.”

“I never took 400m seriously until I started learning how to run it properly,” said the quietly spoken Oboya.

“Greg has been my coach since February last year. He is a great coach. My time has become so much better. I never thought I would improve that much, but once I started with Greg and learned how to run a four it did improve.”

 

Born in Gambela in Ethiopia, she came to Australia with her family when she was three. Considering her background is she more suited to endurance running?

“She first told me she wanted to train for the 400m. Just watch

Sunday, 26 February 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (5320)/Comments (0)/
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Teens write their names into history at senior State Championships

Teens write their names into history at senior State Championships

  

Despite the pressure of favoritism, three teens have written their names into the history books as state champions at the 120th NSW Track and Field Championships. No surprises the two key distance events were tactical, while, in the para events there were qualifiers for 2017 world championships. Finally, Australia’s best female athlete, Dani Samuels had her best ever start to an Aussie season. Ron Bendall and David Tarbotton report for Athletics NSW.

Saturday, 25 February 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2303)/Comments (0)/
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PREVIEW: 120th NSW Open Track and Field Championships

PREVIEW: 120th NSW Open Track and Field Championships

The 120th NSW Track and Field Championships are set down for Homebush this weekend. Rich in history and prestige, they record the annual champion of NSW. This year’s three-day championships include a mix of Olympians, Paralympians, interstate and a few internationals. With a few weeks until the #SummerOfAths Meet in Canberra and the eight-day national championships, athletes are keen to record qualifying times for the various teams to enhance their selection prospects. Teams include: world championships, IPC world championships, World University Games and Commonwealth Youth.

This year the Sydney Classic will be held on Saturday night in conjunction with the meet.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3210)/Comments (0)/
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